Emily Turns 16!

by Steve Ray on October 8, 2007

EmilysBirthdaySm.jpgOur wonderful daughter Emily turns 16 today. She is a good girl, very much in love with Our Lord and doing good in school and sports (Cross Country). (Click on image for a larger picture.)

We are in Rome so we had her party Sunday before we left. The whole family celebrated with us. Our oldest daughter Cindy and her husband Ben put together a very intricate Treasure Hunt which took almost an hour — and ended with discovering the car. 


We surprised her good too. She did not expect to get a car. It is a nice little used Honda (we got if for a very good deal). I took her for her final driving test yesterday and she passed with flying colors. She will be driving herself to Fr. Gabriel Richard Catholic High School starting Tuesday. What a relief!!!

So, our youngest is now driving. But we have all those grandkids coming along so we get to do this all over again, and again, and again . . . What fun!

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Tom Nourse October 8, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Psalm 126 (Douay Rheims):
3 Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb. 4 As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them that have been shaken. 5 Blessed is the man that hath filled the desire with them; he shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate.

May the Lord continue to bless your growing quiver!!!!

Your brother in Christ,

bill robinson October 8, 2007 at 8:27 PM


As a police officer, I have to ask: Are you out of you mind? Giving a 16-year-old a car? The leading cause of death among teenagers is being in a car with a teenager behind the wheel.

Steve Ray October 9, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Dear Bill: We tried to temper the potential problem. Several rules were put in place until further notice: 1) no other people in the car, 2) no radio or iPODS, 3) no answering or talking on cell phones. These rules will be lifted in time as we are assured of her competence. I started teaching her to drive when she was 10 and our golf cart also gave her lots of related practice. By the way, would I be correct to assume it is a teenage BOY behind the wheeel?

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