S: David Dick Family Celebration 2011
BC: Made with love by Marion and Valorie
1: A 55th wedding anniversary AND 80th and 75th birthdays in one special year - a tribute book to celebrate these very special events in your life - with much love from your children and grandchildren July 2011 | 25th wedding anniversary
5: Mom and Dad, We are so pleased to be able to celebrate this special occasion with you. Having been married for only a short time, we are thoroughly impressed by your 55 years of married life! We appreciate the genuine warmth with which you welcomed Donna to our family seven years ago and your love and prayers for us. It has been our honour to host you on your visits to Winnipeg and to host several family gatherings as well. Harold and Donna
6: "There is no friendship, no love, like that of a mother for her child." | Dear Mom and Dad, I have difficulty putting into words how much you both mean to me. Thank you for your love, care and nurturing over the years. Thank you for believing in me and praying for me through the good and difficult times. Thank you for your example, your strong faith in God and the way you live out that faith with your lives. I look and sound so much like you, Mom, and I think of you every time I notice myself doing something that reminds me of you. Thank you for loving my family - we're excited to be able to keep extending our family with grandchildren and in-laws and know that you will love each of them as well. May God continue to richly bless you, Marion and Earl.
7: 1995-1998 in Indonesia with MCC | Stephanie, Jordan, Marion, Earl, Harrison & Rachael. July 2011
8: back from Indonesia 1998 | Grandpa with Harrison | Harrison and Grandparents
9: Rachael and Grandparents
10: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:12-13. My Dear Grandparents, When I think of you I think of this passage in Romans and how your lives are marked with both generosity and hospitality. You have been, and continue to be a source of comfort, encouragement, and compassion in your community. May you, too, be blessed as you bless those around you. Rachael
11: I have discovered the Father's love. It was He who watched over me, strengthened and encouraged me for the 1000 days that I ran iron in the west. He spurred me on to the end of the road and back. He put a fire in my soul in the cold barrens of the burly north. The Lord is my Shepherd. Soli Deo Gloria. Harrison James | Visiting the Northwest Territories Dec. 2010 | Working in Squamish, B.C. 2006-2010
12: When we think of you, we think of three things; your generosity, your compassion and your hearts that follow after God. David and Elfrieda, God has blessed you with so many wonderful things; a tight-knit family, caring community and a comfortable place in the world. With these gifts, you have been very generous in giving back in so many different ways, whether it's in meals or treats you have prepared or cards and books with a thoughtful note. Your benevolence never goes unnoticed. You have tremendous compassion for those in need, whether it be
13: spiritual or physical needs--you have stepped in to help through prayer, or by giving. You have opened up your home and your hearts to welcome others that need a kind word or action. You have demonstrated over and over, through your compassion and generosity, the heart of God. You have been a blessing to your family and those in your community. Love, Jordan, Stephanie and Abe
16: Mom and Dad We will be forever grateful for the inheritance you have already given us through your lives- As the role models you are for us as parents and grandparents For your love and prayer For your faith and stewardship of our spiritual heritage For your nurturing of and attention to our faith journeys For your faithfulness to us and God through difficult times Thank you. You are loved and appreciated. Stan, Gail, Nathan and Jonah
18: Mom and Dad, In the weeks leading up to this very special occasion I've been thinking of some of my fondest memories of you both and want to share them with you. None of them are terribly dramatic or exciting but all of them have contributed to my history and helped to make me who I am. - I remember Mom teaching me to bake at a pretty young age and then being absolutely at ease with turning over the reins to the blender, mixer, oven, and stove with a "you're on your own" mantra, confident that cultivating independence was the way to go. - I remember the priority you placed on staying in touch with relatives and friends and discovering new places. Our large family went on many road trips to BC and Coaldale/Waterton, along with extended escapades to Quebec, Ontario, Colorado and California which wasn't cheap -- in many cases these trips were only possible because of your scrimping and saving and doing without a lot of other things to make them happen. | Mom's 75th Birthday
