About Behind the Willows

My uncle likes to say that once you become a parent, you realize why it is that ferrets eat their young. Now that I am a parent of three, I think he might be onto something.

I can just picture the ferret mom losing it after rephrasing “No, you may not have a cookie.” for the twelfth time – snap- no more baby ferrets. This sad fact of ferret life is likely because ferrets cannot type. If ferrets could type, we would no doubt see their little ferret blogs all over the web as they express the frustration and humor in their lives. As the ferret moms learned to see the humor in their lives, the stress of parenthood would be relieved and their young would safely grow up to be well behaved adult ferrets and someday raise babies of their own.

If we were talking about ferrets of course.

I just live in the midst of an orchard with my husband, three girls, two dogs, three cats and an under-appreciated dove.

Some days we are farmers. Some days we are readers or athletes, photographers or bakers, hunters or gardeners and always we are terrible housekeepers.

And me, I’m the blogger – just because I can sympathize with the ferrets doesn’t mean I want to become one!

Thanks for visiting!

JessieSisters on Bridge

61 comments on “About Behind the Willows

  1. claudiabette says:

    I think I figured out their your daughter’s name is Clara. So is mine. It’s a very sophisticated and old fashioned name. I was named after my Grandmother. πŸ™‚
    Just thought I would share. Thanks!

  2. bluebrightly says:

    Love this photo – thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you have a sane philosophy of parenthood going on.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, I love the name of your blog. And the picture here is wonderful. Sounds like you’ve got your own little corner of heaven squared off right neatly.

  4. I hope you print and frame this fantastic photo! It says so much about the wonder and essence of childhood….really it brings a tear to my eye!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. Becky says:

    Good Morning!
    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an award. Please do not feel obligated to accept…I just like your blog a lot, and want others to see and read it too!
    Hope you have a great day!

  6. Hi Jessie-
    As the mom of now three grown daughters, it’s worth refusing the ferret approach!! The friends you have in daughters is a life-time of rich experience and memory-making. They can be a bit trying as teen-agers, but the lessons you learn about yourself during those years are powerful and positively impacting. Smiles, Jane

  7. Hi Jessie. I enjoy your blog and so have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I know award posts are timely so no pressure to reciprocate. Here is the link, enjoy. http://thesundogdrift.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/6-awards-9-puppies-and-a-mama/

    • Jessie says:

      Thank you for thinking of me – but I”ll say right off the bat that I’m terrible at responding to these. Perhaps I will do like you did and do them all at once!

  8. I love your blog! It’s interesting and quirky. I’ll be back for more.

  9. Hehe. I can understand the ferret, but I choose to walk another path.

  10. […] photo credit:Β Driveway Sledding by Jessie […]

  11. […] Photo Credit:Β Driveway Sledding by Jessie […]

  12. Timea says:

    I love that picture!!! The ferret thing is interesting, reminds me of this post I saw the other day: “Toddler: noun. Small creature who is only hungry after you throw away the food they refused to eat the first eight times you offered it to them.” πŸ˜›

  13. […] Photo Credit (all three pics):Β  Driveway Sledding by Jessie at Behind The Willows […]

  14. quiltykanuck says:

    The opening just made m laugh out loud… shared it with my husband and we both laughed again! Looking forward to getting to know you and yours.

  15. Su Leslie says:

    I’m still smiling at your opening line! I so remember my son’s babyhood and the sense of total confusion and frustration. Glad your blog is theraputic – as well as intersting for us. Win.Win!!

    • Jessie says:

      I’m glad you find it interesting, it makes the therapeutic part even better. I love that people like yourself take the time to comment. After all I’m pretty sure that some days this blog is the only place where people are listening to what I say! :)(My fantastic husband excluded from that of course but he does have to go to work!)

      • Su Leslie says:

        Thanks; I so know what you mean. I have a teenage son and an often overseas husband. I know that some days my blogging whanau (Maori word: loosely means family – I use it a lot) are my best chance of conversation. Glad to “meet” you πŸ™‚

  16. Lydia Devadason says:

    Hey, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I hope this is something you would like to participate in but of course, I understand if this is something that is not of interest to you or if you do not have enough time. If you are interested, please follow the link below.

    • Jessie says:

      Thank you Lyndia! This is super nice of you, I have thoughts and dreams of putting together a giant post or page like you have done but it hasn’t happened yet. I promise even if I never get around to it I appreciate the thought!

      • Lydia Devadason says:

        Oh that’s absolutely fine Jessie, believe me, I totally understand! I just wanted you to know how much I like your blog πŸ™‚

  17. Louise says:

    I’m visiting from the WordPress 201 Challenge and really like the look of your blog – especially the photolinks to categories – very nice! And I haven’t scrolled back far enough, but the laundry numbers are random, yes? Please yes?

    • Jessie says:

      Hi Louise, thanks for visiting and the nice complements! The laundry numbers are totally random but I have discovered something – I tend to choose the same random number off the top of my head. I always have to go back and double check when I pick a new one because chances are good I’ve already used it once -weird hey?

  18. Sally says:

    I can to talk relate to the ferret moms at this point as well >.< My little Button is only 5 months but already driving her mom crazy! Blogging helps retain some feeling of control over the chaos that is life after motherhood

  19. Very nice introduction. From what I can see, your children are so cute I could just eat them up ^ ~

  20. Dani says:

    Cute, Jessie.

  21. Sally says:

    Hi Jessie, I just nominated you for ‘A Lovely Blog Award’ over at my blog, you can check it out here:


    Have a lovely day!

  22. Megan L. says:

    I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!! I hope you will accept πŸ™‚


  23. Pecora Nera says:

    Before you do the ‘Ferret Thing’ send them over here and Mrs S will teach them Italian and how to cook and I will teach them…. well how to torment our 2 daft cats

  24. […] the Resolution Revolution Blog Series! Today’s post is brought to you by the ever fascinating Jessie from Behind the Willows whose blog is a treasure trove of beautiful photography, humorous anecdotes […]

  25. Firewaves21 says:

    I love the photo in your about page. I can totally relate and wish I had had my blog while I was raising my children. πŸ™‚

  26. […] Jessie, if you would do us the honor by adding to the story and then passing it along… […]

  27. aishwarya148 says:

    A lovely picture with an even more lovely description of what life is all about! πŸ™‚

  28. […] and a mystery adventure tile that can’t be found anywhere else in the universe. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Behind the Willows, for encouraging such a fun idea. […]

  29. djmatticus says:

    I heard a rumor…
    So, happy birthday to you.
    Have a super day.

  30. […] (And sometimes I do a smidgen of both as photo proof that I am the “baker” I claim to be on my about page.) […]

  31. thegreekurn says:

    Hi Jessie – lovely blog. Don’t suppose you fancy reviewing a book of mine? I write romantic mystery suspense set on a Greek island. ryanjulie956@gmail.com

  32. […] by Jessie : Fitz – hands down. Because he’s an excellent assassin but he can’t ever seem to control his […]

  33. krislee24 says:

    Hey Jessie!! I save the post card you sent back in 2018? about your book. I’m going to purchase a couple for my great nephews. ❀ Just wanted to check in and say HI…miss our Co-op farm days!!
    Hope all is well. Sorry to read about your concussion. Let’s touch base-I’m still down the street!! HUGS Kris

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