A Note from Scott and Marsha
July 30, 2020
Who's ready for fall? Who's ready for Christmas? I know. I'll stop. But it's coming quickly! I haven't even begun to pick up whatnots for my family that I hide in the closet and then forget about. Does anyone else do this very thing?  

Have you seen this book yet? Last week, Scott and I arrived home to a manila envelope. Neither one of us had ordered a book so I was curious what it was. Lo and behold, it was the first ever children's book , Gracie's Garden , published by our biggest fan, Lara Casey! I have written about her in past stories and she truly is one of the dearest people I know.  

As Lara probably has more ideas than I do in a week, her continued passion for her family is inspiring. Her love for gardening is also what makes her so special. Along with her being the author of Make It Happen and Cultivate , she inspires everyone with her words of encouragement and her beautiful smile.  

I knew she was working on this labor of love. I sat down and opened the pages. What an adorable story it turned out to be. I won't spoil it for you. I loved the illustrations by Jon Davis. I have spent time at the garden center with Lara and her children. The illustrations completely captured each one of them which made the story even more charming. The best part is the peach tree. It happens to be a peach tree she purchased at FGS years and years ago from Scott! They, in turn, have watched it grow and grow while  "they paddled, battled, saddled or skedaddled".   

Outside of her new book, she's just a good friend. I love when someone out of the blue suddenly encourages you without having any idea it was exactly what you needed. Scott and I receiving Gracie's Garden that afternoon was truly a blessing after a roller coaster week. We could all use (and be) friends like that.  

If you haven't picked up the book yet for someone who enjoys gardening, consider ordering it . I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. After you read it, grab a  tomatoooo  from your vine because we know everyone has been busy this spring and summer growing all things green and fresh, too!  Let's pass our green thumbs to the next generation!
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