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This book is for the woman who craves a less crazed-feeling Christmas, who longs for a season that is intentional and full of joy. Including 25 devotions, each of them guilt-free, inspiring, and able to be read in 10 minutes or less! As you prepare your heart for Christmas by reading through these pages, you'll be inspired to drop the pursuit of perfection and chase holy.
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on self care

Sometimes I think I have myself convinced that the absence of tears is strength. That answering 'fine' is a good thing. That if I don't love fully, deeply, there will be less of myself to hurt. What a crock.----------The other day I wrote a very difficult piece. It's...

on being a working mom

I haven't been a working mom for very long - just shy of 7 months now. I am the social networking and webinar manager for a non-profit ministry resource company, and work 20ish hours/week mostly from home. There are a lot of things going on there: social networking: I...

on the First Day

of October!!----------One of the reasons I love blogging is that I love to read blogs. I'm a big ol' snoop. If I use your bathroom, chances are I may have peeked in your medicine cabinet. I KNOW!! It's a character flaw. I just love getting a glimpse into your lives!...

on community: (in)couraging Working New Moms

An event, planned by a stranger whose heart I know, prompted a text from a new friend. We'd host together. She invited her friends. One of them thought she may know me - an email sent confirmed it. I had been her counselor at camp a hundred years ago. That week by the...

on fall-ing

It's here. Even to the cynics who resist all things pumpkin until it's under 60* / after school starts / September is over - it's here for them too. And for us diehard lovers, the ones who listen to October Road year round, whose hearts palpitate for pumpkin spice...

on what I could tell you

I could tell you about The Boy's 9-month doctor visit yesterday, which was only thought-provoking in that I thought we brought him in for his 3-day check last week. He's lost weight in the last three months, due to his ridiculously busy and insanely active little...

on things i haven’t told you yet

My Boy is nearing his 9 month birthday, and I've started planning his first birthday celebration! Though it's three months away yet, I'm convinced that you can't start too early, especially for something around the holidays. You can plan along with me by following my...

on being happy

I've realized that though balancing work and a house and a super ridiculously active baby who doesn't sleep is the hardest and most exhausting thing I've ever tried to do, I am also the happiest I've ever been. I feel all glowy and lovely and fulfilled and joyful....

on butter and flour

Baking is therapy. Husby knows that a long day = pecan pie, a day rough around the edges = chocolate chip cookies, and if it requires a trip to the fancy carpeted grocery for specialty ingredients, just stay away until I've had a bite.   Baking is kind of magical....

on losing my voice

I'm here! I'm fine! I'm alive!I just don't have words or time to think of any.Oh, if you could only read the posts I compose in my head! They're beautiful, well thought out, grammatcally correct, full of passion and meaning and metaphors. But then instead of writing...

on summer weekends

We linger over weekends, soaking in every drop of one another. Suppertime lasts longer when it's eaten slowly on the back porch, baby bellied up to the table, mama and daddy smiling over glasses of lemonade. Through the park we stroll, letting the dog off her leash to...

on sand and thoughts: Sunday Simplicity

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them;they outnumber the grains of sand! psalm 139:17-18 May you feel thought of with joy today. anna {girl with blog} anna {girl with blog} ---------- www.twitter.com/anna_r...

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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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