anna rendell

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From Where They Stand

The other day, my 4 year old took my phone. He held it carefully for an hour, snapping pictures at every turn. I posed with him for a few, but the subjects and angles were all him. All from his vantage point. All things that matter to him. All in the exact way that he...

When Love Looks Like a Latte

Collapsing into the couch, I stared out across the pond out back, too spent to actually see anything in my view. We'd just had the world's worst trip to the store, hot on the heels of a day that wouldn't quit being crappy, and I sent this SOS text to a few dear and...

I’m here. I’m well. I’m covered in babies.

Hi friends. Like I said, I'm back. I'm here. I'm well. I'm covered in babies. We've made it through the 'round the clock newborn phase. We're all the way into the real live baby phase. This one is now 5 months old. She is rolling and drooling and coo-ing and grinning....

Not Every Good Thing is a God Thing

When I read Priscilla's words on Sabbath in "Fervent" on idols, on motivation and agenda, my heart sank a bit as the truth rose to the surface. My mind flashed to a scene that repeats itself far too often in my real life: A cooing baby girl in her carseat placed on...

On Embracing Rest {Part 3}

This is the third post in a three-part series on Embracing Rest. It's been wonderful talking about the ways in which we can embrace rest even in this full and busy season of our lives! In case you missed the other two posts, here they are: Part 1 Part 2 So how do you...

On Embracing Rest {part 2}

This is the second post in a three-part series on Embracing Rest. In case you missed it, here's Part 1. So why do we resist rest? Rest isn’t just for stressed out busy people; rest is for the everyday people whose lives are full of good things. Rest is for the people...

On Embracing Rest {part 1}

My life right now is not very conducive to embracing rest. My life right now is not very simplified… but I’m craving both rest and simplicity. Rest does not equal sleep. Rest is defined in several ways, and yes – sleep is one of them – but the definition of rest also...

Scenes From Being Five

It's been over a month since we talked, and I missed you! But I'm not gonna lie - what I've been up to has been much sweeter than typing or writing or talking. We've been snuggling and celebrating and adjusting and chasing and not sleeping. Here's a peek as we end...

On Dropping Perfect and Chasing Holy

The seeking of perfection can suck the joy from our souls if we allow it space in our hearts. The first Christmas was less than perfect, yet it was glorious. It was the greatest mix of holy and human. There was straw, shepherds, and a star. There were hard hearts, new...

It’s a Girl!!

She's here. Born three weeks early on November 10th, weighing 7lbs 15 oz (just like her big sister). Clara Grace. Our precious daughter. After 15 hours of labor (I can't wait to share her birth story with you!) she came quietly but fiercely into our arms. Her big...

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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 (2), 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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