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on Lent and social media and nursing my baby

There's this commercial where an interviewer asks kidlets what's better - doing one thing at a time, or two things at once. Here, take a peek: This breaks my heart a bit. May I share a secret with you? Sometimes I want to completely unplug and run away with my family....

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on Weeknight Dinners: Herbed Parmesan Squash

OK, I promised another side dish recipe. This one got my mother - not a squash fan - to say, 'I didn't even hate it!' =) Hi mom! It makes me look forward to this summer and fall, when our neighborhood farmers market will be heavy with squash. Honestly, I am so looking...

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on Weeknight Dinners: Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Here in Minnesota, we've gotten snow every single day this week, which totally thrills me! I love snow. Love it. Doesn't matter what time of day it snows, it gives me Christmas morning feeling. Is there anything better than cozying up by the fireplace, hunkering down...

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on Weeknight Dinners: Busy-Night Taco Bake

This is one new-to-us main dish that we're loving these days: We were too busy eating to remember to snap a single picture. Busy-Night Taco Bake Gooseberry Patch 1lb ground beef 1-1/4 oz. pkg. taco seasoning (I used my homemade seasoning) 3/4 c. water 6 6-inch flour...

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on (in)courage today!

I'm so humbled to be featured on (in)courage today!! Here's a snippet of my post &  a link to the rest of it on (in)courage: ---------- Every day, posts from (in)courage make their way to my inbox, and every day I read them. For over three years, (in)courage has...

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on my sons first baptismal birthday

One year ago today we dedicated our sweet baby boy to the Lord, baptizing him in front of our home church, family & friends.His godparents had been carefully chosen and prayed over, and they're wonderful people who will remain in his life for all of it. We gathered in...

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on secrets {but really, the lack thereof}

Husby and I really don't have secrets. We practice simple honesty - our concept of saying the hard things, the scary things, the things that really matter, out loud. 5 years of marriage, 2 years of dating/engagement, and knowing him for over 7 years before that -...

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on my OneWord365

I have this picture in my head of the girl I want to be. Words that describe her are cozy, confident, spunky, charming, honest, soft, comforting, sweet, perceptive, kind, fierce, smart. The kind of girl that places her hand on your forearm and says she's honestly...

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on our Christmas card

From our family to yours, we hope you've had atruly Merry Christmas! We love you. Thank you for being a part of our life. We're grateful and humbled by your reading of my words. Blessings upon blessings to you, friends. A very merry indeed! - Anna, Husby & the Boy...

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on this&that: Christmas and OneWord

Christmas came and whizzed by in all it's sweetness. {I just accidentally typed 'sweetmess', which totally works.} People told me a zillion things about being a mom, but no one told me how wonderful it is to be a mama at Christmastime. We had so.much.fun. with our...

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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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