It’s been a quite summer for the Conley family. I celebrated my first seven years at Gateway Church with a two month sabbatical. Those who follow me on Instagram probably wondered how long my “vacation” was going to last. Let me just say this.

If you can arrange for your organization to offer sabbaticals – DO IT!

My sabbatical has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Essentially, it was a giant hug from my church saying “thank for for all your hard work.” It has been a huge investment into me and my family, giving me a chance to recharge my batteries for the season ahead.

I’ll write more about insights from my time off (don’t worry, there weren’t many, ha!).

However, the bigger news is the life-changing event that came just a little sabbatical began. We haven’t talked about it much simply because of our history, but it’s news we really can’t hide any longer.

Pink OR BlueSara and I are expecting our third child in December! Yes, we’re having a little baby for Christmas. The baby is due the day after Christmas, but it looks like we’ll meet little number three the week before the holiday. We are absolutely beside ourselves, grateful for family and friends who have surrounded us and grateful to God who has blessed us with “one more thing.”

We find out the gender on Wednesday of this week. Pink or Blue… any guesses?