Our First Book!

Our First Book!

Book 1

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Well, it finally happened! We have our first book, Hear My Prayer, up on Amazon!

Hear_My_PrayerI drove down to my mom’s house yesterday, and was here for the ‘big moment’ when we released our book for sale. It wasn’t quite as exciting as we were anticipating. No confetti shot out of the computer, no trumpeting horns when we finally ‘pushed the button.’ We were, however, immediately taken to another page that asked us a bunch of questions about the book, and we had that dazed and slightly clueless look about us as we muddled our way through. But then, this morning, the big pay off! We went to Amazon, did a search for Porkie and Pete, and miracle of miracles- there it was!

It seems very surreal, and we keep pinching ourselves to make sure we aren’t dreaming. So we decided to celebrate, as only we know how to celebrate. That’s right, we went and got coffee. On the way home, Mom said, “This reminds me of that song, ‘Impossible things are happening every day!’*” And laughing, we drove the rest of the way home sipping our coffee and singing that song**. I was really amazed at the number of lines we actually remembered. But if you listen to the lyrics, they sum up how absolutely impossible this all seemed to us at the beginning. Over a year ago, when my Uncle Bob said we would have these books for sale on Amazon, I think I may have snorted in disbelief.

BUT God does not find our dreams ridiculous or impossible. And when we dream with God, then I would dare to say that even the impossible becomes probable. He is good and faithful. He sees his work through to completion. He does not give up on us, even when we give up on ourselves. So as giggly and silly as my mom and I are this morning, we are pointing straight toward heaven and giving credit where it is due.

Thanks for celebrating with us!

May God bless your wildest dreams, and come along beside you to encourage you as you work! In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*Impossible from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

**And in case you want to sing along with a couple of daft and dewy eyed dopes…

It’s coming…

It’s coming…

Book 1 Children From the Authors Our Story

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,9-14***

This picture summarizes kids- whether we are at home, or in public.
This picture summarizes kids- whether we are at home, or in public.

Let me (very quickly) comment on the last line, and the ‘fear of the Lord.‘ I used to struggle with this. If Jesus is my friend, why would I be afraid of him?

Now, skip to my most recent shopping adventure with three young children, where I am out in public. One child is screaming and throwing My Little Pony umbrellas on the ground, while the other two are playing a very rowdie game of hide-and-seek. I try to act like a better mom, getting down to their level and talking quietly to them. (All the while wanting to shout and tell them to knock it off.) Why not shout?* Because I don’t want people to think I’m a terrible mom. That is the kind of ‘fear’ we are talking about. I’m so worried about other people’s opinions, I change my behavior.

Now God sees us all the time. What if I worried about His opinions more? What if I cared about other people’s opinions less and instead trusted in who I am in Christ?

Fear of God is reverence and esteem for Him. It is doing what He would want you to do. Partially because He is so holy and awesome and mighty and powerful, but also because we should be so in love with Him, we want to do things His Way.**

That being said…

You may have not realized this, but this web site is part of our journey relating to the ins and outs, and ups and downs associated with writing a series of books. This blog, while not always about the books, highlights our thoughts along the way. Which is its own story.

I am excited to report, that our book team has met. We have made our final edits. We have divided up the last of the work… and… all I can say is, “It’s coming!”

May the Lord, who made you unique among all people, bless you today. May He show you the way, illuminate your path, and give you the strength you need for one more day. In Jesus name, Amen!

~Lindsay

*In this example, fear of the Lord lined up with worrying about other people’s opinions. God doesn’t want me to be a tyrannical mother. But my point is, I was not worried about what God would think. I was worried what people would think.

**Ta-da! The fear of the Lord! This is an abbreviated version of all my thoughts on this subject. Mostly, I want to encourage you to let God’s opinions of you determine your worth, not other people’s. Because He thinks you’re pretty amazing!

