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more tales from the couch

today is my sweet Husby's birthday. he has made breakfast, spoken to both fathers, both mothers, all grandparents, picked up a cake, attended worship, picked up groceries, and checked in with the Easter breakfast volunteers because today is also my day 2 from the...

news from the couch

deep chest cough? check. runny nose? check. sore throat? check. splitting headache? check. i've been struck by the MN 2008 winter crud.plus i work at a church & its holy week, there's an Easter breakfast looming, and tomorrow is Husby's birthday (all these events are...

pounds, pounds, pounds

i made my first pound(s) cake last week! yes, pounds. i've gained a few since marriage, so i'm thinking about that a little. a lot. all the time. not that i try to do anything about it, especially with all the cool kitchen gadgets we got as wedding gifts.anyways, the...

first hurdle syndrome and steak

when i was little, some stuff came super easy to me. like reading. i love to read, and have since i was 2. my first book was little house on the prairie. i used to read to my kindergarten class and give my teacher a little extra prep time. reading was one thing i...

road trip weekend

the ginormous otter in fergus falls of otter tail county, mn mom, grandpa, ilse the dog and i hit the road this weekend for fergus falls, mn. grandma and grandpa grew up about 8 miles outside fergus, and two of grandpas' sisters still live there. he hasn't seen them...

best of both worlds

Husby says one of his favorite things about me is my ability to easily transition between camp-princess-cowgirl-grownup-kid. i love being all these things and refuse to just pick one. so when the show hannah montana came on the scene, i fell hard. i love it! and can...

no more dick’s (heehee)

yeah, i went there 🙂 so since he moved to the cities in august, Husby has been working at dick's sporting goods. and he has been miserable. he has so many gifts in ministry, and has really missed being involved in people's lives. so he's applied for several jobs, and...

confessions of a foodie wannabe

i have to come clean. when i first created this blog, i wasn't sure why. yes, it's therapeutic. yes, it's calming. yes, it's great to have friends in the computer. but i have come to believe that the real reason for my blog is to open my eyes to the food blog world....

lazy sunday links

i am not at church. i pushed the snooze button for an hour and finally considered it oversleeping, which we were both content with, until Husby said "crap! it's leadership installation day today!" (he's joining the adult ministries commission) which meant him...

calgon, take me away…

when i used to babysit as a highschooler, i had a particular family who would put me in the mood for a nice loooong hot bath. there were 3 boys, all under 8yrs. their dad was in a band and mom was a flight attendant, so i worked loong hours. when i got home my mom...

good ol’ vick’s

Husby's sick. we went out for a beautiful dinner at the olive garden (big treat!) and then to walmart. here was our shopping list:1. mentholatum ointment2. puff's with lotion and vick's3. vick's vaporizing tablet for the humidifier4. humidifier filter5. vitamin C...

another week gone by

not too crazy - budget meetings at church, a friday night retreat for the 6th graders, starting to think about Lent... you know you work in a church when your year is based not on the Roman calendar, not on the school year, but on the liturgical year. yikes!Husby...

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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 (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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