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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...

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...

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...

I’m here. I’m well. I’m covered in babies.

Hi friends. Like I said, I'm back. I'm here. I'm well. I'm covered in babies. We've made it through the 'round the clock newborn phase. We're all the way into the real live baby phase. This one is now 5 months old. She is rolling and drooling and coo-ing and grinning....

Not Every Good Thing is a God Thing

When I read Priscilla's words on Sabbath in "Fervent" on idols, on motivation and agenda, my heart sank a bit as the truth rose to the surface. My mind flashed to a scene that repeats itself far too often in my real life: A cooing baby girl in her carseat placed on...

On Embracing Rest {Part 3}

This is the third post in a three-part series on Embracing Rest. It's been wonderful talking about the ways in which we can embrace rest even in this full and busy season of our lives! In case you missed the other two posts, here they are: Part 1 Part 2 So how do you...

On Embracing Rest {part 2}

This is the second post in a three-part series on Embracing Rest. In case you missed it, here's Part 1. So why do we resist rest? Rest isn’t just for stressed out busy people; rest is for the everyday people whose lives are full of good things. Rest is for the people...

On Embracing Rest {part 1}

My life right now is not very conducive to embracing rest. My life right now is not very simplified… but I’m craving both rest and simplicity. Rest does not equal sleep. Rest is defined in several ways, and yes – sleep is one of them – but the definition of rest also...

My One Word for 2016

For the last few years, a word has found me. Just one word to focus on, not a list of resolutions or even goals. (2013, 2014, 2015) But this year I floundered. I didn't think there was a word that could encompass all that I felt I needed - wanted - to focus on this...

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Anna Rendell: Social Media Manager at (in)courage. Minnesota speaker, author, latte lover. Wife of Jared and mom of three littles. Meet her here at the picket fence and talk real life, real mothering and real encouragement.

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