Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
September 1st, 2008
Finally September

The recent tragic loss seems to be life altering for many of us.  As one of my friends said in her email, “I don’t even know the family that well, so why can’t I stop crying?”  She later answered her own question by stating that her tears reminded her to pray for this dear family and so for that, the tears are a good thing.


Several times I’ve read thru my last entry, one which was posted in haste after I first heard the news – it sounds full of doubt and almost anger towards God.  I won’t deny it.  I could almost feel my soul twist and my brain refused to believe such a tragic event had happened to somebody I love so much.


And I do stand by my prayer that I wish for God to come back quickly and once and for all end the misery, and potential misery, which is part of living here on Earth.


The book Desiring God, by John Piper, has been a help this week.  I’m looking forward to reading thru it thoroughly.


Other news has happened over the week but I’ve not had the energy or the spirit to make much of it. We have had some very very pleasant things (the Carrs stayed with us for a week; we LOVED having them).  Also, I’ve gotten some emails and comments asking to expand on my thoughts about the potential issues with 10 year old girls.  I will try and do that in a later post.


Before I go, one bit of news, which I am sure Jess will post about in total, is about the new VP pick of Sarah Palin.  My sister and dad and younger brother know this lady.  They lived in the same neighborhood when she was mayor of Wasilla.  She even went to their church. 


My dad told me that five years ago (or so) my younger brother, who has always been very interested in politics, used to ride his bike down to the city council meetings all the time.  One evening my dad secretly followed to see what the heck he did when he got there.  My dad stood (out of sight) in the back of the room and watched the meeting, and then towards the end, Mayor Palin looked over towards my brother and called on him by name, asking, “Do you have anything else to add, Jimmy?” and he answered, “Why yes, yes I do” and then stood up to make some points about this or that. I think he was 14 or so. 


They all went to Juneau for her inauguration as Governor.  I think that’s pretty neat.  And they all think Sarah Palin is wonderful.  Apparently she is the real deal.  I am actually looking forward to voting this November.


Lastly, Home School Enrichment is currently giving away a free download entitled “The Secret to Homeschooling Freedom: How the Self-Teaching Method Can Revolutionize Your Homeschool!” Good stuff.


Lastly Last, keep praying for Marsha’s family, let’s not forget her family, especially over the weeks and months to come.


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  1. Annemarie said,

    on September 1st, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Finally, something we can disagree on! Palin has actually driven me from the polls. Now, because I believe that voting is very important, I will probably go and vote for Allen Keyes, but I have to say that I think electing John McCain and Sarah Palin will drive the Republican party to the left.

    As for Palin herself, this blog completely sums up how I feel.

    How’s that for being disagreeable on this fine September morning?


    ps. I am having a baby in 7 days!!!!! ack!

  2. jess said,

    on September 1st, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I will and am continuing to pray for the Drews family. Like the lady you quoted here in this post, I too don’t know them very well, but have been a train wreck most of the week thinking of the pain they must be feeling. What a terrible, awful loss- but we *all* must rest upon the awesome promises of God- namely, for me, Rom 8:28 (and I know, I ALWAYS use that verse… it’s just THAT good!)

    Also, you are right in that I will be posting soon (possible more than once) on the recent choice of Gov. Sarah Palin. But for now, I will just say, she IS pretty great (for a conservative politician).

    Love you and miss you! We’re down in Homer.. I’ll email you later. We caught 3 halibut! And berry picking today!

  3. on September 1st, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Hey Jen,
    It has been a long time since I have left any sort of comment for you (ahem, still waiting for a computer repair man who works pro-bono) but I just wanted to say that I share your sentiment about Marsha’s loss making my own heart that more ready for Jesus to just come already. I found out Friday night while at work and spent the next few hours in tears. Then when I remembered to get them a card at Target yesterday, it started all over again. I don’t really even ‘know’ the family either, but their impact on our lives and how God is using them is very real. The tears do serve as a reminder for prayer, and all the other not so pleasant thoughts have their purpose too. God is not so small that our responses suprise him. We need to walk through things however ‘messy’ and ‘wrong’ it may look. He gets it. I hope you have the freedom to be exactly where you are while mourning with your friends. My heart goes out to them and if I were close enough, my arms would too.

