Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

…it’s a temporary addition.  Don’t get the wrong idea.

Remember how I said I was getting tired of blogging?  It’s still true.  But since Jess won’t leave me alone, here is a brand new exceptionally boring blog post.


Anyways, I’ve been too busy to blog.  Ryann’s friend Tessa is here and that has kept us busy — and it’s been a lot of fun.   I praise God for the relationships I have in my life, and I am so thankful that my daughter has a like minded-friend who loves God as much as she does.  Those two are a funny pair.  It’s been great having her here for the week.


my ryann



tess and ry


They met in a grocery store when we were on vacation in MI four years ago (Ryann was 11 or 12).  Ryann had spotted this family – all the girls were wearing dresses – and she starting begging to go over and introduce herself. She kept saying, “Mama? Can I go over there? I just KNOW they’re homeschoolers!” I kept telling her, “That’s weird, Ryann, leave them alone” but then finally I relented and she went and met her best friend.


So this last week has been the first time they’ve finally met in person again after four years.  I really like her whole family (Tessa’s, I mean.  Well… I like Ryann’s whole family, too)


In other news, uh, I can’t remember.  I always post everything to Facebook straightaway because it’s so much faster and easier.  But to wrap up my boring post, I will leave you with a couple of books that I’m reading.


First, I’ve started a book called All Things for Good by a dead Puritan fellow named Thomas Watson.  I used to think I couldn’t stand the Puritans because they used to persecute other Christians who had been baptized in infancy but decided to get baptized ‘for real’ as adults.  The Puritans said getting baptized again dishonored God by implying the first baptism (as a baby) wasn’t legit. They also had a lot of rules in place that I find nonsensical.  Never-the-less, what I didn’t realize is that a lot of those Puritans were not over zealous pharisaical pompous pack-rats.  Many of them, in fact, had a true and full understanding of who (and how loving) God is, and fully grasped the gift of suffering, and had a right idea of how to pursue God.  Anyhow, that has sort of been a surprise to me. The book has been a treasure trove.


Another book that I’ve just recently rediscovered is a quick easy read called, Child Training Tips by Reb Bradley.  When Coie was five and Geoff and I had just gotten married, God had put a group of godly men and women into our lives who helped monumentally shape us and our philosophies early on.  One of the main issues was ‘child training’.  We went to a church where the little children there were able to sit still (cheerfully!) thru out the service, and where big brothers and sisters helped their parents instead of running around like crazed lunatics.  We saw toddlers obeying quickly and cheerfully – and obeying after only being told something once!  We were astonished.  We figured they were doping everybody up or dropping crack cocaine in the church coffee maker, but no.  These families had stumbled upon very basic principals and information that has been lost to these last couple of generations. This is also where we were introduced to Homeschooling and the totally foreign idea that ‘dating’ was not an inevitable process that our kids would have to stumble thru.


Child Training Tips by Reb Bradley was the foundational means that Geoff the Great and I used for setting goals, teaching obedience and strengthening relationships within our family.  It has served us and our children *very* well.  It’s best to get a copy of this book when your kids are young, yet still beneficial to read if they are older.


Here are some topics the book covers:


  • Can children obey when spoken to calmly and only one time?
  • How do parents accidentally train their children to disobey?
  • Can different children be held to the same standard?
  • How can one determine if a toddler understands simple directions?
  • What exactly is ‘sass’ and how can it be stopped?
  • How can parents help children SKIP the ‘terrible twos’, ‘trying threes’ and ‘rebellious teens’?


Anyways, like I said, this book has served my family well.  I’m thankful to God that He put it in our path early on in our marriage.  Lately I’ve been buying copies in bulk and handing them out to everybody I love.  If you have young kids, I highly recommend it.


PS I get to meet my little new niece Eden in just six weeks!!!


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  1. Melonie K. said,

    on June 5th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I so need to get the Child Training Tips book – this is exactly what I want to work on with the kids. THANKS for the, well, tip. ;-)

  2. Melonie K. said,

    on June 5th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    “calmly and only one time” is what I meant by “this”. Sorry, it’s late. lol

  3. kristina said,

    on June 5th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I am totally bored with blogging, too, only hadn’t the guts to say anything. yet.
    if I could bind all my posts in a nice book, I would delete my blog and carry on my merry way tomorrow.

  4. Maria said,

    on June 5th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Angie told me about this book….so right after she left I ran in an ordered one.. I am hoping it comes in today.. I need a coupla tips….

  5. Jules said,

    on June 5th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Run and get the Watson book as well! :-)

    I appreciate what you’ve said about the Puritans, Jen. I had the same thoughts before I started reading their works. While I don’t agree with everything, and while I think the standards they upheld are not always applicable or necessary in our times, it’s their high view of God, right view of self, and their deep understanding and appreciation of the Bible that I love. Glad you’re enjoying it. Thomas Watson’s my man!

  6. on June 5th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    All Things for Good is one of my most favorite books.

  7. jess said,

    on June 5th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    That’s what I want for my birthday- a copy of Reb’s ‘Child Training Tips’. I ought to hurry up and read it since I will have a child to train *very* soon.

