Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I’m getting old. I seriously don’t know how people used to have weeklong wedding parties.  This girl can’t hardly barely keep up with 10 hours of festivities.  I think for every hour of exhilaration I require two hours of recuperation.  None-the-less, I daresay that a 24 hour migraine is well worth the grand time we had, and believe it or not, I’m already looking forward to next year.


Saturday was nonstop crazy busy for us.  First we woke up and sped over to theBurggraf’s place in Tazewell.  After three years of praying, working, and building, they moved into the lovely little home they built (debt free!) on their 262 incredible acres.  It was delightful seeing them (and so many of our friends) and celebrate what the Lord has done in their lives.  We absolutely love this family and praise God that they are part of our lives

The kids played hard for several hours


here are Bo and Jacob at the foot of the Monster Tire Swing – it looks like they’re planning mischief…


Then we sped home and got ready for the hour and a half drive to Abingdon – but man what a lovely drive.  All of Saturday shone spectacularly, and even being in a mad rush, it was impossible to miss the glittering reds and golds that were outlined in fire against the brilliantly blazing sky.  It made you want to sit down and write poetry.  Too bad nothing rhymes with orange.


Beautiful Virginia


These little buildings were across from the dance hall.  It felt as if we’d stepped back in time


Poor Bo, all day (and night) he was asked, “What happened to your face?”  I told him he should have told everybody that his mom slapped him with a rake when he didn’t do the dishes fast enough, but he stuck with the boring explanation of “I fell out of a tree”


There was a fabulous turnout, maybe a little too fabulous…it made it a little tricky to dance at times!  I think next year a bigger facility may be needed

Before the dance and the auction, the Blacks gave a presentation / update of what the Lord is doing in the growing church in Ethiopia.  Below, is part of what Becky Lynn spoke about – and I totally stole this off of Julie’s post from today but it was so beautiful I figured it justified pilfering


There were three things that came to my heart about ‘What is the characteristic of a missionary?’  Now, of course, we’re all to be missionaries.  But, the first thing that came to my mind was that you cannot be a missionary if you do not have a heart full of love for people.  For all people.  Regardless of their color, regardless of how old or young they are, regardless of how healthy or sick they are, or clean or dirty they are, what color they are, what language they speak, it does not matter. Every single person has a soul who is going to hell unless they hear the Gospel and accept it.  So if you want to do mission work, whether it’s across your street or across the world, you first of all have to love people.  And of course the LORD Jesus is the greatest example of that. Our heavenly Father says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son’.  Love is His motivation.


I have to tell you, I love the Black family.  This family has not only financially given substantially and consistently, but they have literally risked life and limb to bring the love of Christ and His gospel to the people of Ethiopia.  They have faced monumental obstacles and resistance with gentle grace, and have kept a strong determination, not getting sidetracked or discouraged in the work the Lord has put in front of them.  They are nothing less than inspirational and I feel honored to know them and consider them friends. It is a joy and a delight to look at the fruit of this ministry.  Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles.  You will know them by their fruit”.  I encourage you to spend some time on Dr Black’s website; it will greatly encourage you to know that there are faithful brothers and sisters who are working diligently for our Lord’s sake – not just in word, but with action.  They don’t just preach to the choir, or pick a ‘Christian cause’ and try to advance it … they are out in the world, in the muck and the mire, unglamorous and dangerous, making an eternal difference in the lives of others and loving with a passionate desire to see the body of Christ grow and function as it should.  May God continue to bless them and the church in Ethiopia.

Becky Lynn, me (huddling under Coie’s coat -it was freezing under that winow!), Julie (our lovely hostess for the evening), dear little Christabelle and her momsie (who is one of my dearest friends), Angie

Thanks, Julie, for putting on such a fine event!  I hope you get a nap today…



October 29th, 2007 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 17 Comments

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  1. Jul said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Thank you

    Jen, Thank you to you and the rest of the sweet, helpful Igs.

    Next year Coie will need to make another quilt! It just wasn't the same without one this year.

    Please send my warmest regards to your handsome young gentleman who charmingly asked me to dance with him and then continued to flatter me with his kind words. He was a regular Fred Astaire of the barn dance genre.

  2. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Looks like fun!!

    And what beautiful fall pictures. Even with all the drought up there, looks like they are having a beautiful fall.

    I agree with you. This getting old thing is no fun.

  3. Anonymous said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for Photos. CD


    It was good to see your family up at Henry's. Please say "Thanks" to Ryann for me for the CD of photos.


