So many times as a little girl I dreamed of living in the pioneer days. I can not count how many wagon trips I have been on, or log cabins I have lived in, or chickens I have fed - in my mind that is. :) The older I get the more I realize how hard life was during the pioneer days; but still the little girl in me thinks I would like to live back then - just for a little while - - where the days were simpler, life went slower and family was about all you had.
I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much. Zak and I checked it out at the library - and sat down for a good read. I enjoyed it so much - I made him sit through and listen to it "just one more time!"
Papa and the Pioneer Quilt by Jean Van Leeuwen is a story about a Papa whose heart was visionary for his family; and moving out west was his dream. Speaking of her father, Rebecca describes him this way:
In this story we followed the family as they pioneered out west a little further. It is while they were traveling that Rebecca met Rachel, a new bride, traveling out west with her husband to start their lives together. I absolutely loved how Rebecca describes her new found friend:
Thus the book progresses, as little Rebecca decides to follow Rachel's example and start collecting fabric of her own - for her own quilt. Fabric is precious and few and ingenious ways of collecting it cause Rebecca to find that her quilt will turn into more than a fabric quilt - but rather a memory quilt. Precious memories, of how she was able to obtain the material through their travels.
I loved this book - for it showed that even through hard times we can look back and have good memories. For the hard times are what bring a family together - what shapes our lives and molds our hearts to one another. I LOVED this book.
I hope you will check it out too - I am thinking it may be one that I need to purchase this one and have on our book shelves permanently - that way when the kids ask for a story - I will be able to pick it up and read it again and again.
Hope you have a wonderful week. I am going to strive to spend memory time with my children - doing special things with them and for them this week. I am become keenly aware that they grow up much too quickly . Where does the time go?
Blessings to you my friends. Thanks so much for stopping by - I'm glad you did.