Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Ok, don’t judge me.  I don’t even know why I’m admitting this.  Maybe it’s just a guilty conscience.  I heard a Christmas song the other day that I absolutely fell in love with.  And the song is sort of scandalous, I shouldn’t like it to begin with.  But I can’t help it.  But what’s even worse, is that the version that I absolutely am smitten with is sung by two of my top most despised singers.  The song?  Baby It’s Cold Outside… sung by… oh my heavens I can’t believe I’m going to admit this… Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton.  I’M SO ASHAMED!

*Anyways* today’s going to be a quiet cozy day. Geoff the Great left early. Ry and Em went to a birthday party and Coie is working.  I really like it when I have just the boys.  The whole dynamic of the house changes. 


I’ve been able to spend more time with my oldest son, Bo, over the last couple of weeks.  I love that boy.  A while back we were outside raking leaves and he told me that he wants to get married but he has fears about his wife being in danger when he becomes a missionary/pilot/medic.  He’s eleven.  A couple years ago I would have just chuckled – and a couple of years ago I probably did chuckle.  But now I’m starting to believe him.  He’s been talking about this for almost three years.  And then the other day, out of the blue, he said, “Mom, please find me a wife who is strong like Coie.  I’m going to need someone who won’t be afraid and who will want to be a missionary with me”. 


It would be scary being a missionary’s wife.  So I am praying for that girl, whoever she is. One thing I remember about my mom is that she diligently prayed for her daughters’ husbands even when we all were only infants.  I am so thankful for her prayers.


In other news, my coffee pot busted on Friday. This made me nervous.  But the very same day I went over to my most magnificently excellent friend’s house and she pulled an extra one out of her basement and sent me home with it.  Now that’s a friend indeed.  AND even more extraordinary, my friend Gina was not kidding when she offered us her king sized pillow top mattress.  I think I’m gonna pick it up in Jan.  I’ve got the greatest friends EVER.  I feel guilty about profiting from my whiney-ness, but still, boy am I ever thrilled.


Lastly, next week I *think* I’ll get to unveil a neat-o project that I’ve been working on.  I will also be able to give you a link where you can sign up to win a brand new version 3 Rosetta Stone Language of your choice.  So check back for that iffen you will. 


For Seriously Last, I am awarding Emily with my very own Encouraging Friend award.  I like this girl; she encourages me a ton – and I couldn’t even really tell you why.  I think it’s just who she is.  She is a neat friend and I appreciate her.  And my awards are the very best because they don’t come with a link or a graphic and she doesn’t have to tag anybody else when she gets it.  The End.


December 6th, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 33 Comments

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  1. Becky said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    when you live in dolly country she starts rubbing off on ya 🙂

  2. Becky said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    ooo, & i was first! i feel specail!

    Did you see the article about those missionaries who were shot down in peru a couple years ago? the cia now admits its their fault. bo has plently of reasons to be worried. but, he also has one reason enough to know that God is in control!!!
    happy saturday!

  3. Emily said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Well, it’s a done deal. I have the girl. Her name is Sarah, she’s my daughter…she’s 11 and has wanted to be a missionary since she was 7 or 8. She’s not only a sweet kid, but she’s smart AND…the kicker? She’s a strong one.

    So if he has a hard time finding a wife in TN come time…we may have to have a meet in the middle thing. 😉

    I JUST NOW finished reading your post. (I was so excited about the prospect of a husband for my daughter…)
    Thank you for the non-award/award! You made me smile. and I’m about to go grocery shopping, so I needed to smile.

  4. Karen W said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    There were times that it was scary being a missionary wife. We went through some hard times. It was helpful to have the mindset that scary things can happen anywhere. You don’t have to be on a mission field. Not going to avoid difficult things just doesn’t make sense.

    I’ll be back! I’d love to win Rosetta Stone!

  5. on December 6th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Get him a military brat – she’ll be ready for anything. 😉 Especially if she’s strong in her faith before he finds her….but who knows – he may be the one that helps her find her Heavenly Father too. I have a friend who was a missionary and brought his (now) wife to the Lord. Years later she became his wife as well. 😛

  6. chickadee said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    you are so funny! i think emily’s great too.

  7. Liberty said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    the way you were building up the song I thought it was going to be “New Kids got ran over by a reindeer” LOL Did you ever hear that song?

  8. Amanda said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I actually laughed out loud when I saw what song you *fell in love* with. Hysterical. I’ve been known to sing along with in on occasion.

    I just heard a group called “Straight No Chaser” this morning. They’re an a capella group, and I must go out and buy their CD immediately. It must happen.

    Liberty–“New Kids got run over by a reindeer” Now that brings back memories!!!

  9. jess said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Really? Baby it’s cold outside? aw maaaaaan. You’re getting sappy in your old age. You and Dad both. That song makes me want to reject all things romantic. What a mockery.

    love you. I dreamed about James last night. Can you give him a big hug for me? I sure miss that kid.

  10. jenig said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Liberty… i have no idea how i missed that one, but i have no recollection of it. maybe i just blocked it out.

    Jess… you’re nuts! that’s a *great* song. And you should love it since it has Dolly Parton in it. I’m still mad that despite all of my efforts you still became a country music fan.

  11. jess said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I do love country music, but Dolly Parton disgusts me. I don’t like her OR her music. and I especially don’t like that song. 😉

    You ever heard Alan Jackson? now THAT’S country.

