lunedì 29 agosto 2016

PORTRAIT OF A LADY: Laura Ingalls Gunn, the privilege of being a descendant of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


I knew her for chance ...



Shot originally taken by Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic ©




The Ingalls Family



thanks to Stacey, blogger at POOFING THE PILLOWS, who, as soon as read my post about Laura Ingalls Wilder's biography, put me in contact with her: Laura Ingalls Gunn is a descendant of the all over the world known and loved little Laura, protagonist of the series "The Little House on the Prairie" and writer, as an adult, of so many books for children telling her adventures, dating back to when she was a child and pertinent her life as a woman, mother and wife.



Laura Ingalls Gunn is a blogger herself at DECORE TO ADORE, a so beautiful blog about home decoration, she's a lady fond of romantic details and settings, of such a good nature, a tender hearted 'gal' as few we may know.
Here today I want to introduce her to you, I want to let you know not only the blogger, who's so very talented, but firstly the first cousin three times removed of Laura Ingalls Wilder ( Charles Ingalls was her great-great granduncle ) and I love to do it through her words, for I'm sure that, after having read them, she'll win your heart and you'll be eventually fond of her !


Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1918



- What kind of relationship is linking you with Laura and when you came to know it

My great-great grandfather, Lansford “James” Ingalls and Charles (Laura’s father) were brothers.*
My great aunt, Mildred Ingalls Kenner, sister of my grandfather, Roy Andrew Ingalls, was a librarian and also our family historian. Each birthday and Christmas for several years, when I was a small child, she gifted me one of the “Little House” books until I had the complete collection.
My maternal grandmother, Mary Bradley Varner, loved to study genealogy and mapped out my complete family history. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know about my relationship to Laura. She has always been a part of my family.  


- When did you visit her homes and who accompanied you ( did you visit them all, what did you felt finding yourself exactly where she lived her ordinary days, and so on ... )

I visited her first home, Little House in the Big Woods, in Pepin, Wisconsin when I was 12 years old. I was taken there by my grandfather, Roy, and his sister, my great aunt, Dorothy Ingalls Farrell. I remember being very upset because there was no longer a forest (big woods) surrounding the cabin.

My daughter and I moved from California to New York, (I was 25 and she was 5 years old) and we drove the entire way. We stopped in De Smet, South Dakota. There are several sites in this small town which Laura wrote about in the books “By the Shores of Silver Lake”, “The Long Winter”, “Little Town on the Prairie”, “These Happy Golden Years” and “The First Four Years”. The town and home site truly is a “must see” for any Laura fan.

While living in upstate New York my daughter and I drove to Malone, New York to visit the childhood homestead of Laura’s husband, Almanzo, which was documented in “Farmer Boy”. It was a lovely home, fully restored to its original state.

A year later we moved to Texas. While living there my daughter, now age 6, and I drove to Independence, Kansas which has a replica of the log cabin Laura lived in and wrote about in “Little House in the Prairie”.
On that same trip we also went to Mansfield, Missouri. This has a few sites to visit including the Rock House which was a gift from Rose and where Laura wrote many of the Little House books. There is also the House at Rocky Ridge that Almanzo built for Laura. As she was only 4’11” tall (2.54 cm) her kitchen almost felt like a dollhouse kitchen as it was customized for her height.

A few years later, on a visit to Minnesota to see my paternal grandmother, Eleanor Becker Ingalls, (Grandma Jingles) my husband, two children and I drove down to Walnut Grove, Minnesota. It too has several wonderful sites to see and it was lovely to enjoy a picnic “On the Banks of Plum Creek”.

There is just one site that I have not been to which is the hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa. The Ingalls family lived here for one year when Laura was about 9 or 10 years of age. She never wrote about it because it was a very dark period for the family. 


- What does it mean to you to have such inheritance in values

It is so nice to have such a detailed family history. Laura is a wonderful role model on how to persevere and keep a cheerful outlook even during difficult times. Her faith in God has also been a wonderful inspiration to me.


- How do you feel when you hear people talking of her or read something about her

Having the same name I often will be shopping and someone will need to see my identification card or ask my name when I am purchasing something. People often get very excited when they see/hear it. I have never once encountered anyone who didn’t have the warmest or loveliest reaction regarding their thoughts about Laura. So many people love her books as well as the television show. It is always a nice thing to hear.


- Have you read all the biographies about her … and her books

There are so many books now that have been written about Laura/the Ingalls family that I imagine I have not read all of them, but I have read a good many. Whenever I visit a foreign country I try to visit a bookstore and purchase one of her books. So far I have copies of “Little House on the Prairie” written in Spanish, French, German and Greek.


