The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Climbing on Daddy’s Lap

I’m tired today. I woke with a weary spirit and a gray heart. The warm winds of September bekon me to join Joshua in his caterpillar hunt in the backyard, but I really just want to curl up in my own cacoon today and hide.    I’d love to hide from the twelve loads of laundry […]

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The simple things

I spotted her in the grocery store today, a new mom struggling to check the items off her list as she attempted to comfort her squealing infant. When our eyes met, I wondered if the tears pooling in her baby blues would soon make a beeline for her chin. I grabbed the infant carrier from her cart […]

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By Faith

As our seven pound seven ounce miracle slipped from my womb to my arms twelve years ago, I plunged into the wild waters of motherhood. …And the adventure began. When Luke first arrived, I rode the waves of awe for months. I couldn’t believe he was ours. I’d never loved someone so instantly. I’d never […]

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Home is Where Mom Is

“Mom, I’m not going to think about you for the next four days,” Luke announced grimly as I tossed his overstuffed duffle bag in the back of the van. I turned to face my somber son.  “That’s okay,” I said light-heartedly. “I’m not going THINK of you either. I’m just going to PRAY for you, […]

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Taking the Plunge

     We celebrated Lizzy’s PLUNGE into double-digits with a wet and wild birthday party yesterday. Ten party-goers blessed my girl soon-to-turn-ten by spending a day with her at a waterpark.The highlight of the trip was everyone’s conquering of the biggest slide: THE PLUNGE!     Even Hannah conquered her fear and tried the fast and furious drop. […]

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Lessons from Beyond the Diaper Pail

Thank you, friends, for praying over my adventure as I stepped out of the mommy trenches last week. God showed up at my writer’s conference in a HUGE way. I’m still savoring the countless footprints He imprinted across my heart in the course of six days. While I haven’t completely re-adapted to life in the diaper […]

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The Lollipop Tree

We planted a lollipop tree on a warm sunny day in April.  Joshua drove his gator packed with tools to a dirt patch near our deck. Hannah scooped a small hole, and the two buried a sugary green lollipop top beneath the dark spring earth.  Then we waited… The winsome tree began with a simple question. […]

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Praying for Passion

After yesterday’s post, I’m thinking about prayers; mine, in particular.  Not long ago another mom asked me, “What’s the most significant thing you pray as a mom?”  I thought about that for a while and immediately had dozens of prayer topics racing through my mind– prayers for my kids to grow in Christ-confidence and joy, prayers […]

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Homesick

“Did you have fun at Grandma’s?” I’d asked Joshua when I returned from my roadtrip last night. “Yeah,” he smiled. Then, flung his little arms around my neck. “But I always want to be HOME with you.” Without a doubt, Joshua’s overnight at Grandma’s had been packed with delights: park play and yummy snacks, tractor […]

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Home is Where God Leads

  I drove four hours west today to a place I once called home. I’d been invited to speak at the church that first launched my ministry, and I welcomed a chance to return to one of my favorite communities. As I cruised along the road leading to my destination, I re-lived a memory that […]

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