Freedom To Say No

Yesterday was 4th of July. To see what I was up to watch my live video. After my hubby got home from work we worked on a yard project, enjoyed hamburgers and watermelon, and ohh’ed and ahh’ed over the night sky full of brilliant lights.

As we were standing on the crest of a hill (overlooking the Walmart parking lot of all places) watching each firework being shot up and then explode into a cloud of color, I couldn’t help but think of our country fighting for its freedom. Freedom from Great Britian. Saying no more. We choose self-government over being ruled by a rich king on the other side of the ocean.

For eight years the rag-tag band of colonials, under the leadership of George Washington, stood their ground and finally defeated the British army on July 4th, 1776.

Freedom is worth fighting for—even when the odds are against us. Even when it takes longer than expected. Freedom is saying no more when you’ve had enough.

I said “No” to Pa, I didn’t trust him with the cooking after the oatmeal scene. Learning when to say no and when to say yes is freedom.

One of the best yes’s I’ve ever said has become my favorite moment from the Walnut Grove Cast Reunion in 2014. I brought my daughter Raegan with me. Here we are in the museum with the original mantle from the show.

The other favorite memory was visiting Plum Creek and the historical Dugout site. Walking across the bridge, I could imagine Laura running from the house under the earth to the water’s edge. Her family free to move West and find land, free to build a life for themselves, and free to jump in the creek. Laura’s strong presence still lives On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Here’s a video of the cast in 2014 at Plum Creek. It was raining and gorgeously green. I didn’t realize there would be plums in the trees (of course that makes sense), and how beautiful it would be. Only one week until we return to Plum Creek, I promise to share another video with you!

Are you free to say no? Free to put your foot down when you’ve had enough and free to say yes when your dreams are within reach? I pray that you know the freedom that God gives.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

Much Love,

Wendi Lou

3 responses to “Freedom To Say No”

  1. Sheila Chapman Avatar
    Sheila Chapman

    Excellent analogy as saying no truly is a freedom often challenging to achieve.

  2. Billy Williams Avatar
    Billy Williams

    I have had some big hiccups in having freedom in my life and they were not fun. It certainly was not fun to have my ind messed with in a cult, and also in leaving the cult involuntarily…the result being that my body left it but my mind stayed i from resentment. A funny thing about freedom: you can’t choose to do something if the option to not do it is not made available.Then you are sure as sure can be to drift back to what you were not allowed to do, no matter how horrible it was. Now that I have finally made my own choice, I can really appreciate this post. Iknow this is a little on the heavy side fr a response, but freedom is a heavy topic to me. Thank you.

  3. Oh, Wendi Lou! I am SO happy to have found you today! I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie, and then lately, my family and I have started with episode one and are watching them all the way through. There is no way to express how much that show has meant to me throughout life and how much it still means to me today. I wrote an article called, “Reaching for the Little House on the Prairie Kind of Life,” that was published at my blog at and also it was published at I long for those simple days of long ago, and those precious days will forever be immortalized by the Little House on the Prairie books and shows. I am SO thankful to still have access to them, and it was just so wonderful to have found you and found a way to connect with you. I cannot wait to get your book when it comes out! CONGRATULATIONS on that! It sounds like you have been through so many hard things, and I am so grateful God brought you through it all. I know your testimony and stories will bless many. May God bless you richly!

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