Welcome to this little blog – a piece of my heart.
I am Kendra and I have many things I love – my husband, children, gardening, chocolate, and coffee. But more than all these, I love this God of the Bible . . . He is the One my heart longs for. And with all that is in me, I hope to hear these words when I stand before my King someday . . . “Well done, My child. Welcome Home.”
In this little piece of the internet world, we offer you nothing spectacular and give no promises to wow you.
It is simply us.
This blog is an extension of our home – what we believe, what we laugh about, how we goof up many times, the beautiful land in which we live, and the craziness that we embrace in this thing called Life.
Some more about the Shoe . . . we are a family of eight. And we live way up in northern Idaho, only about 30 minutes from the Canadian border.
Lowell is the head of the Shoe and he works hard on his postal mail route to almost 400 mailboxes up close to Canada. It’s a miracle to see him leave the house and go to work. In 2008, he was in a traumatic motorcycle accident that left him in severe pain for several years. The economy took a dive about then, what construction work he could do was sporadic, and times got tough. But God saw us through, and hopefully we’ve come out stronger because of it!
I am kept busy feeding, clothing . . . and keeping alive the seven other occupants of the Shoe. Don’t let some of my more sarcastic comments here on the blog fool ya. I absolutely LOVE my job! I love being the hub of the wheel that keeps everybody and everything running around here. It suits my personality and I love catering to all my men and their egos – both big and small. And when the maleness starts to get to us two ladies of the Shoe . . . we ditch it all and go shopping.
Some of my duties also include helping Lowell with his mail route, doing all our book work, taking care of the gardening and outside work, and running Truth in Word Publishing. If I am really bored, you will find me with the littlest Little . . . baking cookies in the kitchen . . . or redesigning this blog yet again!
We have six wonderful children here on earth and four sweet angel babies waiting for us over at Heaven’s gates! It was out of this pain and grief from losing four babies that brought about the book Silent Grief: Hope for Surviving Early Miscarriage. This is a pain too many women carry in silence when they don’t need to. God loves the unborn just as much as He loves those who make it to adulthood. In the midst of my pain, I realized that because God loved this precious child I then carried within my womb . . . I also had permission to grieve its leaving.
Are we born-again Christians? With all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is number one in our home and our hearts. What He says, we will do . . . where He sends, we will go.
Our church is nestled in the Kootenai Valley of North Idaho and is an independent Mennonite church. We love and support our church. We feel it is based on the Word of God, and not man’s dictations. The church works together as a whole extremely well, considering there are around 250 of us who attend. Church website: Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church.
About the Blog
We recently put a new theme up here at the Shoe. I am going to share a video with you that may help to understand how to navigate around this site. We want you to be able to find anything you are searching for!
We cover a wide range of topics from recipes and homemaking articles to deep, theological concerns and interests. There is a search bar both at the top of this site and in the left sidebar. Feel free to use it!
I am including some topics that we talk about. If you click on them, they will take you to that category with all the posts relating to that topic.
Topics Covered at The Shoe
May God bless you richly!
Held In His Hand – Lowell’s motorcycle accident