writing real encouragement for real moms

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 That Which Goes Unspoken

Usually on Mother's Day weekend, I re-post a piece I wrote several years ago, in which I celebrate 'the other mothers'. The ones who understand loss, longing, and deepest pain. These are the mothers who are heavy on my heart as this complicated holiday rolls around,...

Lessons Learned From Losing 38 Pounds

Yep. Over the last ten months I've lost more than 38 lbs. I hit 40 before the holidays, but then I lived my life and ate cookies with my family, and now I'm at 38 (again). I've shared about this whole journey a bit over on Instagram (click "here for my "Weight Loss"...

The 2018 Hooked on Holiday Movies Bundle is Here!

I know. We haven't even picked through our kids' Halloween candy yet. But the holiday movie season is here. Believe it or not, the Hallmark Channel aired its first holiday movie last weekend, on the final Saturday of October. And throughout the next eight weeks, as we...

Introducing… my new book.

I wrote another book. It's been as much a surprise to me as it may be to you, and it's done. In my hands. ANOTHER BOOK. It's my favorite project yet. I was so excited when we picked it up today that I dragged my whole family to our favorite little lake to take...

My One Word for 2018

I'm coming off a Hallmark Christmas movie bender. You guys, I'm pretty sure that between Halloween and New Year's Day I watched FORTY NEW HOLIDAY MOVIES. I'm not even sorry. (It was for WORK. Kind of. OK it was for Facebook live videos with my friend. WHATEVER. 'twas...

The Choice We Need to Make This Week

I've been doing quite a bit of speaking this season, to church groups and moms groups and groups of parents. As I've prepared the talks for each gathering, I've realized that I am a perfectionist. You could say I’m a perfectionist in recovery, but yeah, I totally tend...

On Knowing What the Trees Know

It’s cooling down here in Minnesota, snow forecasted this weekend even though we topped at 80 degrees last week. The sticky, long, dog days of summer dredged deep into to September, and now in October the nights and early mornings bring a chill. And the trees . . ....

Hey, Cool Mom at Target:

Hey, cool mom at Target, I saw you today, with your adorable little one in her bonnet. I'm partial to bonnets myself - nothing sweeter on a baby than a ruffly little bonnet! Anyways, I saw that sweetie pie bat her eyelashes at you and then totally. lose. her. stuff....

Meet Anna

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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