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Last Day for the Temper Toolkit!

Last week I yelled at my kids. Like, YELLED. I'd been pushed and pulled til I was thin and they slid right into the cracks of my heart and I yelled. I literally lost sleep over it. But the thing is that I lose my temper way, way too often to lose sleep over it each...

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State of Days & Heart

You know, like a State of the Union address? Consider this my State of Days and Heart. 🙂 It's been five weeks since the last words were spoken in this space. In that time, our family has: Celebrated my Sam's fifth birthday with a Green Eggs and Ham gathering of...

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When Guests Become the Greatest Gifts

I'm so happy to welcome a friend to this space! Gals, meet Jenny Howell. She and I connected on Instagram months ago and I've been so inspired by her mothering, her willingness to say 'yes' to God, and her real-life, roll-with-it, trust Him boundlessly faith. It's...

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Last-Minute Gift Guide for Busy Moms!

My shopping isn't done. My tree is up with like four decorations on it, and that's IT for decorations. Period. I had to send my husband into the basement abyss to dig through boxes for the teacher gifts that we needed TODAY. And - don't tell him - last night I...

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Christmas Will Come

The boxes are piled shoulder-high throughout the basement, full of every single earthly possession we have. In the next three weeks there will be four preschool/church Christmas programs, my son will turn 5, a writing deadline will pass, Christmas Day will come and...

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The Only Way to Stay Above Water

It's here. The first day of December. It hasn't started to snow here in Minnesota yet, but I'm holding out hope for a white Christmas just the same and I made it snow on my blog. So there, weather. Today is a BIG day. It's the first of December. I'm over at...

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Major House Update!! {+ Other Fun Stuff}

We did it. Seventeen months after initially listing our house, we moved into a new one of our very own. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, two fireplaces and two living areas, a formal dining room and a three-season porch, and five very happy people living...

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What We Can Do When Evil is Easier to See

Twenty-seven years later, Jacob Wetterling has been found. The horrific details have been dredged out and pushed into the light, and collectively we begin again the grieving process of a boy most of us never met, but whom all of us mourned. He changed our Minnesotan...

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Friday Finds, week 5

Hello friends! It's been a month of full days. I shared a bit of their stories earlier, and through them I've found a few wonderfuls for you! Let's get to 'em. Coloring packs from the Target dollar spot. These are seriously the BEST items there. They're small...

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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 (4), 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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