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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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    • SuperNova

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      21 hours ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

      I love my children’s creativity. I probably praise them too much for it. Anytime my children create something, I want them to tell me all about it. I imagine so much creativity is squashed in fundieland because it doesn’t adhere to one of their many narrow views.

      Baby Nova once brought me three leaves with holes poked for eyes and mouths and told me it was a family portrait. You better believe I mounted and framed it. It hung in the hallway for more than a decade until the leaves finally disintegrated.

      Acknowledgment of our children's efforts is critical to their emotional growth and well being. It seems so small to us but criticism for a "junk sculpture" can be crushing to a little person. Children are not inconveniences to work around and squeeze into the corners of our lives. They aren't meant to be dressed up and trotted out once a week for an Insta pic. Most importantly, kids should never be a prop for fragile eggshell personalities who lack internal strength. 

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    • thoughtful

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      In keeping with the discussion in the JRod thread, I did find something else to like about this film -- the wood boxes in the first scene:

       

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      and the pottery in a scene near the end (not my exact style, but nice):

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      But then, there's this:

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      And this:

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      In which Doug admires the fact that Kelly's hair went from jet black with the dye the Lenape had put on it for 10 years, to gleaming blonde (and a whole other texture!) in only one bath. Oddly, her roots are still somewhat darker.

      The Lord works in mysterious ways.

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    • thoughtful

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      I like the spelling "wiennie." Makes them sound more elegant somehow, like something from Old Vienna, to be enjoyed with a fine wine.

    • danvillebelle

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      2 hours ago, SassyPants said:

      Jesus Hall Pass,

      There's a t-shirt idea in there.  "Jesus is my hall pass" :pb_lol:

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    • fundiefollower

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      1 hour ago, Palimpsest said:

      Thomas has now graduated and is working in a grocery store.  A perfectly good job if he wants to work his way up to management, and perhaps he never liked academics or wanted to go to college

      But I hope Tom does let all the children go to the Christian school in town (it probably also uses ACE) or even public school in time.

      Thomas has actually not graduated.  He was set to start 12th grade this fall (they always start late - the first Thursday after the start of fall).  He works part time at the store around his schooling. She said sometimes he does his school in the afternoon/evening if he works during the day.

      I also hope the kids go to the Christian school in town. While ACE isn't a great curriculum, just going to a school would be a big change so using the same curriculum would at least give them some feeling of "ok, I got this." and continuity of their life before Andrea died. 

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