Laura and Amy

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On February 7, 1867, Laura Ingalls was born in a log cabin in the Big Woods near Pepin, Wisconsin.

Reconstructed Little House in the Big Woods, Near Pepin, Wisconsin
Reconstructed Little House in the Big Woods, Near Pepin, Wisconsin

Ten months later, on December 16, 1867, Amy Carmichael was born into a wealthy family in the seaside village of Millisle in County Down in Northern Ireland.

Laura, the farmer’s daughter, became a farmer’s wife in 1885 when she married Almanzo Wilder at age eighteen. Very near the time that Laura married Almanzo, Amy Carmichael’s father died. She moved to England with her mother a few years later. In her mid-twenties, Amy became a missionary, first in Japan and then in Ceylon. In 1895, Amy moved to India. There she served Christ for the rest of her life. Amy Carmichael died in India in 1951. Laura Ingalls Wilder died in 1957 in the house she and Almanzo built together on their farm in Missouri.

Laura and Amy spent their adult days in very different ways, but both became authors whose books have blessed people around the world. Both Laura and Amy spent their earliest years being homeschooled. Their mothers, Caroline Ingalls and Catherine Carmichael, had deep Christian faith which they passed on to their little girls.

Paul wrote this to Timothy:

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you,
which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice,
and I am sure that it is in you as well.
2 Timothy 1:5

Neither Caroline nor Catherine knew what God would do with their faithful service. You don’t know what God will do with yours either, but He does.

Right now our daughter Mary Evelyn is writing the script for her next play, which is about the life of Amy Carmichael. If you are near Cookeville, Tennessee, September 14 through 16, I hope you can come to see it. Email me at to find out how to order your tickets early, which I highly recommend. To learn more about Laura, you can watch one or more of these short videos about her life.

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