anna rendell

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On Dropping Perfect and Chasing Holy

The seeking of perfection can suck the joy from our souls if we allow it space in our hearts. The first Christmas was less than perfect, yet it was glorious. It was the greatest mix of holy and human. There was straw, shepherds, and a star. There were hard hearts, new...

It’s a Girl!!

She's here. Born three weeks early on November 10th, weighing 7lbs 15 oz (just like her big sister). Clara Grace. Our precious daughter. After 15 hours of labor (I can't wait to share her birth story with you!) she came quietly but fiercely into our arms. Her big...

36-week Bumpdate!

So... we're having a baby this month. Probably. I mean, nothing's guaranteed, but essentially... We're having a baby this month. It's amazing how different things are for a third baby as opposed to the first one, at least for me. No longer is it a dreamy bubble of new...

On Embracing What the Trees Know

The trees know winter is coming, and they’re preparing for it from the inside out. I’m not quite sure how to process this knowledge that the trees have, but it feels important, kind of enormous. The trees flourish even (mostly?) in their dying. God has built Truth and...

Day 24 :: Cookie Swaps

Big crazy cookie swaps aren't for everyone; the big crazy ones aren't for me either. But if they're low-key and simple, they can actually be great time savers and a lot of fun! Have a cookie swap with friends! Bake two-dozen cookies. Gather around your table and set...

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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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