The 411 on Parenting from the Overflow

I am so stinkin' excited y'all!  I mean, really, over the top thrilled! Parenting from the Overflow releases on Monday! So, here are the answers to a couple of questions I've been asked about this book. What is Parenting from the Overflow? This parenting gig is hard work!  The days are long and the nights can be even longer.  Often as moms we find ourselves pulled into the undertow of diaper changes, carpools, and the never-ending laundry pile.  In Parenting from the Overflow, I invite you ... [Read More]

Teaching Our Children to Yield

Teaching our children to yield is hard work.  I've heard it said we spend the first two years of their lives making them the center of the world and the next sixteen trying to undo that perception. Yielding doesn't come naturally to most of us.  We want our way.  Selfishness is inherent to our sin nature. My parents were very young when they had me—like seniors in high school young.   I imagine they'd readily admit they had no clue how to parent me and my two younger brothers, all born by the ... [Read More]

Fear or Courage

It happens every time.  At least it does to me.  As soon as I think I've finally checked something off my list, I notice where I failed or forgot. Last week was Parenting from the Overflow week.  I spent Monday through Wednesday frantically writing and formatting.  By Wednesday afternoon I finally was ready to send the preview copies to the launch team.  I wrote an email saying this was not the final formatting and it had not been reviewed by an editor but I wanted ... [Read More]

Grasp Five Minute Friday

It wasn't pretty, not even a little bit.  The morning had been filled with nagging and whining and even some tears ... and that was just me.   My getting-so-close-to-thirteen-year-old had slammed doors and smarted off and was, at that very moment, shooting me a look that I was pretty sure indicated she'd rather be anywhere than near me.   If I'm totally honest, I felt the same way about her. This parenting gig:  it's way hard! I got home from dropping her off at the middle school and started ... [Read More]

A Mother’s Version of Philippians 4:12-13

The expanded version of Parenting from the Overflow is almost finished.  I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite parts of the book.  From the chapter titled "Overflowing Joy," I offer you a mother's version of Philippians 4:12-13. I know what it is to have children crying and whining, husband watching television loud enough to drown out the aforementioned crying and whining. And I know what it is to enjoy quietly preparing a meal for just my beloved man and me. And this is what ... [Read More]