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22 weeks: A Bumpdate !

22 weeks. Over halfway (probably). It's coming, folks. This baby's a-coming. I mentioned recently on Instagram that we're expecting lots of change this coming year. Like a lot. We're hoping to move very, very soon. We'll welcome this baby this fall. We'll have three...

When Self-Care Looks Like Iced Tea & Earrings

Last week on Facebook I saw a picture that you've all probably seen too: someone sitting by a pool, book in hand, toes against blue water, and captioned 'self care'. I straight laughed, because earlier that SAME day I'd had my 21 week OB visit. It was our long...

A Standing Ovation for You

I watch the Bachelorette. And the Bachelor. It's my brain candy and while I'm sure it rots my synapses like cavities in tooth enamel, I can't quit. It's a little like a train wreck that I can't look away from, drawn in while holding my hands over my eyes because it's...

On Hard Days and Do-over Grace

Today (yesterday, now) was a hard, hard day. We had a full beautiful weekend, attending a wedding and two days at family camp. We made memories and chose not to pick lots of battles. We allowed candy and late-night movies. Sam got to sleep on the top bunk and jump on...

Maternity Stitch Fix -ing a 20-week Baby Bump

Last week I stood in front of my closet and threw things onto the floor. The piles of clothes grew much as I'm doing as I grow this baby. I'm tired of weeping in my bedroom, Sunday mornings ruined because of my vanity and a closet-full of clothes that don't fit - and...

On Taming My Tongue

It was late. I was tired and pregnant-sick and tired of being pregnant-sick. The text was a last-straw kind of deal and I snapped, in the way you're able when it's 'just' keys and screen. Our friendship hasn't been the same since. The meeting took a turn I hadn't...

17 weeks: a Baby #3 Update

17 weeks. Along we go! On our way to three babies. I think we're still trying to wrap our minds around it all, and aside from hoping the sickness fades quickly, we are just so very excited we can't stand it. I haven't done any kind of update for you yet, and seeing as...

Stop Waiting to Be Ready.

I’ve heard the “wait till you’re ready” argument used for getting married, buying a home, changing careers, and having or not having children. These are huge things! Of course there are financial matters to consider. Of course there are steps to take before diving...

On Following my Mama Gut

"I a mountain climber!" This, my friends, is more than an adorable picture. This is proof of following my mama gut. Also he needs a haircut. We're at Bieber status here. // Over a month ago, I signed my boy up for Vacation Bible School. The church that hosts my MOPS...

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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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