(music playing)

If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can't I paint you?
The words will never show
the you I've come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There's no one home but you,
You're all that's left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a man could be two places at one time,
I'd be with you.
Tomorrow and today,
beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving
spinning slowly down to die,
I'd spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away

~ as performed by BREAD


I see you in the photos,
The ones from long ago.
My mind begins to wander
To those years I used to know.

Your photos changed from year to year,
It seemed to happen in a day.
You grew before my very eyes.
Then you had to go away.

I look through all your photos
As I've done for many years.
Holding on to memories.
As my eyes fill up with tears

No more photos to be taken,
Just the same old ones to hold.
As I gaze into your paper eyes
I know you never will grow old.

So much time has slipped away
Since the day you said goodbye.
I hold your photo to my heart
Wishing you had never died.

You're alive in all your photos
Like in the stories that I share.
I promise that your name will live
Until the day I disappear.

Your photos and your stories
Helped me make it on my own.
My hope is that your memory
Will still survive when I am gone?

2015 - Christine Ross
~ In memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001


An old and faded photograph
Of a life that is no more.
An image of my memories
From so many years before.

Old photographs of good times,
Of a child that's come and gone.
A picture of a lifetime
Where laughter once belonged.

Your existence has been captured
In photographs of yesterday.
Those cherished fleeting moments
From a life that slipped away.

I held more than a memory
Before completion of God's plan.
Now I hold this faded photograph
Because..... you faded from my hands.

2010 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001


He stood there in the chapel
As he clutched the photograph.
No words were spoken from his lips
All he could do was gasp.

He held the photo to his chest
As tears streamed down his face
Hoping for a miracle
In that "forever goodbye" place.

He glanced down at the photo.
Then a tear fell from his eye
And landed right upon the heart
Of his child that had to die.

No one understood the pain
This grieving father felt.
So they hugged him and his photograph
Not knowing how to help.

This photograph seemed magical
And helped him to understand
That for his child... this one last time
He had to be a man.

So he stood up proud and tall that day
And listened as they spoke
About the life of his child
He still needed in that photo.

He held on to that photograph
Through painful days and weeks.
But finally had to let it go
And let it rest in peace.

Just a stained and wrinkled photograph
Although much more than it seemed
It gave him strength to bear the pain
Never dreamed in his worst of dreams.

This cherished tearstained photograph
Is now a testament to us all
That tears can touch the silenced heart
Of a grieving father's child.

2008 - Christine Ross
~in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001


Snapshots of a lifetime
Captured here within my heart.
Prints of all my memories
Zoomed in on at the start.

A frame of special moments
Posed forever over time.
Developed over many years
In the darkroom of my mind.

Pictures of what used to be
From the camera of my soul.
Film waiting to be taken
A future trapped within the roll.

Photographs of heartache.
Images of hidden pain.
Focused on reality.
Exposing what remains.

Transparencies of happiness
Cropped-out by fate's design.
A flash of hope awaits within...
These snapshots of a lifetime.

2006 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001

Adam R. Fiock

Angie Ann Duhon

Arnold 'Noni' Gaytan

Amanda Alicia Maria Morrow


Allen Boring Jr

Adam William Nixon

Alex Saladino

Austin James Joliff

Ashleigh Anne Love

Amanda Kate Stewart

Adam Jarod DeLong

Amanda 'Mandy' Taylor Smith

Andrew Baber

Brittany Brooks Guleff

Brian Selhorst

Bryan Esposito

Brandon Wesley Sgaggero

Brandon Mottern

Benjamin Smith

Brant Lee 'Teensy' Alberty

Brendan Lee Stump

Brian Joseph Parker

Battina Dixon

Brad Cordial

Buddy Segler

Brandon Tyler Beshada

Brent Legault

Brian Markee

Crawford Alan Carnahan

Corrina Jennell Parslow

Christopher Ronald Faller

Courtney Cherise Coin

Christopher Neil Thomas

Clinton Terry Milam

Christopher Charles Dinwiddie

Charles M Johnson

Christian Victoria (Chrissie) Carrigan

Cerridwyn 'Kerry' Lujan

Christopher Michael Hodge

Craig Copsey

Chad Roberts

Daniel Scott Forrester

Dylan Ross

Denise Marie McCormick

Dominic Michael Campano

Dennis C. Murphy Jr.