- Would you have liked to know her and to live at her age

It would be very nice to have a time machine and be able to travel back in time and visit with Laura and learn first-hand about my family. I imagine that she was a very nice person, full of intelligence and wit. One must remember though that Laura chose not to write about some of the very difficult and dark times of her life. Like everyone else the family had their share of heartache. The death of her baby brother, Mary’s blindness and other events could have been prevented in the age of modern medicine and antibiotics. For this reason I don’t know if I would want to live during that time. But I truly appreciate the pioneering spirit of my family. Still, I think many romantics at heart, myself included, perhaps long for a simpler, sweeter time.


For sure I'm one of them, darling friend of mine, and how excited I am to discover that History and people who has marked it are still living today in such wonderful persons like You !

In the hope to have caught your interest and enthralled you with such a loving Lady and her interesting inheritance, I'm sending my warmest hug to you all, dearest readers and friends, may love always have a place in your days, that's my very wish for you

see you soon 💕









NOTES:
* -  Lansford Whiting Ingalls - Grandpa - and Laura Louise Colby Ingalls - Grandma - had several children, to be more precise eleven, one of which, Son Baby Ingalls, survived just a little after his birth; thus, if ten were their surviving children, Charles ( Laura's father - Pa ) was the third born whereas Lansford James was the sixth.
Here are them all: 

Peter Riley Ingalls (1833 - 1900)

Son Baby Ingalls (1835 - 1835)

Charles Phillip Ingalls (1836 - 1902)

Lydia Louisa Ingalls Stouff (1838 - 1913)

Polly Melona Ingalls Quiner (1841 - 1886)




James Lansford Ingalls 
Born: Mar. 14, 1842 at Cuba, Allegany County, New York - Death: Jul. 8, 1928, Rock Elm, Pierce County, Wisconsin.


Polly Melona Ingalls Quiner (1841 - 1886)

Laura Ladocia Ingalls Forbes - Aunt Docia (1846 - 1918)

Hiram Lemuel Ingalls (1848 - 1923)

George Whiting Ingalls (1851 - 1901)

Ruby Celestia Ingalls Card (1855 - 1881)

Lafayette Ingalls (?)








La conobbi per caso ...



- picture 1 - Fotografia originale di Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic ©

- picture 2 -  La Famiglia Ingalls



grazie a Stacey, del blog POOFING THE PILLOWS, la quale, non appena lesse il mio post sulla biografia di Laura Ingalls Wilder, mi mise in contatto con lei: Laura Ingalls Gunn è una discendente della piccola Laura Ingalls, conosciuta ed amata in tutto il mondo quale protagonista della serie "La casa nella prateria" ed apprezzata da adulta come scrittrice di numerosi libri per fanciulli che raccontano le sue avventure risalenti a quando era bambina e pertinenti la sua vita di donna, madre e moglie.



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Anche Laura Ingalls Gunn è una blogger, DECORE TO ADORE è l'incantevole blog sull'home decor che cura con devozione quale amante di dettagli romantici ed atmosfere suggestive, una donna dall'animo così gentile, così di buon cuore come poche ci è dato l'opportunità di conoscere ai nostri giorni.
Qui oggi voglio presentarla a voi, voglio farvi conoscere non solo la blogger, che è così tanto talentuosa, ma in primo luogo la cugina di quarto grado di Laura Ingalls Wilder (Charles Ingalls era il suo bis-bis prozio) e mi piace farlo attraverso le sue parole, perché sono certa che, dopo averle letto, ella conquisterà il vostro cuore e non potrete fare a meno di apprezzarla !



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- Che tipo di rapporto ti lega a Laura e quando ne sei venuta a conoscenza -
Il mio trisavolo, Lansford "James" Ingalls e Charles (il padre di Laura) erano fratelli. *
La mia prozia, Mildred Ingalls Kenner, sorella di mio nonno, Roy Andrew Ingalls, era una bibliotecaria e anche la storica di famiglia. In occasione di ogni mio compleanno e del Natale per diversi anni, quando ero un bambina piccola, mi regalava uno dei libri della serie “Little House” fino a quando giunsi a possedere la collezione completa.
Mia nonna materna, Mary Bradley Varner, amava studiare genealogia e mappò la mia intera storia familiare. Non riesco a ricordare un momento in cui io non ero a conoscenza del il mio rapporto con Laura. Lei è sempre stata parte della mia famiglia.



- Quando visitasti le sue abitazioni e chi ti accompagnò (le hai visitate tutte, cosa hai provato nel trovarti esattamente dove ella visse la propria vita di tutti i giorni ...) -

Ho visitato la sua prima casa, Little House in the Big Woods, in Pepin, Wisconsin quando avevo 12 anni. Mi ci portò mio nonno, Roy, e sua sorella, la mia prozia, Dorothy Ingalls Farrell. Mi ricordo di essere stata molto turbata perché non c'erano più i grandi boschi (Big Woods) a circondare la capanna.

