Are you that girl who hates green beans?

Who would have ever guessed that my Mama forcing me to eat green beans as a plump teenager would result in a huge part of my identity as a grown-up? Certainly not me.

I remember the first time someone talked about my blog in front of me. I was introduced at a work function to the president of one of the Zale Corp. branches. We exchanged pleasantries and then she noticed my badge and my freakishly spelled name and proceeded to flip out that she was talking to the girl behind that “green bean” website. I couldn’t stop blushing. It was the weirdest thing…ever.

Name recognition soon turned into friends pimping me out to their friends. I’d meet “fans” at parties or at church and the weirdness would wash over me again. The friend who knows me would raise her eyebrows in wonder as if to say, “I don’t know Lincee. She’s in my book club. I said I knew you. Like really knew you and proved it by showing her your cell number in my phone and the next thing I knew, she’s offering to babysit my kids for free if I introduce you. So I took her up on her offer. Now stop acting like an idiot and talk Bachelor woman!”

Face recognition really takes it to another level. It truly throws me for a loop. Just last week, my firm was hosting the Greater Houston Prayer Breakfast at 6:45 in the morning. I was hovering around the registration table and a gentleman comes up to me and says, “Are you Lincee?”

Figuring he was from the media, I said yes and started to explain the agenda for the morning.

Lincee: “Yes! If you follow me…”
Stranger: “My wife and I read your blog all the time.”

I know he thought I was a complete idiot for standing there with my mouth wide open, trying to figure out what exactly was happening. I’m in event mode. I’m in media mode. And this random dude stops me in the middle of an early morning event to tell me he reads my blog?


I couldn’t stop giggling like a dork. Turns out, he’s not a random dude at all. HE’S A FREAKING JUDGE! Of the 234th District Court of Texas! Good Lord. He was in the front row VIP section of the seating chart. Judge Rondon and his wife read my blog.


About six months ago, I posted my service testimony (CLICK HERE). Intrigued by my story, a woman named Amy reached out to me to see if I would share at her church women’s retreat. I remember being humbled by the request and wanting nothing more than to stand before a room full of women to talk about service.

So I did.  They let me have a microphone.  And a stage.  You know how I love  stage…

I’m not sure why I crossed my arms like this, but I don’t remember it feeling awkward at the time. It was probably the part where I talk about my ugly truths and I felt intimidated.  Looking back, I probably should have hidden behind that podium.

This is Lauren and Amy.  They were retreat coordinators and did an amazing job the entire weekend.  Both follow the blog.  But now, I consider them friends. Isn’t life interesting?  We were strangers months ago.  Now, I’m pretty sure either would let me sleep on their couch if I was ever in Frisco and needed a place to crash.

This is Alyssa, Nicole and Alisa.  They also follow the blog and asked me to take a picture.  This has happened to be only once before, and I’m pretty sure my buddy paid that person to pretend to be a fan.  This photo did not feel fake at all.  These girls were sweet enough to come find me and share fun, girly stories.  It was a precious moment.

This is me giving props to the One who makes all this happen.  Who knew hating green beans would take me from small town East Texas girl to thankful blogger who occasionally gets to be a speaker once in a while?

I know most of you come here to read rants and raves (mostly made up!) of The Bachelor.   I love writing about that show.  You know I do.  But what’s more important is that you keep coming back during the off season.  You follow me even when there are no posts to follow.  You somehow understand that I’m human and sometimes have to recover from a rough couple of weeks.  You email me funny links.  You comment on random posts.  You message me on Facebook and Twitter.  You visit me at the Offshore Technology Conference.  You stop me at events.  You praise my random thoughts.  You encourage me to write a book. You give me inspiration.

I never dreamed in 2003 that I would be where I am today.  Thanks for making me the blog girl who hates green beans.

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April 30, 2012 9:45 pm

Lincee – so glad I decided to stop by and see if any new posts were up – I love this! I love what has happened to you – through your talent and humor and humanity and vulnerability! And I love your gratitude as you go on this crazy ride! Thanks for sharing it all with us — your snarky Bachelor recaps drew me in, but it’s that blog girl who hates green beans that keeps me coming back!! Btw, if you ever need a couch to crash on in Baltimore, feel free ; )

Amy Diehl
Amy Diehl
April 30, 2012 10:13 pm

Best post ever…wow!! Thanks again for coming to Frisco and sharing your story with us… It was awesome! God can do GREAT things when you are open to it and it is evident He did through you last weekend! Friend- you SHINE!:)

May 1, 2012 12:35 am

Great post, love your giving heart and willingness to share yourself. God has given you a heart for service and a love of people, and you are using those talents. Go Lincee, and God bless you!

