The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Someday I’ll Walk Alone

I began my Sunday with a mother-daughter stroll. While a few of her siblings still snoozed, Lizzy and I sauntered along the lake-path near our home. We marveled at the infinite shades of green in the spring blooms and mused about the quiet fishing boats bobbing atop the flooded lake waters. And I tried to ignore the nagging […]

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Growing Fruit

“What are you doing?” I asked my daughter as she stood, eyes squeezed shut, body held taut, beneath a brightly colored umbrella at the swimming pool’s edge. Little grunts and “harrumphs” came out of her puckered mouth as she concentrated on the task at hand. “I’m trying to GROW, Mommy,” Hannah declared with impatience. “If […]

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Boy Blessings

Last night may have been all about the girls; but this morning was just for the boys- one boy in particular at our house. Today Luke and I participated in the counterpart to the father-daughter dance: mother-son bowling. The girls may have sported updoos and swinging skirts last night, but my son and I boasted our own head-turning fashion in bowling […]

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Messy Maggie

I followed the trail of unwrapped sanitary napkins plastered to the carpet to find her. Where the path of neccesities ended, the trail of goldfish crackers began. At the end of the evidence, Maggie flashed me an innocent smile. She had just finished decorating the window pane with a bright blue marker.  The five minutes I’d spent braiding Hannah’s […]

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WHOSE GIRL ARE YOU? The ME God Wants Me to Be, Part 2

Not surprisingly, as God began to teach me who I was in His eyes, He used the little child in my midst to challenge my shaken identity. When Lukas was just a toddler, we often began our dinnertime routine with a silly little game. “Lukas, whose boy are you?” we would ask as we settled in for a family […]

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Someday

As we plod through a record-setting winter filled with fierce winds, historic snow falls and frequent ice storms, my children have acquired a whole new set of vocabulary words. Phrases like “delayed start,” “early out,” and “cancellation” sprinkle my grade schoolers’ jargon on a weekly basis. The unpredictable school schedule has added a twist to daily life.  Snow days need […]

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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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