Harvest Lane Cottage is a place to find hope and encouragement. 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. Please leave me a comment. I love it when my readers "talk back". I won't tell your momma, I promise!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Daybook... July 26, 2015

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 My Daybook
July 26, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt spoke these words of encouragement.

Outside my window... It's hot and sunny. The shadows are beginning to lengthen.

I am thinking... about cutting out my new dress. I finally figured out how to fit all the pieces onto the fabric and began cutting yesterday. I ran out of time and had to pack it all away. Maybe I can do a bit this evening before bed.

I am thankful that... I am a blessed woman. I have a husband who washed my feet in front of our congregation this morning at church. He and the men of his discipleship group all did it for their wives. I cried through it. To think he loves me that much....

From the kitchen... I had cottage cheese with sliced frozen strawberries and almonds. THM friendly.

I am wearing... my green floral dress.

I am creating... a new dress. Women's Panel Dress from Common Sense Patterns. I've also begun working on preparing photos for Christmas posts.

I am going... to run all over creation tomorrow. I'll take my husband to work, go to the bank, take my daughter to her art class, my elder son to a chiropractor (please pray, he's hurt his back badly), take him to work to pick up his paycheck, take him home, grab some lunch, pick up my daughter again, go to a nearby town to pick up my younger son, then go back and pick up my husband. Supper, then I'll stay home tomorrow night while the family goes to classes. I was taking the line dancing class with them, but had trouble with my foot, so I dropped out.

I am reading... several books including Until My Name is Known.

I am hoping... to wrap up the 2014-1015 school year this week. I need to start planning for next year. It will have to start in just 2-3 weeks.

I am hearing... the air conditioner and fans.

Around the house... puppy just asked me to give her attention.

One of my favorite things...  lunch with a friend. This week I'll share lunch with Lanita.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week... work, school records and plans, cut out my dress, maybe paint the hallway ceiling, catch up laundry, and driving.  ~grin~ Same as last week. I didn't get it done last week. I wonder if I will this week?

From the Board Room...
Follow Laura's board Homeschooling on Pinterest.

My Picture Thought.... 
Michael takes Airsoft seriously.

Now go check out the other Day Book entries at our hostess Peggy's blog, The Simple Woman.

God bless!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor ~ Melanie Dobson ~ A Review

Thank you Litfuse for this review copy.
Read this book. 
It's good— really good. 
Melanie Dobson has imbued this story with a mysterious yet beautiful picture of the wavering lines of reality and fantasy, truth and lies, hope and fear. The cover is charming with hints of the beauty and intrigue embodied within. The scrollwork on the cover, at the beginning of the sections and the chapters set the mood for something at once wonderful and mysterious.

"The papers liked to call it "the storm of the century."
It blew into England sixty yars ago, the winter of '54,
but I remember it like it was yesterday. 
The overturned boats.
Wooden shutters smashing glass. 
The collapse of the pavilion on the pier...
I didn't know it that day, 
but the winter storm of '54 was the storm of the century in my life as well. 
Or at least it will be if I live another fifteen years."
Page 1

Who wouldn't want to read the next line? And the next? And the next? In fact, be careful when you open this book. You won't want to close it for quite awhile. One night I fell asleep trying to read the same page over and over, because it was so late. 

I must admit I was a little confused at first with the jump in time from the 1950's to the present and back again. The stories seemed unrelated at first, but I kept reading. As the story came together, it reminded me of several skeins of yarn that were all tangled together. Each story its own, but touching and tangling with the others. Melanie Dobson is the patient storyteller who knits them into a beautiful creation. It was unpredictable, but Mrs. Dobson hinted throughout. Ultimately, the mystery had an unexpected ending. The story was sad and happy at once.

If you like mysteries, especially historical mysteries from the second half of the 20th Century, I think you'll like this one. Watch for it, set aside a few hours, and enjoy!

~About the Book~ 

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents' cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.
Libby, a free spirit who can't be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver's death.
Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family's cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She's mourning her father's passing but can't let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family's belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family's history.
Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.
Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

~About the Author~

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of 14 historical romance, suspense and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010.

Dobson and her husband, Jon, enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest with their two daughters. When she isn't writing or playing with her family, Dobson enjoys exploring ghost towns, line dancing and reading historical fiction.

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Good Morning!

Good morning! It's not July 7th, but I thought this was a cute photo one of my kids made. I'm moving slowly this morning.

I was up late listing some items in my Ebay shop. There are some vintage items and some books.
I also updated my listings at Homeschool Classifieds.
I was too tired to check on my Etsy shop.

Why stay up so late?
I'm trying to earn some money for school books and for Emily's college dual enrollment tuition. It seems I'm always busy with my kids, my husband, the restaurant, or the house and can't get much else done during the day.

This is a delicious Sweet Coconut Chai Tea from Celestial Seasonings. It's spicy sweet with a spot of cream and  a sprinkle of stevia.

Hope you have a really good day today!
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