anna rendell

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on Easter and 39 weeks

Yesterday did not start out well. Yesterday started with a total, epic-sized mama meltdown because I didn't have an Easter dress that fit me. At 39 weeks pregnant, I was upset to not have some perfect pastel-colored Easter dress. Ahem. #hormones Needless to say, the...

on Peeps! {yep, the candy}

When this box arrived at our house last week, it was a happy dance kind of day. I've always loved Peeps - you know, the sugary coated marshmallow bunnies and chicks? I know, I have six year old taste. BUT Peeps have grown up a little bit, and you can do more than eat...

on 38.5 weeks {a #girlwithbaby update}

So I'm almost done being pregnant. I can't even... The next time I post an update it could be about baby, while I'm holding him or her. UNREAL. Symptoms: - Contractions: more in the evening. Enough to take my breath away, but can talk/walk through. - Pubic bone pain...

on the orchid that has been telling my story

Last year, after we lost our third baby, a dear friend of mine gave me an orchid. It had several blooms on it already, and the directions said to simply water it once a week. At the time, the gift itself was meaningful. After all, my love language is 'being thought...

on (in)courage: the fence meets the beach house

I have some fun news, friends. Like God-sized dream, hugenormous, fun news. And of course it starts with a story.  Nearly five years ago, I sat in a cold, empty office building with a heart that matched. My husband and I lived hundreds of miles away from our family...

on Five Minute Friday: writer

Linking up again with Five Minute Friday at the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker‘s.The rules: write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. Hop over to her place to find out the full scoop behind FMF, and to visit other posts that were freely written...

on the superhero cape you each deserve

Oh mama. It's been one of those days, hasn't it. The kind where sleep and patience are thin, toddler tempers are raging and so is your headache. You want to sit down for exactly three minutes and refuel, but that's nie to impossible with small people clamoring around...

on 35 weeks: a #girlwithbaby update

Ahem. We are nearly inside a month. Question: how did you NOT freak the freak out when expecting your second child?? Also, why do you suddenly see ALL THE PROJECTS as if through a magnifying glass when expecting your second child? Like big projects. Like cleaning all...

on sharing our stories in real life

Over six years ago, I started writing online. For a long time, it was simple recipes, newlywed tales, and my reader was my mom (she's still one of my most faithful - hi mom!!) Then we moved to another state and were living on the prairie, far from people who loved us,...

on Chicken, Wild Rice & Mushroom soup

While some of you are seeing shoots of green come up through the dirt, buds on trees, and are playing outside in shorts... here in Minnesota we got yet another winter storm last night. 4-6" of snow coming down. I'm tempted to groan along with the rest of Minnesota,...

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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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