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“Jill Savage is the best.  If you are looking for a dynamic speaker who can touch the heart of an audience, Jill is your girl.  Her honest, relevant, story-telling style makes her one of the strongest female communicators today.”
Dr. Kevin Leman, best-selling author and speaker

“”Jill Savage speaks with so much practical wisdom. She is very real, and very present and freely admits her failures but also her successes as she walks with God.”
Susie, mom of five

“Thank you again for the wonderful spirit you and Mark brought to our church. Your authenticity spoke even louder than your words.  Here is what I heard right after the marriage event… “If it was for nobody else, it was for my husband and I. So many things have turned around… I see a hope in him that was not there before.”
Linda Stapleton, Myrtle Beach Community Church

Mark and Jill Savage are awesome! I loved how open and honest they were about their own journey in parenting. Their transparency was refreshing and inspiring! Thanks again!”
Candi Smith

Jill and her husband Mark speak at a variety of conferences and other private and public events throughout the year. Check out their schedule to see if they are coming to your area. Contact numbers or links are included for events that are open to the public.

Request Jill, Mark, or both Jill and Mark to come speak at your event!


January 11, 2011
Immanuel Lutheran Church: MOPS
Crystal Lake, IL; 9am-10:30am
“Keeping the Balance”
Sarah 815-459-1441 or HERE
Please call for childcare availability.

January 17, 2011
Normal First United Methodist Church
Normal, IL 7-9pm
“Real Moms Real Jesus”
Janet Lammey 309-451-1394

January 21, 2011
Harmony Bible Church
Danville, IA; 9:30am-11:30am
“Raising the Next Generation”
Rebekah Beekman 319-394-9856
Please call for childcare availability.

January 26, 2011
Eastview Christian Church: Mom to Mom
Bloomington, IL 9am -11am
“40 Practical Parenting Tips”
Sandy Theile 309-662-4768

February 3, 2011
Evangelical Free Church: MOPS
Bloomington, IL 9am-11am
“Professionalizing Motherhood”
Amy Max 309-531-5110 or http://www.efreebn.org/womens_ministry/article202579.htm

February 19, 2011 (Mark and Jill Savage)
Lutheran Social Services of IL
Embassy Suites, Peoria, IL; 10am-12pm
Becky Moore 217-522-4296 or http://www.lssi.org/

March 11-12, 2011
Hearts at Home National Conference
Normal, IL

April 21, 2011
Immanuel Mops
Immanuel Church
Gurnee, IL 9-11am
“Real Moms…Real Jesus”
Elizabeth Strahan 847-672-4695

April 21, 2011
Immanuel Mops
Immanuel Church
Gurnee, IL 6:30-9pm
“Love For A Lifetime” couples night out
Elizabeth Strahan 847-672-4695

April 28, 2011
First Southern Baptist Church
Yuma, CO; 6pm-8pm
“Real Moms…Real Jesus”
Krystal Ballah 970-630-4035 or http://www.yumamops.blogspot.com/

October 7-8, 2011
Hearts at Home Colorado Conference
Colorado Springs, CO

November 4-5, 2011
Hearts at Home North Central Conference
Rochester, MN

Calling All Moms! It’s Webcast Day!

I’m so excited to be a part of a brand new weekly resource for moms that Focus on the Family is launching.  Today is the premiere of the Mom Webcasts that will be available every Wednesday afternoon.  Tuck the kids in for a nap if you are at home or adjust your lunch break at work and join in the discussion today.

Tune in at 11am Pacific Time, Noon Mountain Time, 1pm Central Time, or 2pm Eastern time for some great mom encouragement today.

And the best part is that it’s interactive.  You can ask questions or share comments by phone or through an online post. 

Click HERE to learn more or tune into the live webcast!

Wisdom for first time moms?

I’m spent some time today with a new mom. She was looking for encouragement from a seasoned mom. “Seasoned…” that’s a nice way to say old. 🙂

That conversation got me thinking about a good blog conversation for us to have. Seasoned moms—not “old” but simply defined as a mom with an older child or two or more children—what wisdom would you share with a first time mom?

What did you wish you would have known with the first child that you now know since you’re a little farther down the road?

What do you wish someone would have told you when you were pregnant or navigating this parenting thing for the first time?

Let’s share encouragement with moms who are just starting on this mothering journey!

Blog Tour Week 4

It’s the final week of the Real Moms…Real Jesus blog tour. There are so many wonderful mom blogs out there! Most of these carry the same interview but some are doing book giveaways on their blogs!

