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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. I can think of so many women who (like me!) thrive on all things autumn! This book is a terrific gift idea, and can I just say that I LOVE that picture of your little girl clinging to your leg while you beam for the camera with your book!

  2. Fall comes late in Texas so I am still waiting for the leaves to change their color and for crisp autumn breezes, and while I wait I enjoy all the colorful pumpkins in the yards around me decking front porches and yards.

    Most of all this October, I am enjoying the release of my own devotional book which is now out! You can read about it right here!
    http://www.kathycheek.com/2018/10/first-breath-of-morning-where-god-waits.html

  3. Anna,
    My husband and I took pumpkin spice cookies to the kids at the bus stop this am. as we walked our faithful beagle, Topper. I LOVE everything fall. Your post brought back memories of me skinning my knees to climb the 5 big apple trees that grew in our back yard. When the apples were still green, they were great for apple battles, but when they turned red and juicy….nothing like the sweetness of a fresh-picked apple dripping down your chin 🙂 Fall is harvest time when we gather in the crops and what a great time to gather God’s creation in with ALL our senses. The sight of an awesome palette of colors in the leaves, the smell of a pumpkin spice latte, the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet, the feel of the cool crisp breeze that begs for a sweater, the taste of honey crisp apples….Yum! I’m with you, Anna, in wanting to gather it all in. Your devotional looks great – right up my alley! Happy Fall y’all!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  4. Oh, Anna, I so wish an orchard were an easy car drive away, so that my family could do this. We are the Deep South, as far down in Alabama as you can go without hitting water. I will research this, though. Surely there is an orchard we could get to on a weekend. The donuts alone would convince my husband of the trip’s value. I also love all things fall. I am patiently waiting for our constant blanket of heated humidity to drop and let the cool dry air in. (Presumably we are expecting a “cold “ front to push through after this hurricane. I may be able to wear long sleeves next week!)
    I love your reminder that ever breath is a gift from Him. Life is to be savored, and God has been showing me this so many ways lately, including your post today. Thanks for the reminder! Heather

  5. Ohh Anna,
    I so love this! I live on the Gulf Coast of Texas and always looking for an Apple orchard each Fall season. Sadly, I’ve not found any near us, even within a few hours of diving. We lived in Illinois for a few years and I so miss he changing seasons and it felt as it Fall was so much more there. It’s also my favorite time of year.

    Also, in Southeren Cali, as a young teen and adult, we would go to an Apple orchard as well, I love the Apple Cider , donuts, etc…and just the family fun and bonding. I can taste them all now after reading your story.

    Here, I tend to find a few Pumpkin Patches, that offer hayrides, etc, so it’s usually my go to for Fall here. That reminds me, I need to get my Fall decor out this week as the cool front is supposed to be here today or tomorrow.

    Thankful for God for all of these things in life ….

  6. Anna, you are from the Twin Cities and that looks like the Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard? We went to the Pine Tree Orchard a weekend ago, and we were disappointed due to their closing of apple picking since we brought our son who is here, temporarily, to continue the traditional Fall outing since he was 8 years old. And yes, those donuts are yummy!!! Just giggled to see your lovely Twins cap! What beautiful family! Thanks for sharing this lovely post and your book.

  7. Anna,
    This was so refreshing to read, thank-you, and congratulations on your new book.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  8. Hey, Anna! Thanks for causing me to remember a great autumn tradition from my family. We’d go to a favorite apple orchard, which like you felt way out in the country. In one of those amazing twists of fate, as an adult, I moved into the same town where the apple orchard was located. The first couple of years there, the family who owned the orchard kept a few trees, but eventually sold off the land for development. Talk about disappointment! My heart sank because the next generation wouldn’t be able to have the fantastic memories I had. My orchard didn’t have donuts, but I still remember all the wonderful apple pies we made from our pickins!

  9. I need to get to an apple orchard STAT!

    Oh, friend. I just love the way you tell a story and bring us all right along with you. Pumpkin spice for my soul, indeed. Love all photos too! Happy happy fall to us!

  10. Anna,

    What a story you have to share. Fall is by far my favorite season. You can see much more of God’s creativity this season. I love fall colors, cool breezes & nip in the air. “On the days when we feel tiny, insignificant, small, and as though we don’t matter very much, we need to remember that each and every breath we take was given by God.” Thank you for the reminder that we all matter to God. Some days it feels like no one sees us or cares what we do. Life gets hard & messy. Choices we make sometimes leave us feeling stuck or down on ourselves. We feel we were made for more, God knows our hears & made us in His image. Praising God for the beauty of fall on the mountains, & pretty colorful leaves. Definitely a time for pumpkin spice, apple doughnuts & hay rides.

    Congratulations on the book. It will definitely bless many women!!

    Blessings