When our family lived in the city, we read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books aloud to our young kids.  Hearing about smoking meat, drinking fresh milk and playing fiddle around a cozy fire whet our appetite to give our family a country life.  How could we know that a decade later, we would experience these wonders and more on our own farm?

This summer, we visited the Ingalls homestead outside of De Smet, SD.  Here we were walking the same ground that Laura walked when she picketed the cow, harvested slough grass and sunned the milk pans.  Another dream come true for our family.