Mia figlia ed io ci spostammo dalla California a New York, (io avevo 25 anni e lei ne aveva 5) percorrendo tutto il tragitto in auto. Ci siamo fermati a De Smet, Dakota del Sud. Ci sono diversi luoghi in questa piccola città che Laura ha nominato nei libri “By the Shores of Silver Lake”, “The Long Winter”, “Little Town on the Prairie”, “These Happy Golden Years” e “The First Four Years”. Per ogni fan di Laura è d'obbligo visitare questa città ed il luogo dove è collocata la casa.

Mentre vivevo nello stato di New York, mia figlia ed io raggiungemmo in automobile Malone, New York per visitare la fattoria dove trascorse la sua infanzia il marito di Laura, Almanzo, documentata in "Farmer Boy". Era una bella casa, ristrutturata completamente per ricondurla al suo stato originale.

Un anno dopo ci siamo trasferite in Texas. Mentre vivevamo lì, mia figlia, ormai di 6 anni, ed io, raggiungemmo Independence, Kansas, che ha una replica della capanna costruita con tronchi d'albero in cui Laura visse e di cui scrisse in  “Little House in the Prairie”.

Durante quello stesso viaggio siamo andate anche a Mansfield, Missouri. Mansfield ha un paio di siti da visitare tra cui il Rock House che fu un regalo da Rose e dove Laura ha scritto molti dei libri della serie ”Little House”. C'è anche la casa a Rocky Ridge che Almanzo edificò per Laura.Siccome ella era alta solamente  4'11 " (1,50 cm) la sua cucina sembrava quasi una cucina di una casa di bambola tanto era stata personalizzata in funzione della sua statura.

Pochi anni dopo, durante una visita in Minnesota per vedere la mia nonna paterna, Eleanor Becker Ingalls, (Grandma Jingles) mio marito, i nostri due bambini ed io raggiungemmo in automobile Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Anche qui vi sono parecchi luoghi meravigliosi da vedere ed è stato bello poter godere di un pic-nic “On the Banks of Plum Creek”-"Sulle rive del Plum Creek".

C'è solo un luogo in cui non sono stata, ed è quello in cui si trova l'hotel a Burr Oak, Iowa. La famiglia Ingalls visse lì per un anno quando Laura aveva circa 9 o 10 anni di età. Ella non ne ha mai fatto menzione perché fu un periodo molto buio per tutta la famiglia.



- Che cosa significa per te avere una tale eredità in quanto a valori -

E' talmente  bello avere una così una dettagliata storia di famiglia. Laura è un modello meraviglioso su come perseverare e mantenere una prospettiva allegra anche nei momenti difficili, e la sua fede in Dio è stata inoltre una meravigliosa fonte di ispirazione per me.



- Cosa provi quando senti  la gente parlare di lei o quando leggi qualcosa su di lei -

Spesso quando mi reco a fare shopping qualcuno mi chiede un documento o il mio nome se sto per fare qualche acquisto. Avendo lo stesso nome, le persone spesso si entusiasmano molto quando lo vedono o lo sentono. Non ho mai incontrato nessuno che non avesse una reazione calorosa o adorabile circa i pensieri che nutrono per Laura. Così tante persone amano i suoi libri, nonché il programma televisivo. E 'sempre una bella cosa da sentire.



- Hai letto tutte le biografie su di lei ... e quelli da lei scritti -

Ci sono tanti libri, ormai, che sono stati scritti su Laura e sulla famiglia Ingalls che immagino non li ho letto tutti, ma ne ho letto un buon numero. Ogni volta che visito un paese straniero provo ad entrare in una libreria ed acquisto uno dei suoi libri. Finora ho copie di “Little House on the Prairie” -"La casa nella prateria" scritte in spagnolo, francese, tedesco e greco.



- Ti sarebbe piaciuto conoscerla e vivere alla sua epoca -

Sarebbe molto bello avere una macchina del tempo ed essere in grado di viaggiare indietro nel tempo e visitare con Laura e conoscere di persona la mia famiglia. Immagino che lei fosse una persona molto bella, piena di intelligenza e arguzia. Bisogna ricordare però che Laura ha scelto di non scrivere circa alcuni dei momenti molto difficili e bui della sua vita. Come tutti gli altri membri della famiglia anche lei aveva la dose di crepacuore. La morte del suo fratellino, la cecità di Mary ed altri eventi avrebbero potuto essere evitati nell'era della medicina moderna grazie agli antibiotici. Per questo motivo non so se vorrei vivere in quel periodo. Ma apprezzo sinceramente lo spirito pionieristico che ha guidato la mia famiglia. Eppure, penso che molte persone dal cuore romantico, me compresa, forse bramano un tempo più semplice, un tempo più dolce.