***Ecclesiastes 3**** is something to read! The whole thing, not just the above, abbreviated version.

****Ecclesiastes is also nearly impossible for me to spell.

Hear My Prayer: The Long Journey

Hear My Prayer: The Long Journey

Book 1 Our Story

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:1-6 (ESV)

Did you just stumble across this blog and wonder, “What in the world?” If you did- well, you’re probably not alone. I could write a long post describing this blog… but the short answer is: we wrote a children’s book (7 years ago!) that we are trying to publish.

What does it take to place our ‘Porkie and Pete’ book into your hands? Well, a lot of work, learning, and perseverance. It’s been over a year since my mother told my uncle about these books. A year since he said, I can help with that. A year since he suggested my cousin illustrate the books for us.

We are not necessarily slow. Distracted, yes. Busy, always. But not slow. And we have been very meticulous. We rewrote, edited, and reworked the illustrations for this book- well, I’ve lost count how many times. Then we sent the book out to be reviewed. After receiving comments from our readers, we realized it needed to be edited yet again. AGAIN!?

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Now, I’m not afraid of hard work. Well… at least, I don’t want to be afraid of hard work. And that wasn’t the case here. But when is enough, enough?

Well, I don’t know that there is a finite answer to that. I would say: When God says it is. But let’s be honest here, He doesn’t usually send post cards that say:

Dear Child of Mine, Good work. That is quite enough. You can be done with that now. Love, your Heavenly Father.

(Wouldn’t that be nice?)

So I finally sat down with the original script of the book, the seven-year-old notes I’d made, and the beautifully illustrated ‘final’ version that had just been reviewed by friends and acquaintances. Looking between all these papers, I seriously thought about beating my head against the wall.

Then I asked myself an important question, that I maybe should have asked myself… oh… eight years ago?

What is the purpose of this book? What are we trying to tell kids with this book?

And it didn’t come right away, but as I thought and prayed, it gradually came to me. This book is to tell kids that:

  1. God hears them
  2. God knows them

To be heard and known by God, the creator of all things, your rock, provider, Ancient of Days! What an awesome gift!

So that is how we ended up with this book. Or at least, that was the start of the final edits, and the final illustrations, and the blog posts, and the parent resource pages (Mother Moose Tidbits- don’t worry, they are coming). Because we want to put a tool into parents hands to help them tell their children that God knows them, and hears them.

Being heard and understood is a big deal in our family. Big. Deal. I know one member of the family (who will remain anonymous, but you know who you are!) who will talk a point to death. Just to make sure you absolutely 110% know exactly what they are thinking/feeling. My own son will cry if he is interrupted. He is afraid that if he does not say what he has to say right-this-second, he will forget the important things he wants to say. (Important things like “Why do shoes have to go on the right feet, but socks don’t?”) At six he feels the importance of being heard and understood.

We all do. (Well, hopefully you don’t cry when you’re interrupted- but you want to be heard and understood!)

My prayer for you today is that you are blessed with the knowledge that your Father in Heaven hears you. He hears the things in your heart, even those you cannot put into words. And He knows you. He knows who you were five years ago, who you will be next week, and ten years from now. He is a good Father. The best Father. And I ask that God would bless you to help children know they are heard and understood by you, and by their Heavenly Father. Amen!

~Lindsay

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Writing A Book

From the Authors Our Story The Characters

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Everyone at some point or another talks about writing a book. (With the possible exception of my husband.) Some think it would be easy. Some think it’s an impossible challenge. And there is an entire spectrum of people in between those two ideas.

workingMy mother and I wrote a book. Well, that’s not exactly true. I think we sat down and wrote about eight books in one week. EIGHT. Granted they were children’s books, and not Pulitzer Prize winning books. But still. Eight. We wrote them seven years ago. In a different time. It was when my mother was going through some hard stuff. It was before I was a mother. And we sat with those books for years. From time to time we pulled them out and looked at them. We read them to my children, who liked them very much. But we struggled.

porcupineNot with the writing of the books, as it turns out. But with the illustrations. How does one draw a porcupine? I can hardly spell porcupine correctly, let alone draw one. Mom diligently worked on the drawings, and had rough sketches that were satisfactory enough for my children.

