Sunday, December 23, 2012

| laura's christmas. |

I hope someone still reads the Little House books.:) I have been reading them ever since I can remember, and even before I could read, I can remember wondering who the two serious-faced little girls in sunbonnets sitting in the covered wagon were. (on the cover of Little House on the Prairie)
Recently I dusted off my copies of Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek and read them over again. I have read the whole series ( my favorites are Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years ) but these are the ones on the family bookshelf at the present. I have always loved the simplicity of Laura's growing-up years, and the special way that she and her sisters loved each other and their parents.
Anyway, this last time that I read the first three Little House books, I couldn't help but notice how grateful Laura was, in the little log house in the woods of Wisconsin, to recieve a rag doll, a candy cane, and a pair of mittens. That seemed like pure riches to her at (I think) five years old. I get the sense that Laura was not a spoiled child, and that she was grateful for the small things that her parents gave her.
The next Christmas in the log cabin on the prairie Laura and her sister recieved for Christmas a penny, a peice of cake, a stick of candy, and a tin cup. They were not expecting anything at all because the bad weather had prevented their parents from making any trips to Independence to get them anything. But when they did get their presents, they could hardly imagine that anyone could actually get that much for Christmas. Imagine being that unspoiled. Doesn't it sound like the sweetest thing? I would love to raise my future children like that.
In the second Christmas Laura related in her book On the Banks of Plum Creek Laura's Pa had gone to town to pick up their Christmas presents (which, by the way, consisted of candy) and was caught in a blizzard on the way home. To keep himself from starving, he had to eat the candy that he had bought for his little girls' Christmas. When he later returned home and confessed this to them, Laura's response was, "Oh, Pa, I'm so glad you did!" She didn't care that she wouldn't be getting anything for Christmas this year; she was just happy and thankful that her father had returned home safely.
Unfortunately, in modern America, these attitudes in kids under the age of nine seem foreign and unrealistic. Isn't that sad? What if Christmas came around and we didn't have anything~ no tree, no special treats, and no gifts~ just Jesus, who is why we have Christmas anyway, and our families? I magine that for a second. Would we enjoy Christmas as much if we had just that? Kind of puts Christmas in a different perspective, doesn't it?
I have so much to be grateful for this Christmas! A wonderful family, a sweet cozy home nestled in the country, precious memories in the making, and Jesus, Who is the Reason we have a Christmas. I hope that at I can keep the same kind of attitude that Laura had at the different Christmases she wrote about in the Little House books. We do have such a wonderful Reason to be happy and thankful at Christmas and all year round, don't we?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

| catchup. |


Hello people.:) I am still alive, in case anyone has been wondering. Thanks to the kind folks who have been dropping sweet comments wondering how I've been, and such. As I'm sure people have noticed, I did change my blog title, a little earlier than I expected to. The "something else" it was going to coordinate with is still in the air, so please be patient with me.:) The reason I changed my name is because lately I've been trying to simplify my life and clean a lot of unnecessary clutter out of it. When I say clutter I mean extra distractions, silly ambitions and such, and fuss over unimportant things. And besides that, I absolutely love the idea of "a simple life" you know, un-technical, uncommercial, all that. 

So .  .  . enough on that subject. My days have been pretty full lately, and at night I am usually too busy or too tired to do much computer stuff. The above pics were taken several weeks ago (sorry, I know I'm behind) when we had our first major snowstorm. Speaking of, we are getting another one as I type. The kids were skiing a lot and (sorry, the skates are a fake, I haven't been skating yet, but hopefully that will come) the littles had the saucers out.:) 

The other night two of my brothers and I hiked up to a hay field on top of a ridge right after the sun had set. The view was awesome! We had some fun with silhouettes, too, but the beauty of the moment was spoiled when Zach found a set bear trap near where we were and hastily decided he wanted to go home. I'm not sure who would be trying to trap bears this time of year; shouldn't they all be hibernating?

Well, I had a lot more pictures, but they got deleted by accident. Maybe that's a good thing.:) But hope you all enjoyed this quick little update.:) I really appreciate you all who read my blog, and your comments are always so thoughtful. Maybe I will be able to post more often after December is behind us. Speaking of, this is the last month of the year, and we have fifteen days left to enjoy good old '12. :) This year really snuck by, didn't it?
And a few thoughts about the tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT, that happened this past weekend. I felt like crying when I first heard about it. I can't imagine that anyone would want to take a sweet, innocent, precious little child's life, but I am confident that all of those precious children are with Jesus. And He was, and is, in control of that entire event. Maybe someone's heart will be drawn to Jesus through this. 

Blessings in Christ,