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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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One for the Books

It's been a month for the books, friends. My calendar said July was going to roar in with a great 'whooooosh' and swoop out just as quickly, but bobbing along in its tide has still been a surprise. We spent our annual weekend at family camp and as usual, it was...

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These Days, Mothering Is…

These days, mothering may not look like the movies. Or the TV shows. Or most of our Instagram feeds. Or our friends lives. Or what we thought it would look like. These days... Mothering is sharing all of my food. Anything on my plate, going to be on my plate, used to...

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From Where They Stand

The other day, my 4 year old took my phone. He held it carefully for an hour, snapping pictures at every turn. I posed with him for a few, but the subjects and angles were all him. All from his vantage point. All things that matter to him. All in the exact way that he...

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When Love Looks Like a Latte

Collapsing into the couch, I stared out across the pond out back, too spent to actually see anything in my view. We'd just had the world's worst trip to the store, hot on the heels of a day that wouldn't quit being crappy, and I sent this SOS text to a few dear and...

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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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