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Pumpkin Spice Everything

Autumn is the perfect time to take back the reins of our self-care intentions. To pause and actually care for ourselves. Let’s enjoy our lattes, oh yes, but let’s also spend time focusing on that which truly fills our hearts and cares for our souls.

It is my prayer that the pause found on these pages would provide you a moment of peace. A break in the hustle and bustle. A chance to drink deep and savor this fleeting and favored season. 

Take a moment

It’s my prayer that we moms will make room for the peace and fullness of joy this season is meant to exude. I want my children to see me making room for Him in my inn, even amidst the to-do list.

Whether it’s at the beginning of the day (before kids and life demand) or at the end of a long day before finally collapsing into bed – whenever you take a moment for yourself, I pray you allow the peace of the season to wash over you.

on the first three weeks

I want to tell you a little about our baby girl, and life in these past few weeks. And it's going to be in bullet points, because #newborn. =) Our sweet little Josie girl turned three weeks old today, and our lives have never been richer. Or sleepier. This baby,...

on Josie Marie: introducing my daughter!

Josie Marie Rendell April 22, 2014 9:22pm 7lbs, 15oz 20" long           Our sweet, precious daughter is here and we could not be more in love. Big brother is as smitten as we are. More photos {you can see more here} and stories to come, but...

on (in)RL 2014 {an (in)courage post}

You did it. You, brave one, chose community over fear. You opened your homes to women whose faces you’ve only seen in tiny square boxes online. You drove to the home of a new friend, leaving your family behind on a lovely Saturday afternoon. You mingled with ladies...

on Easter and 39 weeks

Yesterday did not start out well. Yesterday started with a total, epic-sized mama meltdown because I didn't have an Easter dress that fit me. At 39 weeks pregnant, I was upset to not have some perfect pastel-colored Easter dress. Ahem. #hormones Needless to say, the...

on 38.5 weeks {a #girlwithbaby update}

So I'm almost done being pregnant. I can't even... The next time I post an update it could be about baby, while I'm holding him or her. UNREAL. Symptoms: - Contractions: more in the evening. Enough to take my breath away, but can talk/walk through. - Pubic bone pain...

on the orchid that has been telling my story

Last year, after we lost our third baby, a dear friend of mine gave me an orchid. It had several blooms on it already, and the directions said to simply water it once a week. At the time, the gift itself was meaningful. After all, my love language is 'being thought...

on (in)courage: the fence meets the beach house

I have some fun news, friends. Like God-sized dream, hugenormous, fun news. And of course it starts with a story.  Nearly five years ago, I sat in a cold, empty office building with a heart that matched. My husband and I lived hundreds of miles away from our family...

on Five Minute Friday: writer

Linking up again with Five Minute Friday at the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker‘s.The rules: write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. Hop over to her place to find out the full scoop behind FMF, and to visit other posts that were freely written...

on the superhero cape you each deserve

Oh mama. It's been one of those days, hasn't it. The kind where sleep and patience are thin, toddler tempers are raging and so is your headache. You want to sit down for exactly three minutes and refuel, but that's nie to impossible with small people clamoring around...

on 35 weeks: a #girlwithbaby update

Ahem. We are nearly inside a month. Question: how did you NOT freak the freak out when expecting your second child?? Also, why do you suddenly see ALL THE PROJECTS as if through a magnifying glass when expecting your second child? Like big projects. Like cleaning all...

on sharing our stories in real life

Over six years ago, I started writing online. For a long time, it was simple recipes, newlywed tales, and my reader was my mom (she's still one of my most faithful - hi mom!!) Then we moved to another state and were living on the prairie, far from people who loved us,...

on Chicken, Wild Rice & Mushroom soup

While some of you are seeing shoots of green come up through the dirt, buds on trees, and are playing outside in shorts... here in Minnesota we got yet another winter storm last night. 4-6" of snow coming down. I'm tempted to groan along with the rest of Minnesota,...

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Anna Rendell: Speaker, author, latte lover. Digital Content Manager at (in)courage. Wife of Jared and mom of three littles. Talking real life, sharing stories from real mothering, and offering you real encouragement.

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