Little Blessings on the Prairie

Charlotte Stewart

I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to get Walnut Grove out of my mind. My whole summer seems to be planned around the Cast Reunion on July 12-14th. As we were driving home on Sunday after my husband’s graduation weekend, I came up with the greatest idea for the next ten weeks…

It’s Not Always About Us

Memories of last weekend are still flashing before my eyes. Hanging out with the cast at the festival, visiting the museum, and the school assembly. Listening to Richard Thomas, “John Boy” from the Waltons give his State Dinner address. Signing autographs and talking with fans. I’m still posting videos on Facebook, Instagram, and youTube. Sometimes…

Intentionality

Cherry Blossoms are in the air… well at least they are in Marshfield, Missouri for their annual Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. I am honored to be among numerous guest stars from The Waltons, It’s a Wonderful Life, Andy Griffith Show… and of course Little House on the Prairie, not to mention many other famous…

Oh, What Love

I’ve been talking about lies all month—how they are overtaking my planters and my mind, how they affect my relationships and how I view myself—hopefully you are sick of hearing about lies and ready to do something about them, like I am. The only way to combat lies is with the truth. And so, this…

The Lies I Tell Myself

Expectations. Specifically, the expectations we put on ourselves. Expectations often give way to internal lies we put on repeat. Telling us that our expectations were not met. We failed. Again. Expectations... Can we talk about them for a minute? When I was elephant-sized pregnant with my son Tobey, I imagined being the best mom. Snuggling…

The Weeds Have To Go

April is here, spring has sprung! Everywhere I look buds are coming out of hiding, and bright orange poppies line my old country road. My jasmine bush, in the corner of our deck, has exploded with beautiful white flowers. The scent is sweet and light. Everything I want to be. I have this deep desire…

You Be You

Sometimes rivals are represented by teams we compete against or a person we hope to outdo. A coworker can be a rival, a prettier or more athletic girl. But perhaps the greatest battle—the greatest rival—is the one we create in our minds. The person we think everyone wants us to be. We create a false…

Rivals Becoming Friends

My husband informed me that the NCAA tournament is finally underway. He knew my blog posts for the month were about rivals, so I asked him. "Do rivals ever become friends?" He looked at me for a second--about to shake his head, then smile, "Well, maybe." I once had a neighbor. We were friends before…

The Muddy Rivals

The first showdown over ring-around-the-rosy in the schoolyard was just the beginning. I guess it all started because Laura was willing to stand up to Nellie and her controlling nature. If fighting with Nellie was a school subject, Laura would have aced every test. They had their share of experiences to fuel the rivalry—Jason and…

Madness on the Prairie

Every March rolls around and the same thing happens. There’s a madness in the air I can’t ignore. My husband is constantly checking tournament scores, filling out his bracket, and filling us in on the highlights of college basketball while we eat spaghetti at the dinner table. After almost twenty years of marriage, I have…