We spent MANY hours in the car to visit family.
We took a trip back in time as well.
While we were there, we visited the site of Laura Ingall's family homestead in South Dakota. This is where she and her family lived much of their lives. Here she met her husband, Almanzo Wilder. After they were married, they moved on, but her parents and sisters remained (if not there, close by).
I grew up "watching"and adoring Laura. And now my daughter is reading the books and watching the Ingall's family on TV. It was a neat adventure to go on.
It made me long for the simple times ~ yet truly appreciate the conveniences of today.
A one room dugout home ~ can you imagine living here with your family?
Inside the dugout.
Doing the laundry
Our ride to school at the one room school house.
Time for class ~ Pay Attention!
We had fun. The kids rode on a horse, made rope, made corncob dolls, and enjoyed the open prairie. The saw the animals in the small hay roof barn and played with some baby kittens. And neither our children or their cousins could imagine living in the tiny house that Pa built.
Sure makes us thankful for the sacrifices and hard work they and all of the other early pioneers gave in order for us to have what we have today!