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 […]

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 […]

27 September

Never too busy to celebrate

Never too busy to celebrate

Just this past weekend, Highpoint Church celebrated its 14th anniversary. In some ways, it’s easy to let those occasions come and go without much notice. Yet in the busyness of our lives, it’s so important that we pause long enough to acknowledge God’s faithfulness in our midst. This morning, as I was in my priority […]

20 September

2 Witches and 2 Words

2 Witches and 2 Words

Whenever I have to come up with random trivia about myself in a get-to-know-you game, I always revert to the not-so-flattering fact that both times in my life when I’ve been in a theatrical production, I was cast as a witch. Great, huh? I prefer not to think about the unspoken implication of those two […]

13 September

Stubborn or Strong?

Stubborn or Strong?

A few years ago, our entire family sat down and did a personality assessment test. I’d done one before, but we’d never thought to do one as a family. This test happened to be the DISC profile. Each letter of the acronym DISC describes a different personality type. While each person has a combination of […]