‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Posts Heartwarming Pics Showing ‘Higher Purpose’ of Road Trip

by Lauren Boisvert

Melissa Gilbert has recently captured a few snaps from her road trip and posted them on Instagram, sharing her trip with family and friends. Today, she posted a very special series of photos about that trip. The photos revealed that there was a “higher purpose” to the drive.

The first photo in the series features Gilbert’s husband, Timothy Busfield, reading a small book to their granddaughter, Ripley. Next is a photo of Gilbert holding Ripley up in the air; the last is a beautiful pic of the new baby herself.

Melissa Gilbert included a long heartwarming caption to her photos, starting off with “Our road trip actually had a higher purpose. We got to see our sweet Ripley.” Gilbert expressed her relief at seeing her granddaughter, because all her time in Chicago is taken up with rehearsing for a new play, When Harry Met Rehab.

“This sweet little thing is just a bundle of personality and giggles and…teething,” Gilbert continued. “We are so proud of her parents, daughter-in-law [Marissa Brinkman] and our boy Dakota,” she wrote, tagging her daughter-in-law in the post. Dakota is Gilbert’s son with her first husband, Bo Brinkman. She had another son, Michael, with her second husband Bruce Boxleitner.

“They are amazing with her and she just adores them,” Gilbert wrote of her son and daughter-in-law. “Im madly in love with #ripleylou as I am with all of our grandchildren and grandchildren yet to come.” She ended her post with a succinct and beautiful, “Im truly having the best time of my life.”

Melissa Gilbert Finally Saw Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Home

For someone who portrayed young Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, it took Melissa Gilbert an awfully long time to actually see her character’s home.

She shared her experience on Instagram in a series of photos from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum. She wrote in the caption, “Yesterday I had the pleasure of finally going to #lauraingallswilder ‘s home site in Mansfield Missouri.” She urged others to see the museum, noting that it was “fantastic and very comprehensive.”

“For me, walking through Laura and Almanzo’s homes was so so moving,” Gilbert wrote. Almanzo James Wilder was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband. Together they had one child, Rose Wilder Lane, who was a journalist and novelist.

The home site is also called the Rocky Ridge Farm, and was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home from 1896 until she died in 1957. It was declared a U.S. National Historic Site in 1991. Initially, she and Almanzo paid a $100 down payment on the 40 acres, which is almost $3,200 today. The Rock Cottage, next to the home, was a gift from their daughter. Laura Ingalls Wilder started her writing Little House there.