Diana and I had a call at 3:15 a.m., and it was Kelley Rae who said she felt "terrible." That she and Jeff were getting dressed, and were going to the hospital. Then, at about 5:45 a.m., Kelley Rae called again, and said that she had a fever. That her Physician said that Lily Rae had to be born by C-section. We then got dressed and hurried to the hospital. Before we arrived Kelley Rae called again and said that Lily Rae had been born, and that she and Lily Rae were fine. Such good, wonderful and great news! We arrived at Kelley's room and I took a picture of Father Jeff, Kelley Rae, Lily Rae and Diana Rae. Such a fantastic start to a great day in September.
I started growing daylilies around 1992, and I liked them so much that I eventually removed my entire 1/2 acre vegetable garden, and instead planted just daylilies. Many friends came to see the daylilies, there were several newspaper articles about the daylilies, then, our daylily garden was featured on "Gardener's Diary" on HGTV in 2001. I became so much interested in daylilies that I served as General Counsel for the AHS from 2000 to 2005. My wife Diana and I ultimately founded the Cobb County Daylily Society, and I have now served two terms as President. Diana has served two terms as our Secretary. My wife Diana and I were married forty-five years ago, on May 17, 1969, in Diana's hometown of Milbank, South Dakota. We have one daughter, Kelley Rae, and one grand daughter, Beautiful Lily Rae.