Category Archives: children

The Breathin’ Part

Nancy Bingham Farley Years ago, when my beloved grandmother Mama Farley died at age ninety, my husband, Don, and I decided our then five-year-old daughter, Holly, and six-year-old son, Jay, would attend the Kentucky funeral with us. During the long … Continue reading

Posted in a child's wisdom, aging, ancestors, Appalachia, children, confidence, encouragement, faith, families, funerals, grief, heaven, Kentucky

Zetta’s Coal Camp Christmas

After a restless night, Zetta dressed quietly and slipped into the kitchen. The snow still was falling. She watched the soot absorb the flakes, then picked up an orange from yesterday’s school party and breathed deeply of its fragrance before … Continue reading

Posted in Appalachia, Book: Zetta's Dream, children, Christmas, Coal Camps, families, Kentucky

Asking for Help

For varying reasons, I often find it difficult to ask for help. Maybe you nodded at my confession because of your own previous requests that resulted in a scolding or rejection. But we all need help at one time or … Continue reading

Posted in children, prayer, Psalm 46:1, rescue, single mothers, single parenting, single-parent families, widows

Trusting in Another’s Help

As a friend lamented her estranged son’s absence, I remembered a time when I had protected someone else’s child. I promised to pray for the same help for my friend’s son. Years ago I was in Jerusalem’s Old City, marveling at the … Continue reading

Posted in children, helping others, Jerusalem, prayer, rescue

Life Among the Dinosaurs

Have you ever experienced a moment when you realized you are older than you thought? I had one of those recently as I read a children’s book from the early 1990s to my young grandson, Noah. One of the characters … Continue reading

Posted in aging, children, grandchildren, grandmothers, phones

Everyday Guilt–and a Cat Named Petey

How are you at dealing with everyday guilt? If you are a mom like me, you know what I mean. Guilt over not hanging outside Christmas lights. Guilt over giving your child’s teacher a gift card for Christmas instead of … Continue reading

Posted in cats, children, everyday guilt, single mothers, single parenting, single-parent families

Sweet Birthday Memories

What special memories do you associate with birthdays? Do you smile as you ponder a long-ago celebration? I like remembering my 34th birthday when my husband surprised me with a gathering of dear friends at our Michigan supper club. How … Continue reading

Posted in appreciation, birthdays, children, counting blessings, families, God's presence, single mothers, single-parent families, widows