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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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Friday, August 15, 2014

"What a Man Does When He is Taken Off Guard..."

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“Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is?  Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth?
If there are rats in the cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly.  But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding.
In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.” ~ C.S. Lewis

There is so much truth in this quote.  Perhaps this is why it's so easy to be nice to strangers and folks we meet in church.  It's much harder to keep that facade up when we're suddenly confronted with a negative word or deed or tone of voice from a family member.

Kara wrote about it over at Time Warp Wife recently.

Father God, please help us to become women of virtue who are steadfast and calm.  I ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Now, go on over and take a look at Kara's post, Blueberries and Rats.

Blessings,
Laura

 Amaze Me Monday - Inspire Me Monday   - Mix it Up Monday - Mom's the Word Sweet Sharing Monday - Motivation Mondays - Modest Mondays -  The Art of Homemaking -  A Mama's Story -     Monday Musings - 

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

Fridays Unfolded - Sweet & Simple Fridays I'm Lovin' It Party

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Simply Remember my Favorite Things...

A few of my favorite things...

rainy days
days at home
read alouds
the library
homemade from scratch cocoa
coconut meringue pie
very fine-tipped black pens
very fine-tipped red pens
hollyberry red yarn from Knit Picks
Knit Picks circular needles
half-price Diet Cranberry Sprite at Sonic during Happy Hour
roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, and onions
Jim Brickman instrumental piano music
phone calls from loved ones
the book of Philippians
my promise ring that I've worn for about 30 years now
listening to the wind blow gently through the trees
red maple leaves
Worther's Originals hard candies
packages in the mail
Christmas music from July to January
sewing
hand quilting
reading
writing
time alone
talking with friends
my Lowell,
my children
my church
my old, full of notes, New King James Bible
my Jesus, my God, and my Holy Spirit

What are some of your favorite things?

Laura
Focusing on the Lovely











Shared:

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 - Raising Homemakers - Wholehearted Wednesdays - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home   - Wake Up Wednesday -What you wish Wednesdays - A Little R & R - Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - - Fluster's Creative Muster Making a Home - Homemaking Party - Fridays Unfolded - Sweet & Simple Fridays I'm Lovin' It Party  - Essential Fridays - Faith Filled Fridays - Show and Tell Friday

Amaze Me Monday - Inspire Me Monday   - Mix it Up Monday - Mom's the Word Sweet Sharing Monday - Motivation Mondays -

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #26

Penny
It's been a little while since I've written A Thrifty Week.  That little pound puppy I got back in the last installment has taken quite a bit of my free time!  Since then, I realized Lucy didn't fit her.  I named her Penny instead.  She's the color of a penny.

I've scored some great bargains at the thrift shop and yard sales this summer.  What I have not done is make jam and jelly like I usually do each summer.  We especially like Harvest Peach.  I do hope I get another chance to find a good deal on some kind of fruit before summer's over.

~ I received a new book in the mail to review for Bethany House.  It's called $10 Great Dates.  As a book reviewer, it was free to me in exchange for a review.

~ I signed up to review a movie called Holy Ghost.   

~ I took a box and a bag of things to the Salvation Army.  I also threw out two bags of stuff that I found while decluttering.  How is that thrifty?  I bought myself about three cubic feet of real estate for the price of some time and decisions!  Just think how much houses cost per square foot!

~ We stopped by a little thrift shop in a nearby town and bought two shirts and a pair of sunglasses for $1.50.

~ We borrowed hundreds of dollars worth of books from the library for free.

~ Family movie night at church.  It was Heaven is for Real. The movie was free.  All five of us ate hot dogs, nachos, and popcorn with M & Ms  for about $15.  Not bad for a night on the town with the family.  Yes, we could have been more frugal, but it's our family's big outing each month.

Well, that's all I can think of.  Yes.  It's a very very very short list.  I hope to get back to sharing each week and recording my frugal feats as I go.  It's great inspiration to be busy about being thrifty.

What have you done this week?  What are your plans for next week?  I'd love to have you "talk back".  I won't tell your momma, I promise!

Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Monday
Modest Mondays -   Amaze Me Monday - The Art of Homemaking -  A Mama's Story -     Monday Musings -  - Inspire Me Monday   - Mix it Up Monday - Mom's the Word Sweet Sharing Monday - Motivation Mondays -

Tuesday
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 

Wednesday-  
Raising Homemakers - Wholehearted Wednesdays - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home -Wake Up Wednesday -What you wish Wednesdays - A Little R & R - Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - - Fluster's Creative Muster Making a Home -  - Homemaking Party

Friday - 
Fridays Unfolded - Sweet & Simple Fridays I'm Lovin' It Party  - Essential Fridays - Faith Filled Fridays - Show and Tell Friday

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Early Little Girl Memories

~ I had a little lamb named Mary Lou when I was a little girl.  I was four.  When we moved to town, my mom talked me into trading her for a turtle!  That's back when little turtles were considered pets and could be bought at the store.  Boy was I gullible.  ~grin~

~ The song Bye Bye Miss American Pie was popular when I was in first grade.  I listened to it on a small transistor radio in my bedroom after school.  I remember humming it at the dinner table. My father told me to stop.  I didn't have the self-control. I soon was humming it very very quietly to myself.  My father responded by sending me to bed without supper.  I was in tears.  My mommy later brought me a little spaghetti in my bed.  It was my favorite, I was hungry, and she had a soft mommy's heart.  I never hummed or sang at the table again.  I don't allow my children to do so either.  No one's missed a meal though.  ~smile~

~ When I was a little girl, I found my baby book.  My mother had written in it that at a certain age my eyes had changed from blue to brown.  I found this most remarkable!

~ My Grandpa and Grandma had airplanes.  He gave flying lessons.  I was in an airplane from the time I was a baby.  I thought everybody had an airplane just like a car.  Not getting my own airplane was one of the biggest disappointments when I grew up.

What little girl memories do you have?


Blessings,
Laura
Remembering


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