Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
December 22nd, 2006
ZuZu's Petals

Despite my growing cynicism of Christmas, the night before last we all cozied up and watched, It’s A Wonderful Life.  A long time ago that movie meant a lot to me.  Now I relate more to, The Grinch.

Anyways, the theme at the end of, It’s A Wonderful Life, implies that the value of a life is measured by the friends one has, i.e. people who love you. The movie is right on track in the way that the main character lives a life of continual self-sacrifice.  He puts others’ happiness and well being (his brother’s, his uncle’s, the townspeople, etc) before his own.  In that sense, for a Christian, that would be a blessed life.  But most people today expect to have a load of friends and people who love them ‘just for themselves”.  “I just want to be loved for who I am”– translation: they expect others to see their worth thru their layers of self-absorbed, self oriented, self-centered ways. 

But the movie gets it wrong in the end, because the value of a life is not measured by how much other people love you, but rather, it is measured by how much you love God and how you live that out by loving others. 

 And, a completely unrelated thought… is it just me, or do diamond commercials make you dry heave?  They are always playing these diamond commercials on the radio that convey the idea that ‘getting your girl a diamond will make her go weak-kneed’ or that ‘if you don’t get your girl the right diamond, she’ll be crushed’.  Surely I can’t be the only girl in the world who thinks jewelry is worthless, pointless and bothersome to wear.  Do any of you really go ga-ga over a ruby bracelet or diamond earrings?  

PS Chickadee is our winner for the sewing book contest.  yay!

PPS Thanks for your sweet comments on our week long goat-opera.  Belle is doing very well and we are all in love with her.  She is such a sweet goat.  I will have to post a picture soon.   

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  1. Rebeca said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 9:41 am

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    I'm not much of a jewelry girl either. I wear my wedding ring, which is beautiful and understated and belonged to my husband's grandmother. When he proposed he was worried that I wouldn't like it and said he'd buy me something else if I wanted but I love it- it has tiny little diamonds but nothing that sticks out and would get caught on stuff. I'd rather travel or get something for my home than expensive jewelry.

    And even if you're feeling grinch-y, I hope you have a joyful Christmas!

    Rebeca

  2. Joanna said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Ooooo…

    Sounds like someone needs to watch a Hallmark commercial!

    As for jewelry, I asked for a cordless drill for Christmas, one of the big powerful ones 🙂 Kurt says, "Nothing says "I love you" like power tools!"

    Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls!

  3. Melkhi said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Whoa!

    You all have had some unpleasant "adventures" lately! I'm glad that Belle is healing.

    <br>

    <br>You are right about the true measure of worth. And one can hope that George will stop complaining about his crummy little town, be content with the life that God gave him and thankful for all His rich blessings. 😉

    <br>

    <br>I always laugh at the diamond commercials. I've even "grown out of" my diamond wedding ring since my third baby. 🙂 I would look ridiculous wearing diamonds, even with the dress clothes that I own. And diamonds are not a great compliment to spit-up! 😀

    <br>

    <br>BTW, I linked to your Christmas post recently on my blog.

  4. TNMOMTOMANYBLESSINGS said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 10:36 am

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    I'm not a jewlery girl either. I made that fact known one day when a friend was commenting on how she loves to get jewlery from her husband. I mentioned that I don't care to wear jewlery – she was a bit shocked. Glad I am not the only one who does not need jewlery. Not sure what I would want for Christmas – it seems I already have everything! I know I am blessed – and very thankful this Christmas.

    I hope to meet your Belle one day — do post pictures. I am curious as to what kind of goat you all have got.

    Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas.

    Maria

    ps – I do promise to come by sometime soon.

  5. Anonymous said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 10:43 am

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    I am so glad the goat is doing well. That really must have been a tragic experience. I agree on the diamond thing. Although I would love a pair of diamond stud earrings, I don't like the idea that our spouses don't love us unless they give us diamonds. That is just foolish and sets women up for disappointment. What about advertising that if you husband goes to work everyday to provide for the family, he loves you?

