writing real encouragement for real moms

on celebrating the other mothers on mother’s day

There are mothers without carseats, diapers or pacifiers. Mothers who do not have bedtime rituals or middle of the night feedings. Mothers without handstamped necklaces or birthstone rings. These are the other mothers - the ones in our midst who are quietly hurting. I...

on meeting in real life {#inRLMN #inRL recap}

She came from two hours away, knowing no one. She lost her infant son just months ago. His funeral was at this church. Her whole family brought her here, napping in the car while she came inside for an hour. She used to battle addiction. That table of five - they're...

on Five Minute Friday: friend

This weeks prompt: Friend* GO: Making friends doesn't come naturally to me. Ever since I was seven, and asked the girl in the patent leather shoes to be my friend. When she looked at me straight in the eye and replied, 'No.', something in me shriveled up. To put my...

on jump: five minute friday

This weeks prompt: Jump* GO: Remember skipping rope? Doing hurdles in gym class? Jumping up and down for sheer joy at a birthday party? All jumping, all joyful, all easy... at the time. Now, tinged with age and hardened a bit with experience, I feel sometimes that...

on soup & healing {Unstuffed Green Pepper Soup}

Soup is, perhaps, the ultimate comfort food. When one feels ill, soup. On a rainy or chilly day, soup. For heartbreak, soup. And so it was that last night, the only thing on my mind for supper was soup. All is not right in the world. When bombs explode. When we don't...

on time {(in)couragement for working moms}

I'm not a typical working mom. My job is part-time, and I do it from home, only going into the office one morning a week. This arrangement has allowed me to be at home with my Boy, belong to two during-the-day moms groups, and save a bundle by not using much...

on beauty for ashes {i hope}

I want to fill this new shiny space with joy, only sweetness, all things pink and sugary. I have a book review due two hours ago and a cookbook review&giveaway slated for two days ago. There are adorable pictures from our Easter Sunday waiting to be uploaded, and...

on Easter reflecting

Growing up, my mother was (and still is) a church choir director. She had to be at church for all the services, including the sunrise service, so the Easter bunny would leave our baskets in the car =) It's Easter weekend. Though there you can still measure the snow in...

on how we’re doing

Since publishing this, so many of you have sent well-wishes, prayers, good thoughts, love through the internet and telephone. It's only been a few days, but already we've gotten flowers, coffee, a dear card in the real mail. There hasn't been much time to ask how...

on the thing i have to tell you that i never wanted to say

We lost another baby last week. Honestly, the swirl of emotions in my head and heart is so intense and hard to define that I don't really know what to type, how to direct my fingers, what to say. There are too many words to write, and no words to write, at the same...

on why I don’t have working moms guilt

This week I asked women in our (in)couraging Working New Moms group to share pictures of their work spaces. The resulting pictures made me think that these women were proud of their spaces. Had anyone told them that it's ok to feel that pride? Because it is. By the...

on Lent and social media and nursing my baby

There's this commercial where an interviewer asks kidlets what's better - doing one thing at a time, or two things at once. Here, take a peek: This breaks my heart a bit. May I share a secret with you? Sometimes I want to completely unplug and run away with my family....

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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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