One of my most fondest memories that I have of my childhood is watching Little House on the Prairie® each week with my family. When my Nana realized just how very much I loved the television series, she began to buy the series of books for me. A few at a time for my birthday, Easter, over summer vacation, and naturally for Christmas.
Little House on the Prairie is one of the few television series from my childhood that I can recall with clarity as though it were yesterday. The entire cast became an extended family that I had the chance to visit with each week, and Laura and I were cousins that got into everything together, in my mind at least. I could identify with what life was like in the country, growing up on a farm with a small town a few miles away. Cressona was my Walnut Grove, and each of the characters of the show were represented by a family member. The only differences that my child’s eyes saw were in the way that we dressed. Even as I grew older, I always felt as though I was born “out of my era” and that I should have been born during the pioneering days like Laura. I rather fancied being able to wear bonnets and long dresses all the time, but I’m sure that they weren’t as comfortable to wear as they looked!
Little House on the Prairie Television Series
When a movie or a television series touches your life in such a profound way, you want to share it with your own family. So you can just imagine how thrilled I was to be given the opportunity to work with Element Associates to bring you some exciting news and a giveaway from Little House on the Prairie. I received the deluxe remastered edition of Little House on the Prairie Season One with the Pilot Movie along with the DVD The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder to review and share with you. (While these items were received free of charge, all opinions are 100% originally my own!)
I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to immerse myself in a few afternoons of stepping back in time to relive those childhood memories with Laura and Mary Ingalls and the gang from Walnut Grove! I thoroughly enjoyed the remastered pilot movie that depicted the Ingalls family leaving their home and family in the Big Woods to head west to Kansas. Watching the family struggle through the elements, crossing rushing rivers and losing Jack, the family dog, had me in tears. A smile from ear to ear broke out when a few days later, Jack shows up, filthy dirty, hungry, and whimpering and Charles and Laura grab him and hug him and thank God for bringing him back to them. The family develops a brief friendship with an Indian chief, their home is in jeopardy from a wildfire, and then the heartbreak of being told that they will have to leave due to new government settlement rules. As the family pulls away from the home that they built, with Mr. Edwards waving goodbye, I couldn’t help the lump that formed in my throat. I felt every heartbreaking emotion that young Melissa Gilbert portrayed.
The Brand New Little House on the Prairie Website
I am so very excited to announce that after years of waiting, there is a brand new Little House on the Prairie website full of wonderful resources and materials from cooking to crafting the Ingalls way! I am completely in love with the Old Fashioned Braided Rug Placemat tutorial on the site. I remember my Nana and my mother having rugs exactly like these made by the Amish women in our community in their homes. Such wonderful memories! You can also connect with Little House on the Prairie on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
To kick off the launch of their new website, there is a Little House on the Prairie Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway going on now through April 24, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Here’s what is included in the giveaway package:
- Little House on the Prairie Season 1 Digitally Remastered 6 DVD Set
- Little House on the Prairie Season 2 Digitally Remastered 5 DVD Set
- Little House on the Prairie Season 3 Digitally Remastered 5 DVD Set
- Little House on the Prairie Season 4 Digitally Remastered 5 DVD Set
- Pioneer Girl Book and Tote Bag
- The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the walk down memory lane with us, and that you are looking forward to sharing this wonderfully wholesome television series with your own children. Please leave a comment and let us know what your fondest memory is from the Little House on the Prairie series and your favorite character!