    Ditto on the movie.

    I like your attitude on Christmas, grinchy as it is. I love this time of year and I love the holiday, but I tend to feel guilty if I don't do enough in focusing on Jesus. For example, we have completely dropped the ball on our Jesse tree. Guilt. But do my kids know why we celebrate Christmas? YES they do. Have we done other things to share Christs love? YES and some were random things for strangers. The kids were there, they watched.

    The point is to live like this all through the year, not just at Christmas.

    Susan

  6. Buckeyeblog said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 11:01 am

    Goats and Jewelry…ahh, yes…it's a Wonderful Life!

    I'm so glad your little goatie is feeling better. Is she still in the basement?

    As for diamonds…I think I grew out of that one, too. But I'm more in the sentimentality of the jewelry that I wear: of course, I wear my wedding set; I also wear both of my parents' wedding rings – I've worn my Daddy's ring (anchored behind my Grandma's ruby ring since his is so much bigger than my fingers) since the day of his funeral and my mom just recently gave me her original wedding set. So, you see, my jewelry all has meaning for me. Now, IF my hubby or the girls get me some other piece of jewelry (necklace, etc.) they usually get something from 1928 b/c it has the "look" of something old and sentimental.

    About "It's a Wonderful Life"…the line about "when someone is gone it leaves an awful hole" has really hit home with our family. Used to be that on holidays we would LOVE going to my side's celebrations and drag our feet until the last minute in going to my hubby's family — my dad was the heart of my side of the family and my MIL, to put it nicely, created and thrived on causing misery. My Daddy died in '99 and my MIL died in '02 – since then the get-togethers have completely changed! My brother's freaky behavior and my mom's dissatifaction with life now puts everyone on edge and, since my MIL is gone (so sad to say this about anyone but…) get-togethers on that side of the family are a blast!

    All because of the absence of 2 people – for good or for bad. Interesting, isn't it, how the loss of someone from each family so profoundly effected so much.

    I hope you – and all your readers – have an utterly BLESSED CHRISTmas and New Year!

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<><

  7. Anonymous said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 11:07 am

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    I have (to me!) a simple diamond wedding ring, somewhere between my own mom's huge one and my MIL's simple gold band, and two tiny diamond stud earrings that date back to our engagement. Do I want more? Nah! I have friends that get more rings and more necklaces – if dh gets me something I feel bad if I don't wear it, then when I do wear it I have to worry about loosing it . . . . jewels are so clique! Last year dh build me and our unborn baby a beautiful glider rocker. I watched him craft it from plain oak boards into beautiful spindles and pour himself into this thing for hours. Now that was a gift!

    "Dry heaves" – how appropriate! 😉

    Ashley (Jonash2004)

  8. chickadee said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 11:20 am

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    i don't care a bit for diamonds either. but i do care about my diamond wedding ring which is at the moment, lost, um, er, missing…misplaced. it has to be in my house somewhere!

    thanks for choosing me! we will enjoy the books.

  9. jayfromcleveland said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 12:00 pm

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    Jen, you're absolutely right about the point being how much we love God and show it by loving others. But I think that really *is* the point of "It's a Wonderful Life."

    We can assume that George Baily is at least a nominal church-going Christian man because he's played by Jimmy Stewart and lives in small-town USA, circa 1947. If you look at George's life, it was one of self-sacrifice for others.

    All George wanted was to leave Bedford Falls and see the world. But first he saved his kid brother from drowning and went deaf in one ear and could never be a war hero. He skipped his chance to go to the big city so that he could help his dad with the Building and Loan. He passed on the exciting hot babe to marry the girl who really loved him. He fought to serve his neighbors when Old Man Potter wanted to foreclose on the town.

    At every turn, George gave up his personal dreams in exchange for selfless acts. But it seemed to him he poured out his life for nothing, that no one cared. He was hard pressed and stressed out at every turn. George sees his kid brother become a war hero and his old pal Sam become a big success in New York City, while he is stuck in a drafty old house with "too many kids." (Truthfully, when the heat's on, I think of that line all the time.)

