7 February

The Familiar

The Familiar

Have you ever been at a place in life where you’re simply frustrated? Month after month, you run into the same problems with the same people. You’re tired of the same kid down the street causing your child angst… or maybe it’s the same guy on your team at work causing you the same stress? […]

31 January

Where is God in your storm?

Where is God in your storm?

If everything in your life right now is pretty good and 2020 is ringing in bright and cheery, then the answer to the question posed in this blog title is fairly simple. Obviously, we know that God’s right with us in the midst of our storm. Every good Christian knows the answer. Until all hell […]

24 January

My learning curve with MLK

My learning curve with MLK

As many of you will know, Memphis is my home. As the proud daughter of a family with a long military heritage, I had the opportunity to move a few times in my childhood. But for the last 29 of 32 years, I’ve lived in Memphis and have embraced the grit and grind of that […]

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 […]

10 January

2020 Déjà Vu

2020 Déjà Vu

I vividly remember traveling with our family on vacation when our daughter was 10. From the back of the car, she said “De vu ja!” Since then, her accidentally-improved version of the French phrase always brings a smile to my face when I have that familiar feeling of: “Haven’t I been here before?” In late […]

6 December

The Imperfect Christmas

The Imperfect Christmas

All of us have much to be thankful for… of course. However, being told we should be thankful is about as helpful as someone telling us we should be happy. The reality is that we sometimes need some help finding the gratitude… the “happy.” The last two holiday seasons, I’ve found myself feeling pressure to […]

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 […]

1 November

Silence – Part 2

Silence – Part 2

In my last post, I mentioned my love for silence. Put another way, I’ve been labeled “noise sensitive” (insert eye roll) by my entire family, each of whom apparently functions like the rest of the world, listening to music and other background noise when they want to be productive. I’m not there yet. And while […]

25 October

Silence – Part 1

Silence – Part 1

I’m someone who’s especially fond of silence. My family makes fun of me because I require four white walls and the absence of noise to do almost anything productive. If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll also know that I wrote most of my Miss Perfect Bible study in the car… with no music playing, I […]

18 October

Talking Trash – Part 2

Talking Trash – Part 2

Words. We take them for granted. When my daughter began speech therapy at age 3, and again when she began tutoring for dyslexia in the third grade, I remember being dumbfounded by the complex number of things that happen from the time our eyes see a group of letters to the end product of saying […]