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The M.O.M. Initiative: Raising Sweet Smelling Boys (and Praying One Another Through)

 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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The Mom Initiative: How to Make the Best Summer Memories

Summer is coming to an abrupt end over here. In one week we’ll be trading swim bags for backpacks and flip flops for tennis shoes. And, as always, with a new school year looming large and a quick summer fading fast, I find myself looking back over the past few months and wondering what my kids’ […]

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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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How to Glean the Gift of a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll stick around for a while and make yourself at home. If you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to The Overflow so you won’t miss a single post. You can sign up here under the heading “Newsletter” […]

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Why Hanging Upside Down Might be the Secret to the Best Life (and a give-away!)

Monkey bars. That’s the image that lingered in my mind as I read my friend Amy Sullivan’s book. It seems a bit odd, I know. After all, Amy’s book may be jam-packed with wisdom and wit. But it is not crammed with references to monkey bars. Or monkeys, for that matter. But Amy does mention […]

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How to Love the Child You’ve Got (Instead of Wishing for a Different One!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been saving a seat for you! If you’re stopping by 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 […]

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An Invitation to Dance…(and a true-love give-away!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been saving a seat for you! 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 […]

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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 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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