Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

First of all, you winners from the last
post need to EMAIL me to get your prize.  I'm talking to you too
hippiechick! i need your addy iffen you want your stuff.

and now onto other mindless drivel.  Here is my own personal Year In Review…

Went to New Mexico to see about planning a national homeschool
convention that we later decided not to take on, and instead
concentrate our efforts on getting behind local homeschool conventions
to help connect homeschoolers.

February: Went to visit Lorrie Flem
up in Washington State. She's pretty neat,we had a good time. 
Came home and packed up and flew out to Michigan to look at houses and
see if a job would pan out for Geoff so we could move there, which it
did not.

March: Drove
down to LA for TOS meetings and Geoff decided to take a job with the
magazine and work at home and leave his 16 hour a day job.  YIKES!
What a big change that was!  Gena decides to start a blog site, which I try to talk her out of, which eventually becomes

April: Geoff and Paul (gena's hubby)
drove out to New Orleans to some big convention out there.  Then
Geoff came back and me and Coie flew out to Baltimore to a special
needs convention .My brother in law Paul and nephew Paulie drove up and
we all had a good time making fun of how ugly Maryland is.  Sorry
to any of you Maryland people.  Boy do you live in a ugly state.

May: May is a blur.  What did I do in May? OH YES! Me and Kate Kessler flew out to the huge FPEA convention
and had the time of our lives.  We'll be back again for the next
one.  Those people really know how to put on an event.

June: Me
and Coie flew out to Colorado to the CBA convention where we saw those
“I Love Jesus And Cute Boys” T-shirt.  This was also the month me
and gena started talking about moving to Tennessee, and we just
happened to meet Kris Price who we started badgering for information. 

July: Gena
put her house on the market and packed up. At the end of the month Paul
and Geo moved her out to the rental Kris Price found for them.

During the trip out to move Gena, Geo found the big log rental cabin in
TN for us to move to. At the end of the month, Gena came back out to
California and then we drove across the country together, Geoff and
Coie leading in our van, to our new home in TN.  Paul stayed
behind to wrap up the sale of their house.

Sept: Geoff
dropped me and five of the kids off at the new rental and he and Coie
drove back to Cali to finish getting our junk.  They would not be
back until the middle of Oct.  Paul was also gone so I made gena
stay with me.  Our cabinets fell off the wall, I got in a car
accident, I became shrouded in a poison ivy rash and I nearly went off
the deep end.

Oct: Geoff and Paul finally came home.  We made super new friends, AmyBeth
and Annemarie, Vickie, Maria and a bunch of other people that we really like.

Nov A bunch of staff drove and flew in for meetings, and then my family drove up to MI and met Spunky and SpunkyJr and went shopping. Boy we had fun.

We thought about moving to Hohenwald, drove out there and loved it,
decided not to move, found a house about 30 minutes from where we live
right now, fell in love with it and bought it.  And our friends
from Ca, the Pepitos came out to visit and we all got the flu.

WHAT   A    YEAR.   I've never had
such a busy year in my life, except for 1995 when we got flooded, moved
seven times, my mom died I had a baby and my eleven year old sister
came to live with us.  Other than that, I think 2005 has topped my
most crazy year list.

What did your year look like? And what are your plans for the future?

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  1. KarenW said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 12:11 pm

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    Well, I can’t even remember January and February. I think that was my whole reason for starting a blog so I can look back and remember! You sure have had a busy year! I hope 2006 is a year full of blessings!

  2. lullab14 said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 12:50 pm

    My 06

    I can’t remember what I do from one day to the next! How do you remember all of that?!? Well, you can pray for us because we hope to be moving back to Tennessee (maybe Arkansas) sometime this year. The church we are at here in Arizona is not working out. We have learned a lot about the church that we didn’t know before we took the job. I guess thats what happens when you are green just out of seminary and don’t know all the right questions to ask. We thought it was safe to assume they believed in and followed God’s word. (ok, i didn’t mean to rant) So pray for us. We pray that God will send a good church to us soon so we can get on with a more possitive ministry. Right now we are being faithfull to uphold a standard. (and that is good experience too) Hubby is talking to a church right now and we are waiting to hear back from them in January. So, all that to say, maybe we will be back in your (and our) neck of the woods soon. YAY! BTW~ We are from West Tenn. (Jackson)

    Hope your 06 is much calmer! ~Shaundra

  3. Christina said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 1:02 pm

    Washington and Maryland

    Well, since you visited Washington in 2005 and forgot to come meet me (since you didn’t even know I existed, I’ll forgive you!)… I suppose you’ll have to come back to the great Northwest and meet me in 2006. Unless, of course, you meant Washington D.C. … which is all the better because that means you are way past due for a trip to Washington STATE!

