Friday, August 26, 2005

Billy James Raley

Billy James Raley, born May 15, 1942 in Spur, Texas, died at his home in Irving on August 24, 2005 after battling cancer for several years. A long-time resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Billy served frequently as a minister of the Gospel while serving others through his business as a carpenter. As a son, husband, and father, he is survived by his father Frank Crenshaw, his wife Rosemary Raley, children James Raley, Ricky Raley, Andrew Raley, Anna Saens, Anna Patterson, and Rollin Bredenberg, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. As a friend, fisherman, and fisher-of-men, he is remembered by countless friends, "the one that got away", and the many who, by God's grace, did not.

The memorial service will be held at Irving Bible Church at 3pm on Monday, August 29,2005. The family will be present during the visitation at Ben F. Brown's Memorial Funeral Home in Irving from 5 to 7pm on Saturday, August 27. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund to support world missions has been set up through Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Blvd, Irving, TX 75063, and contributions can be marked for the Billy Raley Memorial Fund.

Monday, August 8, 2005

How nerdy are you?

I am nerdier than 86% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out! For some reason, I was surprised to find out I'm only "nerdier" than 86% of "all people". That's like, a B! I usually make A's...

Thanks to Jenn for the link.

Sunday, August 7, 2005

Update on the last four months

Well, much to our chagrin, it has been four months since we posted anything substantive about our family and the continuing development of our little one. In short - She sleeps really well, because when she's awake, she's the Energizer Bunny!

On a quick side-note, in addition to the shots below, we have a number of photos in albums posted on Shutterfly's site under the new Collection feature. The URL is The albums are not in date order, and some of the most recent albums are near the bottom, so keep scrolling!

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Loving Others’ Rejects

See if this doesn't give you a lump in your throat...

Loving Others' Rejects


I know most folks check this site for news and pictures of the family, and especially Sydney. Amy and I have committed to sitting down this weekend and putting together some new photos and updates on that front, but until then, I just have some geek speak...

Years ago, before seeing a movie with my wife's family, I heard a couple of her siblings and her father discussing VOIP. Not being fully up to speed on the whole shabang, I kept my mouth shut. After the movie, as several of us were making use of the facilities prior to hitting the road, I turned to my father-in-law who was standing next to me and asked "So, is this what they call Voice Over I P?"

For those that don't know, VOIP or Voice over IP (IP referring to the Internet Protocol, not the bodily function) is, from a consumer's perspective, a way to make phone calls over the internet. Numerous companies like Vonage have started making use of this ability by offering phone service that runs over your broadband internet connection with no need for a traditional copper phone line.

Why do I mention this? Because Amy and I have switched to Vonage, and I love it!