Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
October 16th, 2006

I was in the kitchen making bean and bacon soup (yum! Gena's secret recipe) and I looked out my window onto the car port.  My husband had four little kids around him, watching with rapt attention, while he was building some sort of ingenious contraption to attach to the riding mower.  I was totally filled with an overwhelming sense of thankfulness.  Moments earlier I was feeling a little guilty that my kids were not inside at the table working thru their workbooks, but my goodness, how much more meaningful their impromptu ‘woodshop’ class was instead!  I am so so so very grateful that my husband loves our family and that he is around to teach them things… even small things like this (probably was only out there for a total of 15 minutes0.  I don’t know if my husband will always be able to work at home.  I don’t want to take a single moment for granted.  And if our situation drastically changes and we have to endure years of suffering (as we had to for seven years earlier in our marriage) I will always remember these special moments and know that heaven will be filled with even more.  We serve a very gracious God.  May I love Him always, during the hard times and the sweet times.



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  1. tn3jcarter said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    I'm with ya Jen

    Years ago Tony was a Schwanns man and would leave before the boys were up and would not get home until after they were in bed so I appreciate the time he has with them (and me) all the more!

    Someone commented the other day on how hardworking our boys were and I thought it’s because of how much Tony is able to be with them and how they see him and try to be like him. I’m ummm… not quite as much of a hard worker… shhh don’t tell Gena. :o)

    And the fact of it is, even if Tony didn’t have such a flexible schedule and was away for hours and hours, I’d still be thankful that Tony is willing to do all of that so that I can stay home and homeschool the boys. I am just so thankful for how God has blessed me with a wonderful husband. :o)


    on October 16th, 2006 at 6:29 pm

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    I’m with you Jen. Very thankful.

    Because Joe is self-employed his schedule is very flexible. He is able to come with us on field trips and take special days off for just our family. Today he took the afternoon off to bring Levi to the peditricians one hour away and Friday he will do the same for another appointment.

    I am blessed and very thankful. Thanks for the sweet reminder. : )


  3. His4life said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 8:49 pm


    for the reminder to appreciate the time that my dh is home. I have been taking some aspects our life for granted.:( I need to delight in God and my family and to be more thankful, consistently, for the life that he has blessed me with. Thanks for sharing your sweet and thankful moment!:) It has helped me mucho!

    God bless you!


  4. Juldos said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 8:50 pm

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    Great post Jen! I have a thankful heart too. I’m very thankful for my husband and where the Lord has us now.

    Happy Day!

    Julie D.

  5. Dalyn said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 8:51 pm

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    You are a sweetie Jen. Makin’ me jealous tho. It’s hunting season AND football season. Guess what that means for me? I’m singin’ the blues baby.

    Just kidding! I’m used to it. I like your blog- it’s easier to load the page now for poor old me on dust dial-up. NOW I can finally visit you without waiting for ancient of days while the page appears.

  6. Cre8iveMom said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 12:36 am

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    I had just finished a blog entry about my husband, then read your blog entry! Great minds think alike! 🙂


  7. JessieWalkingByFaith said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 5:23 am

    Rejoicing with you

    I too am thankful. It was wonderful to read your thankful entry and be able to rejoice with you! ((Hugs))

  8. Clarkxbar4 said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 10:32 am

    : )

    Those (teachable) moments are wonderful — and would be less likely to happen if our kiddo’s were in PS all day. Thank God for the freedom of homeshcooling!

  9. bensrib said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 5:25 pm

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    Amen! Thanks for sharing that thankful thought! And thanks for stopping by my blog. I would so very much love to come to the get-together coming up, but I live way too far north in Virginia for that. We are driving through your area this week though, on our way to Perry County (where our rental house is). I’ve always loved the northeast part of TN – such beautiful scenery! And that’s where we started our married life and had our first two kids (Kingsport). If anyone ever organizes one farther north (a barn dance, that is), I’ll be there! Karen

  10. hakujin said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    Wonderful Post!

    I struggle with enjoying the “little things” in life. Being grateful for those moments makes all the difference some days!

  11. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    don't you just

    Love moments like this!! How precious! We are all very blessed to have such adoring and godly husbands.

    Have a great week.

  12. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 10:46 pm

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    We usually skip lessons when dh is home from work. This works pretty well for us most of the time. I’m a little confused as to what to do this month since he’s home for a couple of weeks solid. Weird. That, of course, also means lots of “real” cooking for me *sigh*…He just doesn’t want to eat hot pockets or pb&j for lunch.

    I do love it how he can teach them things that I just normally don’t do. Today they all got their shovels out (including Dozer) and were laying down the foundation for our new flagston patio. I just love it when they love to work!

    So what exactly was he attaching to the mower? Would this be hillbilly parasailing?



  13. EEEEMommy said,

    on October 17th, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    I agree…

    husbands are great! (I wish mine worked at home too). Well, actually he does work at home, I just wish that he didn’t have to work OTHER places too!

  14. JenIG said,

    on October 18th, 2006 at 9:26 am

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    hillbilly parasailing DYING LAUGHING

    and EEEE Mommy…. well said!!!

  15. bigredriver said,

    on October 18th, 2006 at 9:11 pm

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    I’m still thinking about bean and bacon soup. Greasy and yet gassy. Nice combination.

  16. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 18th, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    You're the same as always…

    As usual, I really enjoyed your homeschool minute today!


    Marshie– who thinkest thou fibbest when you call yourself boring!

  17. Amanda625 said,

    on October 19th, 2006 at 10:13 am

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    I understand…my dh doesn’t work from home, but the fact that he works so hard allows me to be at home. The other day (I’m sure I was feeling whiny about something) it occurred to me that, hardships and all, I am living my dream! I have a husband who loves me to bits (and I adore him!) and I’m able to be a full-time mom and homeschool my kids! We are rich indeed!

    Blessings on you & your family, Jen!

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