20 February

Two questions every friend should ask

Two questions every friend should ask

Human beings can make some disgusting noises. I recently sat on an airplane and was subjected to listening to a man seated behind me suck on his teeth for the duration of the flight. Another person down my row apparently had an easier time sleeping than me, judging by the sound of their snoring. Slurp. […]

14 February

Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine?

It’s February 14th. Valentine’s Day. A holiday that stirs up a mixture of emotions. For the exuberant child, there’s the anticipation of cookies, cupcakes, and exchanging of Valentine’s cards at the school party. Then there’s the mom who has stayed up late and arisen early to make sure her child has everything they need for […]

6 February

You have no idea

You have no idea

This past week was full of travel for the Conlee household. Three of us going in two different directions seemed doable until I got a text about 18 hours before our departure. The sweet couple coming to house and dog sit had come down with a fever. With all the flu going around, it was […]

30 January

The Wait

The Wait

Oh, the joys of waiting! In line at the store, we wonder why more registers aren’t open. At the doctor’s office, we wait knowing we’re probably adding illnesses to our diagnosis with each tick of the clock. As a culture, we get creative to avoid having to practice patience. Now we can order our “fast […]

28 November

3 Keys to a No-Regrets December

3 Keys to a No-Regrets December

If you’re like me, you’re still a little in shock that we’re now looking at a straight shot to Christmas. It feels like just yesterday, I was pulling out my summer clothes… and here we are, counting down the final days of 2017. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I put my […]

21 November

Tight and Loose

Tight and Loose

Life and death. They’re around us at all times. While conception may sometimes be unexpected, the joy of a delivery is almost always expected. Death, on the other hand, can come painfully slow with a debilitating illness, or breathtakingly fast. And from any direction. Accident. Overdose. Suicide. Complications. Young. Old. Black. White. Rich. Poor. As […]

14 November

How’s your garden?

How’s your garden?

To say I don’t have a green thumb is such an understatement. I don’t have a small amount of disdain for yard work; no, it’s my nemesis. Every time I think I have our weeds taken care of, it feels like a blink of an eye before the unwanted botanic life returns. There aren’t many […]

7 November

Picky People

Picky People

Do you ever stop long enough to hear yourself speak? Recently, I’ve caught myself listening to the words coming out of my mouth. As we were hosting a guest last week, I found myself at a nice restaurant placing my order. As I ordered a steak, the question that followed was “How would you like […]

31 October

When you’re tired of trying to make it happen

When you’re tired of trying to make it happen

As parents, we can often see things our children can’t. And I don’t just mean the top shelf of the fridge! We’re wired to anticipate. Having “been there and done that” brings wisdom and wise warnings… yet the older my children get, the more resistant they are to acknowledge this. Nonetheless, it’s still true. One […]

24 October

So much love, we share a toothbrush…

So much love, we share a toothbrush…

It’s true. Kind of. It’s true that I don’t think it’s possible for me to love Chris Conlee any more than I do. And last I checked, yesterday, he still feels the same way about me. I’m grateful for the love we share. And, as of August 18th, we started sharing a toothbrush, too… but […]