Aside from being a writer, Kendra is a Birth Trauma Doula at KarysMa Birth, where she helps moms find their joy after birth trauma. A former middle school English and theatre teacher, she has an insatiable love for learning and a flair for the dramatic. Among the best moments of her life, she counts marrying her husband Steve during a dream rainbow wedding, planning a princess picnic on the beach with her eight year old daughter Karys, giving birth to her one year old daughter Saryn in the middle of a blizzard, and sitting on stage with Glennon Doyle. A Navy brat for the first 13 years of her life, Kendra settled in Virginia for eighteen years before she was finally ready to move again, relocating to Portland in 2014. You can find her work on Portland Moms Blog, The La Leche League Blog, and The Not Your Average Mom Project, as well as the hard drive of her computer.
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I’m Not Waiting for Spring Cleaning

Spring seems like a natural time to clean.  The sun comes out of hiding, the trees are green again, and the flowers start pushing their way out of the dirt.  Sounds nice, right?  But...

5 Things NOT To Do When You’re SAD

The holidays have gone, and they took with them the twinkly lights, cheerful dispositions, and happy hearts that they once inspired. Since our return from holiday travels, I’ve had trouble jumping back into the...

Why We Haven’t Yet Sent Santa on His Merry Way

 I remember having a discussion with my husband before the first Christmas that our daughter was old enough to grasp the concept of Santa.  It went something like this: Me: I think we should do...

Kendra’s Veggie Harvest Lasagna

I created this recipe when I was trying to come up with a vegetarian entree for a recent Thanksgiving potluck. It’s a twist on traditional lasagna that features seasonal vegetable and bit of pumpkin. ...
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Thirty Days Thankful

Sometimes the holidays can feel like an onslaught of activities, obligations, and stress.  There’s too much to do and too little time in which to do it.  I’ve found that my family's overall enjoyment of...

My Husband Says ‘I Love You’ with Every Bite

My husband is a wonderful man: kind, compassionate, giving, and a devoted husband and father.  That being said, he doesn’t always “get” the idea of romance.  He doesn’t often think to commemorate special days...

Today, It Was Roseburg

At 11 a.m. this morning I was driving around doing errands when I heard a news report that brought tears to my eyes.  “A mass shooting has been reported at Umpqua Community College in...

I Took ‘Maternity Leave’ When My Daughter Was Five

My daughter was born in 2009 via an emergency C-section that proved very traumatic for me. By using a combination of FMLA leave, unpaid leave, and the sick days I had hoarded for over...

To My Baby on the First Day of Kindergarten

My Sweet Baby Girl, I know you are a big girl now, mostly because you remind me at least twice a day, but you’ll always be my baby.  When you are sleeping, your arms curled...

Why I Let My Five-Year-Old Wear Makeup

For many of us, hearing the phrase “kids wearing makeup” immediately conjures up images of Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers in Tiaras—little girls forced to grow up too fast. As soon as I found...