15 May

Breaking the Rules – Part 4 (The Church Edition!)

Breaking the Rules – Part 4 (The Church Edition!)

On a pre-COVID Mother’s Day weekend, many of us would’ve normally spent last Sunday going to church as a family and then maybe lunch afterwards. It’s the one Sunday a year when we can get our families to show up without too much grumbling. This year was different. No request to be made in most […]

8 May

Breaking the Rules – Part 3

Breaking the Rules – Part 3

As we approach Mother’s Day, I hope no matter where you are on your parenting journey that you’ll allow yourself to celebrate. Remember: Every beautiful porch picture doesn’t mean every mother is on cloud nine. We’re all in this together. We all love our children dearly, we all want to kill them occasionally, and we’re […]

1 May

Breaking the Rules – Part 2

Breaking the Rules – Part 2

Goodness! The responses to my last post triggered so much compassion for all my mom friends. Some of the comments were so raw and personal that I struggled with whether or not to post them. Your responses also brought up four related topics that I feel must be addressed. Today, I’ll tackle the first. One mom […]

24 April

Breaking the Rules – Part 1

Breaking the Rules – Part 1

Social media is tricky. As many of you know, I have a love-hate relationship with it… especially when it comes to the unintended peer pressure. Of course, there are all the beautiful pictures that allow the enemy to whisper that everyone is looking and doing better than you. (Please don’t fall into that trap.) Underneath […]

17 January

A Guaranteed Parenting Win

A Guaranteed Parenting Win

With a 21- and 19-year old, we’re on the cusp of figuring out if our experiment worked.      Were all those dollars and hours we invested in sports worth it?      Did they really learn how to wash their own clothes and pick up after themselves?      Were we so strict that […]

8 November

3 Things to Pray for your Son

3 Things to Pray for your Son

The Conlee family recently hit a milestone as our firstborn turned 21. If you’re in the early years of parenting, let me encourage you that you will make it despite how you may feel… and know that having adult children can be an amazing experience. As an empty nester, it’s easy for me to say, “Hold onto every day […]

30 August

3 Things I’ve learned from U-Haul

3 Things I’ve learned from U-Haul

I recently had my second opportunity to drive a U-Haul truck. This is something many of us have dreamed of as a child. Not. So, as we take a turn to the lighter side today, here are my top 3 takeaways from my life-changing adventure… 1. Assume a U-Haul driver has no business driving that […]

9 August

Setting our Freshmen up for Success

Setting our Freshmen up for Success

For four years, I’ve posted a blog every August to connect prayer warriors with incoming high school and college freshmen. When I started, I had two children who had already experienced their freshman years in high school, but the transition to college was something still unknown to us. Today as I write, both my children […]

2 August

Girl Mom Warning

Girl Mom Warning

32 on her ACT34 DD bra sizeAthleteArtistBrown hairBlue eyes A very superficial and worldly description, but most would scan that list and imagine the All-American girl. Indeed, any mother would look at a girl with these attributes and be certain her daughter had it made. However, having recently been introduced to this girl, one of her […]

14 June

Giving All They Got

Giving All They Got

As a woman, I’d be very leery if my husband said he understood what it was like to be a mom. Can you imagine? Fortunately, he’s smart enough to never suggest that! What man knows all of the thousands of details that spin in a mom’s mind as she lays down at night? What man […]