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Thankful Thursday : 004

  [ One ] Video Chat : this seems to be “normal” in our culture at this point. But I remember needing to drive 9 hours as a child to see family & friends. While on the road this week I’ve been thankful for video chat to see my four boys and their faces and… Read more »

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polished logistics | unmerited grace

I appreciate smooth, polished logistics. I also value raw unmerited grace.  It might seem unnatural but I see them in a powerful relationship.   Who doesn’t appreciate grace extended in their direction – we all need it.  And if you think about it even the most unmannerly person is, in one form, asking grace be… Read more »

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wisdom and mosquitos

The age-old question – “Why did God make mosquitos?” – doesn’t enthrall me much anymore. It use to. But my questions have drifted to deeper mysteries like: “Why are small children so obsessed with the toilet paper roll?” or “Why aren’t kids created to enjoy the crust on their bread?” or “How come two, three,… Read more »

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bed time routine

Parent: OK kids, bed time in 5 minutes. Kids: *continue doing what they are doing, and don’t acknowledge the directive* Parent: “2 minutes” Kids: *continue doing what they are doing* *3 minutes pass* Parent: “OK, go brush your teeth time for bed.” The five minute rule in our house rarely is ever EXACTLY five minutes…. Read more »

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funny things

  Give up “serious” for a moment. Seriously. (and keep reading).. Children might like seriousness for a short time – but I would venture to guess that your kids, like mine, love to laugh, be tickled, sing silly songs, imagine, be goofy.. They hunt humor. And so should you. Here is a snippet of humor… Read more »

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Thankful Thursday : 002

There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  [One] Children’s innocence. [Two] Answered prayer. [Three] The creativity of God (and the image of it in his people)! Thankfulness is something we should practice! Share in the comments what are you thankful for!

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sneezing in the silverware drawer

  There are few things in life that are grosser than a “snot flinging sneeze” (SFS). We’ve seen a slurry of them recently (wow, slurry. Interesting word placement there). #3 son was helping, as he usually does, with breakfast. As he pulled the breakfast drawer open to pull out forks for pancakes we had a… Read more »

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airplanes in our toilet

We keep a list of “Family Funnies”. We’ll share, on occasion, the “best of the best” on Fridays… here is one: [ Summer of 2013 ] one of the boys learning how to “#2” on the potty… After he finishes the “#2” he looks down into the potty and says: “pushed out an airplane “….. Read more »

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Thankful Thursday : 001

There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF (speed of family) are dedicated to being thankful.  [One]  I’m thankful for a house. It’s been cold. -30 to -60 this winter.. [Two] I’m thankful for smiles & laughter from our children. [Three] I’m thankful for friendships. Thankfulness is something we should practice! Share in… Read more »

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son, you have a sword

Jumping on for the ride in a two-year old’s imagination is bound to be exciting. Recently, our imaginations have taken us dragon hunting at bed-time.… it does the trick and gives for some memorable moments. One night, in particular, I was beckoned by the sword wielding two-year old to come with him upstairs to find… Read more »