In Times Past……

13 Sep


Our main homeschool curriculum this year is The Prairie Primer. The Prairie Primer uses the Bible and the Little House on the Prairie books as its main texts.

As we were delving into the curriculum this week, I was struck by how much the pioneers had to toil for what that had.

Think about our wonderful lives as Americans.

We can run to McDonalds for food instead of worrying if Pa will kill rabbits and if we will be able to eat tonight.

If we want a house we can just buy a house that is already built. We do not have to live for months in a wagon as we search for land. Then when we find the land, we do not have to cut down trees to build our own homes.

Our children can have pretty much all the toys they want and not just have a hog bladder and corn cob with which to play.

That sounds wonderful! We are living in the best time the world has ever known. But is it really?

In the pioneer days people had to fully rely on God. They made sure to study their Bible, pray, and go to church.

With all our stuff and conveniences we should have more time to devote to God, not less. Are we relying on God and not ourselves? Are we using the extra time we have for God?

R16:16 Team Administrator


Sharla Orren has a BA in Sociology from Henderson State University. She loves homeschooling her two boys: Cash, who is 9, and Keyton, who is 5. She is the wife of Robert Orren, the Youth and Family Minister and a deacon for the Hope church of Christ in Hope, AR. She enjoys teaching Bible classes and a class for girls that she recently started with her friend. She currently has her own blog, Look At What You Are Seeing in which she writes about homeschooling, natural living, homemaking and time management. She was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee to serve on The United States Selective Service Board. She serves on The Hempstead County Library Board. She also serves as a storm spotter and data collector for The National Weather Service.


Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “In Times Past……

  1. Melissa

    September 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I really appreciate this post. I don’t homeschool, but the Little House books have been my favorite since I was a little girl. I notice such different things when I go back to read it as an adult. When I read about the Christmas that Laura had in Kansas, I am brought to tears by how happy they were with so little.

    • Cozy Home

      September 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you for your post!


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