S: John & Crystal DeMars
BC: ...it is!
FC: What a wonderful life...
1: As your children, we wanted a special way to express to you how much you mean to us. This book is in your honor, Mom & Dad.
6: The Early Years
8: "Families are like fudge...
9: mostly sweet with a few nuts."
12: Looking back I see my childhood as pretty ideal...I can remember feeling safe & loved. My dad was fearless and my mother was beautiful and I always knew they loved each other without question.
13: Making homemade ice cream, Sunday drives - hoping to stop at the A&W, hot evening suppers eating corn on the cob and sliced tomatoes, Mom or Dad playing the accordian, Mom & Dad having their water fights
15: Life was good and we owe all to you! | Love you Mom & Dad!
16: As I reflect back on my childhood years, living the lifestyle that you provided for your family has been a major factor in the way my family and I live our lives today. Having been raised on a small farm with hunting and fishing close by; working with the farm equipment we had to raise crops to support the farm. Yea, sure it was a lot of work and there were times it wasn't all that much fun, but I would do it all over again if I had the chance. | What sticks in my mind the most is how everything got done. From building the houses and barns, the concrete work, digging ditches for the sewer system and operating old farm machinery ~ the things I enjoy doing today (except digging ditches). I learned enough, I don't know why I had to go to school. But I guess that was part of growing up. Now my son and I both enjoy owning old tractors~ something we wouldn't have done living in the city.
18: There are many good memories of being a member of the DeMars family that are too numerous to mention. Just being a part of such a large family with loving parents, has had a positive effect on my life. | Thanks Mom and Dad Love, Tom
22: Love you Mom & Dad, Tim
25: Mom You exemplified what it is to be a wife and a hard working mom with a "real (hard) job". I don't ever remember you being overwhelmed with raising all of us, doing a gazillion loads of laundry, cooking for an army. | You made sure I had piano lessons, cheerleading outfits, etc. You had so much on your plate. You took me shopping and out of school to spend some special times together. Going to California when I was 18, a week before graduation, treating and respecting me as an adult. We had so many awesome times together during those MK years. It was very special to me. I was proud to have my young looking mom at my side. Thank you Mom for going through some (MANY??) turbulent times with me and always listening and not judging.
26: As the years have progressed and I have gotten older, I realized the love and affection you had and still have for each other. What a gift! I remember when we lived in Becker and I was with you in the field and you asked me to undo the hitch on the wagon and my foot was under it. Well, I still have the scar, but it is with a smile that I recall you carrying me home. I was so blessed that you came to Phoenix and walked me down the aisle. Such a very handsome dad! One of the best days of my life, not getting married- just having you there. | Dad Something I have remembered from my childhood and respected very much is how you treated Mom. To me, like queen. You edified what the Bible speaks of. She was first in your life and you honored and cherished her.
27: If I could vote for the most special and awesome parents in the world, I would vote for both of you. With much humbleness and respect, I Love You Carrie
28: Too often we let our lives go by and we fail to let the ones who are most important to us know just how special they are. You both are special. There are so many reasons I am thankful that you are my parents. Thank you Dad and Mom, for being an example of hard work and principled living. Your strong work ethic helped form me into what I am today. Dad, you worked hard to provide for your family, yet I have memories of you always being there. Even when you may have been out in the field working or milking the cows, you were still home. Mom, how fortunate we were to have you there every day after school. The smell of laundry being done is a comforting smell to me still. We took sharing dinner together as a family for granted but this would be a gift to many families of today. I have many memories that make me smile – such as ice skating on the pond, playing a game of softball in the yard, taking a drive around Mille Lacs Lake but stopping to get a loaf of bread and lunch meat for a picnic along the way, sitting around the table playing blackjack, going to the river fishing, along with too many to mention.
29: i | One memory I have never forgotten as a child is the night Dad took me out of bed and took me on a bike ride. It was special because it was just you and I. Another memory I have occurred not while I was a child, but as an adult. Both of you were watching the kids while Ron and I went to his Christmas party. Mom knew I loved a sweater we had seen while shopping but it was more than I could spend. You surprised me with an early Christmas present so I could wear it that night. I probably never told you how special that was to me. Thank you both for being examples of love and care to your children and grandchildren. I write this to say thank you for being my parents and to say I love you. Your daughter, Luanne
31: With Love From us all
36: Where do you begin when you want to express your appreciation for your parents? I can remember many specific moments that stand out to me and as the years go by they become more special to me. | One special memory I have is when we lived in Becker. I would have been 4 or 5 yrs old. I woke up during the night feeling fairly ill and mom gave me some crushed aspirin with jelly. It was more than once that she tended to me whether I was sick or I was just in need. I know I have taken many things for granted and I want to take this time to thank you for everything you have done and everything you were to me. I love you mom.
38: Memories of dad and I would be when we hunted at Tom Barthel's and at our own farm; fishing with the 12 foot Lund with only oars to maneuver with; ice fishing and usually having a hundred fish to clean. I enjoyed farming with dad. When we would bale hay on the hottest of days, I would be on the wagon and dad would be driving the tractor. Now and then, he would look back and give me a smile of reassurance that I could make it through the heat, and it usually worked. Except for one time, when we had to get LuAnne to stack. It may have been more than once~it may be my pride lets me forget.
39: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow up in the country. Being able to hunt, fish and trap out my back door. And working on the farm, which I enjoyed very much. I have so many memories of my parents, that of which make me smile. I thank you both very much. I love you greatly, Jim
40: I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood! Bringing both of you a 7-UP to share, but taking my sip off the top first. Hearing "Peanut, tea please!" about a million times. Watching the "Dukes of Hazzard" on friday night & eating homemade pizza & popcorn balls. Taking walks out in the pasture and following the trails. Building forts out in the old cars in the woods. Swimming in the pond and catching crayfish. The memories are endless and I will cherish them forever!
42: As a child, I didn't realize how blessed I was to have such incredible parents. As adults, with children of our own, I can only hope that Kyle & I have given our kids the incredible amount of love and security that you have given me as a child. Thank you for being you! With all my love, Rita
44: In a land far away and long ago, there was this mean old man and woman that had 9 rotten kids that were always in trouble. I'm so glad I didn't grow up there! I was lucky and had the greatest parents ever!
45: I remember when dad and a few of the kids would go ice fishing all day and when we got home, we would clean them on the floor on newspaper with him. That night after chores, we would have fried fish. Sometimes we would all play cards with pennies. | parents
46: When TV shows like Benny Hill, Mash or nature programs were on, Dad and Mom would sit on the love seat and we would watch these shows together. Then there were the times Mom would take her accordion and walk around the house playing.
47: I remember when Dad would go for a walk - either to check on the crops or for no other reason but to just walk - he would let us go too. There were alot of mishaps as a kid - maybe I was just clumsy - dog bites, stepping on nails, hulk nightmares but Mom was always there for comfort and help. I love you Mom and Dad for everything, forever
49: Grandpa & Grandma
50: There is nothing more special than the love between a child and their grandparents