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On this wintry December night in 1893, Millie had lots of time to think. His wife, Mina, was with child; and tonight looked like the baby would arrive. His first child was a girl named Blanche, who was four years old. He was truly hoping for a boy, even knowing that Mina and Blanche both wanted a girl. Millie had thought back to the time when he and his family came to Michigan from Canada in the late 1870s. He reminisced about events and adventures this move had brought. He loved life on the farm. To him it was a very rewarding life. He hoped to be able to pass this passion he had for farming on to a son. He had dreamed of being married and having children. He remembered how his pa and ma favored his sister over him and his brother. He never wanted to do that to his children when he had them. He thought how nice it would be to have a son to carry on the family name. A son to help on the farm and eventually inherit it. A son would just make him feel complete as a man. Then came the words. "It's a boy!" Millie heaved a heavy sigh. A son! He couldn't wait to see him. He would call him Rate to honor his dad. Now he could look forward to this new chapter in his life. Only time would tell how this chapter would unfold.
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Rich and his wife, Lisa, live in Statham, near the University of Georgia. They attend nearby Bethlehem Church, co-lead a church small group, and are members of the church Prayer Team. Both Rich and Lisa lost their first loves to cancer in 2013. From their losses and grief, God authored their friendship, and then romance, resulting in their marriage in 2015. They each have two adult children, and for fun, participate in triathlons. Rich comes from a long-line of public-school educators and proudly served as a teacher, coach, and principal during his thirty-seven-year career, before retiring in 2016. His first book, Hopeful Messages from the Bible: An ordinary man finds meaning Volume One, was published in 2019. In Hopeful Messages from the Bible Volume Two, published in 2020, Rich shared more hopeful messages from the Bible. Rich’s companion book of encouragement for teachers, A Teacher’s Daily Walk with God, is also available now.