Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I’m such a sucker for presents.  Get this… what are the odds?…. yesterday, which happened to be May 16th, which also, incidentally, happened to be a full 31 days after my birthday, I got TWO birthday presents in the mail.

The first one I got came by UPS, my sister sent me this giant-ly huge beautiful basket stuffed full with all things Coffee, Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Carmel related.  Huge. See?  It practically took up my whole table. 

The card enclosed said, “Happy Birthday” which was funny to me because she had already got me a card (which she lost and is still looking for).  It was totally unexpected. She also sent me all sorts of Isagenix vitamins, minerals, and potions.  Good stuff.  Works fast.  

Also, out of the blue, on the very same day I got a birthday card with a birthday check from my most excellent momsie and daddems-in-law.  I’m the luckiest girl alive.

Later, tho, things took a downwards turn when I realized my son ate the entire bag of chocolate covered caramel treats that was included in my ‘Jessica Basket’.  I had *thought* he asked for something else when I answered, “yes”.  I still can’t believe he asked for the whole bag. Audacious.  Boy was I mad.  Immediately afterwards the man-child disappeared for about an hour and a half, and then, to my surprise, when I went into my bedroom, I found my entire room sparkling clean and my dresser was decorated with a hand made card that contained the following (in its entirety):   

The Land of Friends” – however the word ‘friends’ was crossed out and replaced with the word “Happiness”.  This title was situated within a colored-pencil sketch of a flower dotted green meadow and two stick figures fishing in a blue stream running thru said flower dotted green meadow.  And then below the lovely sketch was a note that read, “I love you very much Mom and I’m sorry I ate your caramels.  The least I could do was pick up your room.  Happy Late Mother’s Day.  I love love love love mom love love love.” 

And I suppose it should be noted that this child had indeed forgotten me on mother’s day, which I made him feel duly guilt-ridden for.  It was clever of him to make a combination “I’m Sorry  / Happy Mother’s Day” card.  He’s all about saving time.  Although that might be something he should outgrow before he gets married.  And while I’m thinking about it, this same child came into my room yesterday morning, stared intently at me for 30 seconds and then announced, “You’ve got a pretty good beard growing, Mom”.  Yeah, I suppose he needs some work before he reaches a marriageable age.  For the record, my three chin hairs have indeed doubled themselves within the last two and a half years.  

In other news, my extraordinarily industrious daughter has begun another ministry.  She decided that any new baby (as opposed to any old baby) born at our church, should get a hand made baby hat. 


Aren’t they sweet?  They’re so small!  I don’t know how she makes them but they’re ever so cute.  I think it is a really lovely idea.  She’s a good girl.  Oh my heavens!!! Look at how dusty the leaves are on my fake flowers. They’re caked!  I wonder… are there people in the world who really remember to dust?  I suppose there is little chance of me ever belonging to that mythical group.  

May 17th, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 26 Comments

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  1. doughgirl37 said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 11:34 am


    Is that some kind of fen shu thing or whatever you call it?

  2. said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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    you did have a happy may 16th! you should make it a new holiday.

  3. Jaynee said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

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    Those are the sweetest looking caps! Is Ryann the industrious one wanting to sell some? Tell her to email me if she does. The Mexican ladies would LOVE a little cap like that for their wee ones. They insist that their babies be wrapped up from head to toe in big thick blankets with hats, socks ect… even in the summer. Since I spent so much time in the hospital with Eliseo, I was thinking what a good ministry it could be to visit the mom's with new babies there and bring them a little care package.

    Anyhoo, tell Ryann to let me know if she's interested.

