5 September

Learning from a Chicken…

Learning from a Chicken…

Anyone had a furious start to the fall?  School is here and all that goes with the beginning of autumn.  Seems like everyone lives a faster and faster paced life with each passing season, including the Conlee crew.  This week we have had cross country, Open House, dentist appointments, the kickoff of fall Bible study, […]

3 September

Resisting the Half Empties ….

Resisting the Half Empties ….

“How are you?” It is the question that comes out of our mouths without even engaging a brain cell. Somewhere along the way, we have been conditioned to ask this overused question as a matter of habit. Over the years, I have developed a love-hate relationship with the question… more hate than love. First of […]

29 August

Working from Home is for the Birds….

Working from Home is for the Birds….

I know this is a little strange, but I find my most productive hours of work occur in my car.  Originally, I made this discovery because we lived so far from where our kids were in school.  It wasted too much time for me to drive back and forth from the house between school drop […]

22 August

Enabling or Equipping Our Kids…

Enabling or Equipping Our Kids…

Are you enabling your kids or equipping them? Not a question I really wanted to think about. What parent wants to discover they might be enabling their kids? When our son was 10 and our daughter was 9, we changed some of the expectations in our house. Previously, I felt guilty if I did not […]

20 August

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

Over the years, I have learned that I have a pretty high pain tolerance… both literally and figuratively. For better or worse, God gave my husband a wife who can function under a pretty decent amount of pressure or busyness. About once every 5 years, I hit my wall. Sure I have minor meltdowns in […]

8 August

Peaches and Pressure…

Peaches and Pressure…

My daughter is a fresh fruit fanatic.  She is the pickiest of eaters, so when she finds something she likes… she does not let go.  She will be the college student that still needs the divided plate because she does not want any ingredient touching another.  Casseroles are out of the picture.  If she did […]

6 August

Stuck….

Stuck….

I am not a frequent flier, but I have flown enough to consider myself a competent traveler. Until last week, I had only one truly bad airplane memory. That memory goes back 15 years when I was pregnant with my first child. At the time, I traveled for my job. About midway through a flight […]

30 July

Noisy Animals and Submission

Noisy Animals and Submission

Today may be the day that my sweet husband regrets encouraging me to blog. There is something you must know about him. He is hard to sleep with. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask any male on our staff that has ever traveled with him. Initially, when the staff of […]

25 July

Worst Summer Ever

Worst Summer Ever

Whenever someone asks about your summer, don’t you feel compelled to tell him or her it was wonderful? We go through the calendar and pick the most adventurous or luxurious event or trip and elaborate on it. It is the rare conversation when someone says, “it has been the worst summer ever.” This summer, our […]

23 July

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

God has done many amazing things, but twice in my life I remember being dumbfounded that God cared so specifically about little ol’ me. The first time God surprised me was after our second child was born. Initially, Chris and I had experienced difficulties getting pregnant. In retrospect, it was a short wait but God […]