Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thoughts on the Year

* Merry Christmas * 
From the Colchester Gang
Camilla says that change becomes the constant in which all things become true. This has certainly been the case this year for the Ross family. One of the tender moments this year was the passing of Jack’s brother Alan in October. Alan was a beacon for Jack. Alan personified a life well lived, with courage and dignity. His laughter is still heard in the walls of all of our hearts. As we move forward to claim a new year Alan will still be at the forefront of our hearts. The void we all feel will eventually be replaced with a comfort in knowing that he is with us still in all the memories he left behind.

Changing still, Grandma Ross brought her command post to Colchester, and a most welcome addition to the Colchester Gang. J Cinnamon and Muffin each have taken turns welcoming her to the fold, Cinnamon with eating her socks and tissues and with Muffin sleeping on her bed in a very special spot. Grandma has settled in comfortably and has found some nice folks at the senior center that enjoy Bridge as much as herself! She is never to far from a deck of cards and always ready to deal a hand.
Joe is in his senior year at Bacon Academy, hard to believe he is a senior but a senior he is. He still is an avid artist; with one of his works entered into the 53rd regional exhibit this year. Keeping with the artistry, Joe has taken to designing his own line of clothes, which look pretty Rad!

Camilla is going 900mph while teaching accounting at Three Rivers and guiding her theater company (Emerson Theater Collaborative…check it out on line) into its third season. ETC receiving its federally approved non-profit status earlier this year was fantastic news. Camilla and her board have planned a vigorous 2010 schedule which we are sure will find us housing some interesting actors during the course of the year.

Jack is still on the international routes and got to Africa, Africa…. And well Africa! He actually did make it to some other locations but routinely Africa was on the menu. Jack enjoys taking his camera along and regularly captures some neat shots…Google OK3 Photography to see some of his shots.

Mike is doing great in school out west and Jessica is still the diamond lady working hard to make us sparkle.

This year has brought us many blessings but more importantly it has brought us closer together as a family. May the peace of God be with you always, and remember the true reason for the season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(Grandma Ross, Camilla, Jack, Joe, Cinnamon & Muffin)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

There are times

There are times that I wish I could start over and get it right the first time. We all think that. However have we ever thought about the lesson to be learned from the mistake. If I could just do it one more time...maybe i could get it right.

I want to learn continuously...shaping and reshaping who I am. Growing into someone better than I was yesterday.  I had some special time with my husband yesterday. We spent the evening having dinner and went to see a movie. The movie I saw was called Blind Side. If you have not seen it...do it. It will change the way you look at others who are not like you. Then you can say.... I don't need to start over...I have learned something new about me. I can start here and now... for today I will be better than I was yesterday, all because I thought before I spoke.



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving a life shared

Thanksgiving is a way of life that is shared. 
It becomes the lasting impression you give to someone. 
A time for family and friends to settle into a new way of life.
A change recognize, a negative thought reversed,
a smile placed on the heart  of the one who thought no one cared.

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. 
A time to remember a loved one who has passed on
to a new life.  
A time to say...I am here for you. 
Thanksgiving reminds me of a life filled with obstacles, 
good and bad and giving thanks for all of them.
Sharing with your children the memories 
of your childhood, while watching them make their own.
I am thankful for all of it.

Be gentle to yourself...there is only one of you.


Just for Sunday - Quote

So....you think you have it all figured out. Guess again. Life changes all the time. Be ready and change with it. You will grow from it. I promise.

Monday, November 16, 2009

What happens on Mondays

There are some exciting moments this season. Changes that I had not expected but welcome nonetheless. It a pleasurable invite to the changes in life. Monday happens to be the day I love to participate in. The early morning class brings a freshness to the day.  After that, well i have time to adjust to the rest of my day. I am thankful to working in a time where so much is happening. Being able to filter out the parts of life that are not beneficial is a blessing unto itself. I welcome all things that happen on a Monday, for I have the rest of the week to work on it and the a Sunday to forgive and forget any stresses of the week.



Sunday, November 8, 2009

Something About a Sunday Morning

As I enter and sit I look around at the place I call my home. 
I see faces familiar and some not so much so, yet still they are family. 
They are welcome in my heart as see their face. 
As I sit in my quiet corner in the back, I am reminded that again I am there 
to serve others and nourish my soul through a beautiful balance
of love and understanding. This place I find comfort in - is a place that you 
should come to. It provides a peacefulness, similar to natures backdoor of the 
wilderness that has been removed from so many.  The voices of the children 
bring back those childhood moments of long ago.  It's a place I am welcome 
all year long. I could leave once day and return to hear the same old song. 
Welcome home.
Camilla Ross

Saturday's Lunch in a Quiet place

Early to rise makes a person healthy,wealthy and wise.
Well I don't know about all those put together, but I am sure
certain that the older you get the more you need something to do and someone to do it with.

Taking two great ladies to lunch was a fun experience.
They enjoyed each others company and talked about life
and the pursuit of getting on in years. It gave my life yesterday more
purpose and was meaningful for them.

One one likes to see their parents get old, but at least i have the time
to spend getting a little older with them by my side.

It's another memory i have packed a way for a rainy day!

Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, a great place to eat with great service to boot.


Friday, November 6, 2009

The Times of Change

The times of change are coming.
I can feel it. It's running deep within
the walls of my soul. Infusing in the veins of life are my
thoughts of change. I am changing for the better. 
Creating a simple life out of chaos becomes the choice.
It's my choice to sing in the moments of change.