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Great for gifts!

Whether you’re still dreaming of pumpkin spice lattes or your Christmas decorations have yet to come down, there are words for you on these pages.

I offer these books from my heart to yours, written over pumpkin spice lattes and sugarplum visions. Grab one of each, or double up on one for a heartfelt gift.

On Lent and the Ways I Will be Observing It

I've been in a kind of ugly place lately, a place of quiet cynicism and selfishness. I've simultaneously deferred and coveted the spotlight. The chip on my shoulder is breaking off in pieces, the seed of my secret cynic taking root and spreading like ivy on a stone...

On the Lights Across the Pond

  One of these homes backing up to our neighborhood is a Christmas holdout, strings of colored lights lining their deck railing. I love these lights. In the middle of the cold dark nights, they glow. Pacing and swaying with a sleepless baby, they glow. Struck...

On the Grace in Beauty

A few weeks ago I got asked when I was due. I smiled and kindly said, I'm not. And you know, my feelings weren't very hurt because frankly, I didn't blame the person who asked because if I'm honest, my belly looks poochy enough to be holding a baby. My belly has...

On the Kind of Friend I Want My Daughter to Have

Last week some friends of mine were talking about their first and second grade daughters, specifically the nitty-gritty of the girls’ friendships. They said their girls will tell them that one day they’re best friends with so-and-so, but the next day they the...

On One Word 2015

I wasn't sure I'd have a word for this new year. My words had found me by January 1st in 2013 and again in 2014, but this year I was coming up dry. Several swirled around my head but not one settled into my heart. Until last Friday. On Fridays, we like to have 'Friday...

On Fighting Faceless Bullies

This business of sharing your heart online is tricky. In my seven (!!!) years of writing here, there have been a few roadblocks. Things other than time, technology, and topics. Those things are everchanging and rotating, but not new. No, these are roadblocks that...

On What We’ve Welcomed in 2014

We've welcomed family & friends into our home new friends into our lives potty training into our days I've welcomed a precious baby girl! sweet, smooshy, baby snuggles a bigger jean size and sleepless nights We've welcomed new jobs at new companies (details soon)...

On the Top Ten of 2014

I kind of love taking a peek back at the years end. The girl who began 2014 is different than the girl who is finishing it stronger, more secure, softer. This place, this sweet virtual picket fence, has been a tool for my iron to be sharpened, for my words to be used...

On Fresh Mercy and Quiet Grace

Each day begins white as snow. Each day gives us a do-over. Each and every day starts with fresh mercy and new grace. Guilt doesn’t have to enter the picture. There’s no big party to welcome a new day, no sparkly orb or bands playing, no confetti tossed. New days dawn...

On the Most Wonderful & Difficult Time of the Year

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? Matthew 11:2-3 ------ It's Christmas Eve. A day of...

On Christmas Cookies: a Recipe Link-Up!

It's Christmas week!! We've got Bing Crosby crooning on vinyl, stopping only to swap him out for Nat King Cole. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, my favorite candles are lit, and twinkle lights have replaced the nightlight in the kids' room. Our halls...

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Anna Rendell: Speaker, author, latte lover. Digital Content Manager at (in)courage. Wife of Jared and mom of three littles. Meet here at the picket fence and talk real life, real mothering and real encouragement.

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