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.

Recipe: Vanilla Banana Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 2 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 2 min(s)
  • Total Time: 4 min(s)

A quick and easy smoothie recipe.


    • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
    • 1/2 ripe banana
    • 1 single serving scoop vanilla whey powder
    • 3/4 ice


    • Place all the ingredients in a blender.
    • Blend all smoothie ingredients for 30 seconds on high speed.
    • Serve immediately.

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3 Responses to “Vanilla Banana Smoothie”

  1. Rachel

    Alice – Thank you for sharing this recipe, but thank you – more importantly – for sharing the real you. It’s so easy for me to look at others (particularly moms) and wonder how it is that they seem to have it all together when I’m such a mess. But reality is we’re all a mess, and God makes beauty out of it. And what a wonderful husband to make you this smoothie!