Little Blessings on the Prairie

Stepping Out

As I think about this new year and all it holds for me, the phrase "Bravely Surrender" keeps coming into my mind. Brave enough to step out, but humble to throw up my hands in surrender. In November, I attended a conference for speakers called Leverage. I know this year will bring lots of opportunities…

Spending Less and Giving More

When I think back, one of my favorite Christmases focused on this very thought. My older sisters and I were in college. Money is scarce when you go to school for a living, but we discovered that the amount of money you spend does not determine the quality of the gift. Our tiny table-top tree…

Navigating Loneliness

Our puppy-dog Mo was gone for a night--she had a rendezvous with a handsome poodle who may have gotten a little frisky with our Berniedoodle. The kids were absolutely lost without her. Honestly, it was pathetic. "Lonely to the core of his being" were my son's words. Today after school, the Mo-snuggles resumed and all…

November Quote Contest, Because I’m Thankful for You

When we all gather around our tables, passing dishes and filling plates--I'm thankful. The candles reflecting off beautiful ceramic pumpkins and seed pods and matching cloth napkins--my heart flickers too. Some of us share out loud--one by one around the circle--after plates are cleared or simply pushed back to create room for spoken words of…

A Good Review… and a Bad One!

Yesterday was quite the day! My emotions didn't know which way to move--it made me pause and think about what I tend to do and how I can change that tendency. It all started out just glorious. The house was quiet after taking my kids to school, I put on my yoga pants and rolled…

New Giveaway for November

Hello friends. It's November and I promised you another giveaway. Last time Jessie Jo and Theresa Ignizio Militello won for their awesome quotes. I'll give you a little insider information... both of these quotes will be featured in my devotional coming out August 2019!! This month we will do it all over again, but with…

The Richest Man in Walnut Grove

“What a family! It does make a man proud.” Charles Ingalls When hard times hit, families either come together or distance themselves. Charles Ingalls was proud of his family, the kind of a family I long to have. Caroline headed for the fields to plant potatoes, Mary worked with Mrs. Whipple hemming skirts, and Laura…

And The Winner Is…

In my house quotes are always being thrown around. My husband loves to share bits of what he’s been reading with us at the dinner table and the door to my daughter’s room is covered with drawings paired with inspiring quotes. My son quotes lines from songs or movies, inserting our dog’s name Mo into…

Wishes Coming True…

Wishing on a star or a weed can be a scary thing to do. If we make a wish and it never comes true, feelings of failure set in. But oh the joy when our wishing comes true, it's worth the risk every time. I've been wishing for over two years and today one of…

Baby Grace in New York

Every so often Baby Grace gets to travel. This time around Brenda and I met in upstate New York. An outstanding living history museum in the small community of Mumford hosted us for the weekend. Our first stop was Niagara Falls, a place I've always wanted to visit. We saw it all, from both the…

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