Category Archives: Parenting

Homeschooling – Making It Work!

Are You Homeschooling? I was a homeschool mom for over two decades. Yikes! We survived and lived to tell about it. Stranger still – my own children are schooling their offspring. Here’s an article I wrote a few years back about making it work. *This article was originally published at “We want to go to…

Mommy, What Happens When We Die?

Answering big questions from our little ones doesn’t have to be traumatic. I always tried to answer my children’s questions about death in a simple, loving way. This is a story I wrote about my daughter, Ashley, who is now 33-years-old. Waking to a loud noise, I sleepily headed towards the light in the kitchen. Who…

A Spiritual Legacy

“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5 .  Maybe to some it would seem that we don’t have a rich inheritance to pass on, especially since there’s…

Love Never Goes Out Of Style

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  • Alan & Mary Patton - Thank you for your Christmas letter and photos of your growing family. Glad to hear your children and grand children are doing well and that you are enjoying grand parenting in your “golden” years. May God bless you all. Love, Alan & MaryReplyCancel

  • Amy & Jeff Ellsworth - Wow! Your family is truly blessed! Your grandchildren are beautiful, we are so happy that you are able to enjoy them so much. Merry Christmas to you all and God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Linn - Hi Tonya:
    It was great to read the updates and see the pictures of your precious, ever-growing family.
    I was just thinking about you and Ron and wondered if you were sending your annual Christmas newsletter/greetings and here it is! Thank you – I always enjoy getting it.
    I pray you and Ron are doing well. Please give him our love.
    May your Christmas celebrations be glorious and may 2016 be filled to overflowing with the JOY of the Lord.
    With love and prayer,

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…

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