I went to the replica Ingalls cabin at Laura's birthplace in Pepin this summer. It was very small, and I can't imagine how bleak it would be to live in there though a long Wisconsin winter.
One thing that always startles me when I read Little Town on the Prairie
: when they all go into to the New England Supper(?), Laura/the narrator comments that Ma & Pa were startled by how much food & how many people were there. However, they quickly hide it, because "adults must never show their emotions". I can imagine hiding bad emotions, but good ones, as well?
I love reading about Ben's birthday party in that book as well.
I think Laura's response to Almonzo's proposal is hilarious ("It depends on the ring."). I was sad, though, to read in The First Four Years
that she did not want to marry a farmer, since that seemed to be Almonzo's dream since he was a child.