I thought it was so great that you included an excerpt from the Little House books, my oldest daughter saved our sanity by using something from those same books.
My husband had left us, me and three kids, 10, 5, 4, out in a cabin, 70 miles from Anchorage, just at the beginning of winter, he took the jeep to town, said he was going to look for work an just never came back.
I hadn't made our yearly trip to lay in the winter provisions so we were short on every thing. no way to get out cause of temps and snowfall no phone, no electrice, no indoor plumbing.
6 weeks later and we're running out of everything, we got down to nothing to eat but pancakes and onions fried in leftover bacon grease.
we also ran out of candles and kerosene.
my oldest daughter had read where they took squares of material, wrapped it around a button, twisted it into a wick and soaked it in grease, It worked! we made several of them. not much of a flame, lots of smoke!!
we put a few of them in front of a mirror and sat at the table playing 'what if'
what if we could go to the store? in no time at all we were all laughing and drooling about all the food we would get, I wrote it all down and stuck the paper in my Bible, we went to bed all togeather that night and I tried to stay awake until they were sound asleep. I was going to slip out and shot the dog so we would have something to eat. but I fell asleep
Next morning the dog was barking and lookin down the trail, I looked an saw a man coming up the trail, thought maybe it was him returning but nope it waas a total stranger,
he yelled hello the cabin and said he had heard there was a woman and a bunch of kids out here starving to death.
I yelled back that would be us
He pulled into the clearing and we saw that he had a rope around his waist. he was pulling a 6 foot tabogan piled about three feet hight covered with a tarp
he yanked that tarp back and there was bags and boxes of food a five gallon jug of kerosene even dog food! also brightley wrapped christmas presents for each of us.
he never told us who he was or who sent the stuff and he only stayed long enough to help unload the sled
we had enough stuff to last out the winter and I never did have to shoot the dog.
I always thanked my daughter for her idea for the light cause I would have lost my mind in the dark. she always gave Laura Ingalls the credit.
Sounds like your own personal angel.... OH Hrtz.... I read this and went
What ever happened to your husband did he really leave you did you ever see him again. and I am now certain that was an angel for you!