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When You Realize Your Children Aren’t Really Yours

They’re not yours. I was standing at the top of a snow-capped sand dune, my eyes fixed on those silly sisters singing Frozen songs as they skipped toward the icy water, when my thoughts were interrupted with those three little words. They’re not yours. The girls were lost in their own world, savoring that sacred space […]

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A Prayer for the One who will Hold my Son’s Heart

So, it’s dark outside. And the wind is howling its doleful dirge before dawn. And I’m sitting here in my polka-dot pajamas, cupping my steamy mug of coffee and praying for you. It’s a crazy thing—the way I love you already and we’ve never met; the way you sneak into my thoughts at the strangest […]

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If You’re Stepping into the New Year with Empty Hands…

I remember the year Maggie cried when I pulled the Christmas stockings down. I know, I know, Christmas feels long gone and the new year is already seven days old. But this morning, as I warmed my toes by the cackling fire in the dark before dawn, I stared at the empty mantle above the […]

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If You’re Tired of the Small Stuff…

 Welcome, I’m so glad you’re here! If you’re stopping over from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay a while. If you like what you find, and you’d like the The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, just subscribe on the sidebar before you leave and you won’t miss a single post. And […]

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The Day Baby Jesus Disappeared (And Good News of Great Joy!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping over from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll stay a while and enjoy a second dose of encouragement. 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 […]

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The One Gift We Really Need This Christmas

“I’m ready for Christmas to be over.” She’d said it with a laugh as the store clerk scanned her pile of purchases, but her voice was pinched and strained, and I could see the weariness in her eyes confirming the truth of her words. The woman behind the cash register murmured an Amen, echoing the […]

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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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