Family and Kids

Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

May 29, 2013

For the year 2013 I just passed the 500 mile mark today! Whew! I might hit 1,200 miles this year. Janet just hit a personal record today of 30 miles on the bike. Five years ago Janet and I decided to change our lifestyle. It would mean 1) daily exercise, 2) cutting our diet in [...]

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Want Control of Movie Content for your Kids?

April 6, 2013

Check out http://www.enjoymoviesyourway.com/ I was informed: “At the moment there are similar products that allow dvd filtering like Clearplay but they don’t have the ability to do it on a computer and you can’t customize the filters yourself which enJoy does offer. “Traci, the creator of the product, initially developed it for her own family [...]

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I Just Discovered this Video of our Family’s Meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)

February 17, 2013

This brings back fond memories of our morning meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome after he celebrated Mass at the German College in the Vatican. I was giving him my book and he signed a copy of his book for me. I was telling him that my endorsement was on the back of one of [...]

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Grandchildren Almost Alligator Food? Cool Video from My Son in the Everglades

January 23, 2013

Jesse is in Florida on a short vacation with his wife Anna and their six delightful children (our grandchildren). He writes: We stopped at a well attended visitor spot here in the Everglades. Just behind our van was a big pond. I checked it out and saw no danger, but I stayed close to the [...]

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Mom Getting her Balance; Our First Christmas without Dad

December 9, 2012

It’s Christmas again. But it’s the first one without Dad. Over the last ten years we always remarked, “How amazing to have both parents still with us to celebrate Christmas!” We knew it couldn’t last forever. This Christmas we’re blessed to have Mom still with us—along with the joy and anchor she brings to all [...]

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Married 36 Years Ago…

December 4, 2012

…best thing I’ve ever done. I can say that God was very smart when he made man and woman and sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman. My wife is the joy of my life. Thanks be to God! Then and now…

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Here’s What We Came Home To!

December 3, 2012
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Talk to Franciscan High School Students in Traverse City Michigan – and Response from a Few of My Grandkids

October 19, 2012

Today I had the great pleasure and honor of speaking to about 700 great, polite, enthusiastic and very Catholic students at St. Francis High School in Traverse City Michigan. We talked about God, morals, sex, marriage, and lot of other fun stuff.  My grandkids then saw the video and sent a video in response — [...]

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Beautiful Family, New One Has No Idea How Lucky He is!

September 29, 2012

My son and his wife Anna have marvelous kids (so does my Daughter Cindy and her husband Be). But I am featuring Jesse’s here because little Joseph Charles Francis Ray was just Andes to the family. Anna is sure glad he is out :-) He was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was warmly greeted by [...]

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Ireland Day 2: “My Ireland,” Shrine of Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Free Evening

September 23, 2012

My early morning hike through Galway Ireland before breakfast can be seen HERE. It has videos, pictures and an interactive map. Galway in the morning is gorgeous. Our second day of pilgrimage through Ireland began with Batt Burns, our local guide – who is far more than just a guide. He is primarily the premier [...]

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Grandchild Number 10 Walks

September 21, 2012

Daniel Xavier Ray walked today. We were in India at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier in Goa when little Danny was born a year ago and I think that is how he got his name. Coaxed by his his dad (my son Jesse) and his 4 older brothers and sisters – he waked today. [...]

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A Poem of Earth & Death and Everlasting Life & Heaven – and the Bond of Love Between the Two for anyone Who’s Lost One they Loved in the Faith

August 17, 2012

A Poem Written for my Dad by my good friend Joe Marmion. My thanks to a dear, creative, insightful friend full of truth and faith. I put in bold my favorite part. I know you will hold my hand and help me stay the path we ran together these yea many years. I know you [...]

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A Video Remembrance and My Eulogy of Charles Robert Ray 1919 – 2012

August 16, 2012

My son Jesse made this wonderful video of my dad, and his beloved grandpa. We showed this tribute at the Funeral Home to hundreds of people today. There were a lot of memories and tears. The funeral is at 10 AM Thursday at Schrader’s Funeral Home on Main Street in Plymouth, Michigan. For the Eulogy [...]

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A Tribute to My Father

August 13, 2012

He was the best of men and fathers. I have no doubt of his destination. He is now with the angels and saints worshiping God in heaven. Being a Christian was his whole life. One cannot discuss my father without recalling that Jesus Christ was the heart of his life. I remember as a boy [...]

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It is so Strange; My Dad is Gone

August 13, 2012

It is so strange, so final. My dad is no longer here. He went to be with the Lord at 4:20 AM while I was in a plane high over the heartland rushing home to say “Good-bye.” But my daughter Emily was there, holding his hand and praying aloud the Hail Mary while he peacefully [...]

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My son Jesse and his Family Saying Good-bye to Great Grandpa

August 11, 2012

My son Jesse (who has been an outstanding grandson to my dad) and his family visit dad so the kids could say “Good-bye.” My other children have been hovering over dad too and even spending the nights with him to insure his comfort. Today he has eaten nothing and has not been responsive. He is [...]

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