  4. Emily said,

    on September 1st, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I’ve been meaning to get a copy of Desiring God. Thanks for the reminder.
    I’m interested GREATLY in you expanding the ’10 yo girl’ comment. I love learning from moms of older children with fruit. It means to me that somewhere along the failings and mistakes…they did something amazingly right and their kids are proof. 🙂 I have an 11yo, 9 (almost 10) yo and an 8 y.o. girl. I’m waiting anxiously. 🙂

  5. jenig said,

    on September 1st, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Annemarie, I like you best when you’re disagreeable… it happens so rarely that it’s a fun surprise. HA. i will read the article, but, I will say that I think Deborah also had children when she was appointed to rule over Israel as Judge. I’ll also say that I do not point to Palin as a role model for my girls, I am excited about her pro conservative policies, but personally think that a Christian momsie can be most effective by fulfilling that most highest calling at home and without such enormous distractions.

    But that being said, I would also vote for Condi Rice if she were running, and I would have voted for Elizabeth Dole had she been an option.

    There, that was all said pre-emptively without first reading what you linked to. Off to read it now…

  6. on September 1st, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I actually really appreciated your heartfelt prayer because it was so REAL — David prayed like that a lot, and God Himself is so real that He kept a lot of those prayers in the Scriptures :). (That brings up some interesting thoughts about Inspiration, which I think I’ll chew on sometime.) And even though I’m Canadian and can’t vote, I’m excited about Sarah Palin.

  7. on September 1st, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Can’t vote in the STATES, that is. It looks like we have one of those exciting Canadian elections springing up. Go Tories!

  8. Connie said,

    on September 1st, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    This tragedy with Marsha’s family threw us all off-track a little. Although, it has been so encouraging to read about how she is able to see God’s hand in all of this and how He has been able to prepare their family for this. He only allows us to go through what we can handle… and no more. I will be praying for the Drews family in the days/months ahead.

    As far as Sarah Palin goes, she certainly brings some life and fresh air to McCain’s party. I had never heard of her before, but my sister also lives in Alaska, so she knows her (although not personally like your family). It will be an interesting election. But, I’m still packing our bags in buying airplane tickets to Australia… just in case. Just kidding! 😉


  9. Courtney said,

    on September 1st, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I, like so many others, don’t know the Drew family at all, but cried off and on all weekend. Not only do the tears serve as a reminder to pray, but we are instructed to share eachother’s burdens. I hope the Drew’s know how many are bearing them up through sharing their burden. I too long for the day when all our tears will be dried. I hope it’s soon.


  10. on September 1st, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Oh Jen…I know. This week has sure been a rough one with the weight of knowing that one of our sweet sisters is suffering in the worst way possible.

    As far as Palin goes, I am sooooo happy to hear you say this!! I am so incredibly happy with McCain’s choice. So happy.

    Do me a favor and stop by my ol’ blog to tell me how I can specifically pray for you, my dear. I am hoping to compile a list to be sure to cover everyone.

  11. Annemarie said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I love it when I can actually refute your points. It makes me feel semi intelligent.

    1. I believe Deborah was judge due to a lack of ready and willing male leaders.

    2. I would have eagerly run to the poles for either Mrs. Dole or Condi, as neither of them are in a position that requires that they be full-time mother (ie. no young children). For that matter, I don’t think Deborah had young children either…but that is not explicitly mentioned in the text so pretend I didn’t say it.

    3. (And this point is made somewhat quietly because I know that it will cause some to be a little irritated with me) But I honestly don’t see the command that women work at home (see as being an option to choose if you want maximum fulfillment.

    Oh boy this is fun. And a good distraction from contractions.

  12. jenig said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 8:14 am

    My dear, dearest, darling pregnant friend.

