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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.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Little Kringling...


A little Kringling...
That's what I call the time when I go in my room, lock the door, and sew, create, and wrap gifts. Everyone knows not to disturb momma when she's kringling. Why? It's well-known in my family that if you get sneaky and find your gift, momma's going to give it to someone else! So, if they sneak a peak, they're taking their future in their hands!

I'm not started yet, but I'm collecting ideas on Pinterest. Want a peek at some of my ideas? Look at my Maybe board.

It's time to start thinking.
Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I Like It: AWAKENING by Tracy Higley

Thank you Tracy Higley for allowing me to read this book for free.

I can honestly say that Tracy Higley is currently my favorite fiction author.  She has a way of intertwining ancient history and suspense in stories that really keep my attention.  Awakening is more of a historical fantasy than a historical fiction book, but it has kept me reading.  I have two more chapters to go.  I can't wait to read them!  

It's available on Kindle from Amazon right now for $3.99.

Read the description from Tracy Higley's website below:

"Kallie Andreas is a mystery, even to herself.
Seven years ago Kallie woke up in a New York City museum, injured and traumatized. Alone and unclaimed.
Despite her shattered memories, she’s worked her way into a position as assistant curator in that very museum, and now she wants nothing more than to pursue funding for her project–assembling pieces from the ancient Minoans.
But then the blackouts start. Lost time, stranded in terrifying danger, frantic visions that can’t be real. A threatening phone call may be nothing more than paranoia and madness. Or perhaps not.
It’s time to start seeing her psychiatrist more often.
Kallie’s doctor challenges her to keep a journal, but her writing morphs into something else… What begins as a romantic fairy tale becomes an allegory of a woman plunged into crisis in the ancient past, in the misty islands of Minoan Greece, home to myth and legend.
When a mysterious billionaire invites Kallie to scour the black market with him for the most valuable of all Minoan treasures, the key to their lost language, Kallie can’t resist. Dimitri is wealthy, charming and good-looking, but she’s not interested–not in someone who’s clearly hiding secrets of his own.
Together, the two embark on a global quest to find the Key, through some of the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world–unraveling the mystery and pursuing leads, all the while resisting romance in Italy, under the Santorini sun, and among the pyramids of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Kallie’s memories are bleeding through and her journal has turned violent. She’s teetering on the verge of a breakthrough, but what devastating truth has she been suppressing?
When a strange woman who clearly knows Kallie’s real identity tries to murder her, it’s clear that Kallie’s past and present worlds are colliding, in a deadly crisis that will finally reveal the shocking mystery of her past.
But will the truth leave room for love?"

Get it on Kindle and enjoy like I am.

Blessings,
Laura



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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May I suggest?
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Thursday

Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday -   Homeacre Hop Brambleberry Cottage - Share Your up Thursday Serving Joyfully  - Home Sweet Home  (2) - Growing in Grace - Think Tank Thursdays    Hope in Every Season 

REVIEW: Well Planned Day All-in-One Planner for Home and School

NOW ON SALE!

  In just a few short days, we'll be starting school again.  I know many of you have already begun.  We had an opportunity for my children to visit their grandparents for a few days in Kansas City for some end of summer fun.  I didn't have the heart to say no to them or to Grandpa and Granny.  I'm busy getting the last minute details ironed out.  One detail that I'm always sure of is my planner.
  School record keeping was hard for me during my early years of homeschooling.  I tried traditional teacher plan books.  I tried typing everything out and printing it.  I tried printing out sheets from my computer.  I tried writing it all out in notebooks and on notebook paper and in little 5 x 7" student assignment books from the department store.  Nothing really clicked with me. Then I chanced to meet a woman with the answer to my dilemma, the The Well Planned Day planner.
  A few years ago, I met Rebecca Scarlata Keliher at a homeschool conference in Missouri.  She showed me her planner and answered all my questions.  At the time, I thought the price seemed a bit high, but I was willing to give it a try.  I'm so glad that I did.  I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite homeschooling products.  This is my fifth year to use The Well Planned Day planner.  This is always my top priority when I make my homeschool wish list each year.
Before we go any farther, I want you to know that I have just become an affiliate, because I like this product so much.  If you choose to buy after clicking one of my links, I will receive a small commission. This does not affect your cost.

  I thought I'd share some photos from my planners over the years.  
  There are all kinds of useful features in these planners.  What I like most is that they are so adaptable. There is room to either plan or record lessons for up to four students in each subject section.  Since I'm currently teaching three, I put assignments for Emily in the first line, Michael in the second, and Amy in the third in each section.  Things I do with all three children are put on the fourth line.  
  I use a combination of planning out subjects ahead (in pencil) and recording what they did after the fact.  I use a separate sheet to give them their assignments.  This book is for me and for keeping records of what was actually finished.  There are boxes to check when assignments are completed.  In the photo below, you may be able to read the numbers in the little boxes.  I recorded how many hours were spent on each assignment.  The highest numbers are usually under SR which stands for silent reading.
  This is my new September calendar.  So far, only two items have made the pages.  I'm sure they'll be quite full before the month is over.  I keep everything on this calendar whether home or school related. If it's not on the calendar, it probably will be forgotten.  The words, "I've slept since then," are often heard in our home.

  During 2010, I kept hours for each subject on the attendance pages.  I kept a list of how many hours were accomplished each day for state record keeping.  Missouri requires 1000 hours of instruction. That year Amy had 1,301.25.  I no longer keep track of quarter hours.  If it's not a half hour, I don't count it.  The math became too complicated. 
  I love this planner!
  This is a product I highly recommend.  I could write out all the features, but it's so much more effective to look for yourself.  I will tell you that it is just $26.95 for the paper version.  If you prefer an electronic version, you can try it free for 30 days.  No credit card necessary.  If you choose to purchase the software, it's currently on sale for $49.99.  Regular price is $64.99.

Take a look inside! You can look at 56 sample pages so that you know exactly what you're buying.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the complete line including student and blog planners.

Now you can try a free 30 day trial of the New My Well Planned Day App.



From the publishers of Home Educating Family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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May I suggest?
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Monday

 Homestead Barn Hop Modest Mondays -  The Art of Homemaking -  A Mama's Story -     Monday Musings -  Amaze Me Monday - Inspire Me Monday   - Mix it Up Monday - Mom's the Word -Monday - Motivation Mondays - A Return to Loveliness 
Titus Tuesdays - Show & Share - Take a Look Tuesday  - You're Gonna Love it Tuesday Tuesdays at Our Home -  Backyard Farming  Connection - Totally Talented Tuesdays - Show and Tell Tuesdays - Together on Tuesdays

Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - - Fluster's Creative Muster Making a Home 

Raising Homemakers - Wholehearted Wednesdays - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home -  So Much at Home - Wake Up Wednesday - What you wish Wednesdays - A Little R & R

 Think Tank Thursdays  -   Hope in Every Season   Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday -   Homeacre Hop Brambleberry Cottage - Share Your up Thursday Serving Joyfully  ) - Growing in Grace 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Favorite First Lines... Voyage of the Dawn Treader


"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb,
and he almost deserved it."

     Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
by C.S. Lewis
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