writing real encouragement for real moms

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...

on feelings and sales

Oh friends. I haven't been able to stop treading water. I feel like the day has to come when I will maybe kinda sorta have things together, but with such little sleep and such a moving baby... I remain exhausted and just hanging on. BUT, my little baby is a serious...

on he who is SUCH a boy

Did I tell you that The Boy stands up now? Pulls himself up on whatever's handy and stands, so proud of himself. He used to bounce in that bouncy seat. That bouncy seat was how mama got a shower. Now he uses it to stand up on his own teeny tiny adorable two feet.He...

on overload

I'm here. I'm fine. Well, I'm exhausted and nursing a sick husband back to health and going on five hours of sleep total for the last two days and work is piling up around me and so are the dishes but I have the cutest baby ever, so I just breathe and don't log on for...

on The Christmas Table: Ginger-Panko Fried Chicken

Tonight I made a gigantic mess of the kitchen. GI-GAN-TIC. I made three recipes from two cookbooks, and steamed veggies to make baby food at the same time. On the stove we had fried chicken going, a pot steaming carrots and then apples, cinnamon apples in another pot,...

When Life Hurts Too Much

Loss and grief are familiar emotions to me. As you know, Jared and I have traveled the path of infertility, and through it God is bringing us closer to Him. That's right, I said 'is bringing', not 'brought'. The pain of infertility doesn't stop with a baby. after all,...

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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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