Shaping the Culture of Your Home

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The Goodgame family at Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN.

As a parent, every day you make decisions that shape your family culture. You decide how to respond to behavior, you choose groceries, you drive to team practice or ballet or piano lessons, you make decisions about movies and TV shows and internet usage… about school and friends and church and family vacations… and you decide what music plays in the car.

 

Following the release of the two Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible CDs (15% off SALE this week), we’ve received countless emails from families who listen to Sing the Bible together in the home and the car, and over time these emails have revealed a common theme. Again and again, we hear how these Scripture songs are helping to powerfully shape the culture and personality of homes around the world, as the joy and truth and hope of the gospel settles into the hearts and minds of the entire family.

Recently, at a concert in Virginia, I met Celeste Ainsworth, mother of three, and her husband John. Over dinner, she so powerfully articulated the impact of Sing the Bible on her family, that I asked her to record her story. You can see it for yourself in the video below.

I am so grateful for Celeste and her family, and for all of the families that share their stories about how Slugs & Bugs is impacting them and their children. These stories help me press on, and fill me with gratitude and joy.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Right now (through Wednesday, Sept. 9) we’re having a 15% off SALE on the Sing the Bible Bundle (in celebration of our second consecutive Dove Award Nomination (Children’s Album of the Year)).

You can buy them for your family right now: (click here)


Randall Goodgame is a husband and father of 3, and the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music.

Do Not Scroll Down…

Do not scroll down, if…

1. you are faint of heart

2. you get queazy seeing bodily injury

3. you are eating

Yes, we will have a huge sale on Volume 2 this week, and yes the new Slugs & Bugs app / Scripture memory family game is coming out soon. But this is a post to catch up all the well-wishers and anyone else that is just curious about my ankle injury.

For the last 20 years, I have played basketball semi-regularly.

When I was 15, I splintered my tibia and shattered my ankle in a gruesome freak basketball injury, but for 27 years, I’ve taken great care to avoid re-injury.

Then, two Thursdays ago, I was playing at Crieve Hall Baptist Church. There’s a semi-regular 8:30 am game, initiated by my friend Danny Bryant. My old buddy Andy Gullahorn was there doing his best Steph Curry imitation. And a new friend showed up named Daniel Moore.

My new friend and I teamed up against Danny and Gully, and I love telling you that Daniel and I won the first game, because Danny Bryant hates to lose.

Game two: Danny and Gully jumped out to a 7-0 lead, then Daniel hit a mid-range jumper for 2, and I hit a 3 from the left corner. It’s 7-5. After that, things get blurry.

The next thing I remember, I went up for a rebound, and my right foot came down with a loud pop. I yelled and grabbed my leg. “It’s a problem.” I said, with great agitation.

My friends went into emergency mode. Daniel found ice, Gully brought me home and then water and advil, and I texted Amy.

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A few hours later, I laid down on the same table where they set Jonah’s broken arm (swing set) and Livi’s broken wrist (trampoline). They took X-rays, (no broken bones, yea!) and gave me crutches, a boot and 2 prescriptions, and sent me home with a grade three ligament spraingrade3sprain and the pronouncement that I could not fly to Canada, New York, and North Carolina the next week.

Booooooooo. And, so sorry, friends in those states. We’ve already begun rescheduling.

Already, there have been highlights, including a surprise visit from the Peterson family bearing gifts ranging from the funny (toe separators) to the yummy (Toblerone!), a Sunday morning “home church” listening to an awesome Tim Keller sermon as a family, and the spontaneous conversations and snuggle time I’ve gotten with all 3 kids as they’ve wandered in and out of our bedroom (my temporary hospital room).

Also a major highlight, witnessing my wife, Amy, care for her injured hubby while also managing the household by herself for the last 11 days. And she bought me reading glasses. She’s earned a closet full of foot rubs and a date as soon as my blue-splotchy leg will allow it.

Thanks for praying for a quick recovery! I’m eager to get back to full strength – though that may take a while.

And now the pictures. Be warned. They are colorful.

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    Hours after the injury, on the way to the doc.
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    At the doctor’s office. (ouch.)
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    The boot! On the way home…
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    Day 5
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    Day 7
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    Day 8
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    My first reading glasses.