16 October

Out-of-Body Experience

Out-of-Body Experience

I can’t say that I have ever had an out-of-body experience… until today. You see, I have always wanted to get to the next age or season of life. When I was 5, I wanted to be 10. When I was 10, I wanted to be 20. Thus far, every next season has been a […]

15 April

Mommy Shame

Mommy Shame

I was recently enjoying some time with a few friends. The subject turned to our children. If you are the mother of a newborn or a 40 year old, this seems to always be the subject to which we gravitate. Some days this is great, but other days it brings up dread. This particular day, […]

18 February

My Friends Matter

My Friends Matter

If you are the parent of a teenager, you know how much friends matter in the life of your child. While it is certainly true at an earlier age, the importance takes on even greater implications when your child is no longer under your direct supervision for social and extracurricular events, not to mention car […]

14 November

Help Wanted for today :(

Help Wanted for today :(

Writing a blog may be dangerous. Some days I think that I am probably repeating wisdom on the same few struggles because I personally have not had complete victory over them yet. I wonder what themes I would find if I went back and read my previous months posts in succession. Too bad I don’t […]

1 October

Hip Hop and Les Mis…..

Hip Hop and Les Mis…..

You may wonder what Hip Hop and Les Miserables have in common… Not much from what I can tell, except that both were being played in my house at the same time this week. If there is ever a picture of the differences between my children, that might be it. Then again, a few days […]

24 September

It is My Fault!

It is My Fault!

It is always my fault! As a mom, do you ever feel like you try so hard, get credit for very little, and get blamed for everything?  Welcome to the dark side of conception! No one tells you that those cute bundles will grow up and deflect their failures to us in many moments of […]

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, […]

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 […]