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on counting down in Advent

The Christmas season is {finally} here. I sincerely love Christmas, and the Advent that precedes it. To take a season - a month or more - and focus on being still, waiting, watching, being hopeful, anticipating the coming Christ child... it's a lovely thing.We've...

on And versus Or

It’s not like me to not post here in two weeks. That breaks my own social media ‘rules’, the ones I teach churches to use. I tell them to post at least once a week so it doesn’t get ‘cobwebby’ in their space. Can you see the spiderwebs building up in the corners here?...

On Traveling by Air with Baby

Last month we went on a 5-day trip with The Boy that included two plane rides, a shuttle and a hotel. Each way. You know that my darling Boy never sits still has energy to spare, is quite vocal, and doesn't love to sleep. Not a great combination for plane rides. I was...

On Being Intentional in Community

Let's talk. After Sam was born, I had a hard time. The ridiculous math of extreme sleep deprivation + unhealed body = a new mama coming apart at the seams. I was trying to figure out how to be a mom, wrapping my brain around this new precious gorgeous baby that was...

on the Best Ever Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe

When I was pregnant with The Boy, there weren't many things I didn't want to eat. The only thing that made me sick (food-wise) was coffee. I know!! It was such a bummer, because I loooooove my java. But straight coffee - the taste and scent - made me super ill....

on the Very Best Ever Pumpkin Bread recipe

Oh, this season. This wonderful season in all of its cozy glory has returned, the autumn colors given way to the early darkening of the evening. Bare branches brush the dim sky, and there's more than a chill in the air. Halloween decorations meet Christmas decor in...

on the dirty word that rusts out my heart

Tonight, while I was right next to him, my Boy fell against the toilet (out of the mouths of moms, right?!) He was crying, and I kept telling him that he was fine, but later I saw that his eyelid was red and puffy =( He must've bumped it when he fell, but I didn't see...

on grace and caffeine

Oh my dear friends in this here computer. Thank you for your sweet comments on Husby's vlog post. You bless me, you know that?! Y'all made me teary and grin-ny all day long yesterday. Thank you. ps - by posting that vlog he was entered in a drawing for an iPad, which...

on self care

Sometimes I think I have myself convinced that the absence of tears is strength. That answering 'fine' is a good thing. That if I don't love fully, deeply, there will be less of myself to hurt. What a crock.----------The other day I wrote a very difficult piece. It's...

on being a working mom

I haven't been a working mom for very long - just shy of 7 months now. I am the social networking and webinar manager for a non-profit ministry resource company, and work 20ish hours/week mostly from home. There are a lot of things going on there: social networking: I...

on the First Day

of October!!----------One of the reasons I love blogging is that I love to read blogs. I'm a big ol' snoop. If I use your bathroom, chances are I may have peeked in your medicine cabinet. I KNOW!! It's a character flaw. I just love getting a glimpse into your lives!...

on community: (in)couraging Working New Moms

An event, planned by a stranger whose heart I know, prompted a text from a new friend. We'd host together. She invited her friends. One of them thought she may know me - an email sent confirmed it. I had been her counselor at camp a hundred years ago. That week by the...

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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