17 September

Avoiding Unnecessary Pain….

Avoiding Unnecessary Pain….

For several days, my daughter had complained of blisters as a result of her cross-country training. I provided the Band-Aids, the Neosporin, and the pep talk but let my 8th grader take care of her toes. Then one day she got in the car barefoot after practice and I saw the severity of her concern. […]

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, […]

27 August

Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

This past Sunday at Highpoint Church, we were privileged to see a 74-year-old mother baptize her grown daughter. It was evident that this mom had labored in prayer over her daughter for years. Patsy, the daughter being baptized, shared that she had spent many years away from the Lord and it was the recent death […]

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 […]

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 […]

18 July

Lessons from Amo

Lessons from Amo

I have always liked dogs, but everything seemed to change after I had children. Motherhood felt like it started with a bang. Two deliveries in 19 months accompanied by living 4 places in that same amount of time left me worn out. Tiger, our sweet dog, got the leftovers of my maternal energy. One day, […]