Dennis Christopher Tucker

Dustin James Ellis

Daniel Joseph Quinn

Dustin Rawls

Dylan Antoine Ayres

David Bachner

Dayna Ruth Roberts

Derek Sean Dyson

Derick Springer

Danny Sherrill, Jr.

Dennis Ralph Yarbrough, Jr.

Erika Joy Rowan

Evelin Patricia Ray Meyer

Erik Villela-Simone

Geoffrey Philip James Edwards

Glen Van Der Walt

Gerald "JJ" Hill

Heather Nicole 'Niki' Weed

Hannah Snyder

Ian Arthur Atchison

Jason 'Beau' Morgan

Jennifer Degeneres

Joey Whiteman

Jacob Alexander-Lee Gagnon 'Jake'

Jason Christopher Dunn

Justin Hocker

Joey Polidora

Joshua Eugene Hedglin

Janelle 'Nelly' Turner

Joshua S. Johnson

Jill Marie Gregory

Jamie Vitello

Jeremy Hughes

Jacob McLeod-Steinmetz

Javon K Watkins

John Joseph Gabriel, Jr.

Joshua Reuben Jones

Jayden Earl Ellefson

Joey Sorenson

Justin Pecco

Jesse E Pecco

Joseph Anthony Scalise

Joshua JOSH Hughes

Justin E Smith

LCpl Justin Douglas Linscott USMC

Jesse Steven Tucker

EOD1 Joseph ADAM McSween

Jake Andrew Feinberg

Jeremy Joel Storts

Joey Taylor

John-Thomas Bruder

Jason Miller

Joshua Paul Cope

James Rick Grubbs &
Jason Lee Grubbs

Jeff Mudge

John Taylor Lomon

Joseph "Joey" Kretsch

Jimmy Stokes

Jason O'Bryan

Katelyn Nicole Martibello

Keith (KeBo) Robert Johnson

Kelli Laine Lewis

Kanda Michelle Jacobs

Kerri Nicole Larsen

Kenneth Naturale

Kimberly Carlson

'Luke' Lucas Christopher Ross

Lisa Elaine Mewbourne

Laura Ann Kimble

Lugene Ann Colby

Laurie Michelle Baer

Luis Saez

Lauren Niederer

Leon Jonas, Jr.

Margo Mae Elizabeth Schwartz

Matthew Ross

Michael Toth

Michael D. Carico II

Matthew Shaun Murphy

Michael Schrimpscher

Matthew Mullis

"Manny" Manuel Marcopulos Lopez III

Michael John Shultz

Marisa Lynn Ward

Michelle Marie Greever

Michael Greever

Mindy Leigh Clark

Noah Jordan Hunley

Nichelle Gornick

Patti Rawls

Pamela Fountain & son

Peter Van Der Walt

Randy Reed Hecox

Robert Paul Terranova

Robert Travis Miller

Radomir Rade Ciric

Rob L. Northrop Jr. a.k.a. RadRob

Ricky Aaron Phillips

Robert Dennis 'Bobby' Digan

Robert Walton

Sean Ernest Stenzel

Shannon David Burns

Stephen Hasbrouck

Samantha Danielle Myers

Seth Bowden Tidball

Stephen Matthew Wilson

Shawn Adams

Tina Marie McQuaig

Trenton 'Trent' Alan Dove

Tracy Elizabeth Pelham

Timothy Stratton

Tommy Childress

Tyler Alan Vanderwall

Tasia Marie Quackenbush

Timothy Patrick Parker

Thorsten Dixon

Tom Sawdei

Tammy Smith

Timothy Roden

Wm. Scott Myers

Wayne Jonas

Z. Deanne Schauer-Lawrence

Mile Circ
Radomir Rade Circ
July 7, 2015

Patti Rawls
Dustin Rawls
December 10, 2010

Terrie Whiteman
Joey Whiteman
February 7, 2015



Last Entry in Luke's Journal:

"When there is love in my heart and a smile on my face,
I need nothing else." ~ Luke Ross


Music playing:
(by Bread)