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April 28th (that’s today) is shaping up to be a nice day for the Ross family. Maybe this could count as our Christmas letter — only four months late since we usually don’t do a Christmas letter.
— Twenty-seven years ago, on the day after my graduation (mostly) from Oklahoma Christian University, I married my college sweetheart, Tamie Dillard Ross. I could play her a country song to celebrate, but instead, I’ll go with what she likes (just today) and avoid playing her a country song. The last several years as she’s battled all her autoimmune diseases have been tough on her (and to a much lesser extent, on me). Just yesterday, she had her latest infusion treatment. But she also got her hair done in anticipation of today’s festivities, and it looks wonderful (no surprise there). I don’t always do the best job of showing it, but I love her. She is my world. Happy anniversary, babe!
— Brady Ross, our oldest son, will graduate from Oklahoma Christian today (for the second time in a year and a half), this time with his master’s degree in ministry. Our daughter-in-law, Mary Ross, also is an Oklahoma Christian grad, circa 2016. They live and work in Waco, Texas, where Brady is the youth minister for the Crestview Church of Christ. We are so proud of both of them!
— Keaton Ross, our middle son, finished his freshman year at Oklahoma Christian this week. He’s anticipating a 3.9 grade-point average for his first year of college. For those doing the math, that’s all A’s and one B. He’s majoring in journalism and contemplating being the one kid to follow in his parents’ writing footsteps. He’s still looking for work this summer, so if you have any leads for an intelligent, dependable young man who sometimes wakes up before 10 a.m., please let us know. We are so proud of him!
— Kendall Ross, our daughter and youngest child, likes to forge her own path, such as being too cool for Facebook. She’ll be irritated (if she finds out about this note) that I mentioned her last just because she’s the youngest. She is a senior at Deer Creek High School and being honored at an awards assembly this morning as one of her school’s valedictorians. She excelled in drama and debate at DCHS, starring in several shows and placing at the state level in speech and debate. She is headed to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., this fall and tentatively plans to major in political science and history before becoming president of the United States. And yes, we are so proud of her!
We are thankful for all our blessings and praise God for all that he has given us! Thank you for being a friend!