Vanilla Banana Smoothie


If I can be honest with you for just a moment (I can be honest, right?), sometimes I find myself examining the type of wife, daughter, mother, sister, and friend that I am, compared to the type of wife, daughter, mother, sister, and friend I ideally want to be.  Lately, I’ve been feeling a sense of guilt as I measure up to my own expectations for myself and having an awareness of how I fall short each day.  Perhaps my expectations for myself are unrealistic to begin with; but I can’t shake this feeling of inadequacy as I search for significance on a deeper level of how to best love those around me including myself.

In a tense conversation with my husband this last weekend, I made the decision to act immaturely and selfishly.  The only thing that came of this conversation was bruised egos and wounded hearts.  As I reflected on the choice of words I used to communicate my frustration, I felt a deep sense of shame because I know how powerful our words can be and the words I chose were not consistent with who I am.  Words can build people up and tear them down, and this weekend I chose to use my words to tear my husband down.

Today, I don’t have a warm-fuzzy story to share with you. Instead I offer you a glimpse and confession of the real me – a wife, daughter, mother, sister, and friend who screws up sometimes and hurts people in the process. 

A couple weeks ago, my husband made me an incredible healthy Vanilla Banana Smoothie.  I would like to share his recipe with you because if you ever find yourself feeling like I do right now, this smoothie makes a great peace offering.  As a bonus, kids love it too.

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