The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Setting the Table for God

While all that remains today of yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner is a fridge filled with leftovers and a scale boasting a few extra pounds, I woke up today still in the mood to feast. In fact, as I mused upon the weeks to come- weeks filled with an unusual amount of eating and celebrating-I decided that […]

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Please Pass the Bread….of Life!

No holiday elicits nostalgia for me quite like Thanksgiving. I love the tantalizing tastes and savory smells that lace the day; the lively discussion and smiling faces that grace the celebration, and the uncharacteristic slow down that brings the flurry of a normal work week to a halt. As a child, I remember waking up […]

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First, A Bride

Shortly after we’d moved to our current home, Elizabeth found me rearranging my wardrobe in our master closet.  As she stepped into the closet, my daughter’s eyes landed on a large white box that I had stashed on the shelves above the hanging clothes. Intrigued by the sight of the unmarked box (and wondering if it might be a […]

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A Time to Dance

I’ve been thinking about being a bride this week- not just a bride of sixteen years to my high school sweetheart, Rob-but also a bride of Christ.  On Wednesday, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women in a neighboring community about the thrill of being romanced by Jesus.  As I watched the tears flow […]

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Kindergarten Tears

  I had a sappy mom moment as I stood in the hallway of my girls’ elementary school today. The tears that pooled in my eyes were unexpected and a bit embarrassing. After all, I’d just stopped by to drop off Hannah’s “rest time towel” that had been inadvertently left in the laundry basket when […]

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Celebrating Hannah

Six years ago today, we welcomed our third-born into the world. Hannah Faith arrived at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital with a mighty cry after a mere thirty-minutes of labor. Puffy and pink, our second little girl was an answer to many prayers- both mine and her big sister’s. We’ve often said that Lizzy prayed Hannah into […]

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Slumber Party Secrets

We’ve been planning Hannah’s sixth birthday party this weekend- developing a theme, pulling together gift bags and dreaming up a few activities that kindergarten girls would enjoy. Her party is six days away, but the birthday spirit has already infused our home with excitement. After all, when you’ve been waiting ALL YEAR for a birthday […]

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Joy in the Journey

I took my little ones to a pumpkin farm earlier this week and was reminded of the simpler joys in life. Decked out in his tractor-green John Deere t-shirt, his matching John Deere hat, and his frog-green “chore boots”, Joshua looked like a true born and bred farm boy. While the pumpkin farm itself was […]

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A Display of His Splendor

The more I ponder the idea of sinking deep roots in the Lord, the more I’m convinced that the best soil for growing fruitful lives is the Word of God. This morning the kids and I read from Genesis 1 and marveled at how God’s WORD created the world. God’s voice did what even a master artists’ hands […]

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Sabbath Rest

I spent yesterday feeling shell-shocked. After enjoying an unusually quiet week with just one small child and my husband in Palm Springs, I scrambled to remember how in the world I used to fill the role of mom for five children.  By breakfast time on Saturday I felt scattered, frazzled and edgy.  While I had pictured fully […]

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