Anna McParlan

Anna McParlan
Anna was born + raised along the shores of Lake Superior. The water and the dear family and friends that call Duluth home are the magnet that keep her and her growing family adoring this place. Anna married her high school crush and together they are raising two darling compassionate adventurers with a love of fresh air and grace. Anna loves all things that shout of beauty, hope, truth, and pointing people towards joy. Her love for writing started in kindergarten where she would come home with long stapled together novels- recently found in her Moms chest of saved childhood projects. That passion for stringing together words would only bloom in the many years to come. When Her Dad battled brain cancer for 17 years, writing became her safe place to wrestle with both joy and pain as well as a place to search for beauty. Today you can find Anna running wild in the things that bring her joy. Falling more in love with her tall sweetheart of a husband. Doing her best to raise kids who chase after truth, love a good hike, and give away kindness. Gathering friends old and new in their home to share good food, hearts, and life. Filling out adoption paperwork to bring home their third (and maybe 4th!) babe from Uganda home. Chasing sunsets with her minis + capturing couples promising their forevers as a wedding photographer at Along An Inland Sea Photography. She shares about heaven breaking into the everyday mundane on Instagram where she likes to mini blog and post about those darling babes of hers-- pop over and say hello to her on Instagram

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8 Life Hacks for a Military Mama

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Tales From the Birthing Center: A Birth Story

For the final post in our Tales from the Birthing Center series, sponsored by St. Luke's, we decided to skip the interview with mom, Anna, and let her share her birth story in its...
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Hey, I’m Scared Too: Diary of a New Foster Mom

We had been in the process of adopting from Uganda for the past 7 months, when on a random Monday laws changed that caused our adoption to hit the brakes with a screeching halt....

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{Photo credit: New Earth Natural Light Photography} Falling in love with Chip + Joanna Gaines was a simple sell for me. From the first episode of Fixer Upper I watched, I was hooked; I loved their...

Where You Invest Your Love: Valentine’s Tea

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When Heaven Broke Through in a Brown-Eyed Boy

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Glensheen Mansion: A Mama’s Review

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Standing with Aleppo this Christmas

I decided I cannot turn my head away. Because the killing doesn’t stop. The pain doesn’t cease fire. The hunger doesn’t flee when I refuse to look. When I flip the channel because the...