19: - I remember Dad supervising me for hours on end while I practiced violin. Even though he didn't play violin himself, he could tell when it didn't sound right or when my bow was sliding around and was very patient in correcting me and encouraging me to keep at it until I got it right. - I remember Mom holding her arm across me after I crawled into their bed at night or during our afternoon naps when I was young. Now Owen considers it one of his sleep time 'compulsory' requirements of me ("Mom - put your arm across me to keep me safe") and I know exactly what he means. - I remember being horrified beyond belief at having to bring farm eggs, fresh garden vegetables, preserves and homemade baking as small 'gifts' to my music teachers in Calgary every week. Now, 35 years later, as we sign up for free-range weekly egg delivery and organic garden share produce, are willing to drive across the city for good quality whole grain bread, pay a lot of money for organic milk and are scandalized at buying non-homemade cookies at Superstore, I smile a little. Mom - you are very wise and way ahead of your time! Thank you for all your love, care and thoughtfulness over these many years. It is so very special to have our whole family together this weekend. Happy, happy birthdays and anniversary! Love, Valorie & Neil | After Opa's Corpus Christie concert - December 2009
20: Dear Oma and Opa, I'm very happy that we're having a big party for you. I like to come to Calgary to visit. I get to fly on an airplane and this time I am very excited about the small TVs that they have on the airplane for I can watch Thomas and Friends. I also can hardly wait to play hockey-baseball in that big room beside your apartment and go to the park beside your lake. Those are my favourite things. | " Opa, you can hold all my stuffies"
21: You are my best Oma & Opa. It makes me sad that I don't live closer to you but you still make me feel really special each time I see you and during the many months in between. I still remember when you came to Toronto for my fire truck birthday close to Christmas. And when I was just a baby you sent a big cabinet to me all the way from Calgary. It was for my room and you spent many hours refinishing it, Opa. It is all the more special because your Dad built it. That was really a very special package and it was the first time I met you! Oma - you send me smaller but also very excellent packages in the mail all the time! I am always so excited when there is something in the mailbox for me - so many books, puzzles, clothes, and even games and little cards. Thank you for always thinking about me and what I might like next. And when I do get to see you I LOVE to play with you and have you read me stories and give me hugs. I love you so much. I hope there is a cake at your party and maybe I can help you blow out the candles? I'm looking forward to going to a camp. Love, Your grandson Owen David Miles
22: Having some fun in the sun with Oma. | Tilon | Kiah
23: Nothing better than spending the day with Opa. | Tilon, Kiah, Jadon, Jaalah and Melea
24: Melea, Kiah, Jaalah, Jadon, Tilon
25: What was that? Opa's turning 80 and Oma's just turned 75? That's amazing!!!
26: Opa and Oma, we think that you're great! You only get better with age. And like a good book, that's hard to put down, We can 't wait to see the next page! For Opa it's 80 years lived very well, With Oma behind just by five, And together you've stayed for 55 years, That's more that we've all been alive! We're thankful you love us, that much we all know, For you show us by being so kind. But more than the gifts we receive time to time, More blessings in you we can find.
27: You love God and serve Him with all of your life, No matter what troubles you face, We see that you're faithful, no matter the cost 'cause your hearts are in the right place. So hats off to you, Opa and Oma you both! You can't stop right now, no it's true. For there is much to be done and more fun to be had, With all of us now, and with you. Congratulations Oma and Opa! We love you! - From all of us...Vern, Calista, Jadon, Melea, Kiah, Tilon & Jaalah -
28: Col. 3:12 "Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." MOM | GPS
30: Zipline fun at Camp Evergreen
31: "A Mother's love never ages."
36: Harold and Donna | Calista, Vern, Jadon, Melea Tilon, Kiah, Jaalah | Earl, Marion, Jordan, Rachael, Stephanie, Harrison | Valorie, Neil, Owen | Jonah, Stan, Nathan, Gail
37: The David Dick Clan Camp Evergreen Reunion, July 2011