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What Rock Climbing Can Teach us About Prayer

 Welcome! I’m glad you’re here.  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I hope you’ll stay a while. If you like what you find, please sign up on the sidebar to receive my blog in your inbox now and then. Or find me on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll keep chasing Jesus together day by day. Better yet, I’d […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway-The One Party You Won’t Want to Miss This Christmas

It was a simple conversation in the grocery store years ago that first sparked the idea for my favorite Christmas tradition. A mom with a cart full of little ones was standing ahead of me in the  long winding check-out line. The clerk in the fuzzy red Santa was listening to a customer complain about […]

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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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When You Realize Your Children Aren’t Really Yours

They’re not yours. I was standing at the top of a snow-capped sand dune, my eyes fixed on those silly sisters singing Frozen songs as they skipped toward the icy water, when my thoughts were interrupted with those three little words. They’re not yours. The girls were lost in their own world, savoring that sacred space […]

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And the winner is…

Thanks to all who joined me for a “Praise Party” in the comments of this pre-Thanksgiving post last week. I’m excited to announce that Patti is the lucky winner of the gratitude give-away.    Of course, even if you didn’t win this cute journal, I hope you’ll grab your own notebook and take time to […]

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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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The Secret to Being Happy With the Life You Already Have

We’d argued on our drive to the hospital.  I’d soon be lying belly-up on an exam table covered with a scratchy disposable sheet and trying not to squirm as the skin on my stretched-out belly was covered with clear cold goo.   We were just moments from our first glimpse of the baby tucked beneath my heart. But […]

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When We Roll out the Red Carpet and Put Feet to our Faith

Last year, on the last day of last summer, we rolled out the red carpet. Right there, in my brown-grassed backyard, with a dozen families and too-many-to-count kids, we stepped into the school year with dancing feet.  And prancing feet. Cartwheeling feet and flipping feet. We were a  marvelous mix of preschoolers and pre-teens; first-graders and fifth-graders, proud […]

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Why We all Need Thanksgiving More than Black Friday

She’s bagging my Monday morning groceries as Maggie hops up and down in front of the candy display, and she doesn’t even chuckle at the sight of those princess pajamas sticking out from beneath my daughter’s fuzzy pink coat.  On any other Monday morning, she would have.  On a different Monday morning, one that didn’t happen […]

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