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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Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #31

Amy Lane Photography c 2014
It's been a whirlwind of activity around here lately.  In addition to Kringling, we've been decorating a bit more, making cake balls for the first time (yum), and getting the restaurant ready to close for the season.  Here's my thrifty week:

~ Mended my daughter's black pants.

~ Let out elastic in my daughter's dance pants
~ I searched until I found a very good quality item I needed for Christmas for a good price.  Wish I could share, but someone reads my blog. ~wink~

~ I found a brand new something that another someone is going to love for $4.99 at the thrift store with $29.99 tag still on it!  Woo hoo! Right size.  Right color.  Right on!

~ I purchased some stocking stuffers at the dollar store.

~ I ate at home one night while I was alone instead of going out for fast food.

~ I received a new Bible for review.  I'm looking for one with space to write notes during church.

~ My daughter, Emily, made cake balls with a cake mix she received as a gift and things we had on hand.
~ I made a thrifty lunch of potato soup.

~ Altogether, I think I've spent around $125 - $150 for gifts this year for our family of six.  It was nearly all tip money, change, and a few odd dollars here and there that I have squirreled away since October.   God has blessed me with good sales and a family that doesn't mind second hand.Thank you God.

~ I'll be giving dishcloths as gifts to some friends.  I wrapped them all up yesterday with raffia that I had on hand.  I purchased it at a garage sale last summer for next to nothing.

I'm almost done with my shopping.  I've got a couple more items and some gift wrap to buy.  I tend to underestimate how much I'll need each year.  Last night my husband told me that he's going to buy some small gifts for the kids, too. Yay!

Well, it's time to get ready for church.  My daughters, Emily and Amy, are performing in a Christmas dance today.

Enjoy the moments!
May I suggest?

Good Morning Mondays - Mom's the Word

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ghosts of Christmas Past

There's such a tendency to think about the past at Christmastime.  We have sweet memories of loved ones that have gone on before us.  We have traditions and maybe even rituals that we might not even realize we have.  That can be a good thing for holding families together and making them strong.  But not all of our memories or traditions are positive.  We may be left with a longing for the way things used to be before circumstances changed or certain people came into or left our lives for some reason.  Some of us may be facing an empty nest for the first time or a parent or spouse or child may have died recently, this year, last year, or twenty years ago.  Christmastime makes it all fresh again, doesn't it?  

Let's make a decision to live in this moment, to love this moment, to enjoy those with whom we're with right now or to enjoy the solitude of being alone with God.
Enjoy memories of Christmas past, but don't let the ghosts of memories spoil Christmas present.
Have a wonderful Christmas week!
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage
May I suggest?
Everything Christmas

Mom's the Word - Good Morning Mondays

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bing Crosby Sings Christmas

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So many of my memories of Christmas are tied up in the ribbons of music.  Bing Crosby is at the center with so many classics, White Christmas, Silent Night, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.... Gee, what Christmas song didn't he sing?  Look what I found this morning!  It's the Crosby Christmas Internet Radio station.  I've been listening this morning.  There is lots of back story history mixed in that's fun to hear.  There are also many of Bing's recordings that were not released to the public.  Enjoy!

Happy Christmas Time,

May I suggest?
Everything Christmas

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