Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
April 19th, 2007
What Have You Outgrown?

I am feeling so tired and lazy today.  My kids are having a contest right now – my weirdo kids will do just about anything for a marshmallow– they are racing to see who can write the most correct prepositions.  Yep, the winner gets *one* solitary marshmallow.  I would totally try to lose that contest. Yuck. 

I always stress my kids out because I tell them that they are going to outgrow all of the things they like. I tell them stories about how when I was little I hoped, prayed and dreamed about growing up and eating TV Dinners every day of my life.  But now that I’m grown up, I hate TV Dinners.  I used to love cotton candy.  Gross.  I used to love corn dogs. Gross. I used to love roller coasters. YIKES.  I used to love watching cartoons… well, actually, I still do enjoy watching cartoons, but I don’t live for them like I used to.  I would wake up at 4 am on Saturday mornings in my great anticipation. 

My poor kids; they are hoping I am wrong and that they will always love marshmallows and cartoons and Baby Bottle Pops as much as they do now.  Aren’t I mean?  I do want them to have a clue though, that we grow and we change and we adjust with life.  And we don’t mourn the loss of our childish delights (I don’t, anyway).  We simply grow into things that are better.  It makes me think of the verse in Corinthians: 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me” 

I wonder what I will still end up outgrowing.  I hope I don’t outgrow my love of reading E.D.E.N Southworth books. Which reminds me: my wonderful most excellent dear friend came over on Tuesday and gave me a new Southworth book for my birthday.  YIPPEEEEE HOOOORAY!  She came over with two other very fun friends (and their families) and it was a really lovely day.  I am so thankful for good, godly friends!

Lastly, on a complete opposite note… this is very sad (and I won’t give her name), but when I was a brand new Christian and Geoff and I were about to get married, there was a very dear, godly woman who helped with our wedding; she was at all my baby showers; she would bring us meals and she encouraged me greatly in the Lord.  This woman was very dear to me and she died early this week. She was only about 10 years older I am and still has young children at home.  I am so grieved for her family; if it comes to mind, would you please pray for this precious family in California?  

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  1. ShayC said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 10:18 am

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    Dear Jen,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend… I will pray for them.

    Emery, my ten year old, isn't crazy about the idea of "growing up" either. She thinks all the fun is going to just go away. (Yikes…that makes me wonder what kind of grown up example I'm setting… maybe I make it seem as if adult life is only work, work, work, and drudgery????…I'll have to work on that) I do encourage her though that there are many "grown up" experiences that she will discover and LOVE!!!!! She of course looks at me like I'm crazy. I have outgrown MANY things myself. Looking back on it I can't even imagine the person I used to be. Like you, I now wonder what it is that I will later outgrow. Growth is such a beautiful thing!!! Growth in, and by and through and for and with the love of Jesus Christ is MAGNIFICANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (I'd love to know who wins the marshmallow!!!!!!

    Blessings to you and yours…and ENJOY your lazy day!

    Your Friend In Christ,


    Edited by ShayC on Apr. 19, 2007 at 8:20 AM

  2. 2peter318 said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 11:03 am

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    It is funny what we grow out of liking. I've never really thought about it, but now you've got me thinking. Is that a good thing? 😉

    Sorry to hear about your friend passing away. They are in my prayers.


  3. jayfromcleveland said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 12:10 pm

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    When I was 9, Iiked reading comic books and watching science fiction TV shows and movies. I still like that stuff today, though it's much harder to enjoy such simple pleasures as a jaded, battle-weary adult. Instead of watching shows and simply enjoying them, I now watch TV and give a running commentary of all the plot holes and inconsistencies and how stupid the show is. Naturally, everyone loves watching TV with me! At least I hold the remote and pause the show before launching into one of my discourses so that no one (especially me) misses any of the show!

    About the only thing I've really come to hate as an adult is sickly-sweet candy and drinks. I can't drink orange pop at all and I can't do jelly beans and stuff. As a kid, I used to hate ginger ale, especially Canada Dry, and wondered how adults could drink that lousy stuff. Nowadays it's pretty okay. I also learned as an adult to enjoy mushrooms and onions. They'da made me barf as a kid.

    Sorry about your friend and prayers to her family.

  4. CandyFoote said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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    My kids have often told me that they don't want to grow up because grown-ups don't like candy as much as kids!!


  5. Anonymous said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 1:16 pm

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  6. booknhome said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Now I know…

    why I am so immature.

    You're supposed to outgrow this stuff?

    This explains a lot.

  7. sockmonkey said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 6:16 pm

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    A few years ago I was staying with my older brother and his wife for a couple of days, and he and I went out one morning and bought some of our favorite breakfast foods from childhood: pop tarts and Capt. Crunch with crunchberries…ready to feast! YUK! I would swear they tasted better as a child (the crunchberries seemed bigger too!). Ditto with corn dogs…what in the world was I thinking? And that lesson has come in handy now that I'm a parent. I'm well aware that my children's palates are FAR too unrefined to appreciate really good chocolate, which is why when they stumble across any…I take it off their hands.

