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Pa and Ma Ingalls and family had just spent an entire year building something from nothing. A barn to protect their horses from wolves. A cabin from felled wood by the creek bed. A well for fresh water. Pa had just gotten enough hides to trade for garden seeds and supplies. Next year they’d have a garden. After a year of hard work and skill we can only imagine, their little house on the prairie was finally taking shape.

And then they had to move. They had to leave that little house and year behind. The decision was made quickly.

“Ma sighed gently and said, “A whole year gone, Charles.” But Pa answered, cheerfully: “What’s a year amount to? We have all the time there is.”

And don’t we?