Grace and Gumballs - How the Gospel Informs Parenting

By: Kendra Fletcher on Thursday April 27, 2017

We started the day with a tennis lesson, which is fun and active and led by a coach who knows how to get kids playing quickly and well. It was sunny outside and the courts were dry. Really, what was there to complain about? He found it. It was too cold/tennis balls were too slow/his arm hurt/the...

Q & A with Kendra Fletcher

By: Kendra Fletcher on Thursday March 9, 2017

Do you struggle with reconciling being thankful that God let those things happen to change your faith and being hurt for the permanent changes to your family as a result? If I’m being perfectly truthful, yes. While God has graciously kept us from the crushing guilt that tends to plague us as...

How to Move Beyond Guilt and Shame

By: Kendra Fletcher on Tuesday February 28, 2017

I’ve been in groups of young moms since then who make declarations like, “I forgot her socks when we went to church yesterday. Worst Mother of the Year Award right there!”, to which I coolly reply, “I ran over my child with our 12-passenger van.” That statement tends to shut down...

I Found My Baby in a Coma

By: Kendra Fletcher on Tuesday February 14, 2017

On a scorching hot summer day, I tiptoed precariously into the dark walk-in closet in my bedroom where our eighth child had been peacefully sleeping since I lay him in his Moses basket there late the night before. In one calamitous moment that felt like all four wheels propelling the trajectory of...

Cracked, Flawed, and Broken

By: Kendra Fletcher on Thursday February 9, 2017

Listening to recorded books while I endlessly drive all over the county, listening to conversations at the next table, listening to my teens in my kitchen.  Characters in books, adult women, teens - we all have this in common: we like to talk about each other. This isn't news, is...

What Does It Mean When You Say Jesus is Enough?

By: Kendra Fletcher on Thursday December 8, 2016

Hey there Andy and Kendra, As someone stepping into the foreign world of homeschool/stay at home mom-ness I have let the internet fill me with knowledge about what I need to do be a better mom. If only I ________, then I will feel like I did a good job and I will know I am doing right by my...

On Authenticity

By: Kendra Fletcher on Thursday November 3, 2016

I lived there for nearly 40 years, moving in and out of varied circles, showing the contented mother, the educated thinker, the organized administrator. When it was good, it was very, very good, and when it was bad it was, well, terrible. I was angry, simmering with exhaustion and frustration under...

Let’s Celebrate Failed Relationships

By: Kendra Fletcher on Thursday October 13, 2016

Modesty aside, the 21st century woman in me is greatly bothered by the constant bombardment my 3 daughters endure from our media like this magazine that communicates to them that their value is in their sex appeal. Just plain yuck. But recently a friend asked me for bachelorette party game ideas,...