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.