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

I've read all nine of the Little House books before, but I truly enjoyed reading through all nine books again these past couple of months. These books about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder are some of my favorites. I enjoy reading about the pioneer life and am amazed at all the work that had to be done just to live and survive.



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.

7 comments:

humel said...

I've never read these - I wonder if my local library has them? The kids have a reading group tomorrow, which will give me a chance to look :-) Thanks for the tip! xx

Ellyn said...

oh my goodness I loved these books as a young girl. I just might have to read them again too!

alexa said...

I am another who hasn't read them - just been to Google. Amazing that she lived to be over 90! Thank-you for the introduction to an iconic writer whose work I clearly ought to read. :)

Karen said...

I read all of these out loud to my daughter when she was in elementary school. I've never forgotten them. Although I loved them (as did my daughter) I though The Long Winter would never end! I'll bet it was a lot longer for the Ingalls.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

How fun to have this collection of books! I've not read them, but I have a series of books that my grandmother, mother and myself collected when we were children. Love that!

Sian said...

You know how much I love these books - true favourites of mine from the minute I discovered them :)

Debbie P said...

Great post! I love your Christmas book. I especially love the layout with photos and Christmas cards. I saw Ali Edwards do that and I so want to do that! Great job!