  4. JenIG said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

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    Hello Bates! i meant to ask you how your top secret military operation went in Oregon when we were up there. I think I'm gonna start calling you Jason Bourne

    PS it was a real treat spending time with Todd. He is a truly fine young man with some neat thoughts on church-life.

  5. skdenfeld said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

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    That is a great picture of you under Coie's coat. You look lovely.

  6. momtofive said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    although you'll decide I'm really odd…

    In spite of the fact you're going to think I'm a really quirky person, I just had to post this little note in your comments. As soon as you said nothing rhymes with orange it got me to thinking. The following is not my discovery – just something I found on the net. Now we can hear the poem about your trip!

    "There are many words that have no rhyme in the English language. "Orange" is only the most famous. Other words that have no rhyme include:

    silver, purple, month, ninth, pint, wolf,

    opus, dangerous, marathon, and discombobulate.

    But just because these words have no 'perfect rhyme' doesn't mean we can't rhyme with them. Using slant rhyme, we can rhyme with these words anyway.

    Words with No Rhyme? We Rhyme 'em anyway.

    orange – lozenge, boring, forage, porridge, door-hinge, score bench

    silver – filter, shiver, filler, deliver, liver

    purple – Steve Urkel, whirlpool, urinal, hurtful, circles

    month – dunce, hunts, moth, runt

    ninth – mine, lines, absinth, labyrinth

    pint – ain't, paint, might

    wolf – gulf, fur, enough, dull

    opus – flow this, rope is, Lupus, lotus, bogus, psychosis

    dangerous – major risk, plagerist , cameras, game to us, spontaneous

    marathon – care what's on, dandruff song, Dara's wrong, Santa's gone, paragon

    prepare a song thats rare and strong to keep these cats from staring long

    discombobulate – the disco they love to hate, Crisco ovulate, risky even on a date, Sisqo's rollerblades"

    🙂 Just made me chuckle.

    The picture of fall colors really was spectacular!


  7. JenIG said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

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    my favorite rhymer was "Steve Urkel". any poem dedicated to, or including, him would be an instant classic in my book.

    Tori… quirky = fabulously entertaining

  8. Prodoceo said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I'm tired just reading it!!!

    But it's a good tired! Sounds like a WONDERFUL weekend!

  9. chickadee said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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    beautiful pictures. i love the ones of the trees and sweeping hills. my mom just got back from virginia. she said it was gorgeous. i'm so jealous.

  10. blessingsundreamtof said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

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    Sounds like such a fun time, and LOVE the pictures. Being a mom of 3 boys, I especially like the footwear sported by the one boy (rubber boots). I have recently been told that rubber boots, waders, or whatever you call them are both "stylish and practical" in the world of boys. Just made me laugh when I saw your photo. Since this Christmas we're starting a new tradition (4 gifts only for each person labeled individually as followed to spur the imagination/anticipation— something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read), I can't decide which gift out of the four these boots will be labeled. I suppose I could wrap each seperately since they are a "want" and a "wear". Anyway, thanks for sharing… you made me smile. Blessings, :)Michelle

  11. kaysmarmey said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

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    It looks as though you all had a great time! But I am just sick!! I was just in TN and KY in Oct. 13-22. It was a too quick trip. We did make a quick trip to Pigeon Forge for a trip to Dollywood. Oh, how I wanted to visit with all the bloggers in that area that I know. I grew up in Middlesboro, Ky just south of Tazewell.


  12. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

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    Great pictures! It was so nice to see you and the rest of the Igs.

    Looks like the dance was so much fun!

    I just sent you an e-mail. Is your e-mail running?

    If not I think I will call you…. I prefer a quick e-mail but I'll use the phone for you if I have to. : )



  13. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 9:57 pm

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    I am so sad that I missed the beautiful fall foliage and the fabulously fun barn dance!!! Oh mayhaps next year I shall be fortunate enough to attend and festivize with y'all! (yes, I totally made up that word).

  14. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Regarding your comment…

    Yes, I'm liking my sparkly gold shoes. I wonder if I click the heels together if it would magically transport me to Lake Curry. I'd pay <i>full</i> price for that!



  15. UndertheSky said,

    on October 31st, 2007 at 12:28 pm


    So glad to hear your dance was a roaring success. :+) It was lovely to see all the pictures. Just makes me miss you all the more though! (I will NOT grumble…) :+)

    Love you,


  16. JenIG said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 8:17 am

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    i miss you TOO kate! i say you plan on making it out here next year…

    and marshie, yes, by all means, start clickin' them heels together and get out here!

  17. on September 28th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    […] around – especially Coie – because since *somebody* went and moved away, we’ve had no Annual Abingdon Barn Dance to look forward to this […]

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