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 […]

3 April

3 Ways to Keep Discouragement Away

3 Ways to Keep Discouragement Away

Just like you, the last few weeks have blown my mind. There were moments early on when it seemed like the news was hyping another story. Given recent years, it’s certainly been hard to tell when they’re trying to increase ratings or actually provide a public service. Then, as the things we’ve seen as part […]

27 March

Remember March 1st?

Remember March 1st?

It’s been quite a month. It’s mind blowing to think what has shifted in our everyday routines within just a few short weeks. Yesterday, I found myself spraying my one can of Lysol on a box that arrived at my front door. Seriously?!! As we settle into finding a new routine that protects ourselves and […]

20 March

To COVID, or not to COVID? That is the question.

To COVID, or not to COVID? That is the question.

In some ways, I’m so oversaturated with COVID-19 news that I’d prefer a different topic. But alongside that sentiment, I’m aware that this is a moment in time that all of us will remember. This period will be a defining season that will be studied and analyzed for a long time after hand sanitizer is […]

13 March

Steering Clear of the Compromise – Part 2

Steering Clear of the Compromise – Part 2

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, there are huge longings. We want something to be different. We want someone to be better. We want those we love to be thriving. Last week, I raised the issue of how often we try to “help God out” in fulfilling our longings. However, we […]

6 March

Steering Clear of the Compromise – Part 1

Steering Clear of the Compromise – Part 1

Have you ever wanted something? … really wanted something? I don’t mean a possession, like a car, a house, the latest technology, or the cutest outfit. Certainly, we can have those material desires, but what about the ones deep in your gut: a husband, a child, a job you’ve always dreamed of, or simply feeling […]

28 February

Stranger Danger

Stranger Danger

I was definitely taught the principle of “stranger danger” as a child, but I don’t think we used that term in my home. So, when my college-age daughter used that term recently to warn a friend, it made me smile. I didn’t expect to hear that from a 19-year-old, but the phrase also made me […]

21 February

When God Doesn’t Ask

When God Doesn’t Ask

I’ve had many different titles rattle around my brain for this post… Why Doesn’t God Ask? What Does God Owe Me? … and the one I landed on: When God Doesn’t Ask. The fact of the matter is that God rarely asks. Not once has God asked me: “Karin, is this a good time for […]

14 February

The Unfamiliar

The Unfamiliar

Last week, I wrote about appreciating what’s familiar in our lives. We can often get into a rhythm and routine that finds us eventually taking the good for granted and grumbling about those things we want to change. We dream about a different house, a different season of life, a different job, a new friend… […]