Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Tuesday, January 3

Ringing in 2012 with the Rosses!

The week after Christmas we left for Texas where we celebrated Christmas and New Years with the 25 Rosses! It was such an awesome weekend packed full of lots of baby cuddling {by lots of family members that were meeting Austin for the first time}, the 1st Annual Paintball tournament {complete with bumps and bruises}, huge meals, loud games, lots of pies, lots of gifts and most importantly lots of love. We packed into Grandma's living room and one-by-one opened gifts. It was awesome!!! Cory gave us a very special gift, a flag with a single star. Family that has a family member deployed display this flag in the window of their home until their family member arrives home safely. If you have ever seen this flag anywhere, now you know what it means...and we are proud to hang ours on our front window when Cory leaves soon.

That will be a Christmas/New Years that will stick with me for a long time since it will be a long time before we have our entire family together again.

Here is our little Ross/Jex Gang! Love them to pieces!

Here is the order: {Back Row} Nate, Cory, Alicia, Nora Kate, Zach, Austin, Shay
{Front Row} Nolan, Dad, Neely, Mom

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