Faith in the United States of America

This post isn’t about religious faith but about faith in one’s country.  When I was a little girl I got lost in the Little House Books because it was the personification of the continuing saga of the American Spirit. The American Spirit as laid out by Thomas Jefferson was one of ingenuity, freedom and liberty to pursue your dreams no matter what they are.  It was not and is not suppose to easy because we all (inducing me) face ups and downs every day but we are given a unique responsibility as Americans.  That responsibility is to preserve the principles of our country through living life, pursuing our dreams and working hard.  The Little House books personify what the founders were trying do do and dear Laura did a wonderful job of bringing that story to millions of children not only in our own country but around the world.  I only hope that her influence continues…

The below article originally appeared on and is written by William Anderson:

In 1931, a Missouri farm woman sat down with pencil and lined paper to write her life story.  She was Laura Ingalls Wilder, locally famous for her gingerbread and hospitality. When “Little House in the Big Woods” appeared, the 65-year-old was instantly famous in schools, libraries and homes. She still is.

Today, Wilder’s renown is scarcely equaled by any other American author.  The nine “Little House” books, chronicling life on the American heartland, still resonate. The adventures of the Ingalls family, as they forged west in the 1870s and 1880s, perennially enchant and instruct readers.

Wilder had a story to tell.  “I understood that in my own life I represented a whole era of American history,” she mused.  Indeed.  Her covered wagon treks, provided rich memories of building towns and family farms on the frontier.  There were hardships –crop failures, fires, illness, weather and skimpy rations.  But Wilder’s family endured with grit, determination and unity.  Their family security was unshakable.

“I wanted the children now to understand what made America,” Wilder told an audience in 1937.  “It seemed to me that my childhood had been much richer…than that of children today.  Children clamored for more stories.”  Wilder’s publisher, Harper Collins, urged her on; she finished her series at age 76.  The saga concluded with her 1885 marriage to Almanzo Wilder, whose story she told in “Farmer Boy.”

In 1894 the Wilders, with their only child Rose, settled on Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri.  Again they struggled against the elements, establishing a farm and building their home.

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