16 April

Hot and Cold

Hot and Cold

It’s that time of year when the temperature is hard to predict. Everything becomes very relative. After an unusually late but cold winter, it finally reached into the 50s a few weeks ago and you would’ve thought that summer was here. 50º felt so good as we traded in our boots for flip-flops. Yet after […]

9 April

The Unintended Exchange

The Unintended Exchange

In a recent blog, I mentioned that I’d committed to go to bed by 10:00pm this year and made everyone else in our house miserable in the process. At 9:59pm, you would’ve thought I was Cinderella trying to get home from the ball before the last stroke of midnight… minus the pretty dress, hair, and […]

7 April

Did I Fail?

Did I Fail?

I spent much of my childhood dreaming of being the next Oprah Winfrey or Donald Trump. My husband spent his childhood and adolescence visualizing himself as the next Fred Couples… (that’s golf, for those of you who skipped Sports Center in the 1990s!). We’re not short on goals in our home. Yet not one of […]

2 April

Silent but Violent

Silent but Violent

As Chris and I have entered the world of podcasts, one of my recent assignments was to begin to listen to a variety of podcasts to continue learning and improving. One particular episode that I listened to by Andy Stanley mentioned the idea of an unworthy goal. I started thinking about the idea. Some people […]

24 March

Community Matters

Community Matters

The budget is tight. Summer camps and activities for kids put a strain on the budget of almost any family with children. A few months ago, we had no idea that our daughter would play lacrosse, let alone have an out-of-town tournament. As we learned of a trip to Atlanta, we had to decide if […]

12 March

Are you ready to make some repairs?

Are you ready to make some repairs?

Chris and I are not the fixer-upper types. We’re actually the farthest things from it. One of my favorite funny stories about Chris that I like to share happened early in our marriage. The bulb in our nightstand lamp went out. Chris noticed it and asked me if I would please throw out the lamp […]

29 January

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

I have two amazing teenagers. Almost like the newborn phase, I find this season of life to be full of changes and new developments almost every day. Recently, it seems like we have had so many “firsts.”  First car, first day to drive to school by himself, first night at home going to bed with […]

18 November

Plan to Getaway

Plan to Getaway

As you read this, I will be in the second day of recording the large group sessions of our women’s Bible study, Miss Perfect: Discovering God’s Purpose without the Pressure. With God’s grace, it will become a DVD curriculum in 2015. As I’ve been reviewing the material, I’ve been reminded of something that I already […]

4 November

Conlee Family Pictures – What not to do

Conlee Family Pictures – What not to do

Photos © www.abideinhimphotography.com For the last three falls, the Conlees have had one or both children in braces. With four sets of pearly whites showing this year, we were finally ready for a family picture that could happily hang on a wall. We hired a great photographer and friend, Robyn Smith, and this past weekend was […]

21 October

A Really Limited Skill Set

A Really Limited Skill Set

It has been a hectic fall in the Conlee household. Much change and rearranging has occurred as we welcomed my mother-in-law into our home. Last night, all 5 of us were actually home at the same time, sitting around the dinner table. What was my son’s first remark? “The potatoes have definitely been upgraded.” I […]