FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
2: Elizabeth Carr and her sisters, Alice Timms and May Martin | Elizabeth Cartwright and her sister Susan on an outing about 1900. Susan was considered both the smartest and the prettiest sister, but it all came to an early end - her boyfriend was killed in WWI and she died in 1918 in the Spanish flu epidemic | This photo was famous in the family: Auntie May is second from the left (the other three are unknown) but the face in the background was always referred to as 'the ghost'
3: Mothers and daughters Elizabeth and Helen Carr Helen McCormick and Rosemary
4: My mother, Helen Carr, on top of Brewster Mountain
6: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
8: At age 3, there was nothing I wanted more than a baby doll who would drink. I gave my request to Santa, and in due course found Rosalie under the Christmas tree. However, Rosalie didn't really drink. | The next year I took Rosalie back to Santa to complain I don't remember what solution the poor Santa came up with. (but I definitely refused to sit on his knee)
9: My pre-school babysitter was my grandfather, Charles Carr, while my mother was at work. | My dream at 6 was to be a nurse (I was so impressed by the stitching job done twice on the bridge of my nose) so for my birthday I received a REAL nurse's watch
10: With Aunt Frances and Uncle Kenneth, Nigel and Diana Charles Carr with Diana, Aunt Frances and Rosemary | Arlene, Rosemary, and Diana Christmas 1952 | Uncle Neil, Aunt Margaret, Brian, Arlene, Rosemary, and Grandfather on a picnic | Rosemary, Brian, Arlene | COUSINS
11: Rosemary, Diana, Arlene, and Brian in the swings. Charles Carr pushing and Aunt Frances holding Nigel | Skating at Hartell: Arlene, Nigel, Brian, Sharon, Diana, Rosemary with Uncle Neil Rosemary and Nigel, Arlene and Rosemary, Diana Rosemary and Nigel
12: VisV | Sharon on Cocoa Brian with bunnies Darcy with wild strawberries | Visiting Bubbling Waters: Nigel has an outdoor birthday party | Aunt Margaret, Brian, Uncle Neil, Sharon, Darcy, and Arlene with Jet 1968
13: Aunt Margaret and Darcy come to visit us in our old house right after we were married | Darcy's daughter Stacey checks out the haying Darcy and Arlene both visit us and go boating at Glennifer Lake
14: When I was 11, a fuzzy puppy picked me | COLLARS
15: She became my constant companion, posing for pictures, riding my horse, and walking "Miles for Millions' with me | Collars lived until I was 25 and Ryan was a small baby
16: Dogs we have loved | Minta Rufus Skidder Butch Willie Bandit Ghostie the cat | Buff our current companion
17: As a youngster, Susan Roberts (now Burton) was my almost constant companion - and we also were in the same class in Grade XII at Western Canada. The families have stayed friends and we have attended the weddings of both their sons, Jon and Steve
18: When I was 12, Cocoa, my dream horse, came into my life. Even better, she brought me a surprise the next spring: Festival | As a child I cajoled a ride on a horse whenever I could
19: Sometimes it's important to recall things the way they were, or the way they can be.
20: The rest of the year we had Aggie sweaters for intramural sports | Being an Aggie revolved around Bar None - a huge dance fundraiser | For advertising: We traveled campus with a band, wagon, stagecoach, and square dancers | Money raised went to local causes: my role was to purchase 3 newfangled TTY phones for the Alberta School for the Deaf
21: But somehow we did manage to earn our degrees and graduate
22: Courtship - Engagement | Bob comes to visit for almost 6 weeks over Christmas. I live in Page College and holiday most often at Coff;s Harbour, but we spend Christmas with Bob's Uncle Jack and Granny in Mareeba, Queensland | and off I go to Australia to work for a year at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW
24: I travel around on a trusty bicycle, but there are lots of chances to use the trains and the air.
25: June 30, 1975 Aunt Margaret and Aunt Frances welcome me back to Canada at the airport September 5, 1975 Bob and I are married at Knox United Church, CaLgary
26: BABY FACES
27: At 21, Ryan wins a cake, and Alison earns a degree | Now, Eric is the Captain of a Dash 8, and Davin is an automotive mechanic
30: Ryan and Eric put miles on their tricycles, which then gives them the experience to closely supervise Alison's first road trip. Ryan's biking expands to include a few tricks and adventures on a motorized one
35: They pose for their Grade 9 proms, and then they are Grade 12 grads
37: A | At three, I dreamed of being a ballerina. As an adult, I had the opportunity to perform tap, jazz, and international dances - as did Alison. The first year was when she was six, and the last year was just before she married and moved to Rosalind.
38: Romance for our children: Alison marries Daniel Stang in Cuba in 2006 Ryan marries Tessa Cermak in Mexico in April 2009 Eric marries Kristi Stokes at the Rafter Six Ranch in August 2009
40: A few farm memories | My bottle feeding baby calves quickly segued into Alison doing the same thing | We always fed the cows chop, but some liked it better than others! In the drought of 2002, we raised 20 calves in the yard, and crabapples became a highlight of their diet