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 […]

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 […]