The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Lessons in Faith

“I can’t believe that Maggie wasn’t even HERE last Christmas!” Hannah remarked as we watched our eleven-month-old crawl through brightly colored wrapping paper and munch on sparkling red bows with great delight. “And NOW she’s BARELY A BABY ANYMORE!” my kindergartener exclaimed with a touch of wonder. Then, with a giggle, Hannah asked, “Do you […]

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All I want for Christmas is.. Eyes to See the Marvelous!

“You look different this Christmas,” an older woman in my church said as I hustled our children into the sanctuary on Christmas Eve. “More frazzled?” I asked with a chuckle while I scanned the crowded church for an empty spot that would seat a family of seven slipping in late.  “No…” she murmered.  Then, brightened as […]

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A Brother’s Prayer

  We celebrated “Tractor Boy’s” birthday this week.  Named Joshua David at birth, my self-proclaimed farmer marked his special day with-you guessed it- a green tractor cake and plenty of gifts that bore the same color.  As the school kids were shoveling down breakfast on Joshua’s birthday morning, I looked at the clock and realized […]

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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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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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Baby Feet

I’ve noticed something just two days into this sweet get-away: slowing the pace has improved my eyesight. Oh, I don’t suppose my optometrist would necessarily agree, but I am, without a doubt, seeing more clearly today than I did seventy-two hours ago. For instance, this morning as I roamed the mountain-lined trail beyond our resort, […]

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The Fix-It Man

Not long ago a sweet friend of mine passed along a Bob the Builder costume that her youngest son had outgrown. Last Sunday morning, Joshua discovered the brightly colored overall buried beneath a pile of pink tutus and glittery gowns (Joshua is no stranger to dress-up clothes thanks to his two older sisters’ five-drawer collection of costumes). Thrilled to […]

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