    1. I agree with you! and I believe Palin will be the republican VP because of a lack of ready and willing (and competent) male leaders

    2. We are in agreement!

    3. I think you are right and that if Palin claims Christ it would be in her, and her childrens, best interest (and her highest calling)to stay home and pour her life into them.

    BUT… I don’t know her personally — I can’t vouch for her claim as a Christian nor am I in a place to come along side and debate the issues of “Christian women working outside the home”

    It’s not a church issue nor do I make any claims on her salvation one way or the other. I like her politics and her governing style. I can get behind her conservative platforms whole-heartedly (just like Condi, Dole and Margaret Thatcher for that matter). I am not voting for her as Pastor or local Sunday School Director or speaker at the next homeschool support group meeting.

    I LOVE YOU and I love debating with you. Let me know if I need to come over and help deliver “E”. I will wear a mask and not breath germs on you.

  13. Crystal said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I too am amazed at how far the sadness reaches for the Drews family. I was encouraged to read the update on her blog. Seems like the prayers are reaching them, and I am thankful for that. The only reason I wouldn’t want Christ to return just yet is because of the large portion of our family, and the world, that are still lost. They need more prayer….

    As for Palin, I was excited and then read the write up from Anne Marie. Hm, I’d never thought about that angle. But like you, agree with her politics. She is very pro-life, and has been a member of Feminists for Life (a group trying to help mainly the college women choose life) since 2006. I too am a member, and received that info from them. I’m just glad to see someone not wanting to kill babies that might have a shot at the Whitehouse.

  14. on September 2nd, 2008 at 1:04 pm

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  15. Annemarie said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 1:54 pm


  16. Tammy said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I find this all very interesting about Sarah Palin.I don’t know her so I can’t judge as to why she is in politics and could be our next VP,but I do like the fact that she is prolife.

  17. kellieann said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I didn’t know Marsha that well either, but I had been to her blog a few times, yet I too, have not been able to stop thinking about it. I have been lifting them in prayer when it comes to mind.

    Can’t wait for Jess to post about Pallin…I was wondering if she would shed some Alaskan light! =)

  18. jenig said,

    on September 2nd, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Kelliann! Jess told me earlier today that she and Charley were going to try and put something up tonight…

    Should be fun. I also found out (today) that last year my little brother, Jay (who just graduated high school), went to school with Palin’s daughter, Bristol. And no, he’s not the father.

  19. Julie said,

    on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I’m excited about Sarah Palin being the VP choice, too. In fact, it made me much more enthusiastic about voting this year. I was going to vote, but now I’m looking forward to it. I’m hearing a few rumblings from Christian women who don’t think a woman should be in high office, or even outside of the home when she has children, but I am not of that camp. It’s really a non-issue for me. I think that has to be decided by the family, themselves.

    I have been so sad about Marsha’s loss. I’m praying for her and her family.

    Hope you have a great week!

    God bless you ~ Julie

  20. Kim W said,

    on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Very cool to know that about Gov. Palin. Her big “unvailing” was in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio (we know live 15 miles north)…we watched it while we were on vacation. It was SO WIERD to be somewhere else while your hometown was in the news. We were picking out friends we could see in the autdience. lol

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<

  21. Megan said,

    on September 3rd, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, that was hard. If you are as weak as I am, then I do not recommend viewing the Drew’s blog. That video and recent update broke my heart back open. I find myself kissing my boys more often and being extra cautious as we visit Ryan’s sister who just so happens to have a swimming pool. It made for an interesting 3 days as I periodically called out for my boys and made sure that back door never opened out of my sight. The Drew’s seem so strong in the faith and I sometimes think how hard it must be, but really I think how hard it would be for me as such a weak Christian. May the Lord work through them and thank you Lord for finding that blankie! Our bear-bear and blankie are dear to us too!

  22. on September 4th, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I have made a post asking for people to cover the Drews family in prayer for 24 hours leading up to the 25th of September, marking one month without “Dozer”. Please stop by and add your name if you’d like, and share it on your blog for others that might be willing to “help” this family through prayer.

    Amy (aka Dandelion Seeds)

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