Di sicuro io sono una di loro, mia cara amica, e come sono entusiasta quando scopro che la storia e la gente che in qualche modo la ha segnata continuano a vivere oggi in persone meravigliose come Te !


Grazie infinite per il tempo che mi hai dedicato così amorevolmente, carissima Laura, e a voi tutti, cari lettori ed amici che sempre mi seguite, invio il mio più caloroso abbraccio nella speranza di aver catturato il vostro interesse e di avervi affascinati con una Lady così amorevole e con la sua avvincente eredità, possa l'amore trovare sempre un posto nei vostri giorni, questo è il mio augurio per voi !


A presto 💕








NOTA:
* -  Lansford Whiting Ingalls - Grandpa - e Laura Louise Colby Ingalls - Grandma - ebbero numerosi figli, per la precisione undici, uno dei quali, Son Baby Ingalls, sopravvisse solo alcuni giorni alla sua nascita; perciò, anche se dieci furono i loro figli sopravvissuti, Charles ( il padre di Laura - Pa ) fu il terzogenito mentre Lansford James fu il sesto a nascere.
Eccoveli tutti qui di seguito:

Peter Riley Ingalls (1833 - 1900)

Son Baby Ingalls (1835 - 1835)

Charles Phillip Ingalls (1836 - 1902)

Lydia Louisa Ingalls Stouff (1838 - 1913)

Polly Melona Ingalls Quiner (1841 - 1886)



James Lansford Ingalls 
Born: Mar. 14, 1842 at Cuba, Allegany County, New York - Death: Jul. 8, 1928, Rock Elm, Pierce County, Wisconsin.


Polly Melona Ingalls Quiner (1841 - 1886)

Laura Ladocia Ingalls Forbes - Aunt Docia (1846 - 1918)

Hiram Lemuel Ingalls (1848 - 1923)

George Whiting Ingalls (1851 - 1901)

Ruby Celestia Ingalls Card (1855 - 1881)

Lafayette Ingalls (?)



72 commenti:

  1. What a wonderful experience for you, Dany, and how fortunate you were to be able to speak with her. A very interesting woman indeed.
    Thank you so much for sharing, sweet friend.
    Have a beautiful week ahead. xo.

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    1. @ Lisa
      honestly we're joined by such a heartfelt and lovely friendship here on the web, I'm so grateful for our paths have crossed one day, for She's truly so adorable and kind and I do admire Her such a lot, Her good sentiments are still witnessing Her ancient roots !

      I thank you with all my heart, dearest friend of mine, to have you here today really makes my day, God Bless ಌ❀ಌ

      Elimina
  2. Olá,
    amo esse mundo velho, que parece que vivi neste tempo.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Anajà
      è sempre uma bênção para tê-lo aqui, querida amiga !

      ஜ Um grande abraço ஜ

      Elimina
  3. Hello, Dear Dany, I so enjoyed reading your interview with Laura Ingalls Gunn! She sounds like the perfect person to keep Laura Ingalls Wilder's legacy alive. The 'Little House' Books are treasured by my family - I read all the books to my 4 children when they were young, and the television series was also broadcasting at that time. I still have the complete set to read to my Grandchildren soon. Such a beloved writer and family, and I would not be surprised to know that she lived through some dark times, as many did during that era. Thank you for sharing this, my dear and I hope that you have a wonderful week with sweet things. Hugs xo Karen

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    1. @ Karen
      your words of appreciation and love bless my heart with a deep joy, dearest friend of mine, I'm so thankful to you for this, you're right, she's really the perfect Lady to keep Laura Ingalls Wilder's legacy alive, she's such a good-hearted woman, so sensitive ... just as her ancestress was !

      With my heart overflowing for the gladness you brought me, I'm sending blessings on your day, today, and on your days to come, may they be as beautiful as you, dearie ❥

      Elimina
  4. Hello Dany, how nice to meet with Laura Ingalls Gunn. I will have to check out her blog. I always enjoyed the Little House stories. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday, have a great day and week ahead!!

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    1. @ eileeninmd
      I always welcome you with such a joy, thank you for your lovely comment, dearest, precious friend of mine !

      Hope you also are having a beautiful week, I'm sending all my dearest love to you, with sincere gratitude ♥♡♥

      Elimina
  5. How wonderful! I loved this post so much.
    It is nice to have you back writing again with such interesting things.
    Sending hugs

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    1. @ annie
      your enthusiasm and enjoyment brighten my morning, I wholeheratedly thank you, dearie !

      May your day be blessed with the deepest joy ever,
      sending dear hugs to you too ❀≼❤≽❀

      Elimina
  6. Oh my dear friend Dany my eyes are filled with happiness due to the lovely words that you have penned here. Thank you so very much for your devoted friendship. Blessings to you dear one.

