Sunday, April 24, 2005

An Update on JJ Ray

by Steve Ray on April 24, 2005

About a week ago we announced that Janet was about four weeks pregnant. The doctors confirmed it and we all rejoiced. It took a few days for us old folks with four grown kids and four grandchildren to adjust to the idea of a having a new baby ourselves in our old age . . .

. . . but we were very excited about having a new baby — maybe a son who might become a priest!

On Saturday Janet started heavy bleeding and has a bad headache with cramps. The doctor told us that people our age have a high chance of miscarriage and the signs of a miscarriage would be similar to a heavy monthly period. Well, that is certainly what Janet experienced all day Saturday.

So, we place ourselves and the new life in her womb in the hands of God. We are at peace knowing that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). We cannot fathom the depth and knowledge and wisdom of God.

So, we wait and pray and trust Him. We will visit the doctor on Monday to see what she has to say. In the meantime, Janet will stay in bed and I will attend to her and pray. Please keep us in your prayers as we place ourselves and our family in the loving hands of Our Lord.

Since in appears we have lost our newest child, through a miscarriage (we’ll find out for sure on Monday), we take all the more pleasure in our four grandchildren (with one on the way):


My son Jesse and his wife Anna’s two kids. They live 20 minutes away and Jesse is stepping in to help manage my company.

Left: Maria Faustina and Joshua Thomas Ray sitting in the baby swing together;

Right: Joshua and Maria Ray holding hands while napping together.

My daughter Cindy and her husband Ben’s two kids. They are  moving into our house for the summer and then hopefully finding a house near us.

Left: Damian Augustine Brown smiling away.

Right: Dominic Joseph Brown holding his new brother Damian.