web_copy_copy_copyJohn and Kendra Smiley are popular speakers and authors leading marriage and parenting seminars nationally and internationally.  They have co-authored three books – Journey of a Strong-Willed Child, Be the Parent, and Do Your Kids a Favor. Love Your Spouse. In addition they have a monthly column, Home Front, in Prairie Farmer magazine.

Named the, Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, Kendra hosts a daily radio show, Live Life Intentionally, heard coast to coast on over 350 stations and featuring John as a weekly guest.

John is a retired USAFR pilot, flying a KC-135 for 30 years. He retired as Colonel Smiley, the Vice-Wing Commander of Grissom Air Reserve Base in Indiana. After retirement he took over the family farming operation.

The Smiley’s live on a farm in central Illinois. They are the parents of three married sons and have 10 grandchildren ages 9 and younger.

Kendra and John Smiley constantly offer practical help for families in a most authentic and wonderful way. Their integrity and vulnerability are so deeply refreshing.
-Jim Burns, PHD, President, HomeWord
Author of Getting Ready for Marriage and Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality


“Having John & Kendra speak to our international women is ALWAYS a treat! Their wisdom, humor, and street-level advice translates well for any audience. They share passionately about topics close to their hearts: family, marriage, spiritual-growth, and much more! John & Kendra are a true delight and I cannot wait to have them back to Austria!”

-Nikki Lörnitzo Leader Hearts at Home Austria