Harvest Lane Cottage is a place to find encouragement, and hopefully, be inspired to do, read, write, or cook something wonderful. Most importantly, I want to share my love for Jesus Christ with you. He is the center of my life, the center of who I am. No, I'm not perfect. I fail, I fall, I'm tempted, but I keep going back to the One who makes me clean again.

Relax, enjoy yourself, be refreshed. Then, please leave me a comment. I love it when my readers "talk back". I won't tell your momma, I promise!

Laura Lane

Happy in my Jesus and in my home.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage # 17

     It's been a super busy week as we prepare to open our new restaurant at Precious Moments Chapel center.  A few little thrifty things I've done this week....

~ I listed some items for sale on Etsy, Ebay, and Homeschool Classifieds.

~ I tend to be quite practical in my gift giving.  I bought a variety of cooking spices, salt and pepper, and vanilla for a wedding shower gift.  Every bride needs to fill her pantry.  My daughter put it all in a pretty bag with coordinating tissue (both reused).  It will make a useful gift that will match the bride's kitchen perfectly.

~ I made a pretty "vase" our of a juice bottle and a glass shade from a lamp for the wildflowers that my husband picked for me.

~ I price match shopped at Wal-Mart using sales from a forty mile radius.  I used Price Matcherz to help me find the sale items.  If you use them, be sure to click through to the stores' websites.  I found extra sale items that way.

~ I sold the movie above on Ebay for $6.  I put it in the mail the same day.

     It's been a run run run week.  I think next week will be the same.  I begin working part-time in the restaurant on Monday.  I've not worked outside the home since 1991.  It's going to be a big adjustment.  I'll be working from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Those are dream hours for some ladies, but right in the middle of my homeschool day.  Fortunately, the kids work well independently.  At 12, 14, and 16, they'll be okay for a couple of hours.

     Well, back to my Resurrection Day preparations.  Have a wonderful weekend celebrating our savior!

Happy at Home

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is the Stuff of Legends....... Review: A Draw of Kings Patrick Carr

Cover Art
Thank you Bethany House for this review copy.
From the Publisher:
Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun
  "Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.
  In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.
  A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?"

My thoughts:
He's done it again!  I sat down to read at around seven o'clock Saturday evening.  I forced myself to stop reading at eleven o'clock after reading ten chapters!  He's put a compulsion on me to read!  You know you're reading a master's tale when you find yourself wanting to go back and read the series from the beginning to better understand how all the pieces fit together.

As I was reading this book, I must admit that I savored it.  I cannot tell you how many times I said to my family, "This guy's a math teacher!  How does he write like this?"  My daughter's reading the book right now. I can hardly get her to do anything else!  I completely understand.  When I read this book, my mind traveled to Illustra.  I not only read it, I could see it, I was in it.

If you like fantasy fiction, this is the stuff of legends. ~grin~  My thoughts went to J. R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.  If you've not read A Cast of Stones, start there.  If you have, you already want this book.  The Hero's Lot is second in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr.  A Draw of Kings is the third in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr.

Read my reviews of the first two books, A Cast of Stones  and The Hero's Lot.
Patrick W. Carr
Meet the author Patrick Carr.
*"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Today a Little...

Funny how these little pretties are so dreaded, isn't it?

     It's been a week with lots of reading as witnessed by two reviews posted and another to be posted tomorrow.  I went to my bookshelf this morning and realized, for the first time in months, that I don't have any review books I need to read!  Refreshing!  I enjoy reviewing books; but, if I have too many, I don't get to savor the reading as I'd like.  
     Today, a little laundry, a little laundry, a few errands.
     What are you up to today?


American HistoryDave Raymond's 2nd Semester American History review coming soon.

Compass Classroom's big spring sale is coming April 23rd.  Get ready to save big on Latin, Economics, History, and Film-making video curriculum.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moons Rising... Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons by Mark Hitchcock

Thank you Tyndale House for this review copy.

     In the wee hours this morning, April 15th, 2015, my daughter Amy, 12, and I sat bundled under the stars gazing at the moon.  The rest of the family got up at 2:15, looked at the moon, and went back to bed.  Amy and I chose to relish the moment and cherish the memory were were making as we shivered and cuddled together.  Our cat, Tiger, decided he wanted to be in on it, too, so he snuggled in, too.

     As we watched the first of the four blood moons, we prayed, I sang soft praises, and we interceded for the peace of Israel.  Around 3:30, as we prepared to go to bed, I told her to think about what she saw, what she felt, what she heard, all to make the memory permanent.  She went to bed, I added wood to the fire, and went to take one more look.  The moon had moved and changed.  Since we could now see the moon from the kitchen window, I got Amy out of bed.  I explained to her what an eclipse is, and as the moon began to show white again, why and how it was happening.  In her excitement, she drew pictures and labeled them to show the phases of the eclipse that we'd witnessed.

     I heard about the Four Blood Moons early this year by watching a sermon series by Pastor John Hagee. He believes that the heavens are God's billboard and that something big is about to change.  I read his book, Four Blood Moons.  I enjoyed it, but it was a bit academic for me.  Mind you, I've not read very many books about prophecy.

     Blood Moons Rising is Pastor Mark Hitchcock's answer to Four Blood Moons.  Pastor Hitchcock has a gift for taking a very complex subject, Biblical prophecy, and breaking it down into language that I can understand easily.  His writing is very clear and concise.  He is writing for the average person who wants to understand just what all the talk about the Blood Moons is about.

     In the first few chapters, Hitchcock lays a foundation with a very thorough explanation of Biblical prophecy.  He includes timelines of the expected order of prophecies yet to be fulfilled. Beginning in chapter 6, Moonshine: Signs in the Heavens, Hitchcock begins to look directly at the four moons prophecy.  In his words, "I believe that reading Genesis 1:14 as implying that God uses the heavens as "high-definition billboards" to send messages to humanity is overstating what that verse says." (p.95) The remainder of the book addresses the reasons that he does not agree with the blood moons prophecy and what he believes about the end times. He explains the feasts, the biblical prophecies and the historical situations at the time of the previous tetrads (sets of four blood moons).  He is very thorough.  Hitchcock doesn't believe the blood moons have anything to do with any big change coming.  He believes the that the scriptures that Pastor Hagee sites are about the tribulation.  He is respectful in his writing.

     Who's right?  Hagee or Hitchcock?  I don't know.   I learned a lot from this book, but I'm no expert on prophecy.  Fortunately, I know who is.  God our Creator, my God.  I trust Him with my future.  Ultimately, this is Hitchcock's point.  He emphasizes the need to be prepared no matter when the Lord comes. He sums it up this way, "First Peter 4:7-11 tells us that as we await the Lord's coming, we need to do four things:  keep our heads clear, our hearts warm, our homes open, and our hands busy."  That's something I can agree with.  So tell me, are you ready?

Additional resources:
Mark Hitchcock's Website
Q & A With Mark Hitchcock 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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