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THE STORY is long(ish) and has been told often, so I won’t repeat it here, but the tale begins something like this: I liked this fellow for a long time before he knew it.

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Didn’t tell even my best of friends. I didn’t want the word to get out, and I didn’t want to be teased for it.

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My Dream Man, I called him (and can you blame me?), but only within the confines of my own head. And not just for his dreamy looks, or his many talents—[Historical footnote: This sandblasted sign was his design and craftsmanship]—I’d also seen glimpses of his heart and character.

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By all reports, he loved his family; he loved children; he was faithful to that which was Good and True. (Those kids are his nieces and nephews, and his cousin Anita Gail is nearby.)

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And when I finally got to know him—really got to know him—he Did Not disappoint. Through the years, it has been his daily life as a father that has challenged him, tested him, proven him, and refined him…

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time,

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. . . after time,

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. . . after time,

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. . . after time,

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. . . after time,

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. . . after time,

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. . . after time.

[Historical footnote: We have only six children. Those last two pics are the same kid, and I couldn’t choose just one.]

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It has been right there for me to see every day in his faithful labor,

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his wisdom,


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his guidance,

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and his unflagging sense of humor.

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He has loved and led his family. It’s the job he was given to do, and he’s done it faithfully and well.

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Happy Birthday, my Sweetheart. And I surely mean it when I say…let there be many more.

(Birthdays, that is. Not children.)

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You make me smile with my heart.

your Rachel