Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

My daughter, Emmiko, is my creative child.  That girl has always astounded me with her drawings, color schemes, decorating ideas, etc.  So yesterday, I was looking at my boys’ Chia heads and declared, “Good-gracious-to-me-oh-mighty you boys need a good mow down” and Emmiko immediately darted into the room and squealed that she knew she could do a great job and anyways she wants-to-grow-up-and-be-one-of-those,

you-know, hair-cutting-people-who-has-ladies-come-over-for-a-hair-cut,




nails-painted-too. (Jess, you know EXACTLY how this conversation sounded).  So I told her, “No Emmiko, you wouldn’t want to have a little section to sell muffins because the smell of hair stuff and nail polish would fuse into the food and nobody would want to eat it”.  “However”, I told her, “Go find the clippers and if your brothers will let you, start practicing for your future Hair Salon Empire.


Surprisingly, none of the boys expostulated (they are good sports), and for a first whack at barbarism, my daughter proved quite successful.  Here is the Hair Empress and James — her first subject



Not bad, eh?  Believe it or not, this may be the most civilized picture of James that has ever been snapped



And lastly, long long ago, back in the Land of California, I once had an Ivy Plant that I loved dearly with my whole heart.  Its name was Petunia, and after we moved it withered up and died down dead.  So the other day, my daughter, who loves me, came home with this green little fella:  


and she even found a stud with the stud finder (I told her *I* was the stud finder and pointed to her dad – which she found entirely unhumorous and a tad bit disturbing) and hung up the lovely prize for me.  My heart is glad.  Isn’t it lovely? I call it, Petootietwo 

And also pictured above is the lovely Ryann, reading yet another missionary book

And lastly last, the following information is a public party announcement:



PS I keep meaning to post this link that Jess sent me.  I am hoping to hire that bird to tutor my non grooveable daughter, Coie.  I still cannot believe she didn’t inherit any of my Disco genes.


Homeschoolers Together for the Gospel

To anyone waiting till the last minute to register
for attending the Abingdon, VA Barn Dance /  Fund Raiser…
the last minute is upon you! Register by this Saturday: Oct. 20th to attend.
The barn dance is the following Saturday—Oct 27th.
*This year we will have an added treat of a group of homeschooled fiddlers
playing some of the dances. Benjamin Dawson will be back to lead
in the music for the evening. You don’t want to miss this!
Email back your name and number of family members planning
to attend –2 days left to register.
Not only is this a wonderful way to help spread the gospel
and train disciples through the missionary work of
Dave & Becky Lynn Black in Ethiopia,
but it is also a great family evening of a lot of fun.
For more details go here:

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  1. skdenfeld said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 10:20 am

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    Jen- did you mean 'August' or 'October?' Somehow August does not sound so urgent.

    Edited by skdenfeld on Oct. 18, 2007 at 10:21 AM

  2. tn3jcarter said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 10:24 am

    That's a great picture of Emmi & James

    He is growing up SO much! And that is so cool that you can trust her with hair clippers and her brother's head. Tony buzzes off the boys' hair when needed, but I'm not so sure I'd turn them loose on each others' heads. Somehow I have a sneaky feeling they would each wind up with some logo or initial carved on their noggins. That's their idea of hair design!

  3. Anonymous said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 10:24 am

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    Your words are runnning across a weird way… fix that!

    I will be at the other gathering on Saturday.

    Love the plant!



  4. JenIG said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 10:37 am

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    thanks skdenfeld ! I just fixed it.


    and Maria, I'm clueless… they aren't running together on my screen. Is anybody else seeing weird word run-ons?

  5. HeartnSoul said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 10:51 am

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    wow is that your driveway and outside deck? I'm autumn envious! btw nice hair cut Emmiko! 😀

  6. Jen said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 11:23 am

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    thanks Heart n Soul! and yes, we totally love our little golden farm. **happy sigh**

  7. mamasmurf said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

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    Cool hair-cut! My son is in desperate need of a hair cut (he's being mistaken for a girl!!), but won't let me or his Dad near his head!

    I love that dancing bird – great rhythm!!


  8. jess4him said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 12:28 pm

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    That's really funny.. i totally forgot i sent you that link. I figured you thought it was stupid when i never heard your judgment on it. and yes, i TOTALLY can hear Emmi telling about her Barber shop dreams in those EXACT words (and voice fluctuations.. and.. er… lack of breaths in between words).

    Glad to hear Ryann is enjoying that book. and I still can't wrap my mind around your name for your last ivy plant. I aught to name my plants. Charley keeps telling me that he feels like he lives in a jungle. Maybe I should tone it down a bit?

    and James looks very sophisticated.. well.. for him. (don't think that's really possible).

    *edit* : and yes, your words are running on and on so people have to scroll over a bunch to the right to finish each line.