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    1. @ Decor to Adore
      my heart is full to overflowing with joy, dearest Laura, who knows you cannot help but to admire and to love you !

      Hope you're having a beautiful week, I'm sending much love to you, with utmost gratitude for everything, just everything, precious friend of mine, may life always smile to you ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  7. Thanks, Dany, for telling us even more about our friend Laura! While I "know" Laura from her blog and her visits to mine, your questions are wonderful and fill in some blanks! She's an amazing woman and how wonderful that she cherishes and continues to share the legacy of her family.

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    1. @ Jeanie
      we're truly fortunate having her as a friend, aren't we ?

      Thanks most sincerely for your always so beautiful words, dearie, sending you hugs and more hugs across the many miles in the hope that your week is off to a great start, God Bless •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  8. This was an amazing read! So glad I found this blog post!

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    1. @ Abi Ant
      you're so heartily welcome, it is I who have to thank you !

      May your day be blessed with joy and may your month of September be as happy as never before ༺♡❀♡༻

      Elimina
  9. Good Evening Dear Dany,
    So lovely of you to share such interesting history as well as gentle thoughts of our own Laura Ingalls Gunn.
    I am sure Laura will be honored to have you include her here on your post.
    Sending friendship and warmth always!
    Jemma

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    1. @ Jemma
      it's my pleasure and a honour to me, Laura is truly a wonderful Lady !

      So very grateful for your words of sincere appreciation I'm sending my dearest love to you, sweetest friend of mine ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  10. Another interesting story. I visited immediately Laura´s decoration blog, lovely. The Little House of the Prairy reminds me to earlier days when my daughters and I enjoyed this on television in our country as `Het Kleine Huis op de Prairie`.
    Wish you a great Wednesday.
    Hugs, Janneke

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    1. @ Janneke
      I was sure that you'd enjoyed her Blog, it talks of her sweet heart !

      So very glad to read your words of amusement, I'm wishing you all my best for the remainder of your week, dearie, may it be filled with joy and wonder, thank you for your loveliness ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  11. loved reading this post, I found it really interesting,. loved reading about families histories and past

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    1. @ Serenity You
      thanks most sincerely for your words of enjoyment, they fill my heart and put a smile on my face !

      *♥* With a big hug I'm sending much love on your days to come *♥*

      Elimina
  12. Hello Dear Dany, another lovely post. So wonderful to meet and interview Laura Ingalls Gunn. Her blog “Decor to Adore” looks amazing, I will have to have a good old read when I've made myself a cup of tea.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday :)x

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    1. @ Prunella
      I heartily thank you for the lovely words of amusement and appreciation, I'm sure that Laura too will read your comment with delight !

      Hope you're having the best of weeks, I'm sending my dearest hugs across the many miles ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  13. I loved reading the Little House on the Prairie books as a child. Thank you for this lovely post, Dany. How interesting to read about Laura Ingalls Gunn and her fascinating family.

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    1. @ Kim
      dearie, you found the right word,'fascinating', that's how such things and inheritances are to me !

      May your day be blessed with joy, sweetest, precious friend of mine, wishing you a wonderful month of September ⊰✽*✽⊱

      Elimina
  14. My dearest Dany, what a wonderful and enchanting experience for you! Thank you for sharing this lovely post as it was thrilling to my heart :) I agree with Karen that Laura Ingalls Gunn is the perfect person to keep Laura Ingalls Wilder's legacy alive.

    Thinking of you, sweet friend. May your September be sweetly blessed. Much love to you!

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    1. @ Stephanie
      my heart is full to overflowing with joy, your words are such a blessing to my soul, thank you, dearest one !

      Actually, when you know Laura Ingalls Gunn you cannot help but adore her, she resembles you so much, sweetest friend of mine ... actually I so love both of you !

      May your September too be filled with much gladness and serenity, God bless you and this wonderful friendship of ours ❥

      Elimina
  15. Quantas vidas e histórias o mundo não tem , não é mesmo?
    obrigada por compartilhar..
    grande abraço..
    :o)

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    1. @ Kr.Eliane
      nos estamos realmente distantes, querida amiga, gostaria tanto de te ter aqui ... não pensou nunca em voar aqui para perto de mim ?

