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Whether you’re still dreaming of pumpkin spice lattes or your Christmas decorations have been up for weeks, there are words for you in these pages.

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When Life Hurts Too Much

Loss and grief are familiar emotions to me. As you know, Jared and I have traveled the path of infertility, and through it God is bringing us closer to Him. That's right, I said 'is bringing', not 'brought'. The pain of infertility doesn't stop with a baby. after all,...

Hope for the Weary {new} Mom: chapter 6

This week, June 12-18, I am hosting an online book/Bible study on Hope for the Weary Mom - I'll be posting from one chapter each day from the point of view of the new mom. There is an introduction post with more details here. I would love if you'd join in the daily...

on Hope for the Weary Mom: chapter 5

This week, June 12-18, I am hosting an online book/Bible study on Hope for the Weary Mom - I'll be posting from one chapter each day from the point of view of the new mom. There is an introduction post with more details here. I would love if you'd join in the daily...

Hope for the Weary Mom: chapter 4

This week, June 12-18, I am hosting an online book/Bible study on Hope for the Weary Mom - I'll be posting from one chapter each day from the point of view of the new mom. If that's not the group for you, click here to find another one! There is an introduction post...

Hope for the Weary {new} Mom: chapter 3

This week, June 12-18, I am hosting an online book/Bible study on Hope for the Weary Mom - I'll be posting from one chapter each day from the point of view of the new mom. If that's not the group for you, click here to find another one! There is an introduction post...

on Hope for the Weary {new} Mom: chapter 2

This week, June 12-18, I am hosting an online book/Bible study on Hope for the Weary Mom - I'll be posting from one chapter each day from the point of view of the new mom. If that's not the group for you, click here to find another one! There is an introduction post...

on Hope for the Weary {new} Mom: chapter 1

**edited to add: This week, June 12-18, I am hosting an online book/Bible study on Hope for the Weary Mom - I'll be posting from one chapter each day from the point of view of the new mom. If that's not the group for you, click here to find another one! There is an...

on the Harvest Table: Asparagus Bundles

This was a super simple addition to our grilled pork chop supper last week. See, you can make harvest recipes even when it's 80* outside! =) Asparagus Bundlesfrom the Harvest Table,by Gooseberry Patchone bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed to 6inches1-2 T. olive...

Arugula Salad & Baked Pears

Oh friends... this recipe from the The Harvest Table, was soooo good! It was a chilly day here in Minnesota and this cool weather recipe really hit the spot. I can just see savoring the creamy gorgonzola and nutty pecans in October, when there's really a nip in the...

on finding balance

I've wanted to do a 'day in the life' post where I document most of what The Boy and I do over the course of a day. I think would look all chunked together, like this: 4:00 - wake, nurse the Boy, fall back asleep 7:30 - get up, nurse, change & dress The Boy,...

on our fifth anniversary

We celebrated quietly, with grandma babysitting we slipped out to a bookstore, perusing the shelves then coming together for a piece of cheesecake. We laughed throughout the day as we remembered what we were doing at that very time on that very day 5 years earlier:...

on Mother’s Day 2012

In lots of ways, it was a typical Sunday. We went to church, got a coffee treat on the way home, made brunch, took naps, grilled outside, had bath and bed... But today was a little different. morning snuggles. Today I was a mom on Mother's Day. my babies =) Now it's...

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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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