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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....

on Weeknight Dinners: Herbed Parmesan Squash

OK, I promised another side dish recipe. This one got my mother - not a squash fan - to say, 'I didn't even hate it!' =) Hi mom! It makes me look forward to this summer and fall, when our neighborhood farmers market will be heavy with squash. Honestly, I am so looking...

on Weeknight Dinners: Buttery Scalloped Potatoes

I'm terribly boring when it comes to side dishes. I tend to choose from a handful of default options: frozen green vegetable, brown rice, green salad, couscous... the end. So I knew I had to try a couple sides from Gooseberry Patch's Weeknight Dinners, and they now...

on Weeknight Dinners: Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Here in Minnesota, we've gotten snow every single day this week, which totally thrills me! I love snow. Love it. Doesn't matter what time of day it snows, it gives me Christmas morning feeling. Is there anything better than cozying up by the fireplace, hunkering down...

on Weeknight Dinners: Busy-Night Taco Bake

This is one new-to-us main dish that we're loving these days: We were too busy eating to remember to snap a single picture. Busy-Night Taco Bake Gooseberry Patch 1lb ground beef 1-1/4 oz. pkg. taco seasoning (I used my homemade seasoning) 3/4 c. water 6 6-inch flour...

on (in)courage today!

I'm so humbled to be featured on (in)courage today!! Here's a snippet of my post &  a link to the rest of it on (in)courage: ---------- Every day, posts from (in)courage make their way to my inbox, and every day I read them. For over three years, (in)courage has made...

on my sons first baptismal birthday

One year ago today we dedicated our sweet baby boy to the Lord, baptizing him in front of our home church, family & friends.His godparents had been carefully chosen and prayed over, and they're wonderful people who will remain in his life for all of it. We gathered in...

on secrets {but really, the lack thereof}

Husby and I really don't have secrets. We practice simple honesty - our concept of saying the hard things, the scary things, the things that really matter, out loud. 5 years of marriage, 2 years of dating/engagement, and knowing him for over 7 years before that -...

on my OneWord365

I have this picture in my head of the girl I want to be. Words that describe her are cozy, confident, spunky, charming, honest, soft, comforting, sweet, perceptive, kind, fierce, smart. The kind of girl that places her hand on your forearm and says she's honestly...

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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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