I have written 3 books now, all for the girls. Each book idea has come divinely, through prayer as I sought to learn more and more about the girls and what story topics they could best benefit from. And each story was written before the girls' first birthday. Reese's book, though, was written even before we knew about her! It has been so fun for me, to write for these incredible little children that I have been gifted.
Though I finished Holland's book before she turned 1. I still had one or two more illustrations to complete. By the time I found the time to do that, I found a huge error in all her pictures. You see, Holland didn't have any hair until she was over 1 years old. Ok. I lied. She had wispy hair all over the surface of her hair. But that doesn't count. When she did finally have hair that amounted to any kind of handful, I found out that Holland was not fond of pigtails--AT ALL. So, everytime I looked at all the illustrations I had finished, I would sigh. I had created pigtails in every one of her pictures. When she saw the pictures, she would tell me that she liked them, only she didn't like her pigtails. So, I finally got around to fixing those pictures and also, finally, finished her book. So here it is, in all it's un-pigtailed glory.
By Holland's Mom
It can be said that a gift, no matter how big or how small, comes straight down from Heaven, from God himself.
Holland Elise, a small girl from
One day as
The frog was indignant, and said so. “Watch where you step!” She was not an ordinary frog and was annoyed that
“I’m very sorry, little frog,”
“Fancy is my name”, the frog proclaimed proudly, her chin in line with the clouds. With my pink pearly shoes, and my bright white smile, I’m surely headed for fame! I’m on my way to
Fancy squinted to get a good look at
Fancy sighed impatiently. “You know…shiny shoes, dresses with ruffly lace, sparkly earrings, sun-kissed hair and rosy cheeks.” Fancy sighed again. “Time is important, my dear”, she said, taking
The two waltzed down the path towards
After a time, they spotted a little door in a large oak tree and ran up to it. On the door was a name plate. It read: STINK E. SKUNK. Before they could knock, the door swung open. Even though Fancy couldn’t see, she could definitely smell, and she didn’t like what she smelled. But
Not long after they had set out, they came across a donut tree. Underneath they spotted an ostrich reading a book.
“My name is Olive, she said, after Fancy and
“Your shoes are just lovely!”
“Thank you”, said Olive with a smile. “Don’t they make me beautiful?”
“I don’t know,
“Of course they do!” Olive exclaimed.
As they all drifted off to a delightful sleep, Holland thought about Olive’s words, still not convinced that anyone she had met yet truly knew what beautiful meant.
After several hours,
With that, he pulled from his pocket a book that said, God’s Word. Opening to the book of Peter, he read out loud, “1 Peter 3:3-6: Don't depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful. Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers it very special.”(CEV)
“It is not what is on your outside that matters. It is your inner being—your heart—that determines your true beauty.” Mr. Wise said. “If you have Jesus in your heart, the beauty He brings just can’t be contained. It will seep out like a fragrance, and because of it, others will want to know Jesus, too.”
For the first time since they set out on their journey, Fancy was quiet. Kicking at a pinecone that rested at her feet, Fancy pondered the owl’s words. What he said changed her idea of beauty as well, and she suddenly didn’t desire for
As the pair turned around to head home,
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:4