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Building a Home

When I told Hannah about my robin sighting on Saturday, she danced around the kitchen and clapped her hands in pure delight. “So, soon we’ll see nests in our trees again, right Mom?” my spring dreamer asked. I nodded and then headed downstairs to quiet the dryer’s wail.  Moments later, Hannah came racing into the laundry […]

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Same Song, Different Key

A Note From Alicia:  If you’d like to have The Overflow delivered to  your email or personal reader,  just scroll down the right hand margin and click on the widget marked “subscribe now.” Then, each time I post a new musing, it will spill right into your mailbox.  If you’d rather just keep stopping by at your leisure, please do. As always, […]

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Beauty in the Brown

 When I look at the barren stretch of farm field beyond   my window, my eyes see a simple rectangular plot of desolate  brown soil. But a seasoned artist knows that an ordinary patch of brown is made by mixing a combination of vibrant colors– red,yellow and blue or orange, yellow, and purple.   When […]

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Love in All Seasons: Stepping into the Mess

After a winter boasting record snow falls, spring had finally sprung! Mud puddles had replaced snow drifts and the sunshine had returned after months of hazy gray. Instead of ice patches, our yard was now dotted with swamp-like pools of murk and mire. While I would have preferred green grass and budding tulips, Joshua was […]

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Growing into the New Year

 My attempt to kick off the new year with my husband took an unplanned turn on Saturday night. We’d secured a babysitter for all five kids and headed to the closest metropolis for dinner. But before we’d even glanced at a menu, the Toby Mac ring tone on Rob’s phone warned me that my plans were about to be trumped. Dinner for two can […]

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Growing Gratitude

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls -AESOP     I’ve spent this month experimenting with what I’ve called “The Gratitude Challenge.” It began when I posted a piece of scripture on our family memory verse window:  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18   “What does […]

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Bumping into Jesus

Last week my youngest girls unwittingly painted a beautiful portrait of spiritual refreshment on our dirty kitchen floor. Hannah had just filled a cup to the brim with ice cold water when Maggie raced through the kitchen where her big sister stood sipping. Too busy bustling to notice the seven-year-old obstacle in her way, Maggie […]

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Heaven

“Grandma, I know what Heaven is like,” Joshua announced as they drove past a cemetary on their way home from a morning adventure.   “Oh?” Grandma glanced at her littlest grandson in the rearview mirror.   “Yeah. I’ve seen it from here.”   Grandma turned her head briefly to hold the gaze of the green-eyed boy in the backseat. “Did […]

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Two-Wheel Freedom

“He’s like a prisoner set free,” I told my husband as I tried to describe on the phone what I was witnessing through the front window. Three-and-a half-year old Joshua zoomed in circles, jumped off of curbs and raced across the driveway on two wheels.  Liberated from the cumbersome training wheels that mere hours ago […]

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Spa for the Soul

When my husband was in medical school and our budget involved endless cans of tuna and peanut butter, I drove by a high-end spa each week on my trek to the grocery store. Since the only manicure I’d ever recieved was on my wedding day, I knew very little about what went on beyond the […]

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