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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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a birth story {part 2}

**part one of the story can be found here** There was a lot of groaning and grunting as I fought pushing. The last centimeter of cervix just refused to efface. My nurse called the doctor, and I knew we were close. I don't remember the doctor arriving, or the second...

a birth story {part 1}

On December 14th, I had been having cramping all day that came with the contractions (I thought they were the same Braxton Hicks I'd had since October). I just felt 'off'. About 2:30 I called Husby and asked him to come home from work to just be with me. It was funny,...

introducing baby r.

Samuel RobertDecember 15, 20112:47am8lbs, 2oz22in longLove of my life. -anna{girlwithblog}anna {girl with blog} ---------- www.twitter.com/anna_r www.facebook.com/girlwithblog...

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 up...

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...

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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 (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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