Who is Fletch?

I think it's fun to get a peek at the people behind a website. You will find the real me hidden in the blog posts and podcast episodes, but in the meantime here is a very brief introduction.

I like to be called Fletch. My parents named me Andy (Andrew actually) and some people call me the MangoMan. Hey! I think someone wrote a song about that? I have been married to Kendra for over 25 years and I wake up everyday wondering how a guy that looks like Shrek ended up with such a pretty wife. I am unabashedly, head over heels, in love with her. God has been ridiculously good to me. I am a dad to eight great kids (yes, 8 or VIII for any Romans reading my blog), two daughters-in-law and a granddaughter on the way.

During the day I fix teeth, but as my dad is quick to explain, “at four days/week and 52 Fridays off each year…its hardly a full-time job.”  The rest of the time you can find me hanging out with Rasta The Chocolate Lab, hiking the hills, blending some new pipe tobacco, or watching my wife throw out another piece of my tie-dye wardrobe.

At the center of who I am and a lot of what I write about here on theMangoTimes is my personal faith in Jesus Christ. (Here is a story of how God grabbed me in an unlikely place).

For a while I was lost in religion and hanging out with people who too often got their church panties in a bunch. I ended up with a horrible case of Gospel Amnesia.

For the sake of simplicity, I wasted way too many years learning to shift my hope from God onto my own efforts. I was an unhealthy Type 3 - Achiever on the Enneagram (meaning that I focused too much on what I did in order to believe that God and others liked me). I simply forgot that it was all about Jesus. 

The rest of the stuff about me can be picked up along the way. We love to eat good food, we listen to good music, we love to travel, and we are continual learners. Thanks for checking out theMangoTimes!

Need more details about who I am? Pop over to theMangoTimes Blog or theMangoTimes Podcast you can read and listen to more than you want.