Family and Kids

Can You Guess Who These Two People Are?

by Steve Ray on September 29, 2018

Can you guess who this is?

Steve and Janet c.1976

How about these two people?

Cindy Baby

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36 Reasons I Love My Travel Hat

by Steve Ray on September 26, 2018

P1000189 copyLots 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 air vent around the crown. Either the dark blue or dark green.
4) Do you go anywhere without it? Nope. It is my cheap toupee :-)
5) Should I get one? Yup, join the exclusive club.

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17620300_636277949907120_2322439767382037565_o36 Reasons I like this flexible, foldable, washable hat.

1 Protects head from sun
2 Protects head from wind, snow, rain
3 Keep bugs off head
4 Kneeler at Mass
5 Sun visor
6 Brim down to avoid eye contact
7 Cushion for wet or hard seat
8 My identity as Jerusalem Jones
9 Rally point for leading groups
10 Identities me in a crowd
11 Holder for pocket items at night
12 Placed to reserve a seat
13 Cover eyes while sleeping
14 Neck pillow on a plane
10700648_986023848078128_2038118423922912300_o15 Cash storage in secret pocket
16 Fan when hot
17 Sweat band when hot
18 Looks cool and adventurous
19 Cover for bad hair day :-)
20 Keeps head warm
21 Protects from bumps and scratches
22 Swat flies and bugs
23 Conversations with other Tilley owners
24 Holder for LED light flashlight
25 Head covering for Jewish sites
26 Collection plate at Mass
Steve-Janet27 Knee pad
28 Protection from bird droppings
29 Protect iPhone in rain
30 Emergency identification
31 Contains emergency money
32 Protection from vicious camels
33 Hold Tile computer chip to find hat and iPhone
34 Get wet to cool head in hot weather
35 Stop glare from stage lights at talks
36 Most important: my wife says it looks great on me :-)

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Seven Things Every Kid Needs to Hear

by Steve Ray on 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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Marriage in Heaven? Will We Know and Love Our Spouses in Heaven?

August 20, 2018

I am reposting this because of the huge response two years ago. Thought it would be helpful again for many people who have lost their spouse. My dad died almost eight years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will not be married” in heaven. […]

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Steve Shares a 9-minute Story of his Early Life and Conversion

August 19, 2018

While at Steubenville two weeks ago, the Coming Home Network and The Journey Home asked me to share stories of my conversion not heard before. Hope you enjoy it.

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A Tribute to My Father who Died Six Years Ago Today

August 12, 2018

My father died six years ago today. I am who I am today because he was the most excellent of fathers. He not only taught me to be a godly man, but helped me understand God as a loving and forgiving Father. I wrote this as a tribute to him then and thought it appropriate […]

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Never Assemble a Grill

July 25, 2018

I will never, ever, EVER again buy a grill that needs to be assembled! Never! Notice it is dark and way too late to grill our dinner!

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Little Charlie & the Big Combine!

July 11, 2018

love being a Grandpa!

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Fun and Relaxed 4th of July

July 4, 2018

?Happy 4th! Thanks to all those who made our independence and freedom possible! Kids all traveling so Janet & I took 3.5 mile walk, cooked healthy food on the barbie and watched hilarious family-friendly Aussie movie “Deckchair Danny.” Love being a husband/dad/granddad, love being an American, love being Catholic! (Picture from front porch.)

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Great Little Reminder of What’s Important in Life

June 18, 2018
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New Grandbaby, New Books and In the Air to Israel

June 16, 2018

“Do Nana and Papa live at the airport?” That’s what some of our grandchildren have asked. And I guess it’s a justified question since were always heading to the airport. We just boarded another plan for Israel for a pilgrimage that we are leading in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with the president of […]

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A Limerick for a Questioning Grandson – Did Jesus Really Exist?

April 9, 2018

My grandson Josh asked, “Did Jesus really live? Maybe he didn’t and it was just a good story someone made up.” So I sat down and wrote him this limerick and gave him a stack of books from my library. The topic has not come up again since. Was there really a man named Jesus? […]

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Proud of My Quiet Wife Doing Evangelism

April 6, 2018

Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids a while ago. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him. She […]

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My Grandson Josh Plays Piano on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017
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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

October 29, 2017

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait […]

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Tears Singing Good Ole Baptist Hymns

October 25, 2017

The old Baptist hymns still stir me and bring tears to my eyes. They take me back to my childhood when the family would dress up, us kids in our little suits with cheesy ties and short-legged pants (I’m the one in the plaid jacket). Dad would always give us candy during the service and […]

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