The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

An Invitation to Color Outside of the Lines (Hope for Try-Hard-Moms)

Her disgruntled wail rose over the clank and rattle of the cereal bowl I’d just dropped on the floor in my attempt to carry all of the breakfast dishes from table to sink in one swoop. Maggie had agreed to color a picture for Grandma while I mopped up milk splats and recovered the kitchen […]

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The One Thing That’s Better than a Trip to Disneyland!

 I am trying to get a handle on another day that’s snowballed.  The sun will sink soon and the breakfast dishes are still jeering at me from the kitchen counter. The phone rings, and the minute I pick it up, I regret the decision. A monotone voice wanes on the other end of the line, and […]

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Mercy in the Middle of the Mess

When I stepped through the girls’ bedroom door, it looked like I’d stumbled on a crime scene. Half-dressed Barbie dolls lay strewn across the floor, shreds of clumpy white cotton balls littered the carpet like misplaced clouds that had fallen out of the summer sky. And a pool of bright pink nail polish silently sabotaged the only […]

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The Inspire Series: Dream Girl

 I remember sitting on a baby-bear chair in the back of the first grade classroom.  Me.  And twenty other moms wiping sweat beads off of our foreheads on a sultry May day near the school year’s end.  The kids were lined up in a perfect row in front of the whiteboard at the classroom’s head. Each child […]

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If the School Year has Left Your Arms a Little Empty…

  I stood in the preschool parking lot feeling naked last week. No wigglers dangling willy nilly from my limbs, no pudgy little fingers wrapping themselves around my neck, no wet pink lips accessorizing my ears with secrets.  Just me and my empty hands. I swatted those stray tears that refused to stay perched in […]

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Redemption Song (Why the World Needs your Story, even that Messy One!)

  Everyone needs a friend who can spy beauty in bedlam; a friend who can extract something marvelous out of the mess. Everyone needs a friend who can lasso hope in the hurt and discover purpose in the pain. My dear friend Ashley Larkin is that kind of friend. She’s a woman who inspires me […]

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I’m still prejudiced

This year, when I packed away our Fisher Price nativity set, I didn’t return Jesus to the attic. I hid him in the bathroom instead. It was a fleeting and crazy idea to get my whole family to keep their eyes open in the new year, a goofy plan to keep my clan LOOKING for […]

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On Living A Beautiful Life (What a Mom can Learn from a Teenage Daughter!)

August 4, 2013 Dear Elizabeth Grace, Happy Birthday, sweet daughter! I can’t believe you are already a teenager. Didn’t I just bring you home wrapped in that soft pink blanket Grandma had bought to replace all those blue ones I’d packed in my hospital bag? Didn’t I just make a hundred phone calls to tell […]

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I Love You Lots and Cows

After fifteen years of motherhood, I’ve developed an affinity for moms who are REAL.  You know, the kind- the ones who can laugh over their toddler’s latest tantrum in the grocery store and cry with you when you’re overwhelmed with potty-training.  And even more than REAL, I love having a friend who understands what this gig […]

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When Your Salsa Sprouts Eyes

Lately, I have the niggling feeling that I’m being watched.  When I open the refrigerator or walk into the bathroom, when I reach for a baseball glove in the garage or grab a tissue in the kitchen, I’m greeted by a pair of eyes. The googly kind, of course.   It’s my own fault, really.  This […]

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