Nasty Nellies

Nasty Nellies. We all run into them from time to time, at least I do. In fact, it happened just this week. I’m a sensitive girl, tears come easy when my feelings get hurt. I hung up the phone and couldn’t believe what I’d heard. "We don’t want to do business with you or your…

Meant To Be

It’s easy to say that God had a plan when my sister and I landed the role of Baby Grace. Good showing up is always easy, like when I met my husband Josh, or when this grammatically challenged girl had the hair-brain idea to write a book. A publisher taking a chance on me was…

Become A Storyteller

We often think that great storytelling is reserved for best-selling authors and movie directors, for those who have lived through a war or a catastrophe or finding their true love after all odds kept them apart. But anyone can be a storyteller—even you. Stories that entertain the mind are effective, but it’s hitting a bull’s-eye…

Fuel The Spark

Every one of us has a little slice of heaven we call home. A little house where memories are made and dreams are formed while gathered together around the table… or in my case the television. Watching Little House on the Prairie fueled a spark in my heart and I wonder what ignites yours? What’s…

A Father’s Day Tribute

To My Three Dads, Michael Landon, and Dads Everywhere I’ve had my share of father figures during my almost forty-three years on planet Earth. Each one has played a major role in making me who I am today. Even in the best circumstances, dads everywhere have a difficult task before them, with so much resting…

More Than Enough: A Mother’s Day Devotional

During the last two months, homemade sourdough bread has worked its way into our home. I suddenly had the time and no excuse but to try. My teenagers love to smooth soft butter over a freshly cut piece right out of the oven. The smell is heavenly and I feel a bit like Caroline Ingalls…

DON’T FORGET

Season 10,  “The Last Farewell” 10 Don’t Forget “Folks ain’t thinking much about Easter right now.” –Jeb Carter With the town of Walnut Grove being threatened, no one was thinking about the Carter’s Easter bunnies. The townspeople packed their covered wagons, tears filling every eye. How could anyone think of celebrating? I don’t think it’s…

What’s Standing in Your Way?

Season 9, Episode 20, “May I Have This Dance?” 9 What's Standing in Your Way? “I failed the exam on purpose. I’m going to stay in Walnut Grove and run the restaurant. And I want to marry Rachel Brown.” –Willie Oleson A crossroads in life is often the time when we realize where we’re headed…

NEVER ALONE

Season 8, Episode 17, “Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow” 8 Never Alone “You’re never alone Half Pint, not ever.” –Charles Ingalls Hard seasons hit each and every one of us from time to time. There’s no explanation, our hope runs dry, and sometimes one tragedy dominoes into another. Just when we think life couldn’t…

HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND

Season 7, Episode 12, “Oleson vs Oleson” 7 Have Courage and Be Kind “You did the courageous thing and every woman in this town knows it.”    –Caroline Ingalls Standing up for what we believe in is never a mistake as long as kindness is just as tall as courage. Our world is full of…

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