But it wasn’t enough.

Because we had written eight books in about a week. Eight. I just can’t get over that, when I think about it. And we only have one explanation for how we wrote those books.

God.

My mom’s a bit of a techie, so she phrases it this way, “He just downloaded these books to us!” Yep. God downloaded children’s books into our hearts. It’s the only explanation. And no, I’m not exaggerating. At the time, Mom was dealing with some difficult real-life situations. Situations that involved traveling and support for a loved one. One afternoon, two hours from home, she became concerned she would not make it. She was sick at heart, so very tired and hopeless.  She called out to God for help and was blessed with a story. The characters and their stories occupied her mind as she drove home that day. With thankfulness and joy, she called me to share what had happened. I was driving home from my niece’s house. My two-year-old niece who had asked me some profound faith questions. Questions I wasn’t sure I’d answered well enough.

IMG_0002_pdf__1_page__jpgAnd here is my mom, calling me, telling me about a porcupine and moose. The porcupine who is more animated, and the moose who knows a little bit more about the Bible. And I didn’t think she was crazy. Instead I went home and wrote two or three books that afternoon.

Who does that?

God.

But why would He ‘download’ these books into our hearts, unless we were supposed to share them? How would we share them?

I became the mother of small children shortly thereafter. Three small children. (Not all at once, thank God.) And while I don’t want to say that I gave up on the idea of publishing the books, I was busy enough that I was no longer considering it a possibility.

But not Mom. If you know Mom, then you know that the words “give” and “up” are never strung together in her vocabulary. She kept at it. She worked on the stick figures. Talked to people about the books.

People like her brother, Bob. Bob who has a son, Adam, who can draw. He can draw well. He can even draw… porcupines.

Because, as it turns out, for us writing books is not hard. Not if God is ‘downloading’ them into your heart. But knowing how to get a book published is hard. Do you know how to publish a book? Did you even know there is a thing.. a number for every book published? Do you even know what that number is called?

Neither do I.

But my Uncle Bob knows about these things. Or at least, he finds out about them and figures them out. I’m not really sure what he does. But I know this: if you ever hold a Porkie and Pete book in your hands, it will be because of my Uncle Bob.

And I think you just might. Hold a Porkie and Pete book. Or at least you could. If you wanted to.

Because of God.

Because my mom doesn’t give up.

Because my cousin Adam can draw a porcupine.

And Because my Uncle Bob found out about that number thing. (Someday maybe he will tell you about it)

So we are getting ready. We are starting a blog. Because there is more to the story than the stories. There’s the stories behind the stories. There are children’s books, but there’s the people behind the books. And there’s a big God behind us.

And we hope and pray that these books are His books.

Because we are all a part of His story.

~Lindsay

Welcome to the Porkie and Pete web site! Welcome! Welcome!

My name is Lindsay, and I am getting this web site up and running with our team.  … I’m writing a blog. If you know me, this is hilarious. I am a math major, who can’t spell to save her life.

And apparently I’m also an author. Or at least a co-author. With my mom.

Hear_my_prayerWe wrote a few children’s books. About a porcupine and a moose. Who are best friends. It’s hilarious, and crazy, and wonderful. So are the books. But the fact that we wrote these books is equally so.

We are using this blog to share information about the books. Somewhere on this site you should be able to find information about each book, about the characters, about the authors, the illustrator, and our ‘Man Behind the Curtain’ (if he sounds amazing, that’s because he is). In the weeks to come, you will find resources for parents, information on how to order a book, and plenty of extra information you may or may not want. And humor. Hopefully you will find humor on this site.

Thanks for visiting us, and enjoy!