3 January

Emotional Calendar

Emotional Calendar

I’m embarrassed to tell you how many emails I have in my inbox. My plan was to clean them out when we went on our sabbatical… in 2010. That never happened. Oops. Voicemails are evil. Every single one of the closets in my house needs reorganizing. My photos… don’t even go there. My anxiety levels […]

29 November

My Top 5 Lessons from 2016

My Top 5 Lessons from 2016

I’ve declared December a “no-blog zone” for me over the last few years, so this will be my final blog of 2016. Check out my top 5 lessons from this past year… 5. Room is necessary. As a parent, it’s scary to leave room for your child to make decisions. It seems so much easier […]

22 November

An 18-Year Wait

An 18-Year Wait

All of us have been teenagers and can recall some of the challenges of that season of life. Some of us now sit in the role of mom and get to watch our children as they grow and develop through those same stages. Many of us, including me, don’t have a longing to go back […]

15 November

Before You Buy the Turkey

Before You Buy the Turkey

The 4 Conlees are not huge turkey and dressing kind of people. Outside of Thanksgiving, no one in our home ever asks for me to cook a turkey. In full disclosure, I sometimes wonder if it’s just my turkey they don’t prefer. However, I’ve never seen any of them order turkey at a restaurant, either. […]

8 November

Miss Perfect and a Slab of Ribs

Miss Perfect and a Slab of Ribs

In my little corner of the world, about 400 women and I have just completed the journey of Miss Perfect: Discovering God’s Purpose without the Pressure. After each semester that I teach it, I always walk away both overjoyed and yet wondering if I could’ve done more or prayed more. That Miss Perfect in me […]

1 November

My Little Chick at Chick-fil-A

My Little Chick at Chick-fil-A

Maybe you have perfect children. I don’t. Maybe your children believe everything you say about God and have faith 100% of the time. Mine don’t. Can we be real with one another? This faith thing is a journey and our children will have questions and doubts along the way. That’s normal and, prayerfully, means they’re […]

25 October

So close, yet so far…

So close, yet so far…

We’ve lived in our current neighborhood since April, 2012. That’s 4 years and 6 months. Put another way, we’ve lived in our home for 54 months. Why does that matter? I’m glad you asked! You see, there are 45 homes in our sweet, little subdivision. That means we’ve lived in our neighborhood long enough for […]

18 October

3 Ways to Regret-Free Living

3 Ways to Regret-Free Living

To hit the topic of sports twice in a month is a somewhat atypical plan for a blog primarily intended for women… but Chris and I recently had the privilege of hearing Bill Curry speak – a past Super Bowl champion and college football coach. The wisdom of this godly man was so noteworthy that, […]

11 October

Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

For the last year, my workout plan has been a little unsteady. I’ve tried desperately to not spend money on exercising. It kind of feels like hiring someone to do your taxes… another urge I’ve resisted because “I should be able to do this by myself.” In both cases, I’d much rather spend my money […]

4 October

Reflections from a Sports Mom

Reflections from a Sports Mom

Among the different hats I wear, I’ve spent the last 12 years as a sports mom. Over the years, soccer, football, cross country, track, basketball, lacrosse, and one brief season of T-ball (which ended quickly when Mark couldn’t understand why everyone got to be at bat even after 3 outs) have been on our calendar. […]