Once upon a time there were twin sisters name Toto and Grace. They lived in a sweet little pink house in the land called LORDSLAND. They were very happy children and tried to always do their best in all that they did.
Now, the KING of Lordsland lived in a magnificent crystal castle with a beautiful crystal cross on the bell tower of the castle on the top of the highest mountain in Lordsland. Every day, Toto and Grace would look way up at the moutain top and see the crystal castle and the crystal cross sparkling in the sunlight. Oh! How beautiful it was! And oh, how they longed to see the KING and the beautiful castle, up close.
Presently, the idea came upon them to take a journey to visit the KING and so they prepared their backpacks and tied their hoodies around their waists and very early, on a warm summer morning, they set off to visit the KING.
At first the journey was most pleasant. The path was wide and smooth and the breezes were soft and they scampered happily along the path to visit the KING. Presently, they passed by a very worn, old ramshackle house with three little raggedy children sitting on a sagging, old gray porch. As the twins approached they could see that the little children were crying for they had had nothing to eat. So Toto and Grace quickly took out some apples from their packs and gave them to the three little children. Oh! How delighted the little children were to receive those apples! Then Toto and Grace shared with the children about the wonderful Son of the King Whose Name was Jesus. They told them how much He loved them and would care for them, even as He had just done. The children were so happy to receive that Good News about the King’s Son, Someone Who loved them! And so the twins bade farewell to the children, who were now smiling instead of crying, and the twins went happily on their way to visit the KING.
The journey was getting a little rougher, by now. There were some stones in the pathway and they had to avoid them and walk a little more carefully. Presently they came upon a very elderly woman who was weighed down by her huge basket of vegetables that she was taking to sell at a stand on the way, for this was all her living. The old woman staggered under the weight of her precious cargo and the twins quickly ran to her aid, lifted her up and carried the basket for her to her destination, for she was very weak from hauling her burden. The old woman was so very grateful for the help that the twins freely gave and when they had deposited her and the goods at the roadside stand, she thanked them, profusely. The twins in turn then told her about the Son of the King, Whose Name was Jesus, and how He would always love her and help her in her times of need, even as He had just done. The old woman was happy to hear the Good News and she became joyful and strengthened as the twins bade her farewell and continued on their journey to visit the KING.
The weather had now changed a bit and it was cooler than when they had started out and the rocks in the way were getting bigger and bigger and they had to wend their way carefully. Presently, they heard a whimpering sound, like a small child or perhaps a baby animal. Suddenly they came upon a hedge of bushes and there beneath a bush was a little puppy, whimpering and licking a wounded paw. It was quite a gash and the little fellow was obviously in pain and scared. The twins rushed over quickly and pulled out bandages they had packed and bound up the little paw to help stop the bleeding. They then carried the little one in their arms until they came upon a ranch house on the way from which, obviously, the little puppy had strayed, for in the yard stood a little boy, anxiously looking about for his dog. And when when he saw his puppy he was overjoyed. The little boy and his dog were soon reunited and the boy thanked the twins for all their help with his little puppy. The twins in turn told the boy that they were happy to help and then told them about the King’s Son Whose Name was Jesus, Who loved him and his puppy and would always take care of them, as He had just done. The little boy received the Good News of the Son’s love with joy and the puppy licked the twins faces in gratitude. They bade them good bye and soon were on their journey, again.
By this time they were near the foot of the mountain. It was very, very cool so they put on their hoodies for the last few kilometers before they reached the foot of the high mountain. But when the the twins finally looked up, again, they sadly realized that the mountain was incredibly sheer and there were no steps, utterly no way that they could possibly climb that high pricipice. And so, broken hearted and disappointed, they sat down at the foot of the mountain and cried out to the KING’S Son that they had so wanted to visit the KING in His Crystal Castle with the crystal cross but it was impossible for them to ascend the mountain for there were no steps and so they just sat there and cried themselves to sleep.
The next morning when they awoke, they were completely startled and totally flabbergasted. For as they opened their eyes and looked about them in wonderment, they found themselves surrounded by the most glorious, shining light and brilliant colors, beautiful flowers and crystal lights and rainbows all around them. They looked at one another in astonishment. Where were they? This was a most incredible scene! Suddenly they looked up and saw a magnificent Figure seated on a glorious throne. Why, they were in the presence of the KING in the Crystal Castle with the Crystal Cross! How could this be?
They bowed low in honor and adoration and then spoke and said, “Oh great and glorious KING, how did we get here? We could not make our way up the steep precipice to the Crystal Castle for there were no steps for us. How could this miracle be that we are here in Your presence?”
“My darling twins”, said the magnificent KING. “You DID take the steps to the KING’S Crystal Castle. For all the loving deeds and the GOOD NEWS about My Son that you gave on the way to the Crystal Castle with the Crystal Cross…all that you did and said in My Name…..these ARE the STEPS to the KING’S PALACE.”
Then the SON of the KING came and invited the twins to dwell in the Castle forever and the twins were elated and accepted the invitation, humbly.
And there they dwell with the Father and the Son in the Crystal Castle, even now. And some evenings, when the sun is just setting, if you will look up at the highest mountain in LORDSLAND, you will see the CRYSTAL CASTLE with the Crystal Cross shining brilliantly in the setting sunlight and if you look very carefully, you will see two twinkling, starry-like figures just above the cross and you will be seeing those shining stars, the twins, Toto and Grace, who are dwelling in the Crystal Castle with the KING, forever and ever and ever.
Bailey and Josie got married Friday afternoon. They picked out their own clothes, Josie did not want to wear white and Bailey wanted to wear a red rose (but we didn’t have one). Josie held a bouquet of flowers (actually a paper flower bouquet Bailey made last year, which were the only flowers we have in the house) and they wanted their picture taken. Bailey would not kiss his bride because he did not want me to see him do it. They stayed in their “married” clothes for about 20 minutes then wanted them off because they were too uncomfortable to play in. That’s it, very simple and fast and way too cute. Those two love each other so much. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Bailey’s mother perform the wedding