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Honor and Glory: The Story of Hope Continues

Updated on November 25, 2014

How It All Began

“And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.”

And Hope met a young girl named Mercy, and the two of them, with a little help from their parents, of course, adopted a ten year old boy named Pas, and the three children, with parents, settled in a lovely valley in Oregon and prepared to follow their hearts.

Which brings us to the story….of Honor….and Glory.

Hope, the child who started it all
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Deep Within the Tenements of New Jersey

The twins played together on a cold, blustery day within the confines of the housing project, for to venture outside the courtyard was to invite danger. Honor was a quiet child, a reflective child, one prone to long moments of silence as he contemplated matters far too heavy for a twelve-year old. He was frail in stature, a spindly body on spindly legs. His unruly brown hair constantly blew across his face, leaving those who saw him to wonder if he ever really saw the world around him, but his sister, Glory, knew he was quite aware of his surroundings.

She was the exact opposite in temperament, a whirling dervish of activity, a runner, a jumper, and a celebrator of life. Her long, red hair framed a strong face, with high cheekbones, square jaw, and pixie nose. When she laughed the world laughed, and she laughed often, but she was dead serious when it came to protecting her brother, Honor.

“Honor, we need to go in now. It’s time for lunch, and we really must tell mother of our idea.”

She didn’t think he had heard her at first, so deep in thought he was, but finally he raised his head, shyly smiled at her, and followed her into Building C, Apartment 2. Their mother was in the kitchen preparing sandwiches when they entered and, as was her custom approximately twenty times each day, she gave them a humongous hug and declared to all who would listen that she had the brightest and most beautiful children on earth.

“And what have my two munchkins been doing today?” she asked, beaming that beam of love at them.

Honor looked at his sister, for it had always fallen upon her to be the spokesperson for their sibling partnership.

“Mother, we have decided it is time for our family to move to Oregon.”

“Excuse me? Oregon, you say? And why in the world would the three of us move three-thousand miles from home?”

“Honor and I wish to live with Hope, Mercy and Pas. We really cannot think of a better place to live, and we just know you will love it as well.”

Their mother placed the sandwiches on plates, poured a glass of milk for each of them, and then sat at the table staring at her children. It had not been easy, raising these two alone. Their father had run off shortly after they were born, and the past twelve years had been a back-breaking succession of part-time jobs, always staying one step ahead of the creditors. But God, how she loved them, her precious, serious little boy and her rambunctious daughter; she would do anything in the world for them, but Oregon? How in the world could they possibly make such a move? Why would they make such a move?

“Is that a fact, Glory? Well tell me, who are Hope, Mercy, and Pas, if you don’t mind me asking?”

Glory rose from the table, her arms waving, and she paced back and forth, her beautiful face animated enough for five children. “Well mother, they are just about the most important children in the world. Surely you have heard of them? Everyone is talking about them, on the news, on talk shows. Some people say they don’t exist, but others swear that they have seen the good deeds done by these children, and they say it has changed their lives by knowing them. They say that once you meet them that your life will never be the same, that you will find happiness far beyond anything you ever imagined. We must go to Oregon, Mother. I’m sure there is a place there for us.”

Her mother could see just how serious her daughter was about this suggested move. When Glory became this excited, nothing could stop her until she achieved her goal.

Her mother stood up from the table and held her daughter’s shoulders. “But Glory, why us? We can’t just pick up and move so far away. We know no one in Oregon. If these three children do exist, we can’t simply show up unannounced. Why would I leave my two jobs and risk everything on a trip that is totally illogical and very, very risky?”

At that moment Honor stood and grabbed the hands of his mother and sister. He smiled his elfin smile at his sister and then looked solemnly at his mother.

“Because, Mother, we are needed.”

Treacherous mountains are crossed
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And so It Came to Pass

Their car was packed with what few belongings they possessed. The route had been mapped, friends were bid farewell, and their meager savings rested in the purse that their mother carried.

“Children, for the life of me, I don’t know how we can make it. We barely have enough money for fuel and food. If our car breaks down during the trip, we will be stranded. Are you absolutely sure this is what we need to do?”

Glory kissed her mother on the cheek. “Mother, we have the spirit of Hope with us. We need nothing else. Hope will provide for us.”

The three got into the rusted 1997 Toyota Corolla and set out on the open road, heading due west for land’s unknown.

Toward the end of their first day, six-hundred miles from New Jersey, the engine gave a piercing shriek, the red warning lights came on, and the car drifted to a stop at the side of the interstate. Eighteen-wheelers blew by them, the clouds darkened, and snow began to fall. The mother, naturally worried sick, looked at her two children, who were smiling as they watched the snowflakes fall gently to the ground.

“Look, Mother,” Honor said. “Isn’t it beautiful?” And indeed it was, as the grim landscape took on the magical appearance of a white kingdom all around them. Glory patted her mother on the shoulder. “Don’t worry, Mother. All is well.”

And sure enough, a lone figure could be seen walking toward them on the side of the road. As the figure got nearer, it took on the appearance of a soldier, dressed in his parade finest, his medals gleaming as the white snow reflected off them. He motioned for them to roll down their windows.