      Eu estou perto de ti com o coração e com a mente, estou muito agradecido por nossa amizade, eu enviar um beijo •♥•*Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ*•♥•

      Elimina
  16. What a delight to read your wonderful interview with Laura Ingalls Gunn! As a child, we grew up reading the "Little House" books, and what a delight and joy they always were to read, Laura had such a unique and special way of telling a story. I did not know that she was only 4'11", now I don't feel so short, as I am only a few inches taller than here, lol! I did not know about the dark period in Iowa with their little family, and of course the death of the little baby brother must have been so hard for them. Indeed, we are blessed today with modern medicine preventing so many illnesses from being fatal. I truly enjoyed this lovely post, and want to now stop by and visit her blog! Thank you for sharing this lovely lady and her history! Many hugs to you today :)

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    1. @ SpicingUpIdaho
      how simply delightful to read a comment of yours, my lovely Marilyn, to have you here again after my pause means so much to me, believe me, dearie, firstly a deep, deep joy, thank you !

      Laura Ingalls Wilder has been- when we were young girls - and still is - now that we're adult - an icon for all of us and I was sure that to let you know who still keeps her alive, with her nature and her mind, could arouse interest in most of you ... and to read your words of appreciation truly make my heart sing !

      May your day smile to you sweetie, and the whole month of September bring much serenity to you and to your dear ones ღ❀ღ

      Elimina
  17. What an interesting post Dany. I loved your previous post about Laura Ingalls too. Decore to Adore looked amazing - did not find any follow gadget though....

    Wishing you a beautiful week! Mah the sun brighten up your days 💕

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    1. @ riitta
      I'm overjoyed by reading your amusement and interest, dearest friend, thank you !
      Actually I don't know if Decore to Adore has ever had a follow gadget, I'm following it by copying and paste its URL and adding it on my dashboard list.

      Have a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead, sending a big, warm hug to you across the many miles ✿*✿

      Elimina
  18. Dany,

    I grew up reading the Little House books, and we have visted Rocky Ridge farm in Mansfield MO, and have been to the cemetery there to see their graves. I have long admired Laura, and her spunk!

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    1. @ Deanna
      I welcome you with a big, very big and warm hug !
      Laura is an icon as a girl, a woman, a wife and a mother, and example to follow with so much admiration and love, and the Laura I'm introducing you, thanks to this post of mine, is the real personification of her ancestress, I so love her for this !

      May your day be filled with joy, sweet friend,
      have the best of weekends to come •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  19. Thank you for sharing this interview with Laura! She is a beautiful, sweet woman, and so appropriately named after her ancestor. Like so many others, I grew up with the "Little House" stories, and I am very eager to start my granddaughter on them in a few years. Happy September to you, Dany!

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    1. @ Cynthia
      what a blessing to have you here this morning, thank you dearest friend of mine, your comments always fill my heart with joy !

      Hope you're enjoying a wonderful Friday, I'm sending my dearest love for wishing you a most beautiful weekend ever ❀≼♥♡♥≽❀

      Elimina
  20. Daniela, you always do the best research on subjects that interest you but when I saw my friend Laura pop up here, I was really excited. So sweet of you to feature her. :)

    I'll be sharing this on Facebook.

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    1. @ Stacey
      it was a nice surprise to you, wasn't it ?!?

      By the way, I heartily thank you for appreciating it to the point of sharing this post on fb, actually you're accomplice of this sweet and sincere friendship of ours, blessed be !

      Hope your day is filled with the deepest joy ever, I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you, with utmost gratitude ... for everything ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  21. This was a charming post Daniella! I've known Laura as a blogger but had not made the connection, so interesting! Blessings, Cecilia

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    1. @ Cecilia
      I feel so thrilled by having you here today, sweet friend, thank you for gracing my Blog both with your presence and with your beautiful words, I'm so glad to have pleased and caught your interest !

      Hope your weekend ahead holds much joy,
      I'm sending much love to you ༺♡✿♡༻

      Elimina
  22. Ohhh you are so lucky to have met and spoken with this fantastic woman. I have seen the little house on the prairie many times.

    I wish you a very lovely weekend

    Love Lone <3

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    1. @ Lone
      your words make my day, dear friend, thank you for appreciating this post of mine, Laura Ingalls Gunn is realy a special woman, you're so right !

      Hope your weekend too is filled with many sweet things filling your heart and which to be glad for ❥

      Elimina
  23. What a wonderful post about family history and such a blessing for Laura to have in her life!

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    1. @ AnnMarie
      You're sincerely welcome, thank you for your so beautiful words filling my heart with joy, yes, Laura is treasuring her family inheritance every day of her life, I'm sure, it couldn't be otherwise !

