I was born on the south east quarter of 30 - 5 - 23, in the brick house my grandfather - Alfred - had built shortly after he was married. It is five miles south-west of Hartney, Manitoba. I was christened Gladys Christine Thomas, birth date April 20, 1926. My daily given name is Christine. I was the first-born Laurence Thomas and Gladys Patterson, who had been married July 1, 1925. My paternal grandparents moved off the farm in 1928 and took me and my next sibling - Mary Rosina - to a location near the Souris River, three and a half miles from the farm.
My grandfather was a dedicated Christian and during my seven years with them I learned a lot of basics of Christianity. I also learned to love the things of nature, and animals. The love of horses was with me when I was born, and started showing itself when I was able to walk, and open the screen door to escape to the barn.
I married in 1950 and by 1954 realized this was not going to work. I took my three children and moved in with my parents until I could get my thoughts straightened out. I worked for bachelor farmers where I could take my children to look after, and also my two horses.
In 1957 I met Ken Ross, and in 1958 we married. Five children followed. During these years I started writing my own pleasure, then writing the newsletters for several provincial organizations I helped organize.
My era with horses passed eventually, and I went into goats, where again I organized the owners, and started writing a newsletter for them. I finally reached the age of not being able to do the work required so sold off everything and moved for the first time of permanent residence out of Manitoba and to Edmonton, Alberta, where I would be close to many of my children. While living in retirement I decided to return to writing, this time stories, from my past, which lead me to the writing of my ancestors. I am finding it most exhilarating, and wish I could have started it much sooner in life...