  12. jenig said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Country Music Stinks

    Disco Rules

    What I REALLY want is a Jackson Five Christmas CD with little Michael singing “I Saw Mama Kissin’ Santa Clause”

  13. Jaynee said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Being a missionaries wife is the hardest and the best thing that has ever happened to me…of course I get to be the wife of the best man ever 🙂
    You know, I was talking with Daniel this morning telling him how thankful I am the Lord led us here. How very thankful I am that He is so wise and loving to give us so many difficult trials these past few years…because I have grown to know and love the Lord like I never knew. When we have gone through very hard days, and there is no family, no mature Christians to go to, we just have had to go to the Lord alone. And how He has become the friend that sticketh closer than a brother. And the grace He gives all the more abundantly just when you need it! Oh, how I love Him!
    I know the Lord will bring Bo the perfect young lady someday. Where does Bo want to go? My 9 yo Beka wants to go to Africa. She LOVES being a missionary. And with soon to be 9 brothers, she’s pretty tough 😉
    love and prayers,

  14. Jaynee said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Okay…I meant missionary’s wife…not missionaries wife….I am the wife of ONE man…not many. We are NOT Mormon missionaries 😉

  15. Crystal said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Okay, I’ve loved that song for years. Not the Dolly version, but another one. I begged my hubby to sing it with me at a Christmas party 4 years ago (there was karaoke) and he refused. Seriously, I sooo want to sing that with him in front of a large group. I’m not sure why.

    And what a boy you have! Praying that I’m able to raise my babies to have hearts like yours. Isn’t our Lord grand?? I love how He not only cleans up our mess, but blesses us with so much beauty afterwards. Happy sigh….

  16. Jennifer said,

    on December 6th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    No regrets! Repentance yes. But you are going to have to stop raggin’ on poor Dolly. I’m a good ol’ country girl.

    The girls and I have had lots of laughs lately reading your posts. I’ve read them all, even if you haven’t heard from me forever. I’ve been far too busy for comfort. I should post pictures and such on my blog, but uugghhh, I just don’t have the extra minutes…

    Merry Christmas to you and yours…Jennifer

  17. Kathy P said,

    on December 7th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Will you judge me if I confess.. . ahem. . . .I like Rod? His music that is. I admit I even saw him in concert . . . now I was a baby Christian and I should not have . . . but I love one or two of his songs – totally romantic . . . don’t judge me either . . . ROFL (in fact make sure you don’t post my name)

  18. Kathy P said,

    on December 7th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I would LOVE a Jackson 5 CD!!!! Oh boy I love DISCO too. I elfed our family into the disco music . . . and my kids had a cow!

  19. Kathy P said,

    on December 7th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    How about KC and the Sunshine Band? Well, I do like Dolly too actually. I like different types of music.

  20. jenig said,

    on December 7th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    KC is cool, but I really dig the BeeGees. I don’t buy or listen to any of it, tho, because the words always make me cringe.

  21. Kathy P said,

    on December 7th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Yes, I hear you on that – but I like them too – I always liked ABBA too – I bought the collection but cringed and got rid of it 🙂

  22. Angie:) said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    You are funny!!! I really enjoyed catching up on your blog!! I am thankful for you!!:):)

  23. Michelle said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Okay – I won’t judge you for your taste in Christmas music – if you won’t judge me for mine.

    One of my favorite Christmas albums is…”Christmas In The Stars” (aka – “A Star Wars Christmas”)
    With hits like…
    “What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas?” and “R2D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

    I’ve had it since I was a kid and I adore it! 🙂


  24. Gina D said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Don’t hate on Rockin’ Rod Stewart! I grew up listening to that man, he’s a legend!

  25. Amanda said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I actually saw Rod in concert when I was in college (spring ’92?).

    Michelle, I now have to troll amazon and such for a copy of that Star Wars Christmas cd….LOL

  26. Amanda said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    HOLY COW! That Star Wars CD is going for almost $100 (new) on Amazon…guess I’ll be passing on that! Whew!

  27. Latte said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    yep that would be regretful, and man your kids rock!


  28. becky said,

    on December 8th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I kid you not, every store I’ve been in since reading this post has played Baby Its Cold Outside. Coinkydink?? I think not.

  29. on December 8th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Yup, Emily deserves it because she is 786 different kinds of awesome. In fact, I think we need to get a petition going to bring here to Chattanooga because I’m thinking that’s about halfway between us?

    From one fellow Scrooge to another, I’ll admit I’ve developed a fondness for that song too. We mustn’t speak of it again, though.

  30. Susan said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Oh Jen, I’ve suffered guilt for singing along with that song too! My favorite version is the one on the Elf movie soundtrack. Really like their voices together. Well, I’m off to listen to “O Holy Night.”

  31. Marie said,

    on December 10th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    That song is one of many in the upcoming Christmas performance at Winterfest at Seattle Center. Two of the young people were practicing it yesterday. They had to change the words about to having a bit more chocolate (it sounds very cute that way) since it’s kids singing it. I guess the original version refers to alcohol. I didn’t even know who sings it Rod and Dolly! I don’t listen to the radio much. Thank you for the music education. 😉

    Love your son’s missionary goals and vision for his future wive. What a blessing your mom prayed for you too. I pray for our two and their future spouses. Isn’t it nice when our young ones talk to us about their dreams and goals! I really appreciate that communication. Hugs, Marie

  32. momanna98 said,

    on December 11th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    That is my absolute favorite Christmas song (except for O Holy Night song by a male with a voice to die for) and it’s not just because Elf is my absolute favorite Christmas movie. 🙂

  33. Marsha said,

    on December 14th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton? Well, it had to happen eventually… you DO live in Tennessee!

    Your Bo… wowzers. What a smart kid! I know the perfect future wife for him. Only thing is that I’m hoping that she will marry my oldest boy. But I’ll keep my eye out for ya.

    Emily. Yup, she is a super encourager and one fun and funny girl. She always keeps it real and that’s one of the many reasons I love her. That and she let me beat her at Pathwords… temporarily, I’m sure.

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