Category Archives: My Family

Jesus Loves Me This I Know

I watched my husband, Ron, endure 12 surgeries in five years. Then I hurt myself taking care of him. Two weeks after our health insurance was cancelled, my doctor called and said, “Your severe pain is caused by a herniated disk. You’ll need surgery.” Soon after that, I had my first panic attack. I remembered…

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  • julie elizondo - I was so blessed by your post. THANK YOU.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Wells - i had no idea what you have been going through for the past three years. I think about you and your beautiful family so often. Would love to see you. Please let me know if that would be possible.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - Loved it… you guys are awesome. Thanks for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

O Me Of Little Faith

Three years ago, my life changed drastically when I became a full-time caregiver for my husband. My husband, Ron, had a number of medical conditions, the worst being a deteriorating spine that was unstable. On x-rays it looked like the collapsing columns of the roman coliseum. Though he had been in pain, he kept working…

Our Christmas Letter for 2013

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  • Karen Power - Hi Tonya,

    Love watching your family grow! Merry Christmas and many blessings to you all in 2014!


  • Theresa Frazier - I absolutely love your newsletter and that it the happenings with all your kids! You are blessed beyond golden treasures.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Much love.ReplyCancel

  • Ron Parizeau & Gang - Getting close to those ‘golden years’ but enjoying our fellowship throughout the years as more precious than gold. Love you guys and your beautiful family. I can’t wait to browse the Ruiz Christmas songs and thanks again for another great news-letter. May the Lord continue to bless and lead you as you follow in His Way.
    Merry Christmas to the whole family,
    Ron, Anne, Monique, Daniel, Robert, JJ, Steven, Raquel, Michael
    Parizeau and Nicole, Jesse, Jessica, and David Oquist(now in TX).
    Close to Art and his family.ReplyCancel

  • mary Patton - Dear Pastor Ron and Tonya,
    Praising God for the spiritual gold (His grace) He has imparted through you both to enrich and bless so many of us with His/your ministries of worship and teaching…and the gold vein that’s still producing nuggets to this day:)))
    Thanking God for the precious gifts of your children who also have richly blessed us
    in the worship ministry and children’s ministry and the Lord knows just how much more.
    Grateful to God for the years of fellowship and His miraculous moving in our lives to
    touch us through the saints like you when we need Jesus with skin on. Thank you Father! Thank you both!
    May our Father continue to inspire you both in His service and use you all till we meet Him in glory where the streets are paved with gold…and we behold our Savior!
    We are truly rich because we are hidden with Christ in God…now and forever.
    Alan and MaryReplyCancel

  • Bob and Darlene Owens - So great to see your family and to see you both standing since your surgeries. Praying that you are still getting stronger each day and that your family stays close, as you are all a light to us who have read your Christmas letters each year. We miss you terribly. Bob and I are doing well, God takes care of everything. He is too good to us. God bless your 30th years together. Love you guys, Bob and DarleneReplyCancel

  • Carrie Karkut - Love to the Ruiz family, I greatly enjoyed the clever verbiage and pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Wilson - As always, your Christmas letters are so creatively written, and beautifully put together! Your family is such a blessing to us. Seeing the fruit of your faithful labor in your children’s lives, and now at work in their children, is absolutely wonderful and extremely encouraging! Praise be to God! For HE alone is worthy to be praised and lifted high! Keep on serving the One and Only Most High God!

    “Happy Birthday JESUS!”

    Love you,
    The Wilson’sReplyCancel

  • Amy Ellsworth - Great letter! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Lee Allton - Just lovely! I always look forward to your cards… love it! Merry Christmas to all of you, sure do miss you…. Praying for you always… Eric and Lee AlltonReplyCancel

  • Andrea Lowe - I love, love, love your Christmas letter! 🙂 I’m going to print it out and put it with our other letters. We so much love and appreciate you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Franklin E Hughes - Thanks for sharing your family. Great photos. I am blessed with a fine christian family. Merry Christmas to everyone. Ron and you are remembered in my prayers. FrankReplyCancel

  • Roel and Evelyne Pantig - It’s always nice to hear update about your family. We miss you all so much and hoping to see all someday soon. My family is growing too. We’re expecting grandbaby #3 in March. They bring so much joy. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Love from the PANTIG.ReplyCancel

A Tribute To My Husband On Fathers’ Day By Tonya Ruiz 2013

Ronald, from the minute the first pregnancy test was positive – you embraced fatherhood wholeheartedly. After waiting 34 years to become a parent, you relished every second of the experience. You could change a diaper like a pro, extract man-sized burps from small infants, and sooth them to sleep with your lullabies.   As our little…


Many times over the years, I have been around sick people. I owe them an apology – and unfortunately, many of them are not here to receive it. You’re probably wondering, “What could she have done now?” Well, let me tell you. When visiting at the hospital, their homes, or just running into them, I…

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  • Suzanne Herz - Oh Tonya, I hear you. When my best friend, who was actually my sister, had terminal cancer at the age of 25, she too heard those very words. My sister and I where really close and she shared a lot if her feelings with me during those 5 years. The one that hurt the most for her was … You look good, …. You look great… You seem good, ect. After those visitors left she would share with me ” my disease is on the inside, not the outside! It did minute everything that she was going through on the inside. I seem her not only suffer from the disease but also from a lot of emotional disease as well. Sometimes it was easier for her to say no visitors and I gladly followed the patients order! No insensitive visitors or skeptics allowed! Her Dr. told her to watch a lot if comedy’s and laugh often and keep away from all negativity. We fell in love with Lucy and Carol Burnett and Tim Conway! Those are the best visitors. Oh and grand kids .ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Lots of prayer for you both. It can become very hard I. Both you and unjust pray for a peace for you both and a healing for Ron. My heart goes out to you both. Love you!ReplyCancel

Grandma’s Kitchen (NOT)

When my newest grandson was born, I got to keep the two big sisters while their mommy was in the hospital. My husband, the usual cook in the family is sick, so I was in charge of dinner. Ruby said, “Grandma, I’m hungry.” “Okay,” I replied, “Let’s go see what we can scrounge up.” As…

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  • Lee - hahahahhaha they are brilliant those little ones…. mine find “yuckies” in their Nana’s recipes….. hahahhahaReplyCancel