Hello, my name is Kendra.

I like to write words and share them on the internet. Technically that makes me a "Blogger," but I think that word sounds like somebody throwing up in their purse, so I try not to use it.

Either way, my love for writing began as a hobby when my husband and I moved to Guatemala. I realized the cool thing to do when you move overseas is to start a blog, so I did. Overtime, writing came to mean much more than keeping in touch; it was a way to process whatever was happening in our lives: like our move overseas to a place of deep poverty. Like my begrudging first passage into motherhood. Like our move and transition back to the United States. Like the devastating loss of our second baby.

And those are the things I like to write about: Marriage and Parenting, Grief and Poverty. Learning what it means to Love God and Love My Neighbor. I think you'll find that my style of writing is not "how to" as much as it's "me too". It's heaps of Jesus with hints of laughter. Sarcasm is my second language. 

As I try to honestly share what I'm going through and what God is teaching me, I hope you'll be encouraged to hear from another working through life's trenches. I hope you'll enjoy yourself and leave feeling comforted, challenged, or just plain tickled.

Grace and Peace,
Kendra

Our Story.

Husband and I were raised in the Midwest. Attended college in Iowa. Fell head over heels in love. Moved to Guatemala to work at an English-Immersion Christian school for three years. Had our life plans rocked and highly improved by two pink lines and a lot of little pink clothes.

Moved to the south side of Chicago.

Prayed for and received another blessed two pink lines. Experienced {and still experiencing} the deep grief of losing our second daughter at 33 weeks pregnant. 

Welcomed a rainbow baby boy. 

Moved to the city of Milwaukee.

Learning to trust God by taking one day at a time, and by praying "Thy will be done." Attempting, as a family, to learn what it means to love our neighbors.

{To read articles written from 2011-2014 during our time in Guatemala and shortly after, click this link.}

Our Beliefs.

Google Search: "Apostles Creed."

Also, Micah 6:8.

Our Family.

Me.  Stay-at-home mom by day. Writer by night. Dove chocolate and movie partaker in between. Lover of truth and laughter. Neat freak but not a germ freak. {There is a difference.}

Me. 

Stay-at-home mom by day.

Writer by night.

Dove chocolate and movie partaker in between.

Lover of truth and laughter.

Neat freak but not a germ freak. {There is a difference.}

Husband. High School science teacher by day. Golfer and Duke Basketball enthusiast by night. Jokester and Card Trickster in between. Lover of justice and mercy. Sometimes also known as Collin.

Husband.

High School science teacher by day.

Golfer and Duke Basketball enthusiast by night.

Jokester and Card Trickster in between.

Lover of justice and mercy.

Sometimes also known as Collin.

FourYears. Dual citizen of Guatemala and the United States. A little bossy at times. Too adorable for words. {Gets that from Husband.} She "can't like bugs." {Gets that from me.} Answers to the name Jocelyn.

FourYears.

Dual citizen of Guatemala and the United States.

A little bossy at times.

Too adorable for words. {Gets that from Husband.}

She "can't like bugs." {Gets that from me.}

Answers to the name Jocelyn.

Aliza Joyce. Delivered on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 33 weeks. Sweet baby girl whom we miss every day. Named Aliza because it means "joy." Inspiring us to choose joy through our trials and heartache. Read the story of her passing and delivery here.

Aliza Joyce.

Delivered on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 33 weeks.

Sweet baby girl whom we miss every day.

Named Aliza because it means "joy."

Inspiring us to choose joy through our trials and heartache.

Read the story of her passing and delivery here.

Toddler. Precious rainbow baby boy. Eats, sleeps, poops, and runs. Steals Mommy's heart daily. {Gets that from Husband.} Lovingly called Levi Daniel. Read the epic story of his joyful arrival here.

Toddler.

Precious rainbow baby boy.

Eats, sleeps, poops, and runs.

Steals Mommy's heart daily. {Gets that from Husband.}

Lovingly called Levi Daniel.

Read the epic story of his joyful arrival here.

{Three pairs of feet that have left imprints on our hearts forever. One pair we wish we got to watch grow a little longer.}

{Three pairs of feet that have left imprints on our hearts forever. One pair we wish we got to watch grow a little longer.}