    What a sweet and honest??? 🙂 son you have there!

    love and prayers,


    Edited by Jaynee on May. 17, 2008 at 1:43 PM

  4. Anonymous said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

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    May 16th IS a holiday. Well, it's a birthday and a graduation day for two people we know at Church.Does that count? 😛


  5. jess4him said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

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    I want one of those hats.. only, bigger -for my big 'ol noggin. I'm glad you liked your present. I still can't believe that i can't find that dumb card. Save some yummy coffee for me to drink with you when we get there! Just a few more days! 🙂

  6. frogiggie89 said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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    If you scroll down and view that picture of Ryann JUST from the top of her head on up, it looks like a pineapple which just *happens* to be the international sign of hospitality. How appropriate.


  7. JenIG said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

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    coie… are you calling your sister a pineapple head?

    Jess.. it will probably come as no surprise that Ryann already has special hats especially made for you and Unca Chacho. i think that was supposed to be a surprise tho

  8. jess4him said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

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    I *totally* see the pineapple head on Ryann. Good eye Coie… And Jen, way to go on ruining the surprise. You can NOT keep secrets. EVER. I guess it serves me right though.. does this sound familiar?

    (insert high squeeky voice):

    "hi Jen! Jen! Jen! Jen! Guess what mom got you today for a Christmas present????".

    you: "no. go away".

    me: "guess! guess! guess! mom said I can't tell you, so guess and I'll tell you if you're right or not".

    you: "no. go awaaaay".

    me: "a candy bar!!! WHOOHOOOOOOOO!! Mom got you a BIG HUGE CANDY bar for Christmas! I saw her! she bought it from that kid at the door!!!!"

    you: "uh! Jessi! I didn't want to know that! GO AWAAAAY!"

    ahhh yes. Back in the day…

    Edited by jess4him on May. 17, 2008 at 8:24 PM

  9. MuckFootMom said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I don't dust

    I think some of my real plants are dying because they don't get any sunlight through the dust. And my chin hairs are clever enough to sprout from a raised mole, paving the way for me to be mistaken for a witch.

  10. debbiecorley said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

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    I'd take a clean room and a handmade card over chocolate any day! What sweet kiddos you have! Tell R I love her little hats!

  11. MelismaTo4 said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 10:25 pm


    Just a note to say hi, I've been totally out of the loop and missed you guys. Hope you're hanging in. Your surgery story was horrifying. And hillarious. Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you guys. Can't believe you're going to FPEA and I'm not! I was supposed to go with Maggie, but life got kind of a lot in the way. Have a blast!

  12. Anonymous said,

    on May 17th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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    I loved your note that you got from your thieving boy. What a nice kid. And I love that your daughter already has thought up a ministry. And what a good one! Maybe she can give hats to your local crisis pregnancy center too!


  13. Christine said,

    on May 18th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    what a perfect homeschool family you have!

    What sweet, well-behaved children you have, Mrs. Igarashi. My extremely sweet, well-behaved daughter, who never gets in trouble ( has promised me that in my old age she will dutifully pluck my one coarse, super-fast growing, goat hair off my chin. Isn't that precious. Let's just hope her job doesn't get too big and the goat hair decides to multiply.

    Love in Christ,


  14. His4life said,

    on May 18th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    You are soooo precious!!

    I just caught up on your blog!! What a delightful family you are!! And you are such a hoot!!!!!

    Love you!:)

  15. Anonymous said,

    on May 18th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Jenn tell the truth!

    Okay I know you've been telling everyone that a bowling ball has inhabited your kidney, but I think everyone should know the truth, because I know they can handle the truth. That bowling ball is more like a pea! Yes you heard me, a pea. And I heard it straight from the goat herders mouth. So, Jen stop the exagerating and getting all that extra sympathy. Just kiddin'! hahahaha! I would be unbelievably pathetic if I ever had one that was as small as a grain of sand. By the way, you have offically been enrolled in the I-Hate-to-Dust Club. We welcome you with open arms as we throw down the pledge.

    Megan Reed

  16. JenIG said,

    on May 18th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

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    ahhhhh geeeeeee megan, you ol' tattle taler. just for that you're getting EXTRA helpings of goat stew when you come over.

