Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Little House Books
There are so many wonderful stories in these books, and I have many favorites. In By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura shares about watching the preparation of the land for a new railroad out west. At that time, the only way to travel out west was by horse or wagon. It was truly an amazing amout of work that went into the building of the railroad. It made me think of our interstate system and many of the modes of transportation that we take for granted today, even "travel" through cyberspace. Much work went into these conveniences.
Another favorite is in These Happy Golden Years when Laura discovers that not all families are like hers. She realizes that she has a wonderful family and aches to be at home where there is love and happiness. She comes to truly appreciate the family life that Ma and Pa provided.
These are just a couple of things that stood out to me as I read through the series this time. If you have never taken time to read this series, I strongly encourage you to add it to your reading list this year. At any age, these books will remind you of the importance of family, hard work, perseverance and the struggles of those individuals who helped to build our great country.