Jennifer 3/22/09

Karen 3/23/09 http://www.karenehman.com/

Megan 3/23/09 http://whadusay2.blogspot.com/

Tara 3/25/09 http://tarasviewoftheworld.blogspot.com/

Lawana 3/25/09 http://www.wanibug.blogspot.com/

Pam 3/25/09 http://whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com/

Janna 3/28/09 http://cornhuskeracademy.blogspot.com/

Janis 3/30/09 http://thenearsightedbookworm.blogspot.com./

Stephanie 3/31/09 http://stephaniesmommybrain.blogspot.com/

Marybeth 3/31/09 http://www.marybethwhalen.com/

Kimberley 3/31/09 http://www.kimberleywoodhouse.com/blog.html

More Parenting Encouragement

Are you looking for more parenting encouragement? Hearts at Home has regular parenting information posted on the Pantagraph website. Every Sunday you’ll find the weekly Hearts at Home column that is published in the paper also on the website. On Tuesdays, you’ll find Tuesday tips, and on Thursday’s you’ll find a “Jill on the Go!” video encouragement for moms. You’ll find it all here! Enjoy!

Making Memories continues

I am so inspired! You all have such wonderful ideas! Here’s an overview of some of the great ideas that have been shared thus far:

*Write the things your kids say or do right on your calendar and then keep the calendars.

*Write in the journals as if you are writing directly to the child.

*Use blogs and photo sharing sites to document the kids experiences and share your heart.

*Use a three-ring binder with a different section for each kid–keep it in the kitchen for easy access.

*Build traditions into your kids lives for them to remember.

*Write things on sticky notes for a quick reminder of what to include in a future journal entry.

*Keep the kids journals in your bathroom reading basket (hey, sometimes thats the only place where we have a moment of quiet!)

*Write a letter once a year to your kids, put it in an envelope and send it to yourself. Save the sealed letters and give them to your children someday.

*Use photography to capture memories.

*Make a prayer journal for your kids, showing them the legacy of prayer.

This last suggestion seemed to touch the heart of many of us. If you’re looking to be inspired to pray more intentionally for your kids, you might want to pick up Fern Nichols book Every Child Needs A Praying Mom.

And if your kids are in school, you definitely want to know about Moms In Touch. In a Moms In Touch group you’ll commit just one hour a week to pray for your children and their school. I’ve been a part of a Moms In Touch group for much of the past 18 years. It’s an incredible experience.

We’ve got a few more days remaining for you to share how you keep the family memories. Click here to see the original post and to read all the wonderful ideas that have been shared. I’ll draw the winner of the Hearts at Home book of your choice on Tuesday!

Making Memories Day 2

Wow, already we’ve had six great ideas submitted for creative ways to keep the memories for your kids! I just love it when we can share with one another like this. If you haven’t already read the six ideas submitted, you’ll find them here. Remember if you submit an idea, you’ll be entered into the drawing for a Hearts at Home book of your choice.

As promised, here is something from Evan’s journal. We laughed outloud on this one:

Evan, you are almost 5 years old and you love to pretend. Just now you came running in and said, “Mom! I’m a butterfly and Anne says she’s killing butterflies!” You are really fun. For the next 20 minutes I was the “butterfly protector.”


I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as wonderful as ours! We enjoyed spending time with friends and family and had some of our favorite foods like Beef House Rolls and Persimmon Pudding.

I’m taking a week off from regular blogging to spend time with my hubby. I’m still in disbelief, but in just a few hours we’ll be boarding a plane for one week in Hawaii! And we’ve only known about this trip for about 4 weeks! A couple in our church approached us 4 weeks ago and asked us to join them in their time share in Maui. They even covered our airfare. Now I’m honestly wavering between feeling overwhelmed with their generosity and overwhelmed with everything you have to do to make arrangements for mom and dad to be gone. Thankfully our older children and a friend from church will be handling childcare. I’ve got the color coded schedule of who is picking up what kid when and I’m praying that no one forgets!

If you’ve ever heard me speak or read any of my books, you know that I preach “wife first, mother second.” It’s a lesson I learned the hard way after just about ruining our marriage during the first 10 years when our world revolved around the kids. But even though I believe in keeping my marriage a priority, it honestly doesn’t make it any easier to actually leave my kids. I’ve fought the same old feelings of not wanting to leave that I fought years ago when I first learned of the importance of an occasional marriage getaway. But I now know the importance of pushing through those feelings to do the right thing. And in the long run, it’s actually the best thing for my kids–because a healthy marriage gives our kids the stability they long for!

So to keep you encouraged this week, I’ve pre-posted a simple thought each day to encourage you in your marriage. Please post your comments as they come to you and I’ll catch up with you when I return home.

Joining you in the journey,