Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder lived in the Missouri Ozarks for over a half century. They loved the scenery, the mild climate, their little Rocky Ridge Farm, the people –
They loved their life in the Ozarks.
So what’s it like to live a life like that, just up the road from Laura's place?
Dan L. White and family have done that, for over a quarter century. During that time, they wrote a number of books about Laura and her books and her life. Living Up the Road from Laura Ingalls – With Excerpts from Seven Books about Her is a sampler of some of those books, along with the story of their personal life in the Ozarks. They found out that living up the way from Laura's place led to much the same way of life.
As she so well stated: “I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature.”
Dan L. White and his wife Margie settled on a farmstead in the Ozarks some years ago, just north of the Gasconade River, about 12 miles up the road from Laura’s Rocky Ridge Farm. There they homeschooled their five children and lived a quiet Ozarks country life. In 2004 they began Homeschool Helpers, doing whatever they can to encourage Christian homeschool families, holding hundreds of activities and publishing a free newsletter.
Dan has authored other books about Laura Ingalls including Devotionals with Laura, Laura's Friends Remember Her, Laura’s Love Story, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Most Inspiring Writings, and the Long Hard Winter of 1880-81, What was it really like.