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Some great lessons in this list!

Morning Story and Dilbert

Written by Regina Brett, 52 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.”

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
  9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  13. Don’t…

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Judy’s Story “Know God; Know Yourself” (Story 14 of 31)

Judy’s Story “Know God; Know Yourself” (Story 14 of 31).

Love this!.  We are often deceived into thinking that God is boring and what he would expect of us is unappealing!  When we surrender and say “I’m all in” we find a sense of peace and fulfillment we could not have anticipated.



Looking for input!  How does everyone keep up with the blogs they follow.  When I say I follow someone, I do my best to read and comment appropriately on their blogs, but some days it is hard to keep up.

How do you handle this?

Tara and Rob’s Big Inaugural Adventure!


The opportunity of a lifetime before our eyes,

Was afforded our children to our surprise.

The Inaugural Ceremonies?  Are you kidding me?

Even now we look back and it’s hard to believe.

Rob invited to be a citizen co-chair,

With Tara beside him what an outstanding pair!

The Oval Office to see President Obama?

I want to hear more of this Inaugural Drama!

A handshake and kiss our Tara received,

From the President himself, “Pinch me, I breathed.”

Community service was Saturday’s task,

They were excellent painters, should you feel the need to ask.

Then Sunday was theirs to do as they wished.

What all could they see and what would be missed?

So sight-seeing they went, to Arlington to view

The changing of the guard as it happened on que.

So much to take in, they saw what they could

And as they day ended, they thought it was good.

3:30 am Monday, the alarm clock rang

to get ready to leave with the rest of the gang.

Buses to catch and security to clear

A small price to pay to actually be here.

There were seats to find as the ceremony approached

And crowds gathered round the President to toast.

Beyoncé, Kelley, and James Taylor sang.

Throughout all of DC the anthems rang.

The oath of the office was taken by two

Then Barak gave his speech on what he should do

With the next four years he received from the masses.

We all thought a BUDGET would be good, if it passes!

The ceremony ended but more was ahead.

A “parade this afternoon”, the agenda said.

Rob on a float of citizen co-chairs

Was the last but not least, with a chill in the air.

Tara was seated in view of the President

To watch the parade, as by her it went.

Her toes were like ice cubes but she stayed at her post

To see Rob’s float, was first and foremost!

Finally, FINALLY he came into view!

With a smile and a wave with the co-chair crew.

Now back to the hotel, to get ready for the ball

Tuxes and gowns were the dress code of all.

Though traffic delayed them for 2 hours that night

They were determined to be there no matter their plight.

Finally they made it.. persistence pays!

And an escort to enter would help anyone, that way.

They danced and enjoyed the festivities of the ball

To the very end, they took in it all.

So tired they were but enjoyed each occasion.

A tour of the White House on Tuesday, was amazing.

Then off to the airport to fly out that day

unfortunately one flight caused a delay.

So overnight in Denver they stayed

Arriving home a day later, to their dismay.

Now rested and reflecting they have memories galore.

But how can they top this, what will be their encore?


Keep your ear to the ground, be alert and aware

For you never can tell what’s next for that pair!

So true!



Unoffered prayer


There was a time in Jesus’ life when He went up a mountain to pray. What makes this experience different was that He chose to take Peter, James, and John along with Him. I am sure Jesus needed this “alone time” to pray. The disciples needed it. I am sure you and I need these times as well. Sometimes we are called away to pray and other times we choose to get away to pray. In either case, we can expect God to meet us in these places.

My point is this… If Jesus felt the need to get alone with the Father to pray, how much more should we set aside time to pray. Jesus knew that it was important to give His problems to the Heavenly Father, because anytime He faced a major decision, He was found praying. A lady once came to G…

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An Inaugural Celebration to Remember

Whether you are an Obama supporter or not, you have to admit the Inauguration itself, is a pretty awesome event.  One that none of our family has experienced, until recently.

My step daughter and son-in-law have now broken through on this arena. Rob and Tara Hach are the owners of Anemometry Specialist, a wind data collection company in Alta, Iowa.  In 2010 they were Iowa’s Small Business Person of the Year!

As a dedicated Republican, Rob stepped beyond party lines to back President Obama for re-election because of his support of the wind energy tax credit, so vital to the survival of the wind energy business. Rob introduced President Obama on the campaign trail in Sioux City Iowa this summer.  He also had breakfast with President Obama along with other invited Iowans during one of the President’s numerous trips to Iowa.

While we knew the possibilities were out there for them to be invited to the Inauguration, until it became a reality we didn’t clearly understand the honor they received and the privilege they enjoyed.


This is at the White House in the Oval Office.  Too Cool!!! Rob is the gentleman about

in the middle of the pack with the red tie.  Tara is on his left but very hard to see.

This was on Friday before the Inauguration.


Admission ticket to the Inauguration.

Up at 3:30am to get ready for the day.  Wow!

They saw Katy Perry and other celebs!


The float on which the 8 Citizen Co-chairs would ride for the parade. They were the

last float in the parade but my husband and I were glued to the TV and were able to

finally see him!


Tara watched the parade from this area. Right across the street from the President’s

seating area.  It was cold and a long wait to see her husband Rob on the float!


Ready for the ball!


A night to remember, up on stage at the Inaugural Ball!

Hey kids, we are so happy for the opportunity you were given.  We lived vicariously

through you as we watched the entire process on Monday 1/21/13. You were able to

experience history in the making!