May 1, 2012 12:36 am

Hi Lincee, just wanted to let you know that if you ever needed a couch to crash on in Chennai, India, you are most welcome. I may try to tempt you with some green beans prepared the Indian way, so watch out for that 😉

I know it doesn’t really make sense, but we have more in common than anyone would ever guess. Come to think of it, green beans may be the only thing we disagree on 🙂

I really enjoy reading everything that you write, and hope to never get on the wrong side of your sarcasm.

judy b.
judy b.
May 1, 2012 5:39 am

Thank you for sharing this — and the pictures. You are awesome.
Right before I read your blog this morning, I read Beth Moore’s post on the Living Proof Blog — and I thought about you. In fact, the reason I came to your blog was to see if there was a link so that I could email you directly (I’ve lost your email address and didn’t want to bother Bill for it). I hope you have time to read it today — but here is the part that made me think about you:

I want to say to you today that I watch many of you fight this good fight, trying to keep your equilibrium in this crazy culture where – for the most part – a woman is as desirable as she is sensual. Or, on the other side of the spectrum, she’s as valuable as she is marketable. I want to cheer you on and say to you, Good Job! And Don’t Give Up! And don’t forget, no matter what this world tells you, that the most gorgeous blooms come from a deeper seed. The lyrics ring so true. “It’s hard to grow up when everybody’s watching.” And sometimes God lets others behold the pruning process in us when we’d just as soon have done it in private. But He always knows what He’s doing. And He is only doing you good. Never evil. Never harm. He cannot be unbiased toward you. The blood of His Son flows through your veins. Even through the silence He is talking. Even in the stillness, He is moving. He is hemming you in. He is closing in on you to open you up to Him.

All that you are going through, all that you are learning, is bringing out the beauty that He has put in you. And some of those same folks who watched the pruning will see the blooming.

I just want you to know that I already see it happening. And others already see it, too. And if you’d look really close, not into your rear view mirror, but into His Word, I think you could even catch a glimpse of it.

You get more beautiful by the day, Darling Child. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t decide it can’t matter all that much. “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10) He will see to you until you are stunning for His splendor.

Hope you have a great day!

May 1, 2012 7:12 am

Knowing that my husband has met you twice (at OTC) and I have met you NEVER is one of the things that makes my skin crawl. 🙂 We are kindred spirits! Thanks for your wonderful blog full of snark and sarcasm and wit and honesty. Thanks for pointing back to our Jesus every chance you get and taking the opportunity to use your platform to make Him known. And when I say “your platform” I don’t mean it in a Miss America kind of way 🙂

Lyn in Denver
Lyn in Denver
May 1, 2012 9:46 am

What a special post, thank you for sharing it. If you need a guest bedroom in Denver or Telluride, you have one. As a Jewish woman, I find your devotion to Christ as a noble and sound path. We all come to religious life with different viewpoints and your faith is an inspiration to live honestly and with humor and joy. It doesn’t matter that we don’t “match” what matters is you are a woman of God and you stand strong for your beliefs through personal leadership. The tongue in cheeck Bachelor posts are icing on a cake of awesome.

May 1, 2012 10:31 am

*like* (that’s all i have to say, because so many lovely people have already commented every sentiment i was thinking)

May 1, 2012 12:37 pm

Everyone one has already spoken the words right out of my mouth. I love your blog Lincee and think you are a wonderful person. Love the off season posts as much, if not more, than the Bach recaps. Great post!

May 1, 2012 12:52 pm

i love this post. i love your grateful heart. i love how normal you are. keep being you on the world wide web. you make it a better place, lincee!

May 1, 2012 12:53 pm

Keep the posts coming! Thoroughly enjoy!!!

May 1, 2012 12:55 pm

You are more than the blog girl that hates gb. You are the super funny blog girl that hates gb. 🙂 I think you are a testiment to “living in the light” of God. Live in the light and your light shines on others. We don’t know each other, but your light shines through humor and your honesty and your realness. It helps this (sometimes overly exhausted) stay at homer laugh and appreciate life, though what I do a lot of is wipe butts and make chix nuggets…. neither of which is funny or something to appreciate. You not only have a couch in Omaha, but a guest room/bathroom!

May 1, 2012 2:08 pm

You can stay with us in Charleston, SC. We won’t make you sleep on the sofa!

old fan
old fan
May 1, 2012 3:56 pm

Enjoyed this post – ditto to all the previous comments from the beaners. Hate that you’ve been going through another rough time … glad you have the faith to pull you through! And definitely, write that book!!!

SGT Cole aka Elliott
SGT Cole aka Elliott
May 1, 2012 4:35 pm

fyi, Lincee is even funnier, prettier, and intelligent in person. I’m not advocating stalking the young lady, but if you ever get a chance to meet her, you won’t regret it.

can we start a petition to have her replace Jay Leno or David Letterman?

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