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On Christmas Coming into Our Real

Sunday morning after a weekend away for Thanksgiving, I was looking forward to going to the first Advent service at our church, which I knew would be decked out with twinkle lights, tall trees, and a manger waiting for its Baby. We'd arrived home late the night...

On the Ways We Display the Word in our Everyday

*affiliate links used below  “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are...

On Slow-Cooker Chicken (or turkey) Taco Stew

This was delicious, and I think would taste fabulous using leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey. With a nice side of cornbread... yum. If you make it with leftover turkey, just stir the diced, cooked meat into the stew about ten minutes before serving. And if you haven't...

On Ferguson and the Thing that Has to Be Enough

My son attends two separate day programs, both at churches. One Lutheran, one Baptist. My son and daughter are in a MOPS program at another Lutheran church. The three of us attend in a community ed. Early Childhood class at a local school. Our family belongs to a...

On Warm Memories & Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Growing up, on special days my mom would pull a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls from the fridge and bake them, filling the house with the scent of sweet cinnamon and dough. She made them on every first day of school, Easter and Christmas mornings. That smell...

On Practicing True Hospitality

A couple weeks ago at a conference, one of the keynote speakers was addressing true hospitality when she said something that literally took my breath away. "True hospitality," she said, "is when your guests leave your home feeling better about themselves, not feeling...

On Embracing Light

Last week I attended the Allume Conference. I hugged friends, went shopping, drank a lot of coffee, laughed until I cried (more than once!), and stayed up talking into the wee hours with dear hearts. I attended workshops and wept my way through keynotes, including the...

On a $20, 20-Minute Olaf Costume (a tutorial!)

I've known for months that Sam would be Olaf from Frozen for Halloween. He just adores that little snowman, and I thought I could find an Anna or Elsa dress for my Josie girl (which I did. And oh my. I can't wait to show you trick-or-treating photos!) While I have...

On the Reveal of a 58-Page Secret

I've been keeping a secret. For months now, I've been stealing scraps of time for my own self to write something that I just plain wanted to write. It's a God-sized dream coming true, a little piece of my heart come alive. And soon you'll be able to read it - all 58...

On Heaven Breaking Through (an (in)courage post)

“…the Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.” John 1:4 (NLT) My two year old loves his Jesus Storybook Bible, with its sweet illustrations and Scripture woven as story. He began requesting ‘the John one’ a couple weeks...

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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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