Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Post I've Been Avoiding... The Diagnosis

Hello my dear readers and friends,

You've no doubt noticed a change in my blog over the last few weeks and seen hints of health troubles and tests. This is the post I've been avoiding. I just haven't been ready to identify with the problem nor am I sure I want to now. After all, God is the God of miracles. I need miracles, I'll bet you do, too.
Here goes.
 I found a lump on April 22nd. It's been an earth shaker to me and my family for the last few weeks.  This was the cause of the exhausting rounds of tests and appointments.

Yes. It is breast cancer. It's in all the lumps in my left breast and in a lymph node. My mother and maternal aunt both had breast cancer many years ago. 

To answer a few questions you might have:
  • The CT scan showed no cancer in the rest of my body. Praise God!
  • The oncologist scheduled me for chemo first because it is an aggressive cancer. They want to shrink it first before surgery.
  • I will also have mastectomy surgery, radiation, Hormone IV drug therapy, and a pill to take long term. 
  • They did surgery to implant a port for the chemo on Friday the 19th.
  • Chemo began Tuesday the 23rd. It should take 18 weeks if all goes as planned.
  • I didn't do well with a couple of the drugs, so I'll spend today, the 24th, my 31st wedding anniversary at the chemo center with the husband of my youth getting three or four more hours of chemo. They will slow delivery down to see if I can handle it better. The staff has been amazing.
But God.

  • I haven't had insurance for years. On March 1st, I got great insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield! 
  • We received a tax refund that we just left in the bank. We have enough money to pay all of our out-of-pocket expenses! 
  • Remember me? The lady whose husband went four months without a paycheck, without unemployment, and lived completely dependent on God? Go God! He is so so good to us!
  • I've had some friends locally who have offered to go to treatments with me so that I'm never alone. Thank you ladies!

My fight is the good fight of faith. I battle not against flesh and blood and tumors.

The weapons of my warfare
  • the Word
  • worship
  • praise
  • praying in English and in the Spirit 
  • journaling
  • keeping a book of thanksgiving
  • rest
  • eating well
  • following the doctors' plan.
I invite you to join the fight in prayer. 

As you might guess, my emotions have been a bit overwhelmed, but I am continuing to trust in the Lord.

I've been told by many well meaning people lots of things that are supposed to cure cancer. My husband and I have prayed. We believe that we are supposed to follow my cancer team's treatment plan. This is not a mild case, it is life-threatening. When I hear people try to tell me not to do chemo and such, it just upsets me emotionally and makes me waiver. I have set my faith that God will lead us through this and that I need to have James 1 faith. 
Yes. That's worth looking up my friend.

Laura Lane

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ May 22, 2017

As I write...  Sunday night

The weather.... Beautiful! Dark with cool breezes

Right now I am... just finishing up some copy work in my journal. I was transferring notes I've taken over the last few weeks. 

Thinking... about my new haircut. Thanks Wendy!

A quote to share...
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
On my reading pile...  
  • Bible: I'm ready to start again. I'm trying to decide whether to start with the Old or New Testament.
  • Never Give Up 
Don't miss my Spring reading list!
Favorite blog post last week... 

Something fun to share...
Blog hopping... 
On the menu for this week.... 

My husband made the menu. He and the kids will cook. I don't know what yet.
On my to do list... Fun Stuff—not ~smile~

  • appointments and errands
In the workbasket... I didn't knit last week, but I might start a dish cloth this week. 

Looking forward to this week... Christmas!

Looking around the house... The bathroom is almost finished. My girlfriend gave me a nice picture for the wall, so I didn't have to go to Hobby Lobby. I need to show it to my husband and see if he likes it, too. Thanks Ginny!
From the camera... 

Amy, Michael, and Emily
Mother's Day 2017


Revelation to a Writer

On my prayer list...
  • Healing in my body
  • Wisdom for President Trump and our government officials
  • Kristen, Cheryl of Homespun Devotions' niece, is still fighting for her life and for her baby's. She has blood clots in her lungs and heart troubles.
  • Healing for Ellen—She's now in a rehab center! 
  • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
Father God, I pray that each reader will know the love of God in a very real and personal way. I ask that Holy Spirit speak, teach, and comfort each reader. Bring salvation and healing through your son Jesus the Christ. I pray that you will be glorified in their lives. I ask all in Jesus' Name.  I plead the blood of Jesus over every reader and their loved ones! Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #100

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
Do say hello!
Dear Reader,

     It's been a month since my last Thrifty Week post. I have been going through testing for a health problem. This week, like the last few weeks, has not been very thrifty. I haven't done much of the grocery shopping, and I haven't felt like making anything. Still, if we're going to avoid a financial mess, I've got to get busy doing what I can with what I've got where I am. 

     In the past, my focus has been on "with what I've got". Now, for a little while, the focus is going to shift to "what I can". Being thrifty is "here a little, there a little", so I shall do what I can. The more I listen to and read the Bible, the more the phrases are in my head. (Isaiah 28:10).

My hope is to go ahead and keep this column going in order to inspire myself to do what I can. It's a bit of accountability—you know? I may not publish every week, but I'll do what I can.

God bless you all, thank you for your patience with me.



A Verse for You
"Be joyful in hope, 
patient in affliction, 
faithful in prayer." 
Romans 12:12 NKJV
It's time to start saving your pennies
and your nickles and your rocks for Christmas!

Here's my thrifty week!

  • I've been trying a new to me survey company called Opinion Outpost. My friend told me that she's made about $100 in the last several weeks. I decided to try it. The company's surveys pay from $.50 to $1.50. I've made $30.50 in the last month. I get kicked out of many of their surveys just like with Swagbucks. I am nobody's target market, and I know it. ~smile~ I just keep trying. Here's my referral link if you want to try it out. You get $.50 just for filling out the info about yourself. I'm going to cash my points in for PayPal money. They also have some gift cards.
  • Oatmeal with a bit of milk, stevia, and cinnamon is a healthy, inexpensive breakfast. I put in a small sprinkle of pecans to help with the protein. A cup of Oolong tea bought on sale rounds out the meal nicely. Just pennies a serving if you have stevia on hand.
  • I have a dress with a rip in the arm. I cut the bodice off and plan to make the bottom into a skirt soon.
Well, that's my thrifty week. 
What are you doing in your home this week?


...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!