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Paddle the Boat : The Budget Sync (Pt 1 of 4)

Lesley’s email to our friends, the post on margin, and a late night video chat date with some dear friends about a month ago have collectively stirred some thoughts which has led me to a series I found myself writing called “paddle the boat”. The “boat” being the all-encompassing “family life”.  and the “paddle the” would be… Read more »

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give up what?!

I love spontaneity. My wife loves routine. I love snow. My wife loves 75 degrees. I love technology. My wife loves paper. I love night. My wife loves sleep. I love adventure. My wife loves home. I love doing nothing. My wife loves a plan. This list does not end. Here is what we can… Read more »

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the comfort in the violence of vomit

  Of the 32 of life I’ve lived I have not run across one person that likes vomit… Just saying.  (how’s that for a hook??) Our house currently has two “down and out” – both staying close to large bowls / buckets. My mind might be strange. I can’t help but to think what is it about buckets… Read more »

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fill up with the right stuff

  Last week Lesley had a ‘bout with some weird bug. She could barely get out of bed. I knew she didn’t feel good when she went  to bed… and so – I prepared myself to be “pro-active Dad”.  That entailed:  nurse, taxi, nanny, judge, play time planner, and much more. But for this task, I… Read more »

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Thankful Thursday : 008

Guest post for “Thankful Thursday 008” is by Alyssa Bartek, she writes for heartlandbeats.com and is a great mom and wife.  Her and her husband, Rick, live in Henderson, Nebraska and are just down right cool people. [Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  #ThankfulThursday] [ one ] Books: I wouldn’t be who I am today… Read more »

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Thankful Thursday : 007

  Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  #ThankfulThursday   [ one ] dreams. how boring what it be to never dream (while awake, or asleep)? We would never have made an airplane. we would never have made cars. we would never have seen the depths of the ocean. we would never have walked on the moon……. 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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new stuff!

Words cannot start to describe to how thrilled I am to start a few new projects this year. Some of the most exciting ones are with my wife! We sat down tonight in our living room and started to dialog through house projects, ministry projects, family goals for this new year. On a number of occasions I… Read more »

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my allowance

Have you been ‘wronged’ before? Has someone said something to you that was just plain hurtful? My assumption…. you have, we all have. If you answer that you haven’t then well, you’re lying. How should we or do we respond? I was recently put in my place by something I read in Colossians 3 –… Read more »