I think I was born 150 years to late. I have always been attracted to a time when things were simpler. When a hand shake meant seal the deal. When your word was your oath.To a time when families gathered around the table and actually enjoyed each other.
While raising my children I had the privilege of homeschooling them for 5 years. Truly the happiest time of my life.
In our house we call the 1800s "the little house on the prairie". I would do whatever I could to bring those days to life for my kids.
You see I'm a visual storyteller.
For a whole year we did a study on the days of little house in the prairie. From going to the actually log house in Independence Kansas to make jam from black berries it was all hands on. Even saving the bladder from a hog and making a balloon. Yep, we did that!!
One of the sweetest memories I have is when we first moved onto our homestead the kids were so little. We had learned what Laura Ingalls did for entertainment back then in her time. Before there was television, computers and cellphones.
It was something as simple as listening to Pa play his fiddle while the Mary and Laura danced.
So me being the visual storyteller that I am. I had the kids dress up in their pioneer clothes. I grabbed the cassette tape recorder and we all went to the front yard.
Now we live in the country it's at night no streetlights lights basically pitch-black except for the moon light. As Pa was playing his fiddle through the tape recorder my children were all dancing around loving life giggling and having fun as I was sitting there thinking how lucky I am to have this moment with my babies all because Laura wrote a book called Little House on the prairie.