    Edited by jess4him on Oct. 18, 2007 at 12:31 PM

  9. kellieann said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

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    Your plant is lovely, and the dancing cockatoo made my day. Too funny!

  10. Kelley said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Bird Dance

    My four year old daughter was in cackling laughter as she watched that bird dance.

    Thank goodness Coie missed the disco gene!

  11. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

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    Very nice job on the haircuts!

    I just bought a set of clippers myself, and now all I need is a victim…er um I mean volunteer! 😉

    Very nice plant, too!

    Where abouts in California did you live?


  12. Anonymous said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 10:57 pm


    Hi Jen,

    I've been enjoying first, your editorials in TOS, and then your blog, for awhile. I must caution you to use discretion when recommending books to read. Ever since you mentioned Ishmael, I've been desiring to read it. The library didn't have it, so I concluded that I must buy it. When my daughter wanted to use birthday money to buy Lamplighter books, I took the opportunity to add Ishmael and Self-Raised to her order. Yesterday we received the books. I began reading Ishmael at approximately 8:30 pm last night and put it down (unwillingly) at almost 3:00 this morning. YOU ARE MAKING ME LOSE SLEEP! And then, could I continue reading today, oblivious to chores, children, and schooling? Of course not! After little sleep, I had to get up and act perfectly normal, all the while sneaking looks at that book out of the corner of my eye and contemplating turning today into a "holiday" – "Guess what, kids! I just found out that today is a holiday: National Stay-Quietly-in-Your-Room Day. So, put your books away and go stay quietly in your room for the rest of the day." So, please consider the consequences to others when choosing books to recommend, okay?


  13. moreofhim said,

    on October 18th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

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    Wonderful pictures and your new plant is beautiful! I love your comment about the stud finder (sounds like something I'd say) and I can testify that my children would have had the same reaction yours did! LOL

    God bless you – Julie

  14. Spunky said,

    on October 19th, 2007 at 2:45 am

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    Your clipper story reminded me of one of my own.

    Like your boys, my two sons needed a hair cut. Kristin asked if she could cut their hair. I told it was fine with me, if it was fine with them. They didn't want a "buzz" cut just a tidy trim. So she cut and they laughted, and she cut and they laughed some more. By the end the clippings and the children were both on the floor. It looked awful but the situation was hilairiously fun for all.

    Always the good sport, Jason took it all in stride and said that's what's so good about being homeschooled, no one will see your bad hair cut.

    Not quite true he found out. We went to our homeschool band coop that Friday and wouldn't you know who'd be there? A reporter for our local paper doing a story on homeschooling. And who lands on the front page of the paper the following day? You guessed it. My son with his bad hair cut in all its glory for all the whole county to see! And not just a small thumbnail photo of the whole band either, but a huge photo of just him holding his trumpet.

    That was the first and last haircut my darling daughter gave her very understanding brother. Love only goes so far, you know. This guy hopes to get married some day. And the "geek" homeschooler image just had to go.

  15. Juldos said,

    on October 19th, 2007 at 6:32 am

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    Great Job Emmiko!

    Your plant is lovely by the way.

    Happy Day,

    Julie D.

  16. LaMereAcademy said,

    on October 19th, 2007 at 4:42 pm


    Emmiko did do a great job!

    What a handsome little man. And I love your new plant, I want one like that.


  17. pianosteve said,

    on October 19th, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Run on words

    Jen, what is happening is your very lengthy hyphenated sentence about Emmiko's future as a hairdresser is causing (at least on my browser, and apparently some others, too) that one line to be very, very wide, and so the rest of the paragraphs are using that width to spread out into, causing us to have to scroll left to right for each sentence.

    Maybe just add a space after every 10 or so of those hyphens. That'll fix it.

  18. JenIG said,

    on October 19th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

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    thanks Steve! hopefully it's fixed now.


    PS we miss your family!!!! we have *GOT* to work out a day for a get-together!!

  19. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 22nd, 2007 at 10:03 am

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    Great haircut, Emmiko! And what a handsome fella little James is… Just in time for the big barndance (that I am EXTREMELY sad that I have to miss). And now *sniff sniff* you post pics with beautifully golden autumn leaves in the background. Methinks thou art trying to make me feel bad on purpose. *sniff*

    On a totally different note, it is NOT 90 degrees today!!! A cold front just came through and it is raining and a very lovely 57 degrees outside. Just in time for us to try to figure out if we had the heat hooked up or not in this house…

    Well, enjoy your lovely green foliage. I still think it's somewhat wrong that you are labeling your ivy plant like that. It's an IVY. Let it be itself. It is NOT Petunia. You're going to give it a serious identity crisis iffen you're not careful!



  20. redmom said,

    on November 1st, 2007 at 5:29 pm

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    What a sweet daughter to give you that plant!

    (I have that same book – no, I haven't read it yet) 🙁

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