Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
November 27th, 2006
Home Sweet Home

Here is what Dippy and James are sharing for Christmas (except theirs won't be pink). Is that cool, or what?


Wow, what a week.  I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  I can’t believe how busy things are.  We are finally back in TN – I cannot understand for the life of me why anybody in the world would want to live in Michigan (no offense, Spunky).  Anyhow, It was nice spending time with family, and my girls and I had a nice time getting together with Spunky and her daughters.  Spunky is a neat lady and a real encouragement to me.  I'm blessed to have very good friends.


So what are your plans for December?  I have a feeling that December is going to be just as busy as November was, which is sort of a drag.  I'd like to slow down a little bit. And hopefully me and Geoff will be able to get away for a day or so and do something special.  We had our 13th anniversary last Monday at his parents house. We went to Kohls to return a sweater.  How's that for romantic?  


Is it just me, or are boys totally harder to contain than girls?

Now that we're home, we're going to practice being a 'quieter' family.  Over the last week, Geoff and I realized that we've dropped the ball with the younger ones.  When the older kids were little we spent a dedicated amount of time each week practicing being quiet and calm (sitting in a chair with a doll or a book) — this way they knew how to act when we were at church, at a doctor's office, etc.  But as the younger boys came and the girls got older we started to slack off.  We are sort of a loud and hyper family — which is fun, and fine at the proper place and time — but it can prove to be a difficulty (and annoying) when we're out and about and not staying in our own home. So anyhow, back to the drawing board.  The new Igs will be calmer, neater, gentler Igs.  I'll keep you updated on how that goes. 

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  1. Anonymous said,

    on November 27th, 2006 at 5:26 pm

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    We're in a similar boat — tons of quality time for the older kids, and the younger kids have to shift for themselves. But boys are much simpler and easier to figure out. They go boom, they cry, they're done. They're governed by cause and effect. My daughter, on the other hand, would sit there and burst into tears for no reason at all, then ya gotta spend 19 hours figuring out what was the problem. Now that she's older (6 going on 16) its wall to wall head games.

    So like I always say, you can learn a lot about men and women by watching boys and girls:

    men and boys = easy

    women and girls = complicated.

    Edited by jayfromcleveland on Nov. 27, 2006 at 3:29 PM

  2. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on November 27th, 2006 at 6:12 pm

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    I dig that car, tho I understand the no pink thing.

    So do I have to go to church with you to see the calmer, gentler Igs? And yep, boys are definitely the not-so gentle gender. And I also have to agree with Jay’s comment above, girls tend to play head games! We are working on a few things here as well. There was an interesting moment tonight when Mark shared with the kids that love=obedience. He told them that when they disobeyed it was like saying “I don’t love Mommy”. I was amazed at how that affected them. It was a good moment of understanding for them.

    Now I am comment rambling so I had better sign off.


  3. anyachristine said,

    on November 27th, 2006 at 8:06 pm

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    Congrats on your anniversary! Kohl’s can be romantic…It’s all in the perspective πŸ™‚

    December will be crazy for us. Steve’s playing at a local christian bookstore each Saturday in December, we’re going to GA to meet new blogging friends (in person) and after Christmas we’ll be heading to PA to visit family and catch a few shows at Sight and Sound Theatre. So, yeah,pretty busy time for us! It’s all good stuff, though….we’re looking forward to it!

  4. jewls2texas said,

    on November 27th, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    Hyper here too!

    We are a very hyper and loud family. I sometimes feel the need to apologize to the quieter, gentler friends that we have – but they seem to love the energy we bring to the room. YES though – boys are totally harder to contain – which is why in our family, the Lord gave us the boy last! But man do I love him – he can make me laugh so hard my sides hurt!

    We just got back from travelling from TX to WV and we went E to W in Tennessee. Do you know how LONG it is going that way? I thought we’d never get out of that state. On our way there we cut through it S to N which was better – and went to Dollywood. I saw a sign on 81 for White Pine – and wondered how far you were from there! Maybe next time through I’ll have to stop by – if you think our hyper families could stand being together!

  5. nsremom said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 3:10 am

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    fellow blogger grace4gayle and I constantly talk about how easy it is to slack off on the latter born kiddos. Our oldest kids are just awesome……then my dear babygirl. She’s got dimples that work wonders for getting OUT of predicaments.

    Can’t wait to hear what you come up with. I’ll be checking on it, so post your great tips.

  6. deedeeuk said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 4:43 am

    Happy Anniversary….

