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 […]

17 March

Would You Risk It?

Would You Risk It?

Last Friday, I attended a funeral for the husband of a friend of mine. I was fine until the family processed out of the sanctuary. At that point, the shock and pain on the inside became visible on the outside as my grieving friend grasped for the strength to physically leave the building. Only by […]

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 […]

26 February

Always Right

Always Right

I’m usually right, aren’t you? Sometimes I’m misunderstood, but rarely wrong. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. All of us are guilty, if we’re honest. Just a few weeks ago, I made a comment to Chris that offended him. I didn’t realize it at the time. When he later mentioned that […]

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 […]

30 October

Same Old, Same Old…

Same Old, Same Old…

When I sat down to pray, my mind went to a very familiar place. I was praying for my husband about his fitness and his health. It’s an area of his life that I frequently pray over. I know that I have certain topics that always come up in my prayer life for myself. “Parenting […]

28 October

The Last Blog of Mine You May Read

The Last Blog of Mine You May Read

I was the one who told my husband on our first date that I would be a CEO and no man would ever get in my way of accomplishing my goal. I wouldn’t have labeled myself a feminist at the time, but I guess, in some ways, I was. I certainly didn’t think I needed […]

11 September

Don’t wait too long…

Don’t wait too long…

When my daughter, Annika, was almost three years old, she wasn’t nearly as talkative as her older brother had been at that same age. I didn’t think twice about it. Each child is different. I think my son, Mark, talked in the womb! To have one that was a little harder to understand, or a […]

29 July

Are you being used?

Are you being used?

Summer should be such a happy time of year, right? What could be better than vacations, sunshine, and beaches? This particular summer I got neither a beach nor a vacation, but at least I was free from the rat race of homework. (That alone is a vacation worth celebrating, if you have school age children.) […]