“Looks like you’ve got a problem, ma’am. Why don’t you unlatch that hood and let me take a look.”

Within minutes he had the engine running again. The mother was overcome with relief. The children just smiled.

“How can I thank you enough, soldier? You saved us. We have little money. I can’t pay you for your kindness.”

“No need for that, ma’am. I’m glad to be of assistance. If you wouldn’t mind giving me a ride, it would be appreciated.”

“Where are you heading?”

“Oregon, ma’am.”

The mother was dumbstruck.

“Climb in,” was all she could manage to say.

So the four of them continued the trip west. The next day the storm had worsened as they approached the Mighty Mississippi and, as luck would have it, the car became stuck in a snowbank as whiteout conditions prevailed.

“Isn’t it beautiful, Mother,” Glory said. “Look, here comes help.” And sure enough, a Jeep pulled up behind them and two soldiers got out, surveyed the situation, and offered to give them a tow out of the deep snows. When the job was completed, the mother was in tears. “So much kindness. I don’t believe the luck we are having, but thank you so much.”

Honor grabbed his mother’s hand. “It’s not luck, Mother. We have Mercy with us on this trip.”

The valley of Hope, Mercy, and Pas
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Westward They Went

By the time the travelers had reached the Rocky Mountains, a small convoy was with them. Twenty-four soldiers in Jeeps and pickup trucks guided them westward, up the great foothills, through the Great Divide, and then down the westward slopes. A beautiful valley lay before them, the sun shining upon the evergreens, a mountain lake shimmering in the distance. Finally they came upon a homestead tucked in that valley.

The mother exited her car and the soldiers stood in a circle around her.

“I have no idea how I can thank you for protecting me and my children, and making sure we made it to Oregon safely. May God bless you all.”

The soldiers gave the little family a salute, turned their vehicles around, and left. The mother, Honor, and Glory, turned and saw, standing in the driveway, three people: A young boy about ten, a golden-haired girl, and an older young woman. The three, walking hand-in-hand, approached the little family. The little girl stepped forward.

“Welcome to our home. My name is Hope. This is my brother, Pas, and my sister, Mercy. We’ve been waiting for you. Honor and Glory are needed so that we can complete our mission. Now, you must be tired. Please, come to our home….your new home, and rest and eat.”

“Wait,” the mother said. “You act like you expected us, but we don’t know you and didn’t tell anyone that we were coming. How is that possible?”

Honor stepped forward and hugged his new family members, and then turned to face his mother.

“Mother, wherever Hope, Peace, and Mercy are found, Honor and Glory must be close by.”

To be continued……

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful continuation of their story and thank you for sharing with us once again, Bill. Happy Tuesday and hope your week is going well so far! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. Today is all customer work. Tedious but necessary. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Oh dear, you had me bawling with this one. The truth is there but oh the emotion! If only....

      This is beautiful and it certainly seems you have the beginnings of a great novel here. One the world sorely needs, if you know what I mean.

      One man can surely lead the world by his printed word, its been done many times before.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Shared.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I am totally hooked and begging for more. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! This "book" is telling itself. I have had little to do with it so far. Maybe if I decide it really is a book. I'll have to get more involved. :) Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, breakfastpop. I think we all need a feel-good story now and then, don't we? I appreciate your kind words.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Yes, billy, we all need a feel good story like this. In light of the kind of things I write about, your story is life saving!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You really have started something with these kids, Bill. This story was well worth the wait. So what next? Will the family have a new addition or will they be hitting the road soon, going where they are needed? Can't wait to see.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, breakfastpop. I agree!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! We'll just have to wait and see what the children have planned. I am in the dark like you are. :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great story Bill. Makes me connect to the times that I go out on a limb for the things in life I am called toward and by no doubt am I guided and protected by Grace - just no Army entourage, but that's ok. I am looking forward to more of this story I am hooked. Have a great Thanksgiving :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it can be scary out on that limb without a safety net....but there are also great joys waiting for us out there. Thanks for your thoughts and I'm so happy you enjoy this story.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Can't wait to see where you'll take this one, but I have Faith in you, and I know it will be well worth the wait. Excellent, but no less than we've come to expect. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, save us some turkey. :)

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is totally amazing! Please continue!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! I'll take awesome any old time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. I'm having fun with this feel-good story, and I'm glad others are as well. I'll put some leftovers in the fridge for you. You are always invited.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. I'm so happy that you are enjoying it. I'll have more next week. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Keep on rollin' the story, Bill! Very nice reading, looking forward to the next part.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this episode, Bill. Good things are yet to come for 'the mother' of Honor and Glory. Good will is snowballing. Can't wait to see what comes next!

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      By now Hope has succeeded in forming a deep rooted relationship with us, though miles apart, but the indelible values and infallible love that the little hope personify simply make us feel a sense of proximity with her. Thanks for sharing with us Bill Sir. Voted and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. I think I'll keep going with this for awhile.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I can't wait to see what comes next too. LOL Happy Thanksgiving dear friend, and thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      M abdullah javed, you summarized this perfectly and beautifully. Thank you for your thoughts and for being here. I appreciate it, sir!