    …for last Monday!! Our 13th was the Monday before!! So I guess you guys got married exactly one week after we did! How cool is that?? Sorry to make your December even busier, but we are looking forward to meeting you when we come down just after Christmas! We’ll be checking to see how the ‘quiet training’ is going! πŸ™‚ Guess I better work on my two monkeys too!

  7. livin4Him6 said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 6:57 am

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    I know what you mean about slacking off with the younger ones, I am sooooo dealing with that with our “baby”. Now, it would not be so bad but the “baby” is 10!!! Yikes!!!

    I do have a question for you, awhile ago you went to see the movie Amazing Grace and I am wondering how it was? When the kids and I went to Soul Fest ( 5 days of christian concerts) last summer, Walden Media was there big time promoting that movie and Charlottes Web.

  8. lynan said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 10:52 am

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    I’m not sure how busy December will be for us. If we can’t get rid of the lousy stomach thing my older 3 keep passing around, we won’t be doing much of anything. blah!

    I think as I’ve gotten older, I’ve just wanted to enjoy my littles and so have slacked off also. Of course, with our 2yo being the only ‘princess’–dh is very reluctant to discipline at all which is getting sorta bad but he’s finally catching on to the fact that princesses need not be spoiled! The only reason she’s good at church is that she takes her nap then! Family worship times are sometimes really hard! And, tho we can’t tell 1/2 of what she’s saying, she’s already super at telling someone off…..

    So how’s our doggy?

  9. dollarsandsense said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 11:11 am

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    Hey! I’m a former Michiganian. My husband insisted on following a job to Ohio 14 years ago. A stable income is so overrated. We play a game with our kids when we travel. When we cross into Michigan, we quickly blow out all that yucky Ohio air. When we come back into Ohio, we hold our breath as long as we can. Ok so it sounds lame when I type it but the kids get a kick out of it.

  10. JacqueDixonSoulRestES said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    Un-huh… I totally understand!

    After having 3 girls first, then boy, girl, 2 boys…. Boys ARE harder to contain (except when 5dd is stuck between 3 boys!! Then, I have to wrangle her, too! Of course, 4ds9 was pretty much all boy all by himself!

    I have also felt the need to tone down the boys and their noise recently. We have been using the words peace and peacefulness a lot lately… so, I’ll be interested in your progress!

    So, how far from Fort Wayne, IN did you drive, exactly, to get to MI? Or did you not even come close? ( ; Just kidding! Our children would have tried to have you bring them a puppy – they all gathered around the pc to look at all of those puppy pics last week!

    Glad to hear you had a great time! We had a fun, slow, peaceful day. Just us. You probably read about it on Amanda’s Thanksgiving post. Not that I wouldn’t have LOVED to make the trip to New Mexico! I didn’t used to get along with my MIL, but I have made an effort to reconcile and show an interest in her life, so I would love to take our children down there to spend time with them and my Mom!! You are fortunate to have been able to go!!

    I hope December won’t be too busy. Especially with all of the snow! How bad is the snow there, anyway? I imagine after driving to the Barn Dance and dancing the night away, your November was pretty busy! I woulda’ been wiped out!

    And, as far as Mr. Collins goes – YIKES! He is almost as annoying as Mrs. Bennett!! All I can do is roll my eyes!

    Can you believe your first Baby will be 18! Amanda just turned 17. It is unbelieveable.

    And, MAJOR CONGRATS! on your Anniversary! We will be celebrating 18 years in a couple of weeks! YAY! Returning a sweater to Kohl’s sounds like our kind of anniversary, LOL.

    Ok, SORRY for the book of a comment; I guess I answered several of your blogs in this one comment!!! – I need some more friends! LOL!! ( ;

    Be Blessed!

    Mom to SuperAngel, Myrtle, Tigerlily and Young Man in Training

  11. Amber said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 4:18 pm


    Thanks for stopping by, I’ve been busy! Cleaning, throwing stuff away, packing and getting used to my body being pregnant again….shhhh… don’t tell no one, I’ll blog about it soon….hopefully- I MISS BLOGGING!!!!!!

    God Bless to you and your family,


  12. Amber said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 4:22 pm


    I used to live in MI and may you have many many more romantic sweater returning years….corny I know, Happy Anniversary!

    0:) Amber

  13. Abiga51 said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 4:32 pm

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    Happy Anniversary and many more blessings, joy, peace, and happiness to come your way.

