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A Prayer for Every Marriage (and a free gift for you)

Dear friends, Thanks for joining me last week as we engaged in some real and raw talk about keeping love alive within our marriages and choosing intimacy over industry. To be honest, I didn’t want to write about gravel or about getting lost or about struggling to see the miracle of marriage. You see, years ago, I swore I’d never write about marriage because I’m […]

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Why Gravel Might be the Secret to Lasting Love

 Welcome, friends!I’m so glad you’re here. 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 love to get to know you better.  If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box each […]

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How To Enjoy Every Season of Motherhood (For any mom who has ever cried in the laundry room)

My middle one dressed in black and white on Tuesday in celebration of autumn equinox. Her brother looked up from his pancakes just long enough to notice Hannah’s out-of-the-ordinary outfit and asked, “Why are you dressed like a zebra?” She poured her Rice Krispies and raised a knowing eyebrow. “Because it’s autumn equinox today,” my girl replied […]

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When You’re Waiting for God to Fill the Gaps

If you’re stopping by from “Encouragement for Today,” welcome!   It’s a treat to spend some time with you. I’d love to stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, please subscribe on the sidebar before you leave. Also, I’m now scheduling speaking engagements for the 2014/2015 school […]

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For When You Feel Invisible

If you’re stopping by from “Encouragement for Today,” welcome!  I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’ll take some time to look around. I’d love to stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, please subscribe on the sidebar before you leave.  Today, over […]

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When Real Life is Hard to Swallow (A Tale About a Tired Toddler, a Cranky Preschooler, and a Roll of Toilet Paper)

I should have known better than to make one last stop after a long morning of running errands.  But Walmart was on my way home. And we were down to our last roll of toilet paper. And I didn’t want to pack the kids up again after lunch, zip the winter coats, buckle the cars seats and endure […]

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The Day I Lost My Preschooler (And Why I’m Gonna Be Okay)

I lost my preschooler a few weeks ago.  One moment she was wobbling around the driveway on her pink training-wheeled bike, a raggedy teddy bear buckled onto the back with a red-loopy jump rope.  And the next minute, she was gone. I’ve been telling myself  for days that it will be okay.  That I will […]

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Why Every Mom Needs A Bouquet of Wilted Flowers This Mother’s Day

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll find a little bit more encouragement in this humble place I call home. If you’re new to the Overflow, please kick off your shoes and stay a while. Splash in the puddles of hope or just sit […]

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When Bed-head is Beautiful

I’d forgotten I was sporting a rumpled crown of bed-head until Maggie put on a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses and shimmied right up to the couch where I was sitting. I got a glimpse of myself in the silver lenses, my hair standing straight up on end and my eyes rung with smudges from yesterday’s […]

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What a Mom Needs to Remember When Her Life Feels Small

Laundry frames the end of my day, stacks of clean underwear and yet-to-be-folded t-shirts, drifts of unmatched socks and mountains of wrinkled jeans.  Upturned baskets are scattered across the living room like tiny tables awaiting a tea party. But I’m not in the mood for a midnight soiree or a sip of liquid comfort. I’m […]

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