Raising Catholic Kids Print
Written by Michael Fones   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:15
As Sherry mentioned, I skipped out on work to go to Oregon to be with my dear friends Pat and Rich Armstrong. Pat made it out of the hospital into a nursing facility, but she's not able to leave her bed and is alternately talkative and seemingly doing well and quite uncomfortable and very subdued. Please keep her, her beloved husband, Rich, and their three sons Mark, Scott and Tod in your prayers.

One of the blessings of being with the Armstrong clan was getting to know the boys better, and hearing some of the hilarious stories that are part of the family lore. The tales of around the world trips (including emergency plane landings in Africa), Rich's often destructive attempts to be "handy" around the house, and the incongruities of Guamanian culture kept me in stitches. Think "A Confederacy of Dunces," only non-fiction.

Mark and Scott and I talked about end-of-life issues surrounding Pat, and I hope to blog on that before too long. In the meanwhile, here's a link to Mark and Patti Armstrong's website, Raising Catholic Kids. They know a few things about it, since they are raising ten of their own - two of whom are AIDS orphans from Kenya. They take their role as Catholic parents very seriously, and are evangelizing their children as well as catechizing them. Patti is an accomplished writer, with over 400 secular and religious publications, while Mark was involved in broadcast journalism for 30 years. Sound like great communicators to me!