12 June

Keeping the Next Generation Strong

Keeping the Next Generation Strong

Have you noticed how much of life is a rollercoaster? Seems like we go in cycles. We climb the mountain, one step at a time, we peak, then we have some event that causes us to take several steps backwards. Sometimes, it’s simply a quick stumble. Sometimes, it’s a catapult up, followed by a nosedive […]

5 June

Rest.

Rest.

A few of you have been extremely rejuvenated in the last few months. For the rest of us, even being out of our regular routine and dealing with many things being cancelled, we’re still walking out of this last season exhausted. Fewer things took exponential energy as we coped with large amounts of change. From […]

29 May

Black and White

Black and White

Racism. As a white person, this is a topic that I have the luxury to decide whether to enter into or not. It’s a luxury that my friends who are black do not have. Frankly, it’s more comfortable to avoid the topic. It’s easier to be kind to people and talk about being loving, then […]

22 May

Money, Money, Money…

Money, Money, Money…

You’re in a very small percent of the population right now if you aren’t facing some financial implications from COVID-19. Whether you’ve had to cut back your hours, lost a job, seen revenue from an investment drop, or watched your college or retirement fund take a bungee jump, most of us have had to face […]

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 April

How does your family cross the street?

How does your family cross the street?

From very early on in our journey as a family, Chris and I smiled at the differences in each of our temperaments. Initially, it was as husband and wife; later it was as parents, as we saw our children develop their own personalities. This last week, the four Conlees converged in the same city for […]

10 April

“Good” Friday?

“Good” Friday?

It would’ve been way more convenient if the entire world had entered the pandemic coming off of a good season. If only we’d had all our affairs in order, all our bills paid, all our relationships in good standing, and all our anxieties resolved. No such luck. Instead, we walked into the unexpected with whatever […]