Life was filled with long days of hard work in the 1930s and 1940s, however families thrived by working together and creating their own entertainment without the benefit of electronics. The author's family raised their own food, had only one car for a family of eight people, and had limited social activities. Yet, their style of life prepared them for a broader world by giving them the values of mutual love, compassion for others, and the ability to be self sufficient. The stories featured in this book are based on first person experiences while growing up during the depression on a farm in Iowa. The author's perceptions of the stories may differ somewhat from those of her siblings', who then are invited to share their own.