Lost and Found with Kendra Fletcher

Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace - with Kendra FletcherThe “right” homeschooling philosophy. The right brand of theology. The “right” meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting. Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family s self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ. Fletcher’s debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion “right” wasn’t a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus where they found the grace they needed. Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir, Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone. – AMAZON

Today’s episode was short, but extra sweet. The super cool mom of many, Kendra Fletcher agreed to be on the show to talk about life in the Fletcher house and her book, Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace and her travel plans this homeschool season.  I love what Kendra shared and am blown away by what she and her family had to go through during an 18-month period. I am grateful that she was willing to share her story with us in her book. We did end up cutting the episode short due to some technical issues, but I am thankful that I got to hear about her book. I got so excited that I decided to order TWO from Amazon, one for me and one to give away. Boom! 😉  If you are interested in getting that second copy of Kendra’s book, go leave a review on itunes or comment about the show on social media.

To learn more about Kendra, check out her website, kendrafletcher.com.

Next week is the first week of conference season… look forward to seeing you on the road soon!!!

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Travel Brings Online Friendships to LIFE!

If you’ve heard my podcast, Destination: Inspiration, here on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network before, you know I LOVE travel. Not just for the adventure and excitement, but truly for building world changers.

And, I guess I’ve traveled so much that I consider myself one of those world changers. I really don’t fit in a box, and travel helps me express my identity. I believe it can help form yours, and those of your children. (Keep reading ’til the bottom to see how YOU can have an amazing travel experience, too!)

It really is my life’s purpose to inspire others, and to get them to GO! After all, Jesus said “Go!” into all the world and share the good news! Even though we “homeschool,” He tells us to GO! This burning passion fueled me to found the new Non-Profit Social Enterprise, Word Traveling.

Throughout all of the significance and blessings experienced through travel, none can compete with forming strong relationships. In fact, I met Felice, our visionary and founder here at UHSRN while traveling! And, we’ve met together in person since then- traveling!

This past weekend, I was blessed to sponsor and attend the 2:1 conference, especially for other homeschool bloggers.

Though the keynotes and blogging tips were fantastic, nothing was more impactful than the prayer and real friendships we were able to continue, and begin, “IRL” (in real life!) I met so many blogging mentors, sisters and friends, continued to develop friendships from  last year’s travel, and was even able to meet my fabulous media director, Amy,  in person for the first time, I’m only bummed we forgot to take a picture together!

Perhaps some of the most special are those ladies I got to hug in person that have become dear sisters through this network. After all, it’s really God’s network. And it yours. And He values family.That means we are family, too!

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I’m blessed to have the extended family here at UHSRN,  and it’s our pleasure as hosts to share our blessings with you! Here’s a quick snap of Kendra of Homeschooling IRL, Amanda (our behind the scenes rockstar,) Katie, Educando en el Hogar, and me- Jen:)

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UHSRadio sisters! (L to R) Kendra Fletcher, hostess of Homeschooling IRL, Amanda Pelser, tech queen extraordinaire, Katie Hornor of Educando en el Hogar, and Me- Jen Reyneri, Destination: Inspiration

Make sure you sign up for the newsletter here and see where we could meet IRL, too!

Check out this video we premiered last weekend to catch the vision at Word Traveling, and how it’s really my dream to help others travel, too! 

Until next time- click on the giveaway graphic and the flip flops below to enter the contest, and a chance to meet IRL ourselves! Share some love on social media, and ~ bon voyage! 

Throughout the month of May, a group of these friends and more will be celebrating the travel effect with posts and a fabulous Florida vacation giveaway! Keep reading to find out more.Click the “WIN” graphic to be taken to the giveaway.

Come celebrate the travel effect with us -- enter our giveaway and find out what our friends are sharing all month long!

Find out what our blogging friends have to say about the Travel Effect!

5-1 Jen at Word Traveling shares Come Celebrate the Travel Effect with Us. (You are here!)