  14. MarlaMom said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 4:43 pm

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    I realized last weekend how we had slacked off with our four. As they were sliding down the banister and kept interupting the singing at a friends house, my husband and I realized enough was enough! Eeek!

    Yesterday at dinner, dh and I went over good manners/bad manners using examples from Sunday night and their behavior at dinner. I wanted to be mad at them, but i realize how can they know what is acceptable if I’m letting stuff go on a regular basis. I’m tempted to not let them out into polite society until they are “cured”!

  15. KarenW said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 6:26 pm

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    In the dictionary, next to the word “loud” is a picture of my one and only son Gabriel. With that name, what should I expect? Anyone named Gabriel would have to have a good set of lungs.

    Seems parents tend to get lax on the younger children, for better or for worse. I know that my 8 year old is not as disciplined as the older two.

    In December, we are going home! I’m so excited. We’ll be there for about 5 weeks.

  16. esperanzavallero said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 8:37 pm


    Are definitely different creatures. I too am trying to establish some order with the small males in my house, but they do tend to be a louder busier bunch. I am thankful that Scott is able to take them to Mexico with him so often, as it really helps me get things done. They are sweet though, and loving and very interesting.



  17. esperanzavallero said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 8:37 pm


    Are definitely different creatures. I too am trying to establish some order with the small males in my house, but they do tend to be a louder busier bunch. I am thankful that Scott is able to take them to Mexico with him so often, as it really helps me get things done. They are sweet though, and loving and very interesting.



  18. esperanzavallero said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 8:37 pm


    Are definitely different creatures. I too am trying to establish some order with the small males in my house, but they do tend to be a louder busier bunch. I am thankful that Scott is able to take them to Mexico with him so often, as it really helps me get things done. They are sweet though, and loving and very interesting.



  19. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on November 28th, 2006 at 9:38 pm

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    Belated Happy Anniversary. Hope you get to go out and celebrate. I heard you were going to the Olive Garden. I plan to be there. What about the Christmas party at the church? Hope to be there, too. Hope all our yours and Gena’s crew can come.

    I am more undisciplined with the younger two when it comes to “school work”. I like this learning as we go along through life thing we’ve had going on. But, I know it’s not best to not do ANY structured learning, so I’m plodding along. I think if I had not already been pretty much finished with teaching the first two when it got time for the next one to start, I would be much more into it and diligent. I’m getting there, though.


    P.S. There are a few little girls on this planet that are quite hard to contain. I have two. They are hard to contain in different ways, but still keep my head spinning. Thankfully, Marissa is usually polite and calm in public. The other one, though, is never, ever still.

  20. SweetHomeTennessee said,

    on November 29th, 2006 at 7:24 am


    I have no girls to compare this too. We do try to have some quiet reading alone time daily. However, most of the time they are loud, noisy and generally enjoying their childhood. They CAN behave in a Dr. office setting…and USUALLY they do!


  21. jayfromcleveland said,

    on November 29th, 2006 at 9:48 am

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    And BTW, fooey on all you bad attitude Michiganders. You’re just mad that your little college team is in the dog house this year. You can have Toledo back for all I care, Ohio isnt doing much with it anyway and your state needs all the help it can get. Take Michael Moore for instance. Now how does this work… if a man from Michigan is a Michigander, does that mean a woman from Michigan is a Michigoose?

    Anyway Mrs. Ig, you might want to rethink that Christmas present idea. We gave our guys a pricey ride-em fire truck years ago, and now everyone is too big for it, it’s a sentimental “sacred cow” that can’t be given away or thrown away, and I have to move it everytime I go in the garage for the lawn mower. So unless you have a huge space for storing tons of kiddie toys, you might want to get Dippy and James some Legos instead.

  22. Testimony said,

    on November 29th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    My December

    I am busy as usual. I am nervous because I am helping my mom out with my dad. I thought that I told you he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. My kids are in a Christmas music concert this year which is a bit hair raising.

    I just want to ask if people could see the Nativity Story this weekend. It is about the Christmas story. I feel this is the only Christmas movie to see. It is about the birth of Jesus. I pray that your month will be peaceful and blessed.

    Soli Deo Gloria,


  23. eyecorn said,

    on November 29th, 2006 at 5:27 pm

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    That is a fun gift! We bought my DS a Kettcar (similar concept) 10 years ago, DD now uses it. This is one of those items you’ll hang onto for your grandchildren…truly a fun classic πŸ™‚ We bought the Barbie Jeep thing, too, now that is something that’s a slight pain…way too big to store in the garage, plus has to be recharged and makes an awful noise. Pedal cars are a different story, can stack them up on something in the garage, not too heavy and don’t make the gringindl Barbie jeep noise! …so, are they getting the camo colored version??