    Just as things get most desperate, George's idiot uncle loses all the money, and all hope appears to be lost with it. George was just about to give into despair, but before he can do it, Clarence jumps in first, giving George an opportunity to turn the final, ultimate selfish act into still another selfless act of giving.

    I don't know, maybe this is just a "guy movie" but I can surely relate to seeing life pass you by, filled up with responsibilities and duties you never asked for, the dreams of youth long faded, and choking on envy as others close to you attain their own dreams.

    One way to lay a Christian understanding onto this movie is see that George was given a gift, to see how God really did use him in his little place and time. WIthout George, Bedford Falls would have been Potterville. If George hadnt saved his brother, that whole platoon would have been wiped out. Without George's love, Mary would have been an unhappy spinster instead of a bright, happy young mom.

    Our own minor acts of Christian devotion have a "butterfly effect" that ripple across the world. We are all tiny links in a huge chain forged by God. If we can see the effects of one man on the people of one small town, we might ponder the bigger picture… what would the world be without Jesus?

    Sure, maybe this movie ends up on an air-headed Hollywood note that the greatest thing a man can have is friends. But who was the Friend who sent Clarence in the first place? Who was it that worked out the whole circumstance so that George would be singing "Auld Lang Syne" around the Christmas tree instead of lying on the bottom of the river, the worst sort of "present" that Mary and the kids could ever have?

    Maybe we have to dig a little into the subtext, but I think we can find a wonderful picture of redemption in this Christmas classic.

    Merry Christmas to your family!

  10. LaMereAcademy said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    It's a Wonderful Life

    My mother used to MAKE me sit and watch this boring, old, black and white movie every year. And every year I groaned and complained. Well guess what? Now I'm a sap myself and make my kids watch it and they love it! I never did before. Our VHS bit the dust and under our tree right now is a DVD of it. I can't wait to watch it again on Christmas day.

    ~Becky

  11. drewsfamilytx said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 12:25 pm

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    While I don't have an overflowing jewelry box, I have a very lovely engagement ring, a plain gold band (I believe the band cost $35!), and my sweet dh did get me a diamond ring for my right hand for our 10 year anniversary. I LOVE this ring! I should, I kinda picked it out… This is the only time I've ever really *wanted* a diamond ring!

    I pretty much love anything that dh gives me… We usually don't do gifts for anniversary (although we take a yearly trip for a week sans kids), b-day's or Christmas, so any gift is extra special.

    I think it's the romantic in me that still loves the sentimentality of a man giving a woman jewelry. I do hate that the diamond (and baby-gear) commercials make you feel like you just *have* to give/receive expensive things to show your love or win someone over.

    Anyhow, MERRY CHRISTMAS dear JenIg and family!

    Love,

    Marshie– who wouldn't mind getting a pair of diamond stud earrings one day…but that's about it for jewelry.

  12. Melkhi said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    I've thought more about this…

    and want to respond some more. You said, "the value of a life is not measured by how much other people love you, but rather, it is measured by how much you love God and how you live that out by loving others."

    <br>

    <br>Even as Christians, we all fall far short of God's standard on how much we love Him and others. If our value is based on our own merits in regard to those things, then we are still hopeless. God loved us so much that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We are valuable, because God loves us. We are also to love others even when they are self-centered. Isn't it great that in Christ, when God looks at us, we are no longer condemned for the remnants of the self-righteous, sinful old self, but he sees the new self clothed in the righteousness of Christ?! Isn't it great that He empowers us through His Son and His Holy Spirit to begin to be transformed into the image of His Son? Isn't it great that we have the hope of the resurrection, and that someday, we will love Him and others perfectly?! My worth still needs to be based completely on Him.

    <br>

    <br>(I'm not arguing with you as if you disagree with this :), I'm just sharing my further reflection on your post.)

