Going, Going, Gone

Melissa Wiley’s historical fiction about Charlotte and Martha, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s grandmother and great-grandmother, respectively, will only be published as abridged versions from now on. I make good use of my library, but I think this might be a case of buy the unabridged versions while they are still available. Yikes, A-Major’s only on Little House on the Prairie, and I want her, and all the rest of the chilluns to have the option of reading all the books, forward and backward in time, through all of the series that have emerged about Laura’s family. Now you all know what we’ll be asking for at birthdays and Christmas. 🙂
Read Melissa’s thoughts on the subject here and here. I’m inspired by her good spirit in the face of a tough decision.
Thanks to Meredith for mentioning this on her blog.

What Was Pa Thinking, Anyway?

“I want to see a papoose.”
“Mercy on us,” Ma said. “Whatever makes you want to see Indians? We will see enough of them. More than we want to, I wouldn’t wonder.” -Little House on the Prairie, pg. 46
I’ve written before how I have recently read the Little House books for the first time. I enjoyed them very much, but have to admit that my mothering mind had a lot of trouble with Pa’s (and, later, Almanzo’s) foolhardiness. But, if they hadn’t done what they’d done, the way they’d done it, we wouldn’t have such an exciting piece of American history to read.
Take a look at this post; the author puts herself in Caroline’s shoes and shares how she would take Charles’ news of a move, then another move, then another one. Very funny.

Unknown Treasures

I love to read. I have always loved to read. Some of my favorite books are about pioneer life. So why in the world have I never read the Little House books? I haven’t a clue. My Granny Chase even got me the whole series when I was little; I remember opening a volume each Christmas as a present, and adding it to the others on the shelf. Maybe watching the TV show growing up produced a laziness that led me to avoid the real, true stories.

There are these Little House children’s books now, illustrated by Renee Graef, that retell a little of some of the more famous stories in the original books. My in-laws got the kids a set of them a couple of years ago. As I read them to my kids, I noted how charming they were. A’s third birthday party theme was “Little House” where we dressed in bonnets and aprons, and made homemade ice cream and molasses popcorn balls. A has recently developed in her reading skills, and simply eats up the books these days, so Luke has been taking her to the library to feed. 🙂 He thought it time she start the Little House books, and brought home Little House In The Big Woods. I popped it open one night and started reading, and couldn’t put it down! I’m now on Farmer Boy, the third in the series. The picture above is of my mother in law’s well-loved set that I borrowed to read. We are planning to get her a new boxed set for Christmas. (don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog:) They were hers, then her daughter’s, and in the opening lines of some where Laura has written “60 years ago…” Leigh Ann crossed it out and put ‘120’ (as of 1984, I believe) in her then-childish scribble. Gotta love that. I will give these back to LA after I have read them; she may not even remember ‘setting the record straight’.
I encourage anyone who has not read these fine books to do so. Two prevailing themes grab me so far:
-they have nothing! At the end of LHOTP, Pa decides to move them on from the house he built; the next morning they are ready to go. I wouldn’t be able to pack that quickly, but thinking about them makes me want to simplify and take only the essentials in our next move.
-they use everything they do have, and nothing is wasted. LHITBW tells of Mary and Laura getting to play with the pig’s bladder like a balloon (this is a special treat), and frying the pig’s tail and eating it (this is also a treat) at slaughtering time.
Truly inspiring. I wonder how many other wonderful books are out there, just waiting for me to discover them.

Book Review

Along with sharing the bands I like, I might as well share about some books I like, too. I’ll start with one I just finished, called The Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman, by Anne Ortlund.
There was so much good stuff to take away from this book. I think the one most important thing that I needed to hear was that I need to be zealous about focusing my life around three priorities: God, then the church, then the lost. If in the middle of a day I find myself feeling out of control, I simply think back to those priorities: Did I have time with God yet? Do that first. Am I doing my best to serve my family today? How can I make improvements? How about outreach and evangelism? Anne set goals of making so many disciples in a year’s time. I am challenged to do the same.
At first I disagreed with her about the second priority because some phrases of hers made it sound like your husband and children aren’t more important than your brothers and sisters in Christ. At this time in my life, I think that my children are my mission field; they take up most of priorities two and three. But the time will come that I am more focused on people outside of my home to minister with and to. I think she means that, in general, a woman will stand before God someday, not as someone’s wife or mom, but as a woman. What will I have to show for the many days He’s given me? Psalm 90:12 says, Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. Wisdom is something I need daily, in large doses!
I’ve been challenged by this book to simplify things so I have time for what matters. I want my home to reflect Christ, and attract others to Him. I want to take care of myself so that my husband can be proud of me. I want to teach my children how wonderful God is.
Though written in the 70’s, this book is remarkably right-on when it comes to disciplines of the Christian life. I think she gleaned much in her own life from Brother Lawrence’s writings, and
wrote this book with a female spin on them.
I really enjoyed this book. Along with Created To Be His Help Meet, this book is one that motivates me to improve many areas of my life as a wife, mother, and homemaker. More on Created… in another post.

What’s Up With Your Blog’s Name?

Other than that it was available, the reason I picked the phrase “Consider it done” is because it is used by a character in some of my favorite novels, the Mitford books, by Jan Karon. Plus, I like how it goes with one of my favorite verses in the Bible. 1 Peter 1:4 talks about how we as believers have an inheritance that will not fade away. That means it is a done deal. Do I really live life like I “consider it done”- that Christ’s death for me on the cross is my only redeeming quality? Or am I still trying to make it on my own, not depending on His grace until things get tough? This blog can be a daily reminder to me to make sure I am doing this thing filled with the Spirit, not my own flesh.