The author's own pioneering ancestors grace the pages of this book. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, these pioneering women come alive through their stories. These accounts shed insight on the hardships and difficulties that women faced in the American Colonial, Revolutionary War, Civil War, and early twentieth century periods. The author's more ancient ancestors faced vastly different challenges on different shores. Their courage, their fortitude, their endurance, their determination, their strength, and their loving hearts are all qualities that the twenty-first century reader can appreciate and emulate. Their ability to find joy in the beauty around them and in their loved ones can be an encouragement to each of us as we face our everyday lives. If these pioneering women had the spirit of surviving well, matter what they faced, then certainly we can have it as well.