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On Waiting for the Desires of My Heart

In this technology-driven-and-saturated world, not only do others have things we want, the things they have are displayed for all the see. Book deals aren’t secrets. Beautiful families are posted on walls. Opportunities and great ideas are shared right in public. It...

Real Mom Confessions: the link-up {week 3}

It's that time again. How has it been a week already?! I swear we live in a baby/toddler time warp. Here's what we've been dealing with around here: We recently moved Sam's carseat to the back row in the van, to give him more space. During our Easter weekend roadtrip,...

On the Worst Kind of Mommy War

I weigh more than I ever have before. I wear a bigger size than I ever have before. I have more soft folds than I ever have before. On the last flight I took, while the seatbelt fit fine the sides of the seat nearly left marks on my hips. Sometimes I don't recognize...

On Real Mom Confessions: a link-up!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing ‘Real Mom Confessions’ on Instagram and Facebook, posting a picture of something from my very real everyday stories and inviting others to chime in with their very real everyday stories too. A few of mine have been: a towering...

On Chocolate and the Everyday Kind of Hard Days

Some days are hard. Some days are pretty literally didn't stop moving, chasing after children hard. Some days are boneweary exhausted, didn't drink enough water hard. Some days are work isn't done, riding the hamsterwheel hard. Some days are cry in the shower hard....

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...

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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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