Finding Peace in My Daddy’s Presence: Seeing God As Our Ever-Present Father

Finding Peace in My Daddy’s Presence: Seeing God As Our Ever-Present Father

I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got a great daddy. I didn’t really appreciate him growing up, but as I’ve become an adult, I understand more about all that he sacrificed for our family. Our family didn’t have a lot of money when I was a kid, but nobody worked harder than my dad. And he and my mom never really let us know that we didn’t have a lot. It was an amazing childhood.

The first time I think I realized what a wonderful father I had was when I was about 20 years old.  (more…)

I Remember Mama – Becoming My Mother’s Caregiver

I Remember Mama – Becoming My Mother’s Caregiver

A sunny spring afternoon in 1941, two young women, sisters and both expectant mothers, were shopping together for baby clothes in the Kress 5 &10 Cent Store. Kate, the younger sister, was due anytime in the next 10 days. Dot had just recently learned she was expecting in October. The sisters had lived and worked together until their marriages the year before. In 1939 their parents had passed away. Dot married Frank, a successful local farmer. Frank had hired a young man named Jim to work for him. The four met and my family legacy began. That very afternoon, Kate began to experience signs that she was going into labor. A cab was called by one of the store clerks, Dot called their husbands, and the two women headed to the hospital.

A long night of labor lay ahead for 25 year old Kate. By early dawn on April 13th, Easter Sunday morning, she held a little (more…)

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