Last Friday evening, I had the opportunity to spend the evening with over 250 wonderful women in the city of Channahon, IL.  Early in the evening, I shared a poem about friendship that I promised to post on my blog this week.  You’ll find that poem below.

I’m also speaking three times this month with my hubby and all of the events are open to the public.  If you live in any of these areas…please come join us!  I’d love to meet you in person!

February 19 –AM
Mark and I are speaking at the Lutheran Social Services event in Peoria, IL, at 10am. This is an event that will highlight the “Storybook Project” which allows parents who are in prison to make a recording of themselves reading a book to their child. Last year over 4,000 children who had an incarcerated parent received these special books and recordings from their parent in prison. Come join us at 10am at the Embassy Suites in Peoria. For more information, contact Kendra Fleming at 309-339-2375.

February 19 –PM
Mark and I will be partnering with Chillicothe Bible Church (Chillicothe, IL) for an couples night out. Come join us as we talk about the ABC’s of a Healthy Relationship. Event starts at 5pm and includes dinner. For tickets call Lorinda at 309-868-1885 or 309-274-3761 or email

February 25-27
Mark and I are presenting our ABC’s of a Healthy Marriage retreat at the Comfort Suites in Rapid City, South Dakota. This will be a wonderful weekend of investing in your marriage.  For more information, contact Rick or Sherry Derr 308.632.1055.

And now for the poem…

Friendship Garden

Plant three rows of peas:
Peas of mins…Peas of heart…Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip…Squash indifference…
Squash grumbling…Squash selfishness.

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful…Lettuce be kind…
Lettuce be happy…Lettuce love one another.

No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for service when needed.
Turnip to help one another.
Turnip the music and dance.

A garden must have some thyme:
Thyme for God…Thyme for study…Thyme for prayer…
Thyme for rest…Thyme for fun…Thyme for yourself.

Water freely with patience
and cultivate with love.
There will be much fruit in your garden
Because you reap what you sow.

-Author Unknown-

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