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On the Grace in Beauty

A few weeks ago I got asked when I was due. I smiled and kindly said, I'm not. And you know, my feelings weren't very hurt because frankly, I didn't blame the person who asked because if I'm honest, my belly looks poochy enough to be holding a baby. My belly has...

On the Kind of Friend I Want My Daughter to Have

Last week some friends of mine were talking about their first and second grade daughters, specifically the nitty-gritty of the girls’ friendships. They said their girls will tell them that one day they’re best friends with so-and-so, but the next day they the...

On One Word 2015

I wasn't sure I'd have a word for this new year. My words had found me by January 1st in 2013 and again in 2014, but this year I was coming up dry. Several swirled around my head but not one settled into my heart. Until last Friday. On Fridays, we like to have 'Friday...

On Fighting Faceless Bullies

This business of sharing your heart online is tricky. In my seven (!!!) years of writing here, there have been a few roadblocks. Things other than time, technology, and topics. Those things are everchanging and rotating, but not new. No, these are roadblocks that...

On What We’ve Welcomed in 2014

We've welcomed family & friends into our home new friends into our lives potty training into our days I've welcomed a precious baby girl! sweet, smooshy, baby snuggles a bigger jean size and sleepless nights We've welcomed new jobs at new companies (details soon)...

On the Top Ten of 2014

I kind of love taking a peek back at the years end. The girl who began 2014 is different than the girl who is finishing it stronger, more secure, softer. This place, this sweet virtual picket fence, has been a tool for my iron to be sharpened, for my words to be used...

On Fresh Mercy and Quiet Grace

Each day begins white as snow. Each day gives us a do-over. Each and every day starts with fresh mercy and new grace. Guilt doesn’t have to enter the picture. There’s no big party to welcome a new day, no sparkly orb or bands playing, no confetti tossed. New days dawn...

On the Most Wonderful & Difficult Time of the Year

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? Matthew 11:2-3 ------ It's Christmas Eve. A day of...

On Christmas Cookies: a Recipe Link-Up!

It's Christmas week!! We've got Bing Crosby crooning on vinyl, stopping only to swap him out for Nat King Cole. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, my favorite candles are lit, and twinkle lights have replaced the nightlight in the kids' room. Our halls...

On ‘Nog Bread’: a recipe for eggnog quick bread

Tis the season for this perfectly delicious, lovely nod to Christmas, not overly sweet or noggy loaf! In our house we affectionately call it 'nog bread', and after sharing it with you I'll have to bake a pan of it for our family =) Husby loooves this stuff and he's...

On This Season of Christmastime

Tis the season, my favorite season, and truth be told I've been living it up since October. Maybe even September. But not like I used to think of living it up at Christmastime. In this season of my life, this blessed, busy, overwhelming, wonderful season of my life,...

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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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