anna rendell

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on celebrating the everyday

Last weekend we celebrated Sam's three full weeks of being diaperless. He's amazing, y'all. And we are button-bursting proud of him, so last Sunday we celebrated. Donuts and a trip to the zoo marked the occasion. He had his first corndog, more treats than I care to...

on the shirt that swung open the gate of my heart

I got a new sweatshirt in the mail yesterday. It's persimmon (pretty much orange), with quilted sleeves and a big collar and gorgeous fabric and it's overall lovely. I put it on and zipped it up and fell a little bit in love. For a minute I wasn't worried about how...

Just Writing: potty training edition 1

Everytime I lose my bloggy-writing mojo, I feel like I have to re-enter with a deep, spiritually significant, poignant comeback post with a beautiful pinnable graphic and scheduled tweets to promote. Our family's coming off a week of awful illness, I'm overwhelmed in...

On Lent and the Ways I Will be Observing It

I've been in a kind of ugly place lately, a place of quiet cynicism and selfishness. I've simultaneously deferred and coveted the spotlight. The chip on my shoulder is breaking off in pieces, the seed of my secret cynic taking root and spreading like ivy on a stone...

On the Lights Across the Pond

  One of these homes backing up to our neighborhood is a Christmas holdout, strings of colored lights lining their deck railing. I love these lights. In the middle of the cold dark nights, they glow. Pacing and swaying with a sleepless baby, they glow. Struck...

On the Grace in Beauty

A few weeks ago I got asked when I was due. I smiled and kindly said, I'm not. And you know, my feelings weren't very hurt because frankly, I didn't blame the person who asked because if I'm honest, my belly looks poochy enough to be holding a baby. My belly has...

On the Kind of Friend I Want My Daughter to Have

Last week some friends of mine were talking about their first and second grade daughters, specifically the nitty-gritty of the girls’ friendships. They said their girls will tell them that one day they’re best friends with so-and-so, but the next day they the...

On One Word 2015

I wasn't sure I'd have a word for this new year. My words had found me by January 1st in 2013 and again in 2014, but this year I was coming up dry. Several swirled around my head but not one settled into my heart. Until last Friday. On Fridays, we like to have 'Friday...

On Fighting Faceless Bullies

This business of sharing your heart online is tricky. In my seven (!!!) years of writing here, there have been a few roadblocks. Things other than time, technology, and topics. Those things are everchanging and rotating, but not new. No, these are roadblocks that...

On What We’ve Welcomed in 2014

We've welcomed family & friends into our home new friends into our lives potty training into our days I've welcomed a precious baby girl! sweet, smooshy, baby snuggles a bigger jean size and sleepless nights We've welcomed new jobs at new companies (details soon)...

On the Top Ten of 2014

I kind of love taking a peek back at the years end. The girl who began 2014 is different than the girl who is finishing it stronger, more secure, softer. This place, this sweet virtual picket fence, has been a tool for my iron to be sharpened, for my words to be used...

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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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