    <br>

    <br>About the diamonds, I don't want to chase after them the way the world does. My husband knows that I would enjoy other gifts far more. God created diamonds, and I won't deny that they are beautiful. But He has told us to focus on being adorned with something of great worth in His sight: the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.

  13. JenIG said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 1:24 pm

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    hey Marshie, nice use of the word *sans*

  14. eyecorn said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 8:02 pm

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    Wow! Just catching up on your news. You have had quite an emotional week. I cannot imagine how upsetting it must have been when Coie's goat was injured, especially knowing she was pregnant. Your entry about how Curry Farm has been a blessing was wonderful.

    Regarding jewelry. When I was working, I always felt I had to wear matching earrings, some fashionable costume jewelry. I look back on it now and think how weird. I still have a lot of it, I look at it every once in awhile and just chuckle.

    Only jewelry I wear is a tarnished chain with an amber stone on the end (with tarnished filigree around it) My ds 14 bought it for me when he was 10 with his own money. There is a cross on the same chain. I wear my diamond that DH gave me 4 years ago. I lost 2 other diamond rings! He told me this was the last one, so I had to keep it on my finger. Other than that, I don't wear any other jewelry.

    My feeling is that the jewelry ads are so unrealistic. I also hate the billboards with the anorexic, scantily clad women advertising $10,000 watches. Ugh! That just IRKS me!

    Ok, I've vented.

    I hope your family has a blessed Christmas!

    Michelle

    Michelle

    Edited by eyecorn on Dec. 22, 2006 at 6:11 PM

  15. anyachristine said,

    on December 22nd, 2006 at 8:55 pm

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    Since I make jewelry, to say that I don't like it, well, it would just be wrong! Although, the type of jewelry that seems to be the subject of this post, is something that I have not attempted to make. Mine is more of casual wear…beads and silver. Having said that, I have never been one to wear a lot of jewelry…wedding set, maybe a necklace and earrings…it depends on the day. And yes, those commercials do nothing for me…not sure about the dry heaves though…

    I happen to like It's a Wonderful Life, but admittedly, I haven't seen it in quite a while. I can see your point though…our focus and our identity should be in Christ and unfortunately that message is not portrayed often enough.

    Great post Jen- Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

    Christy 🙂

  16. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 12:01 am

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    There was something the other day I was thinking about that movie, that now I can't remember (it's 12:54 am, and I shopped with a "let me touch everything in the county" 5 year old for 4 1/2 hours today!). Anyway, it was something that bothered me. Maybe it will come to me again sometime. : )

    Jewelry–I pretty much like simple stuff. I do have a nice diamond in my wedding set, which I love. I have a diamond and opal ring and necklace set that I inheirited from James' grandmother that I like. I also have an Italian charm bracelet that I like to wear, and I am wishing for a simple, but pretty bracelet. THat's about all I wear, except for occasionally some simple earrings (no diamonds). I like to wear necklaces, but can't right now (long story). I have one that has an inexpensive amethyst (?) that I used to love to wear. Now, I do own some more expensive pieces from a previous life. I have a huge diamond cluster that my granny gave me, along with a couple of expensive necklaces. One of them has never been worn. The other has only been worn probably 2 or 3 times in the 15 or more years I've owned it.

    Except for kind of wanting a bracelet–like a $25, not a fancy-smancy one, I'd much rather have a Lowe's gift card or something else to fix up the house.

    Hope you are feeling less grinchy and have a wonderful, happy Christmas!

    Letitia

  17. quietcajun said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 12:32 am

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    As to the goat thing… I kind of understand: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/quietcajun/68299

    Only in our situation… our injured pet brought the injury upon herself with her belief that she is Goliath in doggy form when in reality she is a tiny little "Bat-Pig-Duck-Dog"…. but that is a story for another day! LOL!

  18. AussieinAmerica said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 12:44 am

    Hello

    I really enjoyed your post. The "love me for who I am" attitude bothers me too. Many people who say that don't love others for who they are. Anyway….

