anna rendell

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on 25 weeks: a #girlwithbaby update

It's absolutely mind-blowing how quickly this pregnancy is going. We have less than 4 months left! I'm pretty sure I haven't done an update since 14 weeks, when I was petrified something was going to go wrong with our baby. I'm not as scared anymore, though my heart...

on Five Minute Friday: See

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 in...

on making friends

How do you make friends when the only chance you have to talk to her is in the church hallway, your two year old tugging and screaming, 'Our car! Home!', her newborn strapped on & squawking and four year old shooting water from the fountain? How do you make...

on a post-Christmas treat: Eggnog Bread recipe

I know. Christmas is over. Even the Twelve days of Christmas are over. And here I am yakking about it again... but I just feel like I kind of got gypped out of Christmas this year. Despite my best efforts, the season flew past and I had a hormonal meltdown last week...

on my #OneWord365 for 2014

Last year, 2013, was the first time I chose one word to focus on, in place of a list of resolutions and goals. A word settled into my heart, and not a day went by when it didn't float to the surface of my brain. And instead of guilt over goals un-fulfilled, there was...

on Girl with Blog’s top 10 posts from 2013

I've never done this before! But last night I thought it'd be fun {and it was!} to peek at my stats and see what YOU loved reading on Girl with Blog during 2013. I am humbled every day when you share your stories, stop by my fence, send an email or tweet, and choose...

on our Christmas card for you!

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year, from the Girl with Blog family!! I'll be back sometime this week to tell you about our Christmas (which hasn't actually happened yet, because all three of us got the stomach flu. Seriously.) We're on the mend, and looking...

on the most wonderful & difficult time of the year

Last week I cried at our pastors sermon about 'the most wonderful & difficult time of the year'. She spoke to the people who struggle through it, whether from unemployment, infertility, depression, or a nameless battle. She spoke of John the Baptist, who dared...

on Advent calendars – a guest post by…

... Husby! =) He wrote this for our monthly feature on the Vibrant Faith @ Home blog, and I loved it. So I'm sharing a bit of it with you here. His words were a balm for me, as this month I've wanted nothing more than to cancel life and steep in Advent but it's like...

on keeping the calm in Christmas

After receiving so many responses to this post, I thought perhaps we could all use a few ideas on how to actually and practically seek & find Him amidst the busy. Below are a few things I feel help me keep the calm throughout the crazy. ps - I love you guys....

on finding the calm in Christmas

Two weeks before Christmas, and an empty, undecorated tree stands lonely in the corner. A small pile of gifts are unwrapped, tucked away in a cupboard from peeking eyes. The kitchen is somewhere beneath itself, as mice decided to move in for a night and now the...

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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 (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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