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.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Well Planned Day 20% Off Through 3/31


My Daybook March 30, 2015

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Dear Ladies, 
Hello!  It's a beautiful morning. In the time that it's taken to write this, the sun has risen and so has my youngest daughter. I've also seen my husband off to work. I'll soon wake up the other kids and make some breakfast. My Amy was thrilled to find we have cereal. It's usually eggs or oatmeal around here. ~smile~ I hope to get outside for awhile today. It's supposed to be a perfect seventy-one degrees and sunny! Thank you Jesus!
May God grant you the desires of your heart as you delight in Him.
God bless you!
~~~~~
Outside my window...
I cannot see a thing except a few headlights on the highway. It's still early. 6:23 as I type this. 38 degrees and clear. According to weather.com, it will be 71 today and clear. Yay!

I am thinking...
of planning a spring break week after Easter.

I am thankful...
that my van is working well and gas prices have dropped again.

In the kitchen...
Lunch will be odds and ends. I really need to make a trip to the grocery store. I think I'll make some ham and beans for supper. I have a pound of Northern beans that look lonely in the drawer. 

I am wearing...
my black night dress and my fuzzy slipper boots. 

I am creating...
I sorted through some works in progress yesterday. I have the following things "in the works": an apron for me, an apron for my Amy, a tea wallet, a kick pleat for a skirt with a high slit, some Christmas ornaments, too many projects! I need to finish some things so that I can make myself a new dress.

I am going... 
nowhere until evening. Yay! Last week was full of transferring kids and husband all over the countryside for meetings and work. 4 H season is upon us, and it cannot be helped since we have only one vehicle. Yes, I need to grocery shop, but we'll make do just for the privilege of being home all day long. 

I am reading...
still... just a couple of chapters left to go.

I am looking forward to...
some free afternoons during spring break.

Around the house...
I'm going to make a list of things I want to clean and fix. I'm hoping to work on cleaning and decluttering in the mornings and relaxing during the afternoons during our break.

A favorite quote for today...
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“What you want is practice, practice, practice.
...I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it’s thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on.”
C. S. Lewis
Author of the Chronicles of Narnia

One of my favorite things...
the mums that line my back sidewalk. Weren't they beautiful? We cut them to the ground and they are just beginning to come up again. They were the little $1.49 plants at Wal-mart two Autumns ago. I've been thrilled that they've done so well.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Since it's Holy Week, we'll have an Upper Room service Wednesday night at church and share a Passover celebration. Thursday evening, I plan to have a bread and grape juice meal with the family. When they were very small, I started doing it as a "last supper" and talking about Jesus' last supper with the disciples. On Friday, we'll have a Good Friday service at noon at church. Saturday night we'll make Resurrection cookies. It's traditional that they fail. If they turned out right, the kids would be disappointed! It's crazy what can become tradition in our family!

Have a wonderful week!
Laura
Happy at Home

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Diet for a Penny?

Our little Penny thinks Crocus are yummy!
Penny's 11 months old this month. It seems like she's lived with us for ages, yet it's only been nine months. She sure has turned our household upside down at times. Our previous dog, Josh, was 15 when he died. We'd forgotten how much activity and trouble a puppy can bring. She's finally calming down a bit, and we're learning to live together peacefully. Spring brought softer dirt to dig in. That made Penny happy. Just try to stop this little Doxie mix! She doesn't want to leave my mums alone either! I hope you're enjoying early signs of Spring. Before you know it, it will be Holy Week! 
Happy week ending!
Laura
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