So, how’d a California girl end up in Tennessee?
That’s a good question.
After trying to ignore all the signs we finally said “Yes!” to a God-sized dream in the Summer of 2012.
Apparently, I was meant to live around farmhouses, intoxicating fall color and millions of cows. It was an easy transition because I love football, southern food and hospitality AND cows.
Me and Paul
My husband is my best buddy. He works from home and so do I. Which means we’re together ALOT. Here’s a little bit of Kraft trivia for ya–Paul and I met at a police department over a homicide call. He was the dashing young officer and I was the 911 dispatcher who told him where to go all night. Because of our police background we have a very dark sense of humor.
We even speak in police phonetics and 10-codes. Ask me sometime and I’ll show you.
I’m pretty excited to share the news about my second nonfiction book The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids . It’s one of those books that I never fathomed ever writing, but God threw open every door wide so I walked through each one and ta da!
In 2011, I wrote Just Too Busy–Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical, after our family decided to take a break from just about everything in our life. As far as parenting goes, it was a game-changer for me.
When my second book was published I asked my college-aged son, “Hey, when are you going to read your mom’s books?”
“Mom, I hate to break it to you, but not until after you die. So, please stop writing, I already have way too much to read.”
Dark sense of humor in our house, remember?
To be completely honest–that’s exactly why I write. I write to leave a legacy behind for my kids. No matter how scared I get or how unqualified I feel, I lean on God and cut my tiny Kingdom-path. That small rut in the ground? It’s the mark I leave behind for my kids to plow through.
Even if they don’t plan to read my books until I’m 6 feet under the joke’s on my them. I’ll finally have the last word.
Joanne Kraft is a recovering busy mom and the author of Just Too Busy—Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical and The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids.
Joanne worked as a 911 Police Dispatcher where she met the love of her life, Paul, while dispatching him to a call. Lifelong Californians, the Kraft family recently said “Yes!” to a God-sized adventure and took a cross-country leap of faith.
They now live in Tennessee where they’re raising their four children; Meghan, David, Grace and Samuel, “We happily traded soy milk and arugula for sweet tea and biscuits.”
A sought-after speaker, Joanne loves to connect face-to-face with women at conferences and events around the country. Her articles have been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, Thriving Family, In Touch, ParentLife, Today’s Christian Woman, Kyria, P31 Woman and more. She’s appeared on CBN, Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.
A spiritual late bloomer, Joanne knows first-hand how God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). Wherever she speaks—her prayer is to draw all hearts to Him. Her greatest joy? To encourage every woman she comes in contact with—one heart at a time.