    And as to Maryland… it may be ugly there… I can’t remember, last time I visited there it was about 25 years ago! OH my goodness! That’s a quarter of a century. How weird is that? Anyway, after all… Coie’s stalker is from Maryland, right? So what does THAT tell you? (If anything?)

    My year wasn’t too crazy (or at least not any more crazy than any year that involves homeschooling five children!), until I got my hair brained scheme to try public school in the same month in which three different sets of house guests all converged on us in a three week period! (One of them with 3 small children… and boy and I out of practice with baby proofing my house… little Logan whipped me right back into shape!) Then, my Dad came to visit in November with my sis and though I love company it was really busy having that many house guests in such a short period of time while adjusting to all of the new “joys” of public school, starting swim classes for all five children and starting back to ballet and tap for the girlies after a summer off AND starting to coach a Bible Quiz Team!

    So the year was overall “normal” as our definition of “normal” goes, but this past QUARTER has been a whirlwind!


    See today’s post for my New Year’s REsolution

  4. DandelionSeeds said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 1:53 pm

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    Blessings to you and yours for the coming year.

    In Him,


  5. hippiechyck said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 2:08 pm

    Happy New Year Ig's!

    Jen, i did email you…did you not get it? i used the link on your blog side bar…

    i’ll do it again….;-)

  6. ejoyce,ink said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 2:14 pm

    Crazy year alright..

    I hope 2006 is a little more sane. Since i live in PA, which borders Maryland, I must respectfully disagree with you. Maryland is a beautiful state!


  7. jayfromcleveland said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 2:40 pm

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    Wow, that was busy. Pro’lly can’t top that but I had a few this year.

    Jan — Got rear ended on the freeway, mildly whiplashed but had to retire out beloved ’88 Crown Vic of 16 years and 180,000 miles (our newlywed car seen in the ’89 pic on my blog.)

    Feb — Drove to Pixburg with the Deb-striss at an HS con where we hung out with Gene Edward Veith. On ride home, tripped over my own stupid feet and busted my hand. Learned at ER that my blood pressure was 158/108 (subsequently lost 30 lbs).

    Winter, Spring and Summer — Started a Boy Scout troop and went crazy year devoting 5 out 7 days each week with that.

    July — Spent a week at Scout camp — rediscovered my dire need to reconnect with the Great Outdoors. Discovered HSB, thereby chucking the remaining hours of spare time.

    August — Lost my job in the midst of 37th midlife crisis. Ultimately heard the audible voice of God saying “I want to rescue you.”

    What month is it? You mean it’s New Years already?

  8. jayfromcleveland said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 2:45 pm

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    Mrs. Ig, You’re part right, having lived there for six years, I can attest that Maryland is indeed a horrible place — too hot and crowded. Maryland is made of the land that that PA and VA didnt want, and there are many different aspects. There’s mountains and seashores and there’s good old Chesapeake Bay. It’s got some nice stuff so you cant judge the whole place from ulgy old Bal’mer, anymore than you could judge Beautiful Ohio from the steel mills of Cleveland, or California from the ghettos of Oakland.

  9. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 2:46 pm

    whew. What a year!

    At first I thought that I would say that I will pray that you would have a nice quiet year in 2006, then I realized that you would just give me a lecture on how we need to glorify God in the hectic business of life as much as in the peaceful quiet.


    1. I am glad that the whole Michigan thing fell through.

    2. I am glad that Maryland was so ugly.

    3. I am glad that you all were crazy enough to just decide to move and then BAM! do it.

    4. Whatever, this list is going to become an epic.

    Suffice it to say, you are one of my biggest 2005 blessings.


  10. BeccaLoo said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    You tried….

    to stop your friend from making! What were you thinking?!?!?!?!?!? just wanted to say that. : )

  11. Jedi4sweet said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 6:22 pm

    Okay wow- what a year!!!! = )

    Happy New Year Jen!!!! May you & your gang enjoy a super duper terrific and really, really abundantly blessed 2006!!!!!!! Wa-hoo!!! = )

  12. drewsfamilytx said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 7:07 pm

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    Honestly, I cannot tell you what happened this past year since I don’t remember. But looking at my past post’s I did visit y’all in TN at the beginning of November…along with Dollywood, Gatlinburg, Cades Cove and the Great Fire. My baby also turned 1 year old. Everything goes by so fast now that I simply do not remember anything!