    I’m glad I got to talk to you today. It made me very happy. and giddy. as you know. I just miss you and love you sooooo much. I’m a total dork. just like mom. Remember when you used to send me away from the dinner table to ‘get myself under control’ cause I’d start laughing my silly little head off and could NOT stop for anything??? Well, I found out the other day that Charley’s parents used to do the SAME thing with HIM. Great. My Eden is going to be a total laughing hyena. with a big head.

  8. jenig said,

    on June 6th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I can’t wait to rub her big old watermelon head, Jess. I’ll be there NEXT MONTH!!!

  9. Jen said,

    on June 7th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’m with you, friend. I’ve been sorely neglecting my blog as well, because of FB. I’m trying to be better about it because of my long distance relatives’ nagging. :) hehe.

  10. Kellie said,

    on June 8th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Tired of blogging?! Oh, say it isn’t so!

    Like I’m one to talk….I’ve been on hiatus for about 2.5 months, I think. But….I’m back now! I have moved to . Please come visit sometime!

  11. Kellie said,

    on June 8th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Tired of blogging?! Oh, say it isn’t so!

    Like I’m one to talk. I’ve been on blogging hiatus for about 2.5 months, I think. I’m back now though. I have moved to . Please come visit over there sometime…

  12. latte said,

    on June 8th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    yeah I think facebooking is so much more satisfying than blogging, but I blog for family…and for scrap booking so I must do it.

    Thanks for the book list, I will have to look into those. Seems all your bloggie friends are on this book list trend, and I am benefiting quite nicely!


  13. Gina D. said,

    on June 8th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Jen, I thought you would get a chuckle out of this…Did you know the book you are raving about is listed as one of Amazon’s “top 5 worst parenting books”! However, I will be purchasing the book from Family Ministries Products and not amazon because I think you have lovely children and I value your parenting advise!

  14. Nancy Baetz said,

    on June 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    That is so great! Aren’t kids wonderful? They are so good at making new friends who last a lifetime. My eldest met a friend though a friend I met while blogging and writing about homeschooling. This wonderful family came out to see our lovely state two years ago, and we’ve become close friends. They bought a round trip ticket for my daughter to go to their daughter’s homeschool graduation celebration, and she is there right now, sight seeing and having the time of her life. God is so good to bless us with friends all over the country.

    Can’t wait to see you again, friend! How many days???

    Love you,

  15. Peanut said,

    on June 8th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Aww! I feel famous! I’ve made it on Mrs. Iggy’s blog! Wowzers!

    Thanks for the GREAT time last week…I was truly blessed by your whole family (but especially Rye Bread). You guys are all so encouraging and such wonderful examples of a godly family.

    Love, Peanut

  16. jenig said,

    on June 9th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Gina… I guess I’m not surprised that the book is not highly valued from the World’s standpoint.

    Let me know what you think after you read it. I love hearing peoples thoughts after they finish.

  17. Crystal said,

    on June 9th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I do love Tom Watson. I’ll have to check that book out and the Bradley one, Thank you!! I love how the Lord drew Ryann and her friend together. What an awesome story.

  18. Letitia said,

    on June 9th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’m with ya. FB has spoiled me, too, and I have to force myself to blog these days. Maybe because the real life drama is so real these days, it takes too much energy to type it all out. : )
    When Briana was about 5, a little girl approached her on the monorail at Disney World because Bri had an Eeyore keychain she liked. They were penpals for many years after that. They’re fb friends, now, but unfortunately the other girl turned out a little warped. : ( Okay, I know you were dying to know that.

  19. emily hope said,

    on June 12th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    LOVE that book. One of the *few* I can ever recommend when asked :)

  20. sandy said,

    on June 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Okay, my very favorite line from this post: “…and then I relented and she met her best friend.” Just makes me feel fuzzy and warm inside. Don’t ever give up blogging for good, K?

  21. Angie:) said,

    on June 13th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I am enjoying and needing the book and highlighting it like ther is no tomorrow!:)

  22. Michelle said,

    on July 8th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Jen – where are you? I hope everything’s okay?
    I miss you!

  23. Jennie said,

    on July 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    FB or blogger? Ok, so I see I’m not the only one. YAY! And the book on child rearing, gotta get it! Kids minding at the first time asked/told/mentioned (whatever)! How wonderful is that? Most days I have to admit that happens at home but when we get around others it seems like animal instinct kicks in – wild animal I mean. Gotta get that taken care of. Yep, I’m sold on the book, Amazon’s rave review or not. Thanks for the ‘boring post’, not boring at all!

  24. on July 12th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Oh! wow! I stumbled onto your blog. I have been out of it. I notice that I did not see you on my friends list one day. I tried and tried to look for you. I could not find you. I thought that it was the end. I found you!! This is amazing.

    How are you?
    May the Lord bless and keep you and your family.


  25. Kathi said,

    on July 24th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    SURELY your Alaska trip will have inspired you to write SOMETHING!

  26. Marsha said,

    on August 14th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    *chirp* *chirp*

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