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The Gift of Advent Ache

Seven stockings dangle from the mantle above our fireplace and a solitary star dangles quiet in the velvet sky.  And today, in the dark before dawn, I feel like I’m dangling, too. My heart hovers somewhere between hurry and hope, between expectancy and exhaustion.    The sun has yet to rise and my list lingers […]

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And the winner is…

Thanks to all who joined me for a “Praise Party” in the comments of this pre-Thanksgiving post last week. I’m excited to announce that Patti is the lucky winner of the gratitude give-away.    Of course, even if you didn’t win this cute journal, I hope you’ll grab your own notebook and take time to […]

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Why I’m Serving Pennies for Thanksgiving Dinner

The turkey is in the oven and the potatoes are peeled. The pies are baked and the cider is simmering. I haven’t burnt any bread yet or placated any sibling strife, but, in all fairness, the day has just begun. I’m not banking on a flaw-free Thanksgiving dinner, but I know without a doubt, that […]

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The Best-Kept Secret for a Brand-New Life

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to get to know you better.   If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box […]

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Why Our Boys Don’t Have to Smell Like Stinky Gym Socks (for every mom who wants to raise a sweet-smelling son!)

 I was sniffing men’s deodorant when our eyes met. Her grocery cart was piled high with diapers and baby wipes, and the toddler in the front seat was pulling tissues from her purse and shredding them into tiny scraps of homemade confetti. But she was too busy staring at me to notice her little one’s antics. […]

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Why A Mom Should Dream Small for Her Children

I realized it one morning a few years ago as I sat in the cushy leather chair by the window, a pajama-clad boy plastered to my lap—- How the secret to a BIG life is dependent on one small thing. Six-year-old Joshua smelled of old backyard dirt and of fresh sleepy sweat. His knees still bore […]

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When You Feel Like the World is Watching You

Dear daughters, Have I ever told  you about the time I found the envelope in my mailbox?   It was the summer of my fourteenth year, those dangling few months when I was no longer a junior high student and not yet an official high-schooler. And in that lazy stretch of Iowa heat, a few ornery […]

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A Prayer for Every Marriage (and a free gift for you)

Dear friends, Thanks for joining me last week as we engaged in some real and raw talk about keeping love alive within our marriages and choosing intimacy over industry. To be honest, I didn’t want to write about gravel or about getting lost or about struggling to see the miracle of marriage. You see, years ago, I swore I’d never write about marriage because I’m […]

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Why Gravel Might be the Secret to Lasting Love

 Welcome, friends!I’m so glad you’re here. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to get to know you better.  If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box each […]

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When You Want Your Daughter To Have Magnetic Beauty

Okay, I’ll admit it. I was spying on you.  Kind of.  I mean, I couldn’t help but slow my steps when I walked by the open bathroom door this morning and heard you humming.  And then, I saw the way you studied yourself in the mirror when you thought that nobody was looking.  And I […]

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