While I can get excited about the least little things, this is NOT one of them! Being here, sharing my thoughts and offering encouragement is by far not a “least little thing!”
Carrie asked that I post “an introduction of sorts.” I’ve thought about that for a little while now and find that there are many sorts of sorts. Wondering how to introduce “sorts,” I’ve attempted to sort it all out. There are short sorts, long sorts, tall sorts, and even medium sorts. Right away I am getting a little confused about what kind of sorts I should introduce to you. But, I’ll “sort” of give it a try (the pun is intentional)!
My name is Jan Ross (aka Janet Ross, Nana, Honey, Mama, Sister, and Jannie). Being a mother of six adult children, I have been known to get “out of sorts” at times. That’s what my mother called it when she was beside herself, upset, or bothered by something. My husband and I have been married for nearly 37 years…sort of a long time, eh? Our family is sort of like a patchwork quilt. We have three natural children and three adopted children. Our adopted children were older when they joined our family, sort of different from most since people usually adopt younger children. The girls are siblings and they were 11 and 12; our son was 15 when he joined the Ross clan. So, that sort of gives you an idea of what our family looks like. Well, wait! There’s more! We have fourteen grandchildren … well, sort of! We claim our oldest son’s youngest foster son as a grandchild. That’s how we get sort of fourteen. Without his little one, we’d have thirteen grandchildren. Nevertheless, they’re all incredible kids ranging in age from 3 months to 18 years.
There’s a lot more about me you’ll learn as I share. My life is an open book. I really believe God allowed me to experience many things in order to share the challenges, the pain, and ultimately His victory through it all. I’ve been serving the Lord for as long as I can remember, which sort of brings up another part of who I am.
You’ll learn that I’m a passionate woman. As a published author, president of an international outreach ministry, short-term missionary, Bible teacher, and women’s minister, my life evolves around ministry. God has been incredibly merciful toward me as I learn to grow in my relationship with Him, in His gifts and callings, and in His ministry through me to others.