  13. asformeandmyhouse said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 8:09 pm

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    It all depends upon what PART of Maryland to which you are referring…

    I am outside Baltimore at this very moment – and no, it is NOT pretty. However, my father-in-law has a cable modem, so right now it seems to me to be a little slice of heaven on earth.

    HOWEVER, just a year ago we sold our house which sat at the foot of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains – which were just big hills compared to your mountains…We were less than a mile from the Potomac River and less than ten minutes from Harper’s Ferry – now THAT is a beautiful place. We had farms all around us – bison, emu, sheep, dairy cows, beef cattle, horses, chicken, goats. Very pretty. Stinky sometimes, though. So there ARE parts of Maryland which are very pretty!

  14. ClassicalEducation4Me said,

    on December 31st, 2005 at 10:00 pm

    Jen …

    I don’t think I could begin to remember what happened each month of this year, but the months of May-December have been all the better since I met you and Gena. My daughter is so excited that Ryann is staying near by and I’m looking forward to helping you and Geoff pretty up that house (can we dye the avocado carpet a different color? LOL!) … I wish you the happiest of New Year’s and hope to see you soon!



  15. Kg said,

    on January 1st, 2006 at 2:05 am


    Wow…that sure was one year you just came out of! Hoping this new one will be somewhat more…calm.



  16. carleyross said,

    on January 1st, 2006 at 9:15 am

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    And I thought my life was dramatic. Whew! Well if anything, you are well traveled. I’m wondering how on earth do you find time to fit that whole homeschooling thing in?

    Well if you continue on your full year every ten year streak, imagine what 2015 will bring! Maybe triplet grandbabies or something!

    Wishing many blessings on you and your family in 2006.


    on January 1st, 2006 at 9:51 am

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    2005 was a very blessed year. No major challenges for me or my family. The Lord showed his faithfulness in so many areas of my life. He continues to amaze and bless me. My prayer at the beginning of 2005 was the desire to develop Godly friendships that would challenge me not only to be a better friend to others but a better wife and mother. HE is faithful! In 2006 my prayer is to perfect the areas of my life that I may not have allowed the Lord to fully be in control of. This could be THE challenge of 2006!

    Prayers for a most Blessed & Happy New Year to the House of Igarashi : )

  18. Kellyque777 said,

    on January 1st, 2006 at 12:36 pm


    I just wanted to stop by some of my favorite blogging buddy sites and say Happy New Year, and may the Lord bless you and your family this year with health, wealth, joy and giving as we all grow closer to Him. Have a great 2006!


    <>< Kelly

  19. mamaduso said,

    on January 1st, 2006 at 4:21 pm

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    My goodness, I’m pooped just reading that list. I do hope things settle down for you this year. It’s been a good year for us. Nothing terribly exciting for us, a few things broke, some still needing to get fixed. The girls are growing and school continues. But God has been good in teaching me many things through many avenues, His word, mentors, great books, friends, blogs etc. I hope to continue to grow in Him and I look foward to what He will bring on this year!


  20. JeannieFulbright said,

    on January 1st, 2006 at 4:54 pm


    You are officially busier than I, which I didn’t think humanly possible. I don’t know how you do it…did it.

    Hey! Did you know our girls are writing a book together? Rhyan has some awesome ideas – what a neat, creative kid! When you come to Georgia, bring Rhyan and we’ll have a big time!

  21. Tami said,

    on January 1st, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    You inspired me to do my own list…..

    If you want to read it, please check out my blog. My year was not quite as exciting as yours though.

    Have a blessed day! Tami

  22. ByHisGraceInColorado said,

    on January 2nd, 2006 at 12:11 am


    I guess I wasn’t memorable enough to mention in your June review. Some friend!



    ~who had a great time at the CBA convention with Jen and Coie and Anissa!

  23. Jblieu said,

    on January 2nd, 2006 at 6:40 am

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    What a cool idea for a blog entry! If I am up to it later I may “steal” the idea for an entry on my blog. This was one of my craziest years too!


  24. LeviSuarez said,

    on January 3rd, 2006 at 3:45 pm


    Thanks for the complements!



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