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!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

VIRTUOUS with Eric Estrada {DVD Review}

Thank you Edify Media for this review copy.
I'm a firm believer in mercy, grace, and the power of forgiveness. I'm a firm believer in hope, faith, and second chances. I'm a firm believer in the saving grace and redemption available through Jesus Christ the Son of God. There's no bad that's too bad, no low that's too low, no sinner that's too sinful for Jesus to redeem.

That's exactly why God came to Earth in the form of a sinless man as the child born in the manger. He was the perfect sacrifice for every sinner ever born and every sin ever committed, past, present, or future. Your hope is in Jesus Christ. Ask Him today to save you. He's waiting.

VIRTUOUS is all about the changes that can happen in a person's life and how the past influences the future. The plot a little chaotic until you realize that all of the characters are going to come together in the story, and nearly all are facing a battle of their own. It is a story with many stories within. We're all facing troubles of our own. Finding the strength to go on, to make important decisions, to change is central to the plot. VIRTUOUS shows that while following the primary story of a young woman accused of murder not because of evidence but because of her past.

***Our thirteen year old didn't watch this with us. I think it's for older teens through adults because of references to adult themes and scenes. There is nothing that I found embarrassing; however, she is too young for it.***


-Governor Mike Huckabee

Synopsis:  When a young woman, Simone Burner (singer/songwriter, Brandy Allison), is accused of murdering the man who assaulted her, she seeks out the helps of attorney Jack Evans (Erik Estrada, TV’s CHiPs) to prove her innocence. A ruthless and corrupt prosecutor engages her in a trial that brings the past she’s longed to escape to the forefront of her defense. Virtuous will inspire and ignite you to live the principles of Proverbs 31 –faith, integrity, wisdom and honor.

Watch the trailer.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.   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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Monday, May 25, 2015

My Daybook May 25, 2015

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Dear Ladies, 
Hello!  It's a beautiful morning. My my it's been raining and raining and raining! It's actually flash flooding in my front yard down at what the kids call 'Coon Creek. I think they saw a raccoon down there when we first moved to the property, and the name stuck. I'm trying to keep a happy attitude about the rain. I would like it better if it would stay outside my house! It is sunny this morning. I hope it stays that way for awhile.
May God grant you the desires of your heart as you delight in Him.
God bless you!

For Today... May 25, 2015

Outside my window...
sunshine mixed with shadows covering my lawn and circle driveway. The trees have grown so much, I can barely see blue sky and white clouds peeking through. I want to enjoy it. The rain is supposed to return all week.

I am thinking...
about my rumbly in my tumbly. ~grin~ I'm going to make some Trim Healthy Mama pancakes as soon as my daughter's done fixing regular pancakes for the kids.

I am thankful...
for some sunshine after so much rain. 

I am wearing...
a red knit dress.

I am creating...
My husband bought me some beautiful fabric for our anniversary. If I have time, after finishing the laundry, I'll put it in the wash to prepare it for cutting. I always prewash fabrics that I will use for clothing. In fact, I still prewash nearly all the fabrics I use. Old habits die hard. ~smile~

I am going...
not far today. I may go help at the cafe if it gets busy. With such a pretty, sunny day after all this rain, it may. This weekend is the beginning of tourist season at Precious Moment's Chapel.

I am wondering...
if I can resist the coconut pie in the refrigerator. ~grin~

I am reading...

I am hoping...
that we'll be able to plant the garden this week. It's been so rainy, my husband hasn't got it in yet.

I am learning...
about the healthy way to combine protein, fat, and carbs.

In the homeschool room...
we're trying to finish things up for the year. Some subjects will carry on into summer.

A favorite quote for today...

 "The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing."
~Theodore Roosevelt

A peek into one of my days...
Yes, I've been driving a lot lately. We saw this old house in a little town called Mindenmines. One has to wonder what would cause this as well as why it would be left that way.
One of my favorite things...
Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

From the board room...
Follow Laura's board Paint It! on Pinterest.
We're planning to buy some of that color changing ceiling paint for the girls' room.

A Favorite Link
Teen For The Lord

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Now on DVD! When Calls the Heart ~ Trials of the Heart

Thank you Edify Media for this review copy.
I have enjoyed the When Calls the Heart series so much! I was excited to receive the season premiere DVD this week. Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing are magnificent together as Jack and Elizabeth. He's a down-to-earth Canadian Mountie. She's a upper crust society girl who came to the town of Coal Valley to teach. Watching her learn to live in this whole new world has been endearing and amusing at times. Watching the two of them grow to like each other more and more has been fun and refreshing. I've had the benefit of seeing all of the first season. This series is a family favorite. My girls have really enjoyed the videos. They were so excited to hear that Hallmark is making it for a second season. This one has developments that may turn the town upside down. ~smile~
It appears that this season is going to be full of surprises. In this episode alone...
  • Someone confesses.
  • Someone ingratiates.
  • Someone irritates.
  • Someone breaks the law.
  • Someone startles.
  • Someone surprises.
  • Someone makes a right choice.
  • Someone is fearful.
  • Someone does something stupid.
  • Someone is rude.
  • Someone is conspiratorial.
  • Someone blackmails.
  • Someone lies.
"They've got to make a new one!" 
- Amy upon watching the ending. Actually, I think that one of us says that after every episode!

This one is worth watching!

About the series:

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. 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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