1991: The Beginning
The story of Kindred Grace goes back to January 1991, with cousins Melissa and Gretchen (then 6 and 7 years old). Their brothers had a “club” for boys that they called the “Tardogs” (patterned after the Sugar Creek Gang), so the girls decided they should have their own girls’ club, too. Since both Melissa and Gretchen really liked cats, they decided upon the name “Purry Kittens.”
The Purry Kittens created secret languages, club songs — and of course, a newsletter, called “P.K. News.” Soon Gretchen started a separate newsletter for younger girls called “Kitties Korner” and one for teen girls called “The P31″ — plus a book review newsletter called “Wonderful Books for Girls.”
June 1997: A New Name
The Purry Kittens “club” (with thirty members to its name) underwent some major changes in 1997 — a new name, look, focus, and all-in-one newsletter, edited by Gretchen: “The YLCF Newsletter.”
The very first YLCF website was hosted for free on Tripod.
2003: From Print to Blog
By spring of 1999, the YLCF Journal had grown to 28 pages published quarterly. In September 2003, the thirty-second and final issue of the YLCF Journal was printed. But the blog took over where the YLCF Journal left off, with the first guest blogger joining in March 2004.
2006: Introducing the YLCF Team
New life and quality came to the ministry in the form of a group of writers dubbed the “YLCF Team”. Cheerful reflections, thought-provoking commentary, and daily interaction with other young ladies on the blog continued the trademark of YLCF.
2009: New Logo
2009 brought YLCF a new logo and the team a renewed passion for their mission of providing encouragement and fellowship for women young and old.
2011: 20 Years Old!
January 2011 found YLCF celebrating 20 years of ministry, with a new set of logos and the same commitment to ministry.