12 September

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 2

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 2

If you joined me last week, you know one of the quickest ways to ruin your child is to expect them to be just like you. I spent many years wanting my son to approach the world in the linear, systematic way that I did. Of course, my way was right! I was the parent, […]

5 September

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 1

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 1

On occasion in the Conlee household, we’ve been known to say we have two “mini me’s.” Our son, Mark, shares many similarities with his father. They order almost identical meals at every restaurant. They wear the same size clothes, and if you’ve ever seen them walk, you automatically know they’re related. On the estrogen side […]

8 August

How much would you give to have your child covered in prayer?

How much would you give to have your child covered in prayer?

I’m back. My laptop and I enjoyed a vacation from each other, but I’m excited after a 2-month sabbatical with my family to be back at life and resuming my blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the experiences and lessons the Lord taught me from our summer… however, just like you, the summer […]

23 May

The parenting decision I’ll never regret

The parenting decision I’ll never regret

I’m signing off for a while. I’ll miss you, but I’m grateful to hit pause this summer. And I have to tell you, the Lord’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. Once every 7 years, Highpoint Church gives us the opportunity to be away for the summer on sabbatical. It’s a season to have some uninterrupted […]

16 May

6998 days… and counting!

6998 days… and counting!

7000days. I love it as a brand name and I loved the conference. I love the way it reminds us as parents not to miss the brevity of our parenting. I could, however, argue that it really should be 4500 days. Like spotty cell phone coverage, your children stop listening to you for a few […]

18 April

Judgment Zone – Part 3

Judgment Zone – Part 3

I almost titled this post The Final Judgment because this is my last installment in this series… but I figured my play on words might scare some away! If you subscribe to my blog, then you know that for the last two weeks I’ve addressed the ways in which we as women judge other women. […]

28 March

Momma Gut Check

Momma Gut Check

We recently had some terrific news in the Conlee household that I was sharing with my daughter, Annika. I had a hard time reading her reaction. It seemed a little reserved. So, I inquired, “Are you OK? I thought you’d be happier than that.” Little did I know, but from this point on, the conversation […]

14 March

Broken Hearts and Blame Games

Broken Hearts and Blame Games

The topic of parenting is cornering me on all sides: I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book with the working title Mom Guilt: Breaking Free from the Silent Struggles of Motherhood; Highpoint’s first parenting conference is around the corner (check out 7000days.org); and I also find myself in 1 Samuel where, within just […]

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 […]