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S: 1951-2011

BC: "Love at first sight is easy to understand, it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle!" - Sam Levenson

FC: A Journey of 60 years

1: The The Journey Begins | because two people fell in love! Ruth Bernice King Lloyd Watson Carmichael | Ruth

2: ELizabeth | Henry | Harriet | George

3: Wedding Party

4: I'm so happy I can finally call this man my husband. It's really a dream come true | Rev.Morrison Sellar

5: Love is patient, love is kind.

6: KING CLAN

7: CARMICHAEL CLAN

10: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

12: First there were two, then three and then four | to finish five!

13: The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions. ~Robert Brault

14: The Family Grows

15: It doesn't matter where you go in life, what you do ..... it's who you have beside you.

17: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts."

18: Good Food on the Farm

19: Good Food at the Hall | Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain

20: &

21: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

22: My family and I have driven along many back roads to get there, kicking up dust like a herd of stampeding cattle. The beautiful countryside passes by the windows as we climb vertical roads that lead to a farm on a hill; Grandma & Grandpa's farm. A long laneway scratched by the tires of many vehicles leads to an aged white farmhouse that looks out onto miles of countryside. A huge walnut tree draws shadows over the house and pits nut on the unsuspecting cars beneath. I run to the vast garden that overflows with strawberries and devour them like a ravenous wolf. We then follow Grandpa past the monstrous barns that hide cattle, cats and hens, and then past the sheds that are stuffed with machinery waiting to be unleashed onto the fields again. We walk with the light breeze tickling our faces while Scamp, the farm dog licks at our heels and watches for future prey like a seasoned veteran. | Field after field are crossed, lined with rock fences that separate and guard against intruders. A pair of hawks pass overhead, hunting for field mice while a group of deer saunter across the field in front of us, oblivious to our presence. After walking for 10 minutes deep into the huge lot, we arrive at one of the many patches of wild blackberries. A quick glance reveals that the berries are protected by stabbing thorns that claw at a picker's bare skin like a cat trying to escape a bath. We attempt to avoid these thorns and pick until we are stuffed like pigs and the supply of berries is exhausted. As we begin our long trek back to the house, we notice that Scamp has caught a groundhog and he displays it proudly like a gold medal winner in the Olympics. Our stomachs grumble like Mac trucks as we ponder the wonderful treats that Grandma will create with our loot.

23: Upon entering the house, the ominous, blackened woodstove commands respect with its knowledge of the house and its needs. The scent of pies and pastries emanates from the kitchen where my mother and grandmother bustle like ants, preparing dinner for the family. After a meal fit for kings, my father retires to his position on the couch where he dozes like a bear in hibernation. I accompany Mom and Grandma upstairs to the master bedroom where we venture through a tiny door like Alice on her way to Wonderland, and into a bedroom that has lingered unused for many years. Book shelves are piled high with novels, school texts and work books; old board games and toys gather dust in the corner and boxes of old records sit on the floor longing to be played again. Much of my mother's childhood is crowded into this room and her everyday belonging are a novelty to her children. Clothes that she wore in high school hang in the closet waiting for styles to change so that they will be donned again. Mom gathers what she wants like someone shopping at a yard sale and we load the van with treasures from long ago. As we leave, I comment to my brothers on how soon the snow will come. Memories of sledding on these hills flood back to me. Of the wind in our faces and the rush of adrenaline coursing through our bodies as we hurtled down the hill as fast as speeding bullets. The farm has now been sold and my grandparents have moved to town, leaving behind a century-old farm teeming with great memories. My grandmother's birth on the kitchen table, the abundance of wildlife, sledding on the snow-covered hills, haying, and so many others remain. It will be difficult to let go of this place, so much of my life has been molded by experiences that have taken place here, yet I know that our memories will endure: embedded in the walls of the house, floating on the breeze that crosses the fields, and above all, lingering in our hearts and minds to be called upon like an old friend. Shelley Buckland (Cavill), 1993

24: FARM FORUM

25: Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday. - Sally Koch

28: Mother | Farm Sale 1993

31: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter

32: I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don't know what's on the other end. Your imagination is under there. ~Robert Altman

33: FISHING is one of Life's greatest pastimes!

34: Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don't do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill. - Jacob M. Braude

36: Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. ~Gail Lumet Buckley | love

38: They Dance On 50 years ago, he took her hand The music played and their dance began He held her close throughout that song And they danced on 50 years ago, they made a vow Their love was strong then as it is now They said the words and made their bond And they dance on And he still holds her close while they dance And she still bares her soul with just a glance The music never stops 'cause it's their own love song So they dance on They've shared their life, gained much through love They've got three great kids and five grandchildren They've taught us all to be kind and strong As they danced on Someday when I have children of my own They'll hear the greatest love story I've ever known 'Cause in each other's arms is where they belong As they dance on

39: And she's the one who put curls in my hair The dimple in my chin is what he and I share And I learned how to make a love grow strong Watching them dance on The miracle they've shared from the start Is the love in their eyes and the song in their hearts Its kept them close, kept them holdin' on As they dance on So tonight we're here, to celebrate The love of two people that will never fade 50 years have passed but it didn't seem that long And they dance on And he still holds her close while they dance And she still bares her soul with just a glance There's nothing more beautiful than their love song So they keep dancing on Shelley Buckland (Cavill), June 22, 2001 (written for their 50th wedding anniversary)

40: MAKING MEMORIES

41: He who has a good friend needs no mirror. - Joseph Addison

44: One learns about people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect. - Mark Twain

45: Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones

46: Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

49: Dad's newest Toy!

50: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." - TERESA COLLINS

51: Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be. - Robert Browning | Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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