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Thankful Thursday : 006

Thursdays here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  Today’s post is by Sarah Beth Wunderlich. [ one ] i choose to be thankful for messes. though they require energy and time to clean up they are remnants. remnants of life being lived. dirty dishes in the sink means a meal was provided and possibly enjoyed. unsharpened pencils abandoned on… Read more »

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Give Away Winner : #75

I just informed the winner of the give-away last month! 123 folks were in the drawing, some were entered multiple times (because you shared and liked content on our Facebook Page) – looking forward to giving away more free stuff! Please check your “Other” messages in Facebook and if we don’t get a response in a… 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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obsession confession

This post originally had been published on our previous blog — but it was such a good post (in that we needed reminded again) —  we felt it was fitting for “At The Speed of Family” The more time I spend on Pinterest, Facebook and online news pages, I find myself having an overindulgence of… Read more »

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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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Introducing: At The Speed of Family

There is a phrase that I’ve found explains the rate at which we find ourselves moving through life… “At the speed of family” I believe there are others that feel this way… family life is speedy. My wife, Lesley, and I are hoping to encourage others that find themselves in this same season. Please! If… Read more »

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a bigger water source

My wife told me about a situation that played out in our backyard the other day with two of our boys.  We talked about many of the spiritual applications… and it was too funny, and too much of a reality for some of us, not to share.    So here goes: The temperature in the… Read more »