    I also HATE diamond commericials. My husband is so happy that I am not a big jewelry person. I think my wedding ring cost about $10 – I like it that way beacuse I'm sure I would drop a diamond ring down the garbage disposal or something! The Kays Jewelry commercial always puzzles me..their slogan is , "Every kiss begins with Kay"..well, if that were the case there wouldn't be much kissing, or else we'd be poor as dirt.

    I keep coming over here to see what you are writing so I am going to add you to my friends list. Hope you don't mind.

    Have a great Christmas,

    Stacy

  19. gal51 said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 5:41 am

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    Again, this is written so well and you are so right. And about jewelry — I am right there with you. Although I do like a nice piece from Brighton or James Avery ;), but I am not a fan of gold, diamonds or "precious" gems.

    Blessings!

    ~Heather

  20. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 12:54 pm

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    I like "It's a Wonderful Life" for entertainment purposes, but you are right-on, with your critique. (Another story is "A Christmas Carol" – how Scrooge is suddlenly 'saved' because he becomes generous all of a sudden. – Blech!)

    And diamond commercials…I heard one on the radio the other day that said " We have diamond earrings for your loved one from $99 to $24,000! Can you imagine?!!!

    $24,000 on ONE pair of earrings!!!

    That could feed an under-priviliged family for a year, send a kid to college, buy a car……but earrings???

    (Sad thing is – there are probably people that buy them…Talk about not being good stewards of what God has given us!)

    Have a Wonderful Christmas!

    Michelle

    Edited by foxvalleyfamily on Dec. 23, 2006 at 10:55 AM

  21. iluvmy3chickiesandtheirdaddy2 said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Jen

    Jewelry doesn't do a whole lot for me either!!!

    I'm really glad that Belle is doing better and I hope you and your family have a BEAUTIFUL Christmas!!

    Love, Dawn

  22. MiikoGibson said,

    on December 23rd, 2006 at 9:14 pm

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    For our 10th anniversary, dh got me a diamond solitaire pendant, and yes, I went ga-ga over that as he saved a while to get me that. I thought he was soooo sweet. Going ga-ga-whoo-whoo-wow-wow then was an appropriate response. Other than that and my diamond engagement ring (and gold wedding band), I hardly wear much of anything (jewelry I mean) as my ears aren't even pierced, LOL. Oh I do love pearls. They are elegant and eloquent. I can live without them but I won't complain if I get a new pearl necklace to wear on special occasions. Nice with a simple black dress, huh? My children broke all my three pearl necklaces from my single days. I really liked your assessment of the movie. Such movies are heartwarming but really, the worldview presented is not Biblical. Well, have a blessed Christmas and thank you for dropping by my my blog 🙂

  23. tatertots said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 6:44 am

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    Merry Chistmas!

  24. tatertots said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 12:06 pm

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    Thanks! I'll tell my family and JB. Thanks again and a Merry Chistmas to you and your's.

    Taters

  25. kindredspiritMom said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Right with you!!

    I have been pretty bah-humbug this year about all the schmaltz that surrounds Christmas. We're thinking about celebrating Seinfeld's "Festivus" next year….A festivus for the rest of us 🙂

    Truly I have a jingle bell migraine and none of the crazy and frenzied activity really relates to Jesus at all. My extended family is really caught up in the traditions of the gifts and the food…the cards…the parties….the decorations…the malls. Somehow I found myself in a mall twice last week and I think it may have been a bizarre, hypnotice trance that was programmed into my developing psyche…in utero? 🙂 "Chains shall He break…." May Jesus deliver me from Christmas!!!! And you thought you were the Grinch?

    Jesus is the reason to Grinch the season…

  26. Mariel said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Hello!

    Oh, I am SO glad! (about Belle) When I saw that entry about-ahem-your goat opera-it, how do I put it? Um, how about-ALMOST MADE ME RETCH?!!!! Oh! That poor goat!