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      You are most welcome sir. Looking forward for some more from Hope.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Right on time for a beautiful Thanksgiving message. Have a great time filled with love and blessings during the Holidays.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      This story is very well told, I am enjoying every word. This sudden cold has thrown me off a bit. How is Oregon? Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, it's wet and warm here....atypical of the rest of the country for sure.

      Thanks my friend and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, Marlene. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will try to oblige next week, m abdullah javed. :)

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      So kind of you sir. Thank you.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Keep them coming, Bill. And as if the story wasn't enough, the pictures are beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you, Iris. I'm sure this story will languish in obscurity, but I'm enjoying it, and it has a message worth hearing, so there you go.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, m abdullah javed. :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a great story! I haven't come across it before, and I love it and will certainly be looking for future episodes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful! I loved the fact that the mother had enough faith to let the children lead. So happy you are writing this wonderful story...

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Quite creative names and an interesting approach to continuing the story. Quite cute towards the end. Shalom!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Blossom. This is a feel good story from start to finish, and I'm glad you enjoy it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby. I think of you every time I write creative stories like this one, so thanks for the inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita. I'm into cute. :) I appreciate you stopping by, as you always do.

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      W1totalk 2 years ago

      This is fantastic story telling. I will wait patiently.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Literary fiction at its finest! We are watching for you Billybuc.You're making it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you W1totalk...I'm so happy people are enjoying this "feel good" story.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Rebecca. I'm trying and hoping. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      It is truly fascinating how you do this. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love these; you can't go wrong with stories about children and this one is so good. Makes me think of a true story of two little girls I heard lately worth retelling if I can find the time.

      Glad the cold doesn't have you yet! They are calling for snow flurries in my little corner in the south and that could mean no one works tomorrow!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow, Bill!!!!! It's so awesome. I can't find any words to commend. It's simply so beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill! I don't know how either. :) But I'm grateful it does.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Jackie. I feel like doing feel good stories lately. I'm so glad you liked this.

      No cold here...solid rain for days. Hopefully tomorrow we'll get a break.

      Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, thank you so much for the kind words.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting installment in your story, Bill. You've created some fine characters! I'm looking forward to the next chapter in the series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I don't know how much longer I'll go with this series, but I've enjoyed it.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      First off, my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, Bill, to you, Bev and your family.

      I worried so when Glory and Honor and their mother began this long trip, and the car broke down just before the snow began to fall. Of course, the children were right…the soldier came upon them – out of nowhere – saved the day and was also headed for Oregon. Then two more soldiers come to the rescue in Mississippi. And then the convoy. How wonderfully apropos for Honor and Glory, Bill. “Mother, wherever Hope, Peace, and Mercy are found, Honor and Glory must be close by.” Beautiful! I look forward to the continuation of this unique and stirring story.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and thank you. I've fallen in love with these children. I suspect this will eventually end up a book, as I've already started formulating an outline in my head. :) Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great continuation of the story - Love this line "“Mother, wherever Hope, Peace, and Mercy are found, Honor and Glory must be close by.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I'm loving this story, and I'm sure there will be another chapter soon.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'm enjoying this series so much. I love the way you bring in the soldiers - protectors and helpers.

      I can only say how wonderful this is. No, actually, there is another word - Brilliant! :))

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you! I've decided to make this into a novel. I'll start in on it as soon as I finish "Shadows Kill" in about a month. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      This is an amazing installment, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I'm working on the next; coming soon.

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      Doris H. Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Wow! I love your story. As I read it, I visualized the setting, embraced the characters, and inhaled the dialogue. I hope that you will write and illustrate this even as a children's story so that they can understand more clearly the personification of such powerful words that we should live daily. The story grabs your attention and that's all we need for our children. …fantastic work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doris. This story is being told by the children...I'm just their vehicle, and I love that they chose me to write their words.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Bill,

      So very nice! I really enjoyed reading about the new additions to the family! This is just beautiful and so heart warming. Shared and voted

      beautiful, interesting, useful ! :-)

      Blessings...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I think we need more uplifting stories. Don't you? Two more this week.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a lovely story to end the day with. I will have nice dreams tonight. Bring them on Billy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad I could help you sleep, Nadine. Thank you and sweet dreams.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful story. I enjoyed reading.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, DDE! Thank you!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      It will be great as a novel, I've no doubt. It's such a different concept, for me anyway, and you will do it more than justice I know.

      I'm looking forward to reading it!

      Ann :))

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I'm enjoying these children and hopefully I'll enjoy them as much when I finish the book. We just never know where inspiration will come from, but I'm sure happy that it does finally arrive.

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You have spoken the truth…clearly...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. I always try to do that.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      This our adult world is more disposed to hear it from the children , they speak free of adulterating a message subconsciously every soul is hungering for. We have to have it - whisper can be heard , while from a far distance echoing words of the walking King of the Universe on this sod, penetrate our generation, " I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom..."

      Voted awesome.

      Peace with us, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you are eloquent once again. Thank you for your words of wisdom. They are timeless, as is their message.

      Pax vobiscum

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