Episode 15: Christmas at Plum Creek. What an adorable episode. It’s Christmas time for the Ingalls family and everyone is being secretive about what they’re getting each other for Christmas.

This episode really reminds us what giving should be about. The Ingalls family members sacrifice in order to give to one another. It opened up a conversation with the children about how our blessings are not found in how much STUFF we have or receive but in the LOVE that is given and displayed by those who give to us.

Our true treasures are not in possessions but ultimately in Christ Jesus, in love.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19-21

Episode 16: Family Quarrel. Just a FYI: This episode deals with the Oleson’s fighting and Nel moving out of the house. Nel and Harriet have fighting words and they don’t hold much back. Nel decided to take the dog and move out of the house and into the little rent-a-room in Walnut Grove.

While there are humorous moments in this episode, as a daughter with divorced parents – it can be hard to watch stuff like this. Marital issues aren’t funny. They do a lot of damage – the children hurt too. I don’t want my children to ever worry about one of us leaving the house. We’ve worked so hard on our marriage, all by God’s grace, and I never ever want to put my children through stress and worry like that, not ever. Will families fight? Yes. But in Christ, we can respond and act according to His Word and not our feelings.

Thankfully, the episode has a very happy ending. Maybe skip this one if you believe it’s not wise to introduce this idea to your children. 🙂 Use your own discernment. But if you do watch it with your family, it could be a great conversation starter about FORGIVENESS. Harriet also needs some major Biblical reproof as a wife lol 😉 but since she’s fiction, we will just move on…

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 3:13

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, – Ephesians 4:26

Ep.17:Doctor’s Lady. Doc Baker meets Harriet’s niece and they fall in love, quickly. There’s only one problem – his love interest is much younger than he is. I don’t want to spoil what happens in this episode but I will say it was very sweet seeing Doc Baker in love and smitten by a beautiful woman.

A good topical conversation with this episode could definitely be on courting/dating as long as it’s age appropriate. It’s our opinion that engagement shouldn’t happen until after courtship has taken place. Los of young people rush into engagements and marriage and find themselves quickly divorced. We want our daughters to really know and understand the commitment they’re making and for us and them to truly know the men they’re marrying. So, if your kids are old enough to have this conversation, use this episode as a reminder and encouragement of the importance of marriage.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22

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