    And those diamond commercials? ACK! ICK! UGH! Everything you said-and not to mention that there are so many of them! Blah. Blah. Blah. I DESPISE those kind of commercials! "Buy our stuff!" "Buy our stuff!" "Buy our stuff!" Television has become nightmarish!

    Anyway, real nice to read your posts again and I am sorry for not getting on in so long. :+)

    God Bless!

    Mariel

    P.S. It's Christmas Eve and we got your present-picture, washrag, ornament(it broke on the way here) etc. ect. ect. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (Ryann is unbelieveably tall!

  27. nsremom said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 5:14 pm

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    I had to silently sit and smile as I read your twenty something posts that said….."Oh, I'm not a jewelry gal" and , "It's just so cliche" and on and on. 🙂

    Like those same women wouldn't be tickled pink if their man came home with something sparkly just for her.

    I wear jeans and t-shirts and am a penny pinching, Goodwill hunting girl.

    But I love sparkly things. And the fact that my man would save his pennies and engage his little girls in picking out a ring for their mommy. ***That makes my knees weak. *** (and that happened a few years back on my birthday…..I got a lovely tanzanite ring that daddy and his 3 gals agonized over picking.)

    So, I drive a truck. Cut my fingernails short. and love my tennis shoes……

    but I also like diamonds. Cliche? Nobody could call me that in a million years. 🙂

    I concur with the movie thoughts. Good insight.

  28. UndertheSky said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    I like what Jay had to say. I think he has the right idea about that movie. :+) It is an unusual piece of film to come from Hollywood.

    <br>

    <br>I like fake jewels that dangle from my ears. I love earrings. I don't own any fancy gemmed ones, but that is my jewelry weakness.

    <br>

    <br>I hope you have a lovely Christmas and we really appreciated your gift.

    <br>

    <br>Warmly,

    <br>Kate

    <br>

  29. berrymorin said,

    on December 24th, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    congrats

    Chickadee for winning the sewing contest.

    Merry Christmas.

  30. keldaris said,

    on December 25th, 2006 at 1:05 am

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    Funny you should mention diamonds. Earlier today a young girl showed me her engagemant ring that was very tasteful and not too spectacular, but then she looked at mine. I have a simple gold band. I suddenly wanted to defend the reason why I have it, but realized that I didn't really need to. I like my ring;)

    <br>~Darlene

  31. drewsfamilytx said,

    on December 25th, 2006 at 4:47 pm

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    Merry Christmas, Igarashi family!

    And thanks…I try to learn at least one fancy word a year to impress people… Did it work?

    Now I have to think of a new one for next year…

    Love,

    Marshie

  32. sharoncrooks said,

    on December 25th, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    Diamonds are NOT this girls best friend…

    Jen,

    I love the post! Commercials are THE worst when it come to "the woman".

    I'm now dreading the ads that promote male enhancement!!!! Hello???? Why is this even on tv? ugh. TV is now a thing of the past in our household. It's nothing but "worldy dessert" for a generation of "its all about me's".

  33. Jocelyndixon said,

    on December 25th, 2006 at 10:15 pm

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    Hello, I agree with you about diamonds… every time a comercial comes on, we say "Who wants to wear GIANT diamonds?" What good are they? I can understand A wedding ring… but just to wear for looks? I could use my moent better else "wear".

    I just go a necklace for Christmas and guess what?? It's a cross like Ms. Bennett's, I can wear it to Coie's party! LOL

    Love,

    Jocelyn

  34. momatpeace said,

    on December 26th, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    FRIENDS

    Since we can't view our "friends" page any longer… will you turn on your RSS so I can subscribe to your blog on Google? And… do you know why the friends option isn't working any longer?

  35. EEEEMommy said,

    on December 26th, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    Thank You

    Well, I hope that your Christmas was merry despite the grinchiness.

    I'll have to dissent from the majority opinion and share that the end of It's a Wonderful Life actually reminds me of the Ray Boltz song Thank You. "Thank you for giving to the Lord, I have a life that was changed…"

    It's not about how many friends you have in the end, it's about how many people you touch for the kingdom of God.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas!

