Easter and the Girl Next Door

[Editor’s Note: Mentoring Moments first ran this piece by Cole Huffman several years ago. His daughter is 13 now and still plays with the girl next door. The staff of Mentoring Moments wishes each of you a Happy Easter!] The house behind us long sat empty as a FSBO. I called the owner a few weeks ago before trimming back some overgrown shrubs on his side of the four-foot tall picket fence that runs the length of our mutual property {Read More}

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Longing for Those You Love To Be Free

“She sees them walking in a straight line, that’s not really her style. And they all got the same heartbeat, but hers is falling behind.” —Echosmith, “Cool Kids” My youngest daughter is 12 now. Show of hands here: Who wants to relive your twelfth year of life? I don’t. Not a cool time for most. Even the word “twelfth” is awkward with that “f” in it, like some lacy nobleman added it to his generational suffix for flair: Fauntleroy, Twelfth {Read More}

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Chili & God’s Grace

To say my youngest son Colson is a finicky eater is to say Argentina was excited when their countryman became pope  this spring. I don’t know how Pope Francis would have handled a child excusing himself from the dinner table to go to the restroom again and again and again, but at the third “I gotta go to the bathroom”—spoken with a mouthful of chili—I rightly suspected Colson was emptying into the potty from another bodily orifice. Colson’s entire food {Read More}

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The Birds and the Bees

It’s Spring Break in Memphis. Today my wife Lynn took our daughter Holly (11) away on a mother-daughter retreat. They’ll stay a couple of days at a friend’s lakehouse. Holly is our middle child of five so her older sister and brother have gone on this same retreat with Mom and Dad, respectively. It comes with turning 11 in the Huffman household. The retreat reinforces a discussion we begin with each of our children when they turn 9 years of {Read More}

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Easter and the Girl Next Door

The house behind us long sat empty as a FSBO. I called the owner a few weeks ago before trimming back some overgrown shrubs on his side of the four-foot tall picket fence that runs the length of our mutual property line. The overgrowth had killed the grass on my side. “Be my guest,” was his reply. “I’ve sold the house and the new residents arrive next month. I think he’ll replace the fence with a new one anyway. Oh—they {Read More}

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Leaping for Joy

Many years ago when my husband and I were in his last year with the Air Force and were living in North Carolina, his parents drove from Nashville to spend Christmas with us. They always enjoyed coming to the church we belonged to in Fayetteville, but they were in for a special treat. That year the church was hosting a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah. Rather than being scheduled a week or two before Christmas, the production was deliberately scheduled {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.