anna rendell

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for real moms

on Game-Day Fan Fare {a Gooseberry Patch giveaway!}

Thank you all for your kind comments on my post from last night. My heart is pretty tender after my second miscarriage, and hearing about others struggling and going thru difficult situations on their way to babies grieves me deeply. I'm grateful to have this place to...

on beauty for ashes {i hope}

I want to fill this new shiny space with joy, only sweetness, all things pink and sugary. I have a book review due two hours ago and a cookbook review&giveaway slated for two days ago. There are adorable pictures from our Easter Sunday waiting to be uploaded, and...

on the new GirlwithBlog.com!! Welcome to the fence.

I've always wanted to live in a wide open space, with a picket fence in the back. In this dream, I'd have great neighbors - the kind you meet at the fence with a cup of coffee in the morning while the kids play and the dogs romp. You talk over your day, trading...

on Easter reflecting

Growing up, my mother was (and still is) a church choir director. She had to be at church for all the services, including the sunrise service, so the Easter bunny would leave our baskets in the car =) It's Easter weekend. Though there you can still measure the snow in...

on Samuel Robert: 15 months

It's time for happy.   Thank you so much for the love you've shown me and my little family over the last couple weeks. Thank you for  emails, comments, letters, gifts, flowers, coffee, and general wonderfulness. I am so grateful for you, for this community. Your...

on how we’re doing

Since publishing this, so many of you have sent well-wishes, prayers, good thoughts, love through the internet and telephone. It's only been a few days, but already we've gotten flowers, coffee, a dear card in the real mail. There hasn't been much time to ask how...

on the thing i have to tell you that i never wanted to say

We lost another baby last week. Honestly, the swirl of emotions in my head and heart is so intense and hard to define that I don't really know what to type, how to direct my fingers, what to say. There are too many words to write, and no words to write, at the same...

on why I don’t have working moms guilt

This week I asked women in our (in)couraging Working New Moms group to share pictures of their work spaces. The resulting pictures made me think that these women were proud of their spaces. Had anyone told them that it's ok to feel that pride? Because it is. By the...

on Samuel Robert: 14 months

I've been remiss in writing up The Boy's monthly reports for the last few months. Honestly, I can't believe how quickly he's surpassing baby status and flying into toddlerhood. He walks like he owns the place, has many words (both verbal and signing), and throws a...

on Lent and social media and nursing my baby

There's this commercial where an interviewer asks kidlets what's better - doing one thing at a time, or two things at once. Here, take a peek: This breaks my heart a bit. May I share a secret with you? Sometimes I want to completely unplug and run away with my family....

on Safe Haven: movie review & meeting the stars!!

Safe Haven. The words bring up images of protection, peace, and maybe a beach =) Last month, I was invited to a pre-screening of the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, based on his novel, Safe Haven. Y'all, it delivered all of those things. Husby came with me (we made it a...

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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 (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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