  36. kampsplete said,

    on December 26th, 2006 at 5:14 pm

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    Merry Christmas friend! I hope you and your family had a wonderful day together. I pray that the coming year will be one full of joy. May God pour out His great grace upon you!

  37. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on December 26th, 2006 at 8:02 pm

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    Oh boy…now I really have to 'eat my words!'

    DH surprized me with a '3 stone' diamond anniversary ring for Christmas…..and, yes… I got all choked up.

    (But they're still dumb commercials!) 😉

  38. CommunicationFUNdamentals said,

    on December 27th, 2006 at 9:54 am

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    Almost anything can take away from the real focus of CHRISTmas-even church activities! That's why I posted the Merry CHRISTmas Carnival of FUNschooling. I wanted to keep Christ in my CHRISTmas.

    I feel the movie is very special. It was from an era where Hollywierd had SOME morals and values in their movies. Jimmy Stewart was a Christian and a very sweet man.

    As far as diamonds. I have one diamond ring my dh gave me for our engagement and one gold band. That's all the rings I will ever need. I do wear earrings, but I love the color of the stones. I don't care if they are glass!

    I saw these huge stones on rings at the store yesterday. It would eclipse my whole hand! ROFL

    JoJo

  39. SuperAngel said,

    on December 27th, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    First off…

    You need another post!!

    I posted about the whole dilemma of Coie's party!!

    How are the goats getting along??

    Thanks for coming to The Daily Planet, and leaving me a comment!!

    It is always nice to have people come to your blog!! But especially when it is you!!

    Hope you had a Family time filled Christmas!!

    God Bless and Keep You and Yours!!

    Take Care!!

    Luv

    Amanda ~ Siol Enal ~ SUPERANGEL

    Daughter of JacqueDixonSoulRestES

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  40. Anonymous said,

    on December 27th, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    Forget the diamonds!

    I totally agree with you about jewelry commercials! Who cares about that stuff? My husband and I are both doctors, and the only piece of jewelry I own is my wedding ring (which has been enlarged at the jewelry store after having two kids 15 months apart – my fingers aren't as skinny anymore!). The ring served as my engagement ring and wedding ring, and my husband bought it before we were doctors, when we were both poor as Job's turkey, so it didn't cost a lot by most people's standards. I still wouldn't want anything else, even now!

    Also Jen, I don't know if anyone has mentioned to you, but you MUST read the homestead books by Stephen Castleberry. They are a hoot! It's the true story of a college professor, his wife, and their eight children who know absolutely nothing about farming, but decide to buy a small farm and fix it up so that they can become semi-self-sustaining. I think their web address to order the books is http://www.cfpress.com. They are definitely worth reading, because their escapades sound a lot like yours! I truly laughed out loud at their stories.

    Valerie

  41. AKF said,

    on December 28th, 2006 at 12:30 am

    About those diamond commercials…

    I wrote about that on my blog just the other day! (Under the "What's Not on my Christmas List" post.) I am not quite to the dry heaving stage… but a little gag might escape me here and there! A diamond definitely won't make me weak in the knees. My husband bought me a diamond tennis bracelet one year with his Christmas bonus and I was so disappointed. I would have rather had a bathtub!

    I am glad I am not the only one who isn't "into" jewelry…many of my friends are and they don't understand my apathy toward it. I wear my wedding rings, watch and earrings on a daily basis. I enjoy my accesories, I just don't need any more.

    My father gave me my mom's original wedding set this Christmas. (She passed away last year) It is much more meaningful and special to me than any "new" piece of jewelry would be.

    Edited by AKF on Dec. 27, 2006 at 10:46 PM

  42. momatpeace said,

    on December 29th, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    THANK YOU!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!

    I can't wait to see a photo of your goat! I'm going to put your blog on my google page so I can keep up with you — goats and all! Ü

    Jennifer

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