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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 newtown & redemption

because i have no words of my own, i'll stay in the lowercase of my heart and share the words of others.---------- Ann Voskamp: The Truth about Sandy Hook: Where is God When Bad Things Happen? If you read one of these links, make it this one. {on Advent and the...

on Sunday Simplicity: a snowy day

The first of many snowy days to come, I hope.-anna{girl with blog} I'd love to make this list of top baby blogs. Just click here or the above icon, then click the owl on the left! anna {girl with blog} ---------- www.twitter.com/anna_r www.facebook.com/girlwithblog...

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 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...

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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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