The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Abundant Life isn’t a Spectator Sport! (and a birthday give-away)

Five years ago, our first-born girl crossed into double-digits. That baby who had brightened our world with smiles as big as the Grand Canyon suddenly needed all of her fingers and thumbs to count her age, and this mommy who wished she could lasso time and slow the rush of years suddenly needed all the […]

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When Breaking Up Means Breaking Through

I still remember sitting on my dorm room floor with a friend whose tears told the tale of a broken heart. The man she’d thought she would marry had called off their five-year relationship and, in an instant, her dreams were dashed. She’d planned out a perfect life with the man she’d believed was her perfect match, and she […]

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The Mom Initiative: The Stretch Marks Nobody Told Me About

 No one told me about the stretch marks that come after the baby is born.  Oh, I’d been amply warned of the blemishes that accompany pregnancy. As my stomach bulged and grew, I gleaned wisdom from toddler-toting survivors who had once surrendered to jeans with extra panels and bellybutton hugging underwear. I read every tattered page of What to Expect When […]

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Why Hanging Upside Down Might be the Secret to the Best Life (and a give-away!)

Monkey bars. That’s the image that lingered in my mind as I read my friend Amy Sullivan’s book. It seems a bit odd, I know. After all, Amy’s book may be jam-packed with wisdom and wit. But it is not crammed with references to monkey bars. Or monkeys, for that matter. But Amy does mention […]

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If You’re Tired of the Small Stuff…

 Welcome, I’m so glad you’re here! If you’re stopping over from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay a while. If you like what you find, and you’d like the The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, just subscribe on the sidebar before you leave and you won’t miss a single post. And […]

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Why I’m Serving Pennies for Thanksgiving Dinner

The turkey is in the oven and the potatoes are peeled. The pies are baked and the cider is simmering. I haven’t burnt any bread yet or placated any sibling strife, but, in all fairness, the day has just begun. I’m not banking on a flaw-free Thanksgiving dinner, but I know without a doubt, that […]

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The Best-Kept Secret for a Brand-New Life

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 […]

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When You Feel Like the World is Watching You

Dear daughters, Have I ever told  you about the time I found the envelope in my mailbox?   It was the summer of my fourteenth year, those dangling few months when I was no longer a junior high student and not yet an official high-schooler. And in that lazy stretch of Iowa heat, a few ornery […]

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When You Want Your Daughter To Have Magnetic Beauty

Okay, I’ll admit it. I was spying on you.  Kind of.  I mean, I couldn’t help but slow my steps when I walked by the open bathroom door this morning and heard you humming.  And then, I saw the way you studied yourself in the mirror when you thought that nobody was looking.  And I […]

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When the Quiet is Noisy and Hope for the Dark Nights

I hear the pitter patter of her stockinged feet before I feel the moist warmth of her  breath on my cheek.  “Mommy? Mommy?” Her voice is a mix of murmur and moan, and I prop myself up on one elbow to eyeball her through a sleepy slit.  Again. I avert my eyes from the green […]

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