  8. SmallWorld said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    That reminds me…

    of when Randy and I were very young and had just started dating (for good) after a long break-up. We celebrated our reunion with jelly donuts and 5-Alive. Now, every year on the anniversary of that getting-back-together date, we think about having jelly donuts and 5-alive, but the thought of both of those things is so repulsive (now 19 years later), that we just enjoy the thought…..

  9. quietcajun said,

    on April 19th, 2007 at 11:15 pm

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    I had nver thought about all the things that I liked when I was a child…. that is a funny, interesting and depressing point! LOL

  10. jess4him said,

    on April 20th, 2007 at 11:27 am

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    ya know… i was just thinking, you should like, put in your blog or something that your little sister has a homeschool blogger page too, so that they can all come read my posts too.. no one cares about me. i feel really inadequate, non-specal, and totally jipped. I mean, common, I'm Jenig's little sister. how lame is this?


  11. Jocelyndixon said,

    on April 20th, 2007 at 5:31 pm


    Dear, I am sorry about your friend. That is sad and for her to have gone at such a young age and left little ones behind. That will be difficult. Thanks for giving us the oppurtunity to pray!

    And, Mrs. Ig, I just love the way you comment (and post)… and the words you use, like marvy. LOL Its just so, so, um, Igarashi!

    Loved you lots (LOL)


  12. carrielouise said,

    on April 20th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

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    The first part of your story sounds so much like me and something I tell my kids often! For the last two years, my oldest has mourned the city we moved from, although he had no friends there, and swears as soon as he turns 18, he will buy a house there and never eat green beans because they make him gag. Ah, youth…


  13. Titus2woman said,

    on April 22nd, 2007 at 9:58 pm

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    HA HA HA HA! You're such a downer~ROFLOL!

    Sorry to hear about your friend. (((((HUGS))))) sandi~it was really nice catching up on your blog!

  14. wardssward said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 12:07 am

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    We used to get excited about TV dinners when we were kids, too. Also, we had to eat the hot lunches at school everyday. I used to envy the other kids who could bring a sack lunch. At the end of the school year when our last 20-day lunch ticket had been all punched out and we had to bring sack lunches for the last few days of school, I finally got to eat my beloved bologna sandwich, chips and boiled egg. I was in heaven! 🙂


  15. Testimony said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 6:50 am


    I gave up a lot of things that I use to eat as a child too. I was a vegatarian until I had children. I have been trying to get away from meat eversince I gave birth and it has been hard and being 40 something does not help. I went back to sweets too. I am working my way back to fruits and vegetables again. I must admit that I hate candy and soda! Yuck!

    I will pray for the family in California.

    May the Lord bless you and your family this day!

  16. Jocelyndixon said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 6:04 pm


    I LOVE your template! It is SOOOOOOO BEE-U-TEE-FULL!! The picture of the woman with the guitar (can't think of it's name – um, string thingy)… that's totally you!

    Love it! Very elegant!



  17. JenIG said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 6:34 pm

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    thanks Jocelyn! Coie made it for me because i *outgrew* my last template.


  18. RedHeadRyann said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 7:10 pm

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    I hope I always like taking showers and being clean. I also hope I always like Computers and cameras…I'm sure I will, as much as I do, I don't think it's possible for me to every dislike them.

    Your daughter that loves you the bestesterestest


    I'm coming upstairs now…do you want to play chess? checkers? piano?

  19. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 7:20 pm

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    Love the new look!!

    Missed you at baseball today —

    Angie came. What a blessing she is.



  20. mom2fourtreasures said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 7:55 pm


    I like your new format. It looks really nice. How is your family? How is all the gardening coming along? I hope to see you soon. Take care,

    In Christ,


  21. SAMIAM said,

    on April 23rd, 2007 at 8:17 pm

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    Great new template Mrs.Ig! Did Coie do it?

  22. eclecticeducation said,

    on April 24th, 2007 at 12:29 am

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    I'm sorry about your friend. I know what you mean about out growing things. Geesh… sometimes I look back fondly on the things I use to do, but I'm really glad to be where I'm at now. Btw… like the new template!

    Edited by eclecticeducation on Apr. 23, 2007 at 10:30 PM

  23. ktneis said,

    on April 24th, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Praying for your friends family

    It is hard to loose someone who gave you very happy memories in your life. People seem to serve their purpose and then they reap their rewards with God but it leaves us sadden for our loss. Also you made a very good point with your kids and they probably never want to grow up. hehe It is amazing how those things just grow out of us without realizing it. There is no way I would ride a rollercoaster now but I used to go on them 6-7 times in a row when I was a teen. Yuk I made myself dizzy thinking about it.

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