As many of you know, I love handmade goodies. I love the thought, time, and love that goes into making something with your hands, not to mention the satisfaction. In the book, Ma made everything! Knits, clothes, cheese, straw hats, I mean everything. And Pa grew veggies, hunted for food, gathered honey. That kind of life just fascinates me. I mean it must bring so much satisfaction knowing how to make so many things from scratch.
The part about Christmas was a great topic with the kids. In the book, each kid received a knitted pair of mittens and a peppermint stick. Laura got an extra gift of a handmade doll, and they were all thrilled. They savored their peppermint sticks, making them last for a while. I loved talking about this with the kids, who devour candy within 3 seconds of receiving any. To be so grateful about what you receive, no matter how small it may seem.
The end of the book kind of threw me for a loop when Pa had a machine come out to harvest his grain. He said it was a great invention and made his work go so much faster. I love simplicity, but it’s also nice to have so many options around me for those times when life just gets a little busy.