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40+ week update & nursery tour!

Hi friends! No sweet babe yet... at our doc appt yesterday I was 3cm dilated - good progress over the last week! So we scheduled a 'just-in-case' induction for next Tuesday morning. So baby's birthday will be December 20th or before!! Just having an end date makes me...

Peppermint Popcorn Crunch Recipe

Last week a recipe appeared in my reader that almost spoke to me. White chocolate, mint m&m's, sprinkles... I had to have it. So like any good 40 week pregnant girl, I sent my sweet Husby to the craft store for peppermint melts =) They didn't have any, so I ended...

39 weeks!

Still here. Almost 40 weeks along (39 weeks 5 days today). Hoping this update doesn't sound whiny, but simply truthful. It's just not comfortable being this pregnant, which is a good thing - if it were nice and cozy, there would be no drive to get the baby out and I'd...

Thanksgiving: what we fought for.

A baby, growing ounce by ounce in my womb. Stretchies. Not able to breathe deeply. Diapers and blankies and mittens sprawled across the nursery. Varicose veins. Constant stuffy nose. Closets overflowing with tiny clothes. Puffy feet. Carpal tunnel. Painful,...

just write.

i saw this tweet yesterday, and it made my heart quicken and unfroze my fingers. @HeatheroftheEO: Listen to her RT @amyturnsharp: if you make your blog too precious- you won't write on it very often. be messy. be flip. be nuts. be you. this has not been how i've...

of Autumn Spice Bread and quiet moments

The last couple weeks have been so jam-packed for my little family. We had two weddings, both out of town, both of us in the bridal parties, on back-to-back weekends. Things are ramping up at work, and I'm trying to log some extra hours before being on baby leave....

week 23.5 (& my very favorite bump pics!)

This being pregnant thing is flying past. Honestly, I thought time would slow down a bit. We waited so long to be here... I thought the days would pass at the same rate. Not so much. Anyways, I'm about 23.5 weeks along! Here's the update:Cravings:Brown Sugar and...

week 20 – halfway!

Unreal! We are halfway to snuggling up baby! We had a doctors appointment and ultrasound yesterday, which was just amazing. This whole process of growing a person has made me think daily about Psalm 139, which is my very favorite chunk of Scripture: For you created my...

on the other side of a year

One year ago this week, I lost my baby.One year ago this week, my husband and I left our camp jobs and moved back to MN (and in with my mom).One year ago this week, I won a ticket to BlogHer10 in NYC. I needed joy & direction.-------This week, I am 19 weeks pregnant,...

an intersection.

Last weekend we had a garage sale. I went inside to the bathroom, and after using the toilet saw blood in it. And not just a spot or two. Enough to make my face drain of color and my hands start shaking. I woke up and the mattress beneath me was soaked. We had dragged...

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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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