19 September

Morning Necessities…..

Morning Necessities…..

I have recently re-entered a season of writing and speaking. With this reentry, I have found myself wandering towards Starbucks more frequently for a little caffeine when I hit the afternoon or occasionally late night lull. Funny thing is, I am not even a coffee drinker. A non-fat, chai tea latte is as serious as […]

12 September

A Battle Worth Fighting …

A Battle Worth Fighting …

Last week, I blogged on my need to re-establish the Sabbath.  Then Saturday came.  Being in ministry eliminates Sunday as an option.  Having a teenager who enjoys high school football eliminates Friday as an option.  Being an American eliminates Monday through Friday as an option.  So there I was on a Saturday.  A little bit […]

10 September

A Heart to Heart Conversation…

A Heart to Heart Conversation…

There is nothing better than having a heart to heart conversation with someone who really gets you.  Some of us feel like we have that person that gets us, some of us don’t.  But who gets you all of the time? On every subject? Can I pull the God card? Yep. All of us need a safe […]

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, […]

3 September

Resisting the Half Empties ….

Resisting the Half Empties ….

“How are you?” It is the question that comes out of our mouths without even engaging a brain cell. Somewhere along the way, we have been conditioned to ask this overused question as a matter of habit. Over the years, I have developed a love-hate relationship with the question… more hate than love. First of […]

29 August

Working from Home is for the Birds….

Working from Home is for the Birds….

I know this is a little strange, but I find my most productive hours of work occur in my car.  Originally, I made this discovery because we lived so far from where our kids were in school.  It wasted too much time for me to drive back and forth from the house between school drop […]

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 […]

20 August

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

Over the years, I have learned that I have a pretty high pain tolerance… both literally and figuratively. For better or worse, God gave my husband a wife who can function under a pretty decent amount of pressure or busyness. About once every 5 years, I hit my wall. Sure I have minor meltdowns in […]

8 August

Peaches and Pressure…

Peaches and Pressure…

My daughter is a fresh fruit fanatic.  She is the pickiest of eaters, so when she finds something she likes… she does not let go.  She will be the college student that still needs the divided plate because she does not want any ingredient touching another.  Casseroles are out of the picture.  If she did […]

6 August

Stuck….

Stuck….

I am not a frequent flier, but I have flown enough to consider myself a competent traveler. Until last week, I had only one truly bad airplane memory. That memory goes back 15 years when I was pregnant with my first child. At the time, I traveled for my job. About midway through a flight […]