Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
April 6th, 2007
Oh Woe Is Me

So a while back, Coie got this invitation to attend her friend’s homeschool graduation party and she and I both sort of laughed about it.  Why was this so funny? Because this friend lives in California, which (last I checked) continues to be far far away from Tennessee.  Little did I know that Coie went to bed that night shaking with excitement at the mere idea of going.  She told me later that she felt silly about being excited for nothing and finally prayed, “God, you know I really want to go, and if there is any possible way I would be so happy, but in the meantime please help me to stop thinking about it”. 

So lo and behold, basically out of the blue, yesterday her very good friend calls her up and offers to fly her out to California for two weeks. Ok, so i’m not laughing anymore.  

Of course we told our daughter that yes, she had our blessing to go, but in the inside I’m writhing.  I just *know* what’s going to happen…  she is going to meet this perfectly charming, godly, handsome wonderful ideal young man while she’s out there and end up getting married and moving 2,000 miles away.  How could she do this to me???  After all I’ve done for that girl!!  Where’s the loyalty??  Where’s the justice?? Where’s my smelling salts?

In other non-heart-breaking news, this is what could be seen this afternoon in my backyard:

and then:

 What were they doing to that poor tree?  They were pulling down the top branches to pick the flowers and berries from it so they could make these. Nope, I’m not kidding, and yes, I know that’s weird.  It wasn’t my idea.  I’ll let you know how they turn out. 

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  1. Tiany said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

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    Wow makes me happy to have 4 boys! LOL I cant imagine letting her go, its gonna be hard (when) it happens 🙂

    Love the pics but I only wish I was out there upside down with a book in hand. It looks like amazing land to live on 🙂

  2. Anonymous said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

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    your family is a wee bit nutty. you included. but i'd be freaking out too about coie being snatched up. she's beautiful and smart!

  3. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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    You are now my real true friend. Only real true friends make muffins from tree blossoms.

    I hope Coie has a wonderful trip to Cali– I am sure she isn't going anywhere soon. She has goats to milk on Curry Farm!

    Looking forward to hearing how the muffins turn out.


  4. chickadee said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

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    i was the anonymous commenter who said your family was nutty. didn't want you to think it was some stalker.

  5. bensrib said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

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    Hey listen, The Bible says that "a man shall leave his father and mother. . .", so no worries. He'll have to move to Tennessee. See? Now wasn't that easy? And I miss the redbuds – Virginia doesn't have very many. It's sad. Blessings! Karen

  6. JenIG said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 7:52 pm

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    Karen: I could kiss you. yes, the bible does indeed say that. i feel better.

    Chickadee: your family is just as weird as mine, sister (maybe even weirder — which is why i love you)

    Maria: the muffins were pretty gross. but my kids loved them (James ate THREE!)

  7. CandyFoote said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 7:58 pm

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    Oh, these are your children!?!

    I wondered what kind of tree climbing,

    reading creatures were wandering around in

    Tennessee. ;D


    (By the way, we have quite a few of those things wandering around New York too! Especially at the Foote house!)

  8. tn3jcarter said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 9:06 pm


    I have never heard of that before. Of course somebody posted about eating something like fried dandelions on Homestead today. Amazing, absolutely amazing…..

  9. weesma said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    That's a new one!

    I've never heard of eating redbud blossoms! Fried dandelion blossoms I've had before. Not bad.

    Stay warm!


  10. booknhome said,

    on April 7th, 2007 at 9:48 am

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    What a testimony of contentment, and God answering the desires of her heart. Very encouraging.

    What creative children!! I just love the reading a book picture! Brilliant!

  11. berrymorin said,

    on April 7th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Homestead Newsletter

    I recently started subscribing to a Homestead newsletter. As I was reading and enjoying it I noticed your byline.

    I'm so amazed that of your time management. Perhaps you should teach a teleseminar.

    Happy Easter to you and yours.

  12. drewsfamilytx said,

    on April 7th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

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    You know that if Coie ever left, that she would have to come back due to the sheer boredom of California without her dear momsie. 🙂

    Now regarding your comment on my blogola… It takes one to know one, honey! *neener-neener*


  13. 2cupsOjava4me said,

    on April 8th, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Wow! That is wild…

    I never would have thought of that in a gazillion years! And don't you just love it when God gives us the "desires of our hearts"? He is so wonderfully faithful isn't He?

    Have a blessed Easter dear friend.



  14. Janne said,

    on April 8th, 2007 at 10:48 am

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    Wishing you a very happy Easter, Jen!

  15. Anonymous said,

    on April 9th, 2007 at 8:05 am

    Boltbabe here

    Ok, I think you need to spray Coie, her luggage, and contents therein with skunk juice. Then say "See ya later" with no worries. =)

  16. Anonymous said,

    on April 9th, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Boltbabe here

    Ok, I think you need to spray Coie, her luggage, and contents therein with skunk juice. Then say "See ya later" with no worries. =)

  17. CandidReflections said,

    on April 9th, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I could relate…

    I'm certain your daughter will have a great time in California! It's always interesting to see how God's plan unfolds for our children. As you mentioned… the hard part comes in when His plans / or our children's plans don't take into account that WE want our kids to always remain only a stone's throw away!!! Been there, done that and wearing the T-shirt! Blessings to you and your family, Diane

  18. Jocelyndixon said,

    on April 9th, 2007 at 3:06 pm


    How exciting! I bet Coie will have a ball! and if she does meet Prince Charming… Well, then just pray he wants to move to Tn OR make Coie come back and see if he follows! LOL

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my post – it is very encouraging!



  19. homeschoolingmommaof4 said,

    on April 10th, 2007 at 12:05 am

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    Hope all goes well with Coie's trip. I'm glad my dd is still to little for me to have those worries yet. Love the pictures especially the one with the book.

  20. JacqueDixonSoulRestES said,

    on April 11th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    I seem to recall….

    hearing a prayer *just like that* a few months ago from our girls after receiving an exciting invite to a barn dance bd party… hmm…

    and then, even moreso when our lodgings were taken care of…

    ( ;

    Love the reading position…lol

    Great pics…

    Miss your fam.

    and…. LOVE the name… hahahaha

    Pixie Muffin…that may be her nickname!



  21. JoeM said,

    on April 16th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

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    Holy cow! I got a really good laugh out of those photos! The first one I was like "what are they doing?" and the second one was hilarious! I just <i>had</i> to pass it on!

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