      Sending hugs across the miles ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  24. My youngest daughter who is 40 years old LOVES Laura Ingalls Wilder books and Little House on The Prairie shows that was on TV. she has 4 little boys and last winter they watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie every afternoon.They have also been to Mansfield Missouri the stone house a few times. My daughter won Mrs Laura Ingalls Wilder contest once and her 2 smallest boys won something about the boys contests and was in the local newspaper. My daughter was thrilled with it all.No telling how many of the books she has also.
    I read Laura Ingalls Gunn blog also. I sent it to my daughter to read.
    Thanks your for featuring her and her family history so other can know a live descendant of little Laura Ingalls Wilder is alive to tell the family history

    Janice In Missouri

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    1. @ Janice
      I'm so very pleased by reading your words, to know that you and your family love Laura Ingalls Wilder, her stories, her life and what she has left us fills my heart to overflowing, and as for Laura Ingalls Wilder, your appreciation for this feature of mine showing how past times are still alive in values and love, well, it leaves me speachless and I'm so very thankful to you for this, sweet friend of mine !

      May your weekend be blessed with joy,
      sending all my love and gratitude to you ಌ❀ಌ

      Elimina
  25. Dear Dany, I so enjoyed reading your interview with Laura. I've read her blog and have read all the Little House books, so this was a treat. One little thing I must point out though, if another genealogist has not already done so: she is not a fourth cousin of Laura Ingalls Wilder; rather, she is a first cousin three times removed. She would be a fourth cousin of a great grandchild of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is a common misunderstanding. Thank you so much for this delightful interview!

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    1. @ Jean
      thank you so much for gracing my Blog today and for your enjoyment, dearest friend, and thank you for pointing out my mistake, thank you for this too, I didn't know this difference in the English language, I'm going and correct the text immediately !

      Hope you're having a beautiful Sunday, I'm sending dear hugs and ever much love to you ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  26. I loved this post I am such a Laura fan. Thank for sharing it at SYC! xx Jo

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    1. @ Jo
      to know Laura means to love her and to follow her so lovely blog, isn't it ?

      It is I who have to thank you, dearie, enjoy your weekend with gladness ⊰✽*✽⊱

      Elimina
  27. Oh Dany this was so interesting to read, I would love to go to the places that all my family is from and lived, so neat that she was able to do that. How special for you to have been able to ask her questions you were curious about and she was so very sweet to have answered them all. Thanks so much for sharing, I hope you have a very wonderful weekend!!

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    1. @ Conniecrafter
      you're right, dearest, darling friend of mine, Laura was so patient and delicate to answer so neatly and carefully to all the questions I asked her with the intention to put in light all her good qualities I know and not only her personal inheritance but also the piece of American History she's still keeping alive !

      So grateful for your opinions and estimation, I'm sending blessings of joy on your weekend ahead •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  28. Carissima Daniela , non avrei potuto leggere post migliore ! davvero l'ideale per iniziare un nuovo Settembre ! I telefilms "La casa nella prateria" hanno un posto speciale nella mia giovinezza , per questo ho letto con gli occhi del cuore questa tua sorprendente intervista .
    Grazie di averla realizzata e condivisa !
    La bellezza del periodo delle vacanze è quando si ricomincia la tanto amata routine quotidiana ... almeno per me (compreso il tempo dedicato alle "amiche di web" )!
    Ti auguro una piacevole domenica nella tua tenuta , avvolta da questa meravigliosa fine estate
    Franca

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    1. @ Franca
      carissima, qui le temperature diurne sono ancora decisamente estive, e lo dico con un pizzico di disappunto, il caldo mi fiacca e mi impedisce di lavorare all'aperto, ahimè, per fortuna la notte scendono sempre generosamente assicurandoci almeno un riposo sereno, grazie ai boschi e alla vegetazione che ci circondano !

      Io sono rientrata sul web dopo più di un mese e mezzo di assenza ed ho già pubblicato un post sulle rose che hanno allietato la nostra estate ... forse ti farebbe piacere leggerlo, per questo te lo segnalo ... la mia estate è stata molto trafficata e movimentata, divisa tra lo Short Lets, i lavori alla Tenuta, un po' di restauro ed un po' di mantenimento, ed in ultimo ho avuto l'onore di preparare un discorso per la conferenza annuale dell'Associazione Culturale Elisabetta d'Austria che si è tenuta il primo sabato dello scorso mese a Madonna di Campiglio ... è sempre un'emozione parlare in pubblico ... ogni volta !

      Spero che la tua sia trascorsa serenamente in relax e che tu ed i tuoi cari godiate di ottima salute, ti abbraccio con tutta la stima e l'affetto che ho per te, mia cara, grazie, i tuoi commenti rendono questa mia pagina sempre così preziosa ❥

      Elimina
  29. cara dany
    l apprezzo eccome questa donna blogger magnifica:) non la conoscevo e sono lieta tu l abbia condivisa con noi..
    ti auguro una dolce serata e una domenica di gioia:)
    daniela

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    1. @ daniela
      le tue parole allietano questa mia serata, carissima, è sempre così gratificante scoprire che un argomento suscita interesse e curiosità, e tu da blogger sai bene cosa intendo, e Laura è davvero una persona eccezionale !

