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Sims in Cult: Grifting Ministries

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We Are Back. Again. Part I: Ranfords

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Christmas is over, New Year is gone, I'm out of excuses. Back to weekly posting plan.


And, so, what's going on in Ranford household?

To be honest, not much. Life continued in familiar, chaotic misery. 

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Viola started a new parenting strategy. You put a crying baby on floor and lecture it. Very fundie-like, and very unproductive. 

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She decided to share this wisdom to the world with her first book. Basically, it’s a collection of her blog posts, but readers now must pay money for it. 
Smart life choices!
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Reed is a bit of a bully towards Huckleberry. He gets along with twins and doesn't care about quads yet, but every time he sees Huck with a toy, he takes it away. 
Zachary and Viola would encourage Huck to give Reed his favorite childhood position, but, unfortunately, Huckleberry doesn't have anything that belongs just to him. 
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But Reed has a good side, too. He catches more fishes in one day than Zachary has managed to catch in his entire life. 

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The fishes Reed provides is the main food source for entire family now. 

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And he remembers to pick up all the old bottles from kitchen floor. And, trust me, there are lot of bottles. 

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#StoryTime: During one night a total stranger entered a house!!! Viola was busy potty training Huckleberry and didn't notice until it was too late!

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The ungodly stranger turned out to be a hobby instructor! They are almost as bad as social workers, running around and telling kids that it's ok to enjoy something!!
(Apparently, Forest likes this one particular toy so much he has gained enough enthusiasm to be in zone. And he is only toddler. I'll take it as a sign.)

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And, yes, no pregnancy announcement from Ranfords... Have Lord closed Viola's womb? Without giving her a precious little baby girl? Or is this just temporally hardship that will be overcome with combination of praying and sweet fellowshiping? Viola sure hopes so. 

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mango_fandango

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Dang... having a TODDLER get to that level where a Hobby Instructor turns up? I’ve had it happen with kids but not toddlers! 

That’s a lot of sons. You could end up with an Arndt-style situation if you’re not careful :pb_lol::pb_lol:

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