Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Prayers for a blessed holiday of
reflecting on all we have to be thankful for.

Count Your Blessings today and...
Stay tuned for lots of holiday fun coming your way!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder {Review}

In A Prairie Girl's Faith, Stephen W. Hines takes an in-depth look at the spiritual legacy left behind by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Searching both her books and other publications, as well as her daughter's writing, Hines delves deep to explore Wilder's personal faith and how it impacted her character, pioneer spirit, and ultimately a far reaching audience.  Hines also uncovers how Wilder's faith influenced her daughter, and how the two, although often at odds in viewpoint, came together to write an extraordinary series.  

In one of the more interesting chapters, Hines takes a closer look at the hymns and songs mentioned in the Little House series.  He examines the lyrics of each, and relates the history of the piece and how it applied to the pioneer lifestyle.  Through this work, the reader can discover much about the beliefs, culture, and mindset that kept American pioneers moving forward in uncertain times.  As well as how central the Christian faith was to the Ingalls family.

For someone who's always been a fan of Wilder's literary legacy, this book was a delight.  It took me back to the original stories and offered insights to deepen the already rich history of the Little House series.  This would make a wonderful for read for anyone that is a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.

My Fun Holiday Favorites Tag

 It's that time of year... time for the holidays to hit, mom and dads to be busy, and time to make memories as a family.

A Common Life:

BoyBoss Mama:

Mommy & Mia HS Chronicles:

Tag Questions:
1 - Which is your favorite, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years?
2 - What are you looking forward to the most these holidays?
3 - Do you have a wish list or prefer to be surprised?
4 - Name a few things you are most thankful for.
5 - What's your favorite dish to cook and why?
6 - Will you be hosting or going to a family members or friends house? traveling?
7 - Pick your favorite holiday and share what does your table look like. (decor, food & activities)
8 - What are some of your favorite traditions?
9 - Which movie gets you in the holiday spirit?
10 - What is your favorite Holiday memory?

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Links

What I'm Cooking:

This week has been all about comfort food.  We had chili and stir fry, taco soup and tacos.  It's been raining so we're craving comfort food, but trying to keep it semi-healthy.  Any thoughts?

What I'm Reading:

I started a new review book this week about the faith legacy left behind by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  It's a concept that I haven't thought much about, but it's interesting to see how her faith is woven into the books.  So far a good read and a good biography source.

What I'm Doing:

Well, I'm trying to keep my 6 year old on task for his history project.  We've been making Egyptian Death Masks for Story of the World out of paper mache.  And he hates "gooey" things.  So mostly it's  been Mommy making the project.  Trying to work through sensory issues.  :-)

What I'm Watching: 

I didn't watch much TV this week.  But I have been binge watching She's In Her Apron's Youtube videos, specifically the holiday videos.  I think I'm in full holiday mode as I can't seem to get enough of them.  And she's got some great holiday planning ideas.

What I'm Enjoying:

Sun peaking through the clouds... yummy oranges... baking in the kitchen... getting back into a workout routine... board games... planning for the holidays... our postcard exchange...

What are you up to?

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