      Ti auguro ore liete con cui concludere questa domenica di fine estate ed una serena settimana ... anche se con un po' di anticipo, ringraziandoti per essere sempre partecipe e presente, grazie ancora ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  30. Oh Dany, what a wonderful and informative post! I have wondered if there was any connection between the two Lauras. Loved reading the questions and Lauras answers. Oh yes, to travel in a time machine and have the two of them meet, wouldn't that be fabulous my friend? Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. @ Jann
      good morning dear friend of mine and thank you so much for visiting, you truly make my day !
      If only they could meet, as you say, and may spend some time together, can you imagine, what emotion it could be to both of them, and how many things they'd have to tell one another ... anyway, I'm so blessed by our Laura's friendship, she's really a wonderful lady !

      It is I who have to thank you, sweetie, and I do it with much joy, wishing you a most beautiful day ever and sending hugs and more hugs to you ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  31. I too discovered that my Great great Grandmother was the partner of a famous British novelist... you can see it here..http://www.wilkie-collins.info/wilkie_collins_biography.htm ... Caroline Graves was her name. Thanks for sharing you photos at OBW!

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    1. @ Ros
      I wonder your thrill and your elation when you came to know such a thing, it's wonderful, isn't it, dearie ?

      Hope your Sunday is blessed with gladness and serenity, I'm sending my dearest love to you, with much, so much thankfulness ⊰✽*✽⊱

      Elimina
  32. Cara DAniela bentornata, sai, con questo tuo post mi hai fatto tornare alla mia giovinezza, quando sulla rai, la domenica dopo pranzo, programmavano il telefilm tratto dall'omonimo libro, adesso mi è venuta voglia di leggere il libro. Ricambio di cuore i tuoi auguri per un sereno settembre, sperando in giornate meno afose ti mando un caro saluto.
    Anna Maria

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    1. @ Anna Maria
      i telefilms di cui serbi affettuosi ricordi hanno segnato la mia infanzia, io li vedevo la sera all'ora di cena, probabilmente in quella che era la seconda programmazione, e mi immedesimavo al punto in cui mi sembrava di essere Laura ... o Mary .. forse è proprio a questo mondo in cui sono stata così gioiosamente proiettata, fatto di valori veri, di principi sani, di amore sincero, che devo l'attaccamento e la passione che nutro per l'epoca in cui tali vicende erano ambientate ...

      Ti giunga forte forte il mio abbraccio, colmo di affetto e di stima, grazie come sempre, carissima amica mia ♥∗✿≫✿≪✿∗♥

      Elimina
  33. Laura is such a sweet lady ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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    1. @ Summer
      so you also are so fortunate to have Laura amongst your friends, she's simply adorable, you're right !

      Wishing you a most wonderful Sunday ever, I'm thanking you for visiting,
      dear friend ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  34. Oh my Daniela, This is such a lovely post about the history of the two Lauras. I truly was glued to this story and read it twice. Thank you so much for this lovely post for us to share. You are a dear person and it shows in the loveliest comments you always leave on Blue Monday. Thank you my dear sweet blogging friend.
    Hugs and love,
    Jeanne

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    1. @ Jeanne
      what a deep joy to read your words of amusement, they fill my heart and bless my day, I thank you so, so much, Beautiful friend of mine !

      Sending hugs and ever much love to you too ❀≼♥≽❀

      Elimina
  35. This was such a wonderful treat for me, dear Daniela! I have read all of Laura Ingalls' books and often dreamt of living in the little house with them!
    This was such a privilege to hear from a direct relative and she seems to be most lovely!
    Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. @ Christine
      wonderful friend, how absolutely delightful of you to write such beautiful words of enjoyment, I heartily thank you, you're right, it's really a privilege to know a direct relative of Laura Ingalls Wilder and to talk to her about her family inheritance, I feel so fortunate to know her, I still cannot believe it, if I only think about the esteem I'm having since ever for the Laura living in 'The Little House on the Prairie' can you realize the one I feel for her now that my path has crossed hers ?!?

      Sending blessings of joy on your Sunday, dearest friend of mine, may it be filled with so many beautiful things •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  36. Hello dear friend,

    It's been a long time. I hope you had a wonderful summer and that you achieved all your goals. Thank you for sharing Laura's incredible story. I have such fond memories of Little House On The Prairie. You certainly do not get stories like that anymore.

    I have to go back to read your wonderful post again.

    Thank you for all your impeccable writing sweet friend.

    Hugs,

    Janet

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    1. @ Janet
      marvellous friend of mine, I heartily thank you for gracing my Blog this morning with your Inner Beauty and your always so lovely words, God bless you !

      May your day be as beautiful as you, dearie,
      thinking of you with so much love ✿*♡✿♡*✿

      Elimina

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