writing real encouragement for real moms

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....

On Going Back to School

Three weeks ago, we started school. Like real school. Kindergarten. You guys remember praying for that little baby we so badly wanted six years ago? NOW HE IS IN REAL SCHOOL. With bells and a teacher and little desks and lunch in the cafeteria and gym class and the...

Suit Up, Girls.

While not anywhere near the entanglement of modern day slavery, there is definitely a culture of enslavement right here in the free world. We are bound, all right. Maybe with proverbial chains, but nonetheless these shackles are our reality: Fear. Low self worth....

The Ministry of Presence {at (in)courage}

I haven’t watched a full broadcast of the 10 o’clock news in years. It seemed to me that each night, the news became darker, more saturated with gloom and despair and evil. And there came a point where I decided that I just wouldn’t watch any longer. I do read...

Mother’s Day for the ‘Other Mothers’

There are parents without carseats, diapers or pacifiers. Mothers who do not have bedtime rituals or middle of the night feedings. Mothers without hand-stamped necklaces or birthstone rings. Parents who no longer have children. These are the other mothers – the ones...

State of Days & Heart

You know, like a State of the Union address? Consider this my State of Days and Heart. 🙂 It's been five weeks since the last words were spoken in this space. In that time, our family has: Celebrated my Sam's fifth birthday with a Green Eggs and Ham gathering of...

Christmas Will Come

The boxes are piled shoulder-high throughout the basement, full of every single earthly possession we have. In the next three weeks there will be four preschool/church Christmas programs, my son will turn 5, a writing deadline will pass, Christmas Day will come and...

The Only Way to Stay Above Water

It's here. The first day of December. It hasn't started to snow here in Minnesota yet, but I'm holding out hope for a white Christmas just the same and I made it snow on my blog. So there, weather. Today is a BIG day. It's the first of December. I'm over at...

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Meet Anna

I'm Anna Rendell - social media coordinator at (in)courage, speaker, writer, latte lover. Wife of Jared and mom of Sam (5), Josie (3), and Clara Grace (1). Join me at the picket fence and let's talk real life, real mothering and real encouragement.

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