5-1 Amy at Homeschool Blogging shares about Traveling to Conventions.

5-2 Stacey at I’m A Lazy Mom shares My Newest Lazy Mom Travel Essentials.

5-3 Jen at Word Traveling (that’s me!) shares NTTW Kickoff! Infographic & Video Contest Announcement

5-4 Amy at Homeschool Encouragement shares Free Travel Printables for Kids!

5-5 Katie at Paradise Praises shares Large Family Travel Tips

5-6 Jen at Word Traveling shares Travel Effect- The Effects Travel Has on Family.

5-6 Jen at Conservamom shares the Dave Ramsey School of Traveling with Your Family.

5-7 Jenilee at Our Goodwin Journey shares Tips for Surviving Well in Small Spaces

5-8 Jen shares on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. (you are here!)

5-9 Suzette from Godly Rose shares Disney on a Dime.

5-10 Marcy from Ben and Me shares 10 Tips for Saving Money on Vacation.

5-12 Kendra from Homeschooling IRL shares Traveling With Kids Is Worth All the Effort!

5-13 Wendy on Word Traveling shares The Great Escape to Italy: Planning Our Getaway.

5-15 Trisha at Intoxicated on Life shares 4 Passes to Access Over 3,300 Educational Family Adventures

5-15 Jen at Florida Parent Education Association shares Making Memories at Your Homeschool Convention.

5-17 Tonya shares Practical Ways to Save Money on Your Next Road Trip

5-20 Susie (age 6) shares Flying as an Unaccompanied Minor.

5-21 Leslie shares Getting Outdoors While Traveling with Kids.

5-23 Phyllis shares Do You Travel With Children?

5-28 Kathy shares Boredom Busters For Road Trips

Ready to hear about the big Travel Effect Giveaway????

One winner will be blessed to receive:

3 nights stay at Casa del Rey in Hobe Sound Beach, and a chance to meet Jen-value -$450

2 nights stay for a family of 4 plus Breakfast at Sun Tower Hotel Suites in Fort Lauterdale – value $500.

Geo Matters Maps & Geography Bundle TBA ~$150.

Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press – value $49.95.

Apple Core homeschool record keeping-one year subscription- value $55.

Car Cache– THE solution to keep your handbag safely within reach. value $23.95

Words With Wings One Year Subscription from Word Traveling – value $59.

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Coming to a Convention Near You!

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Network Show Hosts

Do you recognize these people? I bet you’d recognize their voices if you listened to these popular shows on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. Our show hosts had a fun time meeting in “real” life at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Nashville, and taking this picture for all of us to enjoy! What is even more special is that Hal and Melanie were guests on Homeschooling IRL on their 9th episode here… before they met in real life.

To the left meet the Fletchers – Dr. Andy (Fletch) and his lovely wife Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooing IRL

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 and to the right

The lovely Melanie and Hal Young of Making Biblical Family Life Practical

 

 

 

So, this little post is to remind you to be on the lookout for our show hosts who will be on the road this year – I’m going to ask my show hosts to comment below and let you know where they will be! And, remember we are as close as a computer or smartphone and your favorite podcast player or iTunes! We are so happy to provide this service for the homeschool community. Be sure to make our Radio Show Hosts welcome when they come to a town near you!

~ All the Best — Felice Gerwitz – who will remain home this year, with a Senior graduating time is too short & precious … but be looking for me in the near future.

Our Show Host Speaker’s Schedules – be sure to connect!

Kendra Fletcher

KendraFletcher.com/speaking – 2:1 in Chicago and TTD in Dallas. The rest are in California.

Kimberly and Mary Beth – Hosts of Roadschooling Moms – host this conference for Road Schoolers Here

Jen Reyneri  will be Emceeing the Social Media Summit at the Florida Parent Educator’s Association  and leading workshops at the FPEA  May 23-25.

Jen will also be sponsoring the 2:1 conference in Chicago and stay tuned, she’s creating a VERY exciting Homeschool Opportunity in MEXICO!