    : P

  17. Anonymous said,

    on May 19th, 2008 at 12:45 am

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    My friend came over to help me clean and I had her clean all the mini blinds in the house and windows. She is a good friend and I am not. I had ot admit to her that i have never cleaned the mini blinds since we have owned them, at lease 8 years. Can I be the president of the club? I think I am qualified.


  18. drewsfamilytx said,

    on May 19th, 2008 at 3:19 am

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    Oh what a sweet card and what a charmer you're raising!

    Ummm… wowzers, that is a lot of dust there, Jen. I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't pointed it out. So I'll just try to focus on the adorable baby hats by the ever industrious and talented Ryann… but geeze, man… that is A LOT *achoo!* of dust on *sniff* *achoo!* those… leaves!



    PS I know that wasn't funny but it could maybe perhaps be if you were also up at 3:17am after having spents hours blindly staring and clicking at a computer screen.

    PPS One weird thing about Jess's birthday basket o' plenty. Isogenix AND coffee? A "cleanser" and coffee seem redundant to me… at least if you opt for four shots of espresso in your latte…

  19. Anonymous said,

    on May 19th, 2008 at 7:43 am

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    The dusty plant is because you heat with wood, right? Ours get that way too, so the other day when it started raining real hard, Ben yelled, "Quick! Get all the plants outside!" And now they're all bright, shiny, new-looking. Cheers!

    Karen (bensrib)

  20. JenIG said,

    on May 19th, 2008 at 7:55 am

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    Susan… i officially nominate you president

    Marshie… it was still funny at 9 in the morning. but you know me well enough — i am uncommonly easy to entertain

    Karen… that is BRILLIANT. your husband is one bright guy. but you'll all be proud to know that i stuck that whole flower display, vase and all, right into the shower and it did the trick.

  21. frogiggie89 said,

    on May 19th, 2008 at 8:11 am

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    <i>and two stick figures fishing in a blue stream running thru said flower dotted green meadow</i>

    I don't think it's very safe to run with fishing poles.

    And yes, yes I am calling my sister a pineapple head.

  22. gabalot said,

    on May 19th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hope to meet you in Florida…

    If my oldest remembers correctly, you will be in Florida representing Rosetta Stone and I will be there as a Lamplighter Publishing rep. One way or the other, I promised my girls that I would meet you and maybe get a picture. My dd wishes she was coming with and so do I but she had plans that she couldn't change. Safe travels.


  23. Anonymous said,

    on May 20th, 2008 at 12:40 am

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    Your basket looks so fun! Enjoy what is left heh, heh……

  24. UndertheSky said,

    on May 20th, 2008 at 12:02 pm


    If I didn't already have the best kids in the world I would have to nominate yours. The card was so cute! I miss Ryann just looking at that picture. I think she is certainly taller than I am now!

    God bless your trip abundantly – as He has blessed me with your true friendship. May He keep your path safe!

    Love you!


  25. Anonymous said,

    on May 22nd, 2008 at 2:52 pm

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    As the Mickey Mouse Club groomed the children of the 60s for the 70s revelry cycle so is the Disney-production that is Hannah Montana grooming the children for the next revelry cycle, 2010-2020. The incest photo was a clue.

    Similarly, as guitar strumming was a very activity sociable back then so is Guitar Hero the training tool used to gain male interest today.

    Osama struck a "deal" with a record company executive in 2007::::With this Democrat in office I suspect we are going to witness an intense revelry cycle like we experienced in the 1970s.

    It's children who go to heaven, not old people. Old people became corrupted, fell for temptation and will be reincarnated.

    Your children are the ones with the opportunity now. You must sacrifice to give them the best chance possible. You must bravely face god's tests and do the right thing.

  26. Jul said,

    on June 2nd, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    If you hadn’t said anything about the dust, I would have thought it was just variegated leaves!

    Speaking of leaves, there is a GIANT one on the Peachoid. Have you ever seen the Peachoid?

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