Afternoon Chat With My Oldest Daughter

Yesterday Kendra called and said she was working outside doing landscaping at her latest flip. And that she’d be there about two more hours if I wanted to come around for a bit.

Below is a photo of Ivy upside down in her cat tower looking out the French doors.

Kendra’s always working or picking her daughter up from school or going to softball games her daughter, Marley, plays in.

And we’re not talking about the softball like my daughters used to play a day or so each week. The ball games Marley plays in sometimes takes these 11 and 12 year old girls out of state.

How times have changed.

I am going to intersperse photos of Kendra and her two kids, Riley and Marley, into the content.

{The below photo is of Marley with a friend at softball. She’s on the right. Marley will be 13 in December.}

My only chance to really see Kendra right now is when she doesn’t have workers around or when she’s working outside a flip (Covid caution).

I don’t want to be around people who may not have been vaccinated. And Kendra has been vaccinated, but she’s around other workers. At my age I feel I need to be more cautious.

{The photo below is of Kendra when she finally gets home from working on her flip and has a chance to sit. Her dogs, Thor and Lulu, are all over her. Thor is behind her and Lulu is next to her.}

So I drove over and sat outside and chatted with her while she dug a bunch of holes to put ornamental grass plants into. I could see it was very hard work, because she wasn’t just digging dirt, but dirt with rocks in it.

It wasn’t that hot out yet. Though it would be by afternoon. But I enjoyed getting to see her and catch up on things we haven’t talked about via phone or email.

Kendra’s almost finished with this flip house and needs to get it on the market. She has lots of work ahead of her in the coming months.

A house she bought for herself and the kids to live in. And the duplex she bought to rent out. She will be going in and fixing up both. So yeah, lots of work!

{The photo below is of Kendra and son Riley some years ago. He will be graduating from high school May 2022 and then he’s off to college.}

{The photo below is of Marley in 2012 at the pumpkin patch}

{The photo below is of Kendra, I’m assuming getting a professional pic for her business cards.}



  1. Kendra is such a talented and hard worker and her homes really reflect that. They all turn out wonderful! And your granddaughter is lovely โ€ฆ all your grandkiddos are growing up so quickly. How is Andrew doing?

  2. You have a beautiful family Brenda! Happy to got to spend some time with your daughter. That picture of Ivy is hilarious and made me laugh! Have a good weekend.

  3. this is a wonderful post of your beautiful family!
    and Ivy… such a little Personality! ๐Ÿ˜€ xo

  4. Your daughter is beautiful!

    I was watching a YouTube video of a lady I follow, she does cooking showsโ€ฆI thought of you and I wanted to share it with you as I thought it would be a great meal for you to have a few days..I think you said you have a crockpot?
    I hope that link works, if not her channel is called
    Collard Valley Cooks

  5. Kendra is so beautiful and the kids gorgeous too. What a great daughter you have. Beautiful and a hard worker and smart business women and full time mom.
    I bet it makes your heart so full to see both your daughters doing so well in life.
    Such a wonderful family.

  6. Your daughter is clearly as beautiful as she is talented, Brenda. And the kids are adorable, too. Like my mom used to say, apples don’t fall far from their trees!

  7. Kendra is quite the go-getter. I know her hard work pays off. I canโ€™t believe the kids are growing so. Your family is just so beautiful.

  8. Your beautiful daughter and her beautiful children. You must be a proud mama and grandma. So much love and happiness in the family. A real blessing to you and you to them.

  9. Wow what a โค gorgeous family you have Brenda!! Hard workers also!!! The children will definitely get their work ethic from mom!!! Hoping 2022 gives Kendra the ability to take it easier, settle in a bit when she rehabs the new house. I doubt this flip will take very long to sell. These days, homes are so much in demand everywhere.
    Very surprised ๐Ÿ˜ฎ to read many of these sporting events are often sleepovers. Kinda strange. Like you said ,,,,, times have certainly changed.
    Is it cold in OK? We woke up to icy cold temperatures in Illinois. Soooo very chilly. Our heat is on. For awhile to warm us all up!!
    P. S. I laughed ๐Ÿ˜… seeing that upside-down pic of Ivy!!! ๐Ÿˆ What a hoot she is โค
    If you have a bit of extra time, take a look at Beth Stern’s IG. She rescues pets. Mostly catties. Such a wonderful soul Beth has. There are countless others that do likewise. Always trying to save our wonderful pets. ๐Ÿ˜˜ Thank ๐Ÿ˜Š you to everyone!

  10. Wow. What a collection of good looks in your family! And some would just sit there and bask in the admiration – but not this group! They are serious GO GETTERS besides! I’m so happy for you!

  11. Brenda, your daughter works very hard. Would it be possible to rent half of the duplex she is flipping? I’ve seen her finished flip houses & they are just beautiful!!
    Ivy sure does entertain us all. Be well & safe!!

  12. Your daughter is beautiful. And cute grands too! I’m so glad you get to see them. Take care of yourself! I enjoy reading your blog but I rarely comment. I’m in north Alabama, and this is my favorite time of year! Oh and Ivy is so fun to see and hear about. Keep up the good work.

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