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Jessie Bee
I am a seeker of God, a help-meet to my husband and a mother to my 3 children. I love hot lattes, good books, cold weather and anything that inspires me to be creative. I desire simplicity and authenticity, but often have to remind myself to seek those .
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On the other hand...

Almost two weeks ago I blogged about the mean words a completely random stranger said to me.  I won't lie, they hurt.  But I also knew the person didn't know me and probably had plenty more issues of her own.

Jump to today when I went to a doctors appointment.  The doctor started asking me some basic questions, starting with, "What do you do for work?"  I answered simply: "I'm a mom."  To most people, it's a rather generic answer that potentially implies I'm uneducated and socially unproductive.  However, this doctor stopped punching buttons into the computer and looked up at me.  "That's wonderful!" he said.  I smiled, surprised by his response.

He continued: "How many children?  1...2...?"
"Three," I said.
"Ah, so you're a busy mom."

There it was.  That's the response that ALWAYS comes.  Three kids?  Wow, you must be busy.  No longer are moms with more than 1.2 children blessed; we are now busy.  Well, I did have one OB/GYN who celebrated my third pregnancy and kept reminding me how much fun my dinner tables would be.  That has always stuck with me.

But then the doctor today said it again...."How wonderful!  Will you be having any more children?"

I rarely, if ever, get this question.  Most people consider 3 to be a large family; that only ladies in denim jumpers would consider more.  So they don't ask.

When I told him that we were currently in the process of adopting, his praises continued.  "You sound like such a wonderful mom!  That's what we need....more great mothers and fathers."

By this time I was beaming.  I've rarely ever been praised by strangers for having children and choosing to be a stay-at-home mom.  But he was genuinely praising my position, and I was hugely touched.

So, to all you mommies out there:  YOU'RE WONDERFUL!  =)

Mango Smoothie

My whole summer has been a competition:  me vs the heat.  I'm a wimp when it comes to hot weather, and so instead of surrendering, I fought back.  I dragged in our wimpy ol' one room air conditioner (which literally only cools about 1 foot in front of the system), turned all the fans on to HIGH, visited my mom's pool nearly every afternoon aaaaand......

....made these:

My kids know it as mango ice cream (its the consistency of frozen yogurt).  Want to know the recipe??  You sure?  It's really complex.  And time consuming.  Totally worth it, though.

Got your pen ready?  Okay, here goes:


Start with some mango (frozen is preferred).
Grab some plain yogurt (we use Fage).

Dump those into a blender, in equal parts.  

Blend till smooth.  Pour into glasses.  

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and consume...but not too much.  It's totally loaded with artificial sugars, preservatives, and fake stuff.  ;)  Only kidding.   


Friday, August 10, 2012


"It must be such a downer to look in the mirror every day."  That's the comment I received from a stranger while I was out on a walk today.  

Truthfully, I have no idea what causes people to be so mean to others, especially to a complete stranger.  However, it was a good reminder about the power of words, and I will use this as motivation to do the opposite - to compliment a complete stranger.

I don't know who all reads my blog at any given time, but if you read this, could you try doing the same?  Just one compliment this week to someone you don't know.  To me, that is the sweetest revenge.  =)
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