  24. Buckeyeblog said,

    on November 29th, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    BUCKEYES RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry Michiganders, and dear Spunky, but I have to agree with my dear Buckeye Brother, Jay! And…yes!…take Toledo…please.

    We spent our Thanksgiving IN Michigan – don’t worry – we were with transplanted Buckeyes! πŸ˜‰ They are in the she-she-froo-froo Rochester Hills area (north of Detroit) and here’s something I don’t understand — in the BEST, most RITZY neighborhoods they had nasty dirt/mud roads. Kid you not – EVERY up-scale neighborhood is like that! So, all the Mercedes, Rolls, Jags, etc. are covered in dried mud! Excuse me, my transplanted friend says that the road dept actually told her it isn’t mud, it’s “residual dirt” from the “GRAVEL roads.” If there’s ANY gravel there, it’s UNDER THE MUD!

    Can someone from Michigan explain that to me?

    Blessings from Buckeye country, Kim Wolf<><

  25. drewsfamilytx said,

    on November 29th, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    I wish I was a slacker too…

    But to be a slacker in the keeping-on-top-of-the-child-training department, you must first actually be on top of it all! Which I dare not claim to ever have been. (Does that even make sense??? I am WAY tired right now!).

    I can’t even take the newly turned 2 years old Dozer to church during SINGING, let alone preaching! He is just too too too too too too loud. It’s a happy loud, but loud nonetheless…even during the actually singing.

    But yes, you are correct. Boys are most definitely difficult to contain– in volume, mass, velocity, area…you name it, you can’t contain it. That’s why I like em so much, I guess. Never boring. Never dull. And always on the go, go, go.



    PS That is one cool gift– and free shipping to boot!

  26. Anonymous said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 12:24 am

    LOL! Sounds like my son!

    I have trouble containing boys, but I only have one! I think he's 10 of them all rolled into one. I wouldn't trade him for the world though!

    BTW, LOVE your blog, especially the pics from the store, they were really funny!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving some words of encouragement. I really needed that!

    Oh, I almost forgot! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! You guys sound like hubby and I on ours. We are SO exciting. We will be celebrating 20yrs in February.

    Edited by Kathy on Nov. 29, 2006 at 10:27 PM

  27. CommunicationFUNdamentals said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 6:36 am

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    Happy Anniversary! Time flies when you’re having fun! My dh and I will celebrate 20 years in January.

    I have one boy and one girl. VERY different. I am sure my mom and dad are happy to have a quieter, gentler house now that we are gone!


  28. KimMurphy said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 8:01 am

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    Happy belated anniversary! I have to say, though, that I think your returning a sweater to Kohl’s IS the traditional way to spend a 13th anniversary. I think for our 15th anniversary we went to Home Depot and looked at wood moldings and caulk. It’s the togetherness that counts, right?

  29. Buckeyeblog said,

    on November 30th, 2006 at 9:01 am


    Sorry – I got so carried away about Michigan’s muddy gravel roads that I forgot to wish you HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and many, MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!

    We just celebrated 22 years in October and I just can’t believe it! The time has just FLOWN!

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<><

  30. CatholicTitus2wife said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 6:05 pm

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    As the mother of 3 boys and 2 girls, I agree that boys can be harder to contain but my girls exhaust me far more! LOL! With my boys, it’s all physical energy, the girls drain me emotionally. There is always some drama over something. They are really good girls so I think it’s pretty normal stuff, just tiring sometimes.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I clicked on your name in Titus2woman’s friend’s list. She is my best in-real-life friend. πŸ™‚

  31. heartmatters said,

    on December 1st, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    Happy Belated Anniversary…

    and many more quiet returns!

    Bless Youbers


  32. dawilli said,

    on December 2nd, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    Hi there!

    It seems like it’s always ‘back to the drawing board’ for us. I always seem to slack on the vigilance when we seem to have finally ‘gotten’ it… and new habits don’t stick long enough.

    ‘They’ say something about the law of 21… 21 days to make a new habit… I’m thinking 21 weeks is what it would take this family! especially this momma!

    Well, knowing is half the battle, right? Think about all the people out there (you know, like the other ones at Walmart…) who aren’t working on anything at all- most don’t even think there is a problem and those that do are pretty much helpless and clueless.

    Happy retraining,

    we’re right there with ya,

    enjoy them all anyway,


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