Happy almost June, sweet friends! I have missed you dearly, and I am so happy to be typing here and saying hello! It is unbelievable to me that it will be summer as of next month. I hope your spring has been full of delight and the loveliness of cool breezes, colors bursting forth in wildflowers and garden beauty, and other joys of the season thus far.
A sweet spot of my past several months has been reading through, and now approaching the end of, the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What an indescribably wonderful feeling to read the imagery-filled writing of an author whom you feel must have been one of your kindred spirits! Laura's writing fills me up with an ever greater ardor for nature, nostalgia, tradition, and the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be alive. I thoroughly enjoy her writing, and as I have read through these treasured books (my favorite series of books ever printed), I have loved marking and "collecting" quotes from her writing.
I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites here (also including a couple of beloved general quotes of hers), paired with some of my recent photography out among the wildflowers and garden that reminds me of some of the poignant passages she wrote.
Before getting to that, though, might I express a simple pleasure I was reminded of recently: that of gazing upon your worn, well-loved, somewhat tattered books of youth that line your shelves... to be sitting on your bedroom floor amid their stacks, admiring them and all the happy memories of getting perfectly lost in the pages of each one. I think that scene right there, friends, is my own idea of the sweetness of girlhood☺
And what can be better for the bibliophile's soul than books and a cup of tea?
Not too many things, I suppose.
. . .
"Often a butterfly stopped to rest there.
Then Laura watched the velvety wings
slowly opening and closing,
as if the butterfly breathed with them."
(On the Banks of Plum Creek)
"The life of the Earth comes up with a
rush in the springtime."
"In the mornings, they ran through the dewy
chill grass that wet their feet and
dabbled the hems of their dresses."
(On the Banks of Plum Creek)
"Down the slope of the little hill...
patches of wild crocus spread yellow
and blue in the young grass..."
(By the Shores of Silver Lake)
"Some old-fashioned things like fresh
air and sunshine are hard to beat."
"We who live in quiet places have the
opportunity to become acquainted with
ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live
our own lives in a way that is not possible
for those keeping up with the crowd."
"All around them there was nothing
but grassy prairie spreading
to the edge of the sky."
(Little House on the Prairie)
"The meadows were rosy-purple with
the blossoms the bees loved best."
....And a few of my other favorites:
"Suffering passes, while love is eternal.
That's a gift you have received from God.
Don't waste it."
"The true way to live is to enjoy every
moment as it passes, and surely it is in the
everyday things around us that the
beauty of life lies."
"As you read my stories of long ago
I hope you will remember that things truly
worthwhile and that will give you
happiness are the same now as they were
then. It is not the things you have that
make you happy. It is love and kindness
and helping each other and just
being plain good."
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If you'd like to get more 'Little House' goodness, you can visit the series'
amazing, educational, inspiring website at the link HERE.
I hope you are having a wonderful week, and I wish you many blessings and
hope you are all well. In this busy season of life, I am so glad to
get to hop on here to say hello. My next post will be sharing a completed
sewing project from this spring that I recently got a chance to photograph.
Hugs to you!