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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!

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!



Moments to treasure

Of our family together

Sharing laughter and tears

Times of joy and of fear

Snapshots in time

Forever etched in our minds

How quickly it all flies

“Slow down!” my heart cries

But inevitably it rolls on

Lived and then gone


So I’ll capture the moments

and store them away

and pull them out on any given day

I’ll smile with great pleasure and laugh loudly again

I’ll weep with the memories of times gone and then

I’ll get up today with this knowledge in mind

And make more treasures to leave behind.

written by Lynn Radke

Lessons Learned

AAAACy9UUcgAAAAAAWoqIwPump little legs! Take me high in the air!

Away from the danger lurking down there!

My fathers approaching and he doesn’t look glad

He’s doling out discipline because I was bad

My brother lies watching from the upstairs bedroom

He’s received his punishment and knows I will, soon.

He’s laughing because my 4-year-old mind

Thought escape on the swings would save my behind.

But my father’s much bigger and quicker you see

Than any old swing that might rescue me.

In a moment, a flash, I was snatched from mid-air

And suddenly watching the ground from right there,

Bent over his knee I received my reward

For playing with matches and justice was scored.


I glanced at the lady bug within my sight

And wished upon wish I could escape my plight

Our sister had divulged our dangerous scheme

With those in authority. We thought she was mean!

Well lessons were learned on that fateful day

And swinging high in the air would not get me away.

Later my parents would recite these events

To all who would listen of my silly intent.


Well I’d like to think that I’ve learned over time

To consider the results of the thoughts in my mind

To make better choices and know in the end

What seems exciting is not always my friend

For what if the matches that we struck while at play

Leaped into flames and destroyed on that day

Our home and the lives of all who were there

This poem today, I could not share

So as bad as the punishment seemed at the time

I have come to accept, it did fit the crime.

To Make You Smile!

Because of the unusual layout of our main bathroom, the light switch is located in an awkward place.  My husband being the consummate thinker, decided to install a motion detector light, so as you enter the bathroom the light automatically turns on.

This weekend while watching four of our grandchildren, 4-year-old Braden came running in from outside reporting the need to go the bathroom  and as kids do, had waited to the last minute to answer nature’s call.  While not too distraught, he hurriedly ran into the bathroom and experienced the motion detector turning the light on.  With the most grateful voice, Braden cheerfully chirped, “Thank You Mr. Light Helper!”

Aren’t kids awesome?  They say some of the cutest things!  Now every time the light comes on as I enter that bathroom, I smile when I think of Mr. Light Helper!

If I Knew


In light of the shootings in Aurora Colorado, we are reminded of the uncertainty and  fragility of life.  As I was going through some grief information, I came across a poem of whom the author is unknown.  It reinforces the need we each should have to remind those near and dear to us how much we love them.

If I knew it would be the last time
That I’d see you fall asleep
I would tuck you in more tightly
And pray the Lord your soul to keep
If I knew it would be the last time
That I would see you walk out the door
I would give you a hug and kiss
And call you back for more
If I knew it would be the last time
I would hear your voice lifted up in praise
I would video tape each action and word
God knows I would play them back day after day
If I knew it would be the last time
I could spare an extra minute
To say “I love you”
Instead of assuming you would know I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day
While I’m sure you’ll have so many more
So I can let just one slip away
For surely there’s always tomorrow
To make up for an oversight
And we always get a second chance
To make everything up just right
There will always be another day
To say, “I love you”
And certainly there’s another chance
To say “Anything I can do?”
But just in case I might be wrong
And today is all I get
I’d like to say how much I love you
And I hope we never forget
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone
Young or old alike
And today may be the last chance
I get to hold your love so tight
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow
Why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes
You’ll surely regret the day
That you didn’t take that extra time
For a smile, a hug or kiss
And you were too busy to grant someone
What turned out to be their one last wish
So hold your loved ones close today
And whisper in their ear
Tell them how much you love them
And that you’ll always hold them dear
Take time to say”I’m sorry”,
“Please forgive me”, “Thank You”, or “It’s Okay
And if tomorrow never comes
You’ll have no regrets about today.
Author unknown