The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway-The One Party You Won’t Want to Miss This Christmas

It was a simple conversation in the grocery store years ago that first sparked the idea for my favorite Christmas tradition. A mom with a cart full of little ones was standing ahead of me in the  long winding check-out line. The clerk in the fuzzy red Santa was listening to a customer complain about […]

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The Only Thing We Need to Remember When we Head Back to School

We rolled out the red carpet one warm evening in August and invited two dozen feet to step into the new school year with fanfare. There were no spotlights or television cameras, no glamor shots or glitz, but when those students pranced down that crimson strip we’d stretched across the muddy grass beside the treeline, […]

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When You Just Want a Glimpse of the Best You

Laughter rises above the dirty dishes that have been shoved to the center of our dinner table. Cold spaghetti noodles dangle down the side of the big red pasta bowl like snakes slithering from their nest. A blue-flowered napkin covers the puddle of chocolate milk that was spilled when a certain five-year-old reached for the last […]

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The One Thing That’s Better than a Trip to Disneyland!

  I am trying to get a handle on another day that’s snowballed.  The sun will sink soon and the breakfast dishes are still jeering at me from the kitchen counter. The phone rings, and the minute I pick it up, I regret the decision. A monotone voice wanes on the other end of the line, […]

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When Your Salsa Sprouts Eyes

Lately, I have the niggling feeling that I’m being watched.  When I open the refrigerator or walk into the bathroom, when I reach for a baseball glove in the garage or grab a tissue in the kitchen, I’m greeted by a pair of eyes. The googly kind, of course.   It’s my own fault, really.  This […]

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What a Mom Can Learn from Squash Guts & John the Baptist

“I just feel hollow,” a dear one confessed to me this week. “Like every part of me is being shaved away.” The words hung heavy between us as we sat quiet on the couch together. I understand hollowness. I know what it’s like to be emptied of me, to be poured out day by day until […]

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Family, Faith and Fun: If you don’t want Easter to End!

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun!    One of my favorite parts of motherhood is dreaming up ways to bring the Bible to […]

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Multitude Mondays: The Cure for an Empty Life

       She refused to go to sleep on Easter night.She’d announced it just after I’d pulled her fuzzy purple blanket to her chin, said it emphatically, so I’d understand her firm decision. “I’m not going to close my eyes!”Her big sister on the top bunk giggled, and I tried not to do the same.My […]

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The Secret Cupid Game: Putting Wings to Love

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun!   One of my favorite parts of motherhood is dreaming up ways to bring the Word […]

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Family Faith and Fun: Get Ready to Spread Some Love!

Welcome to Family Faith and Fun (on Saturday)!   As February first looms near, we’re getting ready to celebrate our family’s fourth annual fourteen days of love.Since one day just can’t contain all the fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve developed a tradition that gets us spreading love long before February 14 arrives.Everyone in our family […]

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