Family and Kids

Reflecting on Turning 65 Today

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2019

I used to think someone 50 years old was really old — then I turned 50. If that was really old, what now the I turn 65 today? Inside I still feel mid-30’s but my body keeps reminding me it ain’t so.

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(Picture: Janet and I with baby Cindy in 1978)

Five years ago at 60 years old I laid in bed one night for a long time thinking that at best I had 20 good years left — if I’m lucky. That was a shocking reality and I took inventory of what I had done with my years and decided what I was going to do with my last remaining years.

Now 5 if those 20 have slipped away and in 15 years I’ll be 80! Sobering thought! Milestones years are good times to reflect and to ask God what He wants and To make resolutions.

For me, with my wife and best friend Janet at my side, we’ve resolved it’s to glorify God by his grace and our humble efforts, to pass on the Catholic Faith, to love our family and to let them know we love them, to be generous (because We can’t take it with us), and to work even more toward holiness.

0EB00131-F38E-482A-9EF4-E3CA8FA6E1B2So, my face is set like flint, to use a biblical phrase (Isa. 50:7). At 17 years old I looked up to heaven thru the trees and said, “Jesus, I’m only 17 years old but tonight I’m giving my life completely to you!” Since then He’s never let me down. I renew that promise and commitment again with renewed vigor.

You’re getting older too. I challenge you to do the same.

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Christmas Announcement: New Grandbaby on the Way!

by Steve Ray on December 25, 2019

0CD6994C-6FF7-4594-922F-9E14D262CDDAWhat a nice surprise when we were sipping our Christmas morning coffee. We FaceTimed our daughter Charlotte to say Merry Christmas and got to see the video of her husband Wes when he opened his Christmas card announcing the news. What a surprise! Very endearing!

So, this will make 16 grandkids running atound and 2 in the womb = 18 in all! Little Charlie and Linnea will have a new playmate in nine months. Very excited! God bless them all!

Proverbs 17:6: “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.”

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Here are some of Josh’s latest pieces that he played at a concert in a retirement center in Illinois. I know some of you have followed his playing that I have posted over the years. He did not get this gift genetically from any of our family – this is a gift straight from God.

The first video is 9 minutes long with Josh playing 1) Chopin’s “Pathetique” and 2) his own original composition entitled “How Far.” If you only watch one piece, watch Josh’s original composition. Enjoy!

The second video is 5 minutes long with Josh playing Christmas duets (Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bell Fantasy) together with fellow pianist and friend Corvin Perry.

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Today I Have Been Married to Janet for 43 Years

December 4, 2019

It was the best thing I ever did — marrying that girl! I couldn’t have found a better friend, partner, lover, or mother for our children. I thank God for her every day. I have always written her parents on our anniversary to thank them for letting me marry their incredible daughter. She reminds me […]

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The Kiss of Mercy

August 28, 2019

My daughter-in-law Anna is very insightful about spiritual things, and in raising our grandkids. Couldn’t ask for a better daughter (in-law, though we consider her our daughter by now :-) She put this up on her FaceBook page a while ago and I was compelled to share it again. Janet and I read this with […]

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Gotta Daughter? You’ll Love This Song! My Story with my 2nd Daughter

July 2, 2019

I have to admit I laughed — but also had a great sense of DAD-NESS when I heard this song. How did I discover it? My lovely then-21-year-old daughter Charlotte came in with a smile and said, “Dad, want to hear a song that reminds me of you?” I did and we listened to it […]

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The Literacy and Spirituality of a Day Gone By; A Tattered Yellowed Page; A Poem I Found from my Great-Grandmother

June 1, 2019

I never knew my Great Grandmother Frances Picard. She was originally an O’Grady. They had a deep spirituality and she converted to the Catholic Church later in her life. (By the way, this was all new to me since I never knew – in my childhood – that I had several lines of Catholic ancestors.) […]

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Grandson Josh Plays One of his New Piano Compositions

April 13, 2019

We are visiting my son Jesse Ray this weekend. We asked our grandson Joshua what he’s been playing on the piano lately. He asked, “ Do you want to hear one of my new compositions?” We said, “Of course!“ So, here is what he played for us. He also has his driving permit so he […]

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Passover Lamb: A True Story

April 12, 2019

Contributed by my son Jesse Ray a while ago but worthy of reposting… I arrived on the scene with my gun and stoically loaded in some self-defense rounds (although I was clearly not in danger). I did not lavish the idea of slaughtering a lamb, but my friend and new-farmer, Pat, called and sheepishly asked for […]

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After 7 Years of Marriage my Lovely Daughter Explains

March 17, 2019

We met on an airplane. I knew I was going to marry him by the time we landed. I had seen him in the airport. He walked by and I stared in awe thinking he was the cutest guy I’d ever seen. I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I had no idea he was on […]

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Gotta Love Grandkids – especially blowing a raspberry!

January 30, 2019
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2 Minute Audios: Steve’s 6 Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

November 30, 2018

People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.” Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends. They are […]

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My Grandson Josh’s Continued Amazing Piano Playing

November 7, 2018
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Can You Guess Who These Two People Are?

September 29, 2018

Can you guess who this is? How about these two people?

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36 Reasons I Love My Travel Hat

September 26, 2018

Lots of people ask me about my Tilley Hat. 1) Where did you get it? (www.Tilley.com in Canada)? 2) Why did you start wearing it? Really, have you seen my hairstyle! The first day in Israel without one and my head looked like a red beet. 3) What style do you like? Wide brim with […]

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Seven Things Every Kid Needs to Hear

September 18, 2018

Thanks to my friend Patrick Madrid. Might I suggest you plan to tell your kids all of these things over the next week or two?

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