The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

When You’re Stuck in the Kitchen…

  Some days I feel like I never leave the kitchen.  Dishes piled high, groceries to unload, meals to prepare, and a constant stream of snack times keep me bound to the sticky linoleum floor for hours. And with my kids underfoot, a simple endeavor like making supper can turn into an Olympic-sized event. One […]

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The Baby-Doll Make Over

All my musing on borrowed treasure resurrected a long-forgotten memory today. When Maggie placed her well-loved Bitty Baby in my arms, I noticed a green marker splat on the doll’s plastic face. After a quick scrub with some dish soap and water, the emerald bruise disappeared. But it reminded me of a day from my […]

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The Truth Will Set You Free…

The more I grow accustomed to living with the truth of my borrowed treasure, the more I am realizing just how handy that fact can be.  For instance, just yesterday, I practiced saying it aloud- she’s not mine- and I discovered that the truth was surprisingly freeing… I was just hopping into the shower when […]

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When Faith Takes Flight

      She stands at the edge of a mount made of straw and surveys the gap.    She stretches her leg as far as it will reach and studies the left over space in between.    Shoulders sagging, she drops to her bottom and sits.  I watch as the battle in her mind […]

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      She stands at the edge of a mount made of straw and surveys the gap.    She stretches her leg as far as it will reach and studies the left over space in between.    Shoulders sagging, she drops to her bottom and sits.    I watch as the battle in her […]

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The Clock of Childhood

I guess I’m not the only one “growing up” these days! This precious poem written by my eleven-year-old daughter is the perfect follow-up to yesterday’s birthday post. Her assignment was “to write a poem about growing up.” And according to her teacher, “You’ll know you’ve written a great poem if it makes your mom cry.” […]

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The Best Gift

I’m celebrating the first day of the last year of my thirtieth decade today. I’ve been sipping a hot cup of coffee in the pre-dawn darkness this morning and thinking about the flurry of years.  It seems like not long ago my birthday cake boasted sixteen candles and a clunky white Mustang waited in the […]

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Preschool Discovery

On Joshua’s first day of preschool, he see-sawed between uncontainable excitement and uncharacteristic anxiety. In one moment, he was jumping up and down and clapping his hands and chanting, “Finally! Finally! I get to go to school!” But in the next moment, he was hunched beneath his blankie and sighing like the weight of the […]

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When Waves Roar

  At high noon, she embraced the water with sheer delight. A snapshot of joy beneath the vast Michigan sky, she waltzed with the waves and shimmied with the splashing blue.  Her brothers and sisters echoed Little one’s pleasure. With less drama and more daring, they dove into the white-capped rush and let the rolling […]

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Walk With Me

On the night before school began, I asked all of my children the same question as I tucked them into bed. “What’s your favorite memory from this summer?“ While most of the kids mentioned the BIG WOWs-– vacation activities, amusement park visits, water park outings, and beach trips– Lizzy thought for a moment and then replied, […]

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