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When Real Life is Hard to Swallow (A Tale About a Tired Toddler, a Cranky Preschooler, and a Roll of Toilet Paper)

I should have known better than to make one last stop after a long morning of running errands.  But Walmart was on my way home. And we were down to our last roll of toilet paper. And I didn’t want to pack the kids up again after lunch, zip the winter coats, buckle the cars seats and endure [...]

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Why Measuring Sticks Aren’t Made for Jousting (And How to Stop Hurting Ourselves!)

Welcome, friends! If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I’m so glad you’re here. Please make yourself at home and stay a while. I hope you’ll find that this is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. And if you enjoy the encouragement you discover on these pages, let’s connect on [...]

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The One Thing You’ve Got to Know When Motherhood Feels Hard

 Dear Mom whose feet are weary, I know that the road feels long. And bumpy. And downright boring at times. I know that sometimes it feels like you’ll never turn the corner. And you wonder if you’ll ever move at a faster pace. ‘Cause that toddler keeps pausing to dig in the dirt and the [...]

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What Every Daughter Really Wants

She’s fresh out of bed, still clad in her Tinkerbell pajamas with the ripped satin ruffle and the faded imprint of wings when she wanders onto the deck and finds us sharing a cup of coffee in the Saturday morning quiet.  Her Daddy’s in his shabby jeans and faded t-shirt, the patron uniform of Saturday [...]

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When We Roll out the Red Carpet and Put Feet to our Faith

Last year, on the last day of last summer, we rolled out the red carpet. Right there, in my brown-grassed backyard, with a dozen families and too-many-to-count kids, we stepped into the school year with dancing feet.  And prancing feet. Cartwheeling feet and flipping feet. We were a  marvelous mix of preschoolers and pre-teens; first-graders and fifth-graders, proud [...]

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The One List that Could Change Everything

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’ve stopped by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll find a second serving of inspiration here at the Overflow. Don’t hesitate to look around for awhile and make yourself at home here where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you’d like a weekly splash of [...]

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The Day I Lost My Preschooler (And Why I’m Gonna Be Okay)

I lost my preschooler a few weeks ago.  One moment she was wobbling around the driveway on her pink training-wheeled bike, a raggedy teddy bear buckled onto the back with a red-loopy jump rope.  And the next minute, she was gone. I’ve been telling myself  for days that it will be okay.  That I will [...]

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The Reason I’m Shrinking (And if you’re a mom, you might be, too!)

“Mom, I think you’re shrinking.” My firstborn stands beside me, the tip of his blonde head occupying the space above mine. He casts me one of his infectious grins as he puffs out his chest and holds his shoulders tall to prove the truth of his declaration. I stretch myself up on tiptoe so I [...]

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Why Every Mom Needs A Bouquet of Wilted Flowers This Mother’s Day

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll find a little bit more encouragement in this humble place I call home. If you’re new to the Overflow, please kick off your shoes and stay a while. Splash in the puddles of hope or just sit [...]

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The Day I Lied About Motherhood

I remember sitting at my first mom’s group and contemplating whether I should tell a lie.  We were crammed into an empty Sunday School room on a Thursday morning; six moms, two cast-off gold recliners and an ugly green couch. But nobody seemed bothered by the tight quarters or the thread-bare cushions. We were just [...]

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