By Summer Thornsberry
The pastor’s wife and mother of three found her entrepreneurial spirit seven years ago and birthed a local holiday market that grows bigger each year. Although raising her children and leading a local church with her husband keeps her busy, Fancher does it all while keeping God first in life and cherishing the little moments with her family.
How long have you all been preaching in Hopkinsville?
My husband Brad and I planted the church Restoration House Family Worship Center almost 10 years ago.
How do you celebrate the Christmas season with your family?
Each year on Dec. 1, we start a 25-day devotion book called “The Advent Jesse Tree.” Each devotion traces the heritage of Jesus through the stories and prophecies of the Old Testament. Each devotional is paired with an ornament that we made and is representative of the story that day. We have a small Christmas tree that we use only for these ornaments. I usually wrap all the ornaments and let the kids unwrap the one that goes along with devotion for that day. It’s a fun way to keep the focus on Christ during the busy season. My son’s birthday is actually on Christmas day so we usually make birthday cake for Jesus and Judah. On Christmas Eve, we like to go to the movies and enjoy a family outing that way.
Can you tell me about the annual “One Stop Holiday Shop” that you host at the church every year?
The One Stop Holiday Shop is an event I started six years ago. The year before that, I had started making and selling hair bows as a way to make extra money for Christmas. I participated in a vendor event that year and was excited that I sold a bunch of my bows.
Well, the following year, the people who hosted that vendor event didn’t have it again. So, I decided to try and host something similar. I really just wanted a venue to have a chance to sell the bows I’d made. Well, it was very successful and each year the event grew bigger and bigger. The first One Stop Holiday Shop had 12 vendors, and last year we hosted 42 different vendors and had over 500 shoppers come through.
A few years ago, I added an event in the spring called The One Stop Spring Shop. The events are now a two-day event. The vendors set up their booths and anyone and everyone is invited to come shop all the different booths. We have door prizes every 30 minutes and usually have some type of plate lunch for sale.
I love being able to host these events that give so many independent consultants and even just people who love to make crafts a place to sell their products. I know I was so grateful to make a little extra money for the holidays, and I’m happy to give others the chance and venue to do the same.
These events have also been great fundraisers for our youth ministry at the church. Part of the vendor proceeds have gone toward youth camps and mission trips.
You and your husband adopted your son, Judah, from Ethiopia. What was the adoption process like for your family?
Well, after three to four years of trying for another child, we felt the need to look into adoption. The day we received the official referral of our son, I found out I was pregnant. It was such a surprise, and it kind of felt like having twins. We brought Judah home when he was just 6 months old, and Naomi was born three months later. It was a whirlwind for sure but so wonderful.
What are some hobbies you and your family enjoy?
As a family we like to have movie nights, play board games or serve together at church or church outreaches.
What makes you proud to be a mother?
I’m extremely proud to be a mother. I’m humbled that God would entrust these precious souls to my care. I homeschool all three children and that is one area that I love to be with them. It’s amazing to literally get to watch them learn, and I’m proud to be a part of that process.
All my children are very different, and I’m always proud to see them excel in different ways and to be passionate about different things. But I’m most proud to be a mother when I witness them being kind, compassionate and putting others before themselves. That’s when I really feel like being a parent is the most important job because we are raising three people who will hopefully make a lasting impact in the world around them.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
My favorite restaurant is El Bracero! My husband teases that it should be called El BraSaras because I love it so much.