Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ March 27, 2016

As I write this Sunday evening....

The weather.... is rainy tonight.. 

Right now I am... enjoying having my daughter Emily home from her spring break service trip.

Thinking... about what color I'd like to paint the bathroom. The ceiling should be finished tomorrow night. That means I really need to decide by the time my husband comes home from work Tuesday evening!

A quote to share...

Reverend Billy Graham

In my Depression-era growing-up years, I suppose we Grahams on our North Carolina dairy farm bore some resemblance to the fictional Walton family on television. It’s easy to feel nostalgic about simpler times, but they obviously were not easier times. Nor were they necessarily happier times. 
What we did have back then was family solidarity. We really cared about each other, and we liked to do things together. Jesus’ word picture of a hen gathering her brood under her wing fits my mother. She saw to it that we gathered frequently and regularly–and not just around the dinner table or in front of the radio for favorite broadcasts. She gathered us around herself and my father to listen to Bible stories, to join in family prayers, and to share a sense of the presence of God.” Billy Graham  
On my reading pile... 
  • The Joy of Letting Go by Vicki Caruana
  • Ezra and Nehemiah with Bible Gateway
  • When No One Was Looking by Kim Frauli in my Kindle

Favorite blog post last week...

Something fun to share...
I think it would be fun to paint rocks and hide them like they are doing in Bentonville, Arkansas!

Blog hopping...
I'm reading through these blogs from beginning up to the present. Look at the lower part of my sidebar to see some other blogs I read. Please let me know if I'm on your blogroll, so that I can come and visit you, too!

On the menu for this week.... 
I've not made my menus for the week yet. I know that I'll be making chicken since I have a lot of it in my freezer!

On my to do list...
  • School records and planning
  • Balance checkbook
  • Pay bills
  • Laundry...always laundry
  • Insurance enrollment for kids
  • Try to fit in something from my bucket list
In the workbasket...
Looking forward to this week..
  • crocheting
  • sewing
  • reading
  • church
  • homeschool co-op
Looking around the house... Just finished the dishes a few minutes ago. My teens are watching Iron Man. My husband is using his computer. The clock is chiming three quarters of the hour.

From the camera...

From left to right
Sarah Coller of Classical Homemaking
Amy Lane of Living in Faith and Fun
Lynzie Coller of Thoughts from a Young Writer
Me, Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage
On my prayer list...
  • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
  • Ellen Kuentzel, healing from Bacterial Meningitis
  • My husband and children
  • Protection for law enforcement officers
Devotional... Philippians 4:4
" Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!"
Father God, I pray that each reader will be very aware of your presence today. Bless them with your love and bring them to faith and trust in you, your son Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

Related Posts:
The Art of Homemaking    Modest Mondays

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #97

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,
 Some weeks I do so well at being thrifty. Other weeks just slide by without much conscious effort at saving money or resources. This was a slip by week. There's not much to it, but I hope joy this week's entry.

"Finally, brethren, 
whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; 
if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, 
think on these things." 
Philippians 4:8
King James Version 

Here's my thrifty week!
  • I brought home a bagful of yarn from our homeschool co-op. I was needing some acrylic yarn, but I just didn't want to buy it since I know so many ladies have it lying around unused. Here's what I'm making with it.

  • We enjoyed leftover cake from a party my mister had at work.
  • We had a potluck with a family from our church. They brought food to enjoy with our pot of refried beans and fixin's. We had some awesome soft tacos and burritos. Gotta love Tex Mex food!
  • This past two weeks had some big expenses, front tires for the van, car maintenance for my husband's car, and a trip to St. Louis to see my friend Laura. Hubby also had a number of expenses while I was gone. These things were big hits on the paycheck. Consequently, we ate primarily from the freezer with just a few fresh veggies and milk.
  • While visiting Laura in St. Louis, we went to the history museum and the art museum—both free! We also walked through the biting cold in order to use the free parking. Score!
  • We enjoyed a wonderful vacation with our friends at very little cost over the gas we used because of their generosity. Thank you friends! 
  • I don't know if redecorating projects are ever actually thrifty. We are trying to repaint our bathroom, and have run into trouble with the popcorn ceiling. It began to fall down in places as hubby was painting it. He's going to look at it again tomorrow and decide if it must come down or be patched. It's thrifty only because he is doing the work himself. 

  • I finished reading Grow in Grace, an e-book I received free for review. I'll share the review with you as soon as I finish writing it. 

Well, that's my thrifty week. 


“Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. 
To be happy, one must choose to be happy, 
not respond to a circumstance 
that now controls your happiness.” 
― Joyce Meyer

~♥ ~
I'm working on this one!

Update on Ellen March 21, 2017 7:26 p.m.
God is so good! Ellen was able to send me a text today. Whether she typed it or not, I don't know. I feel like she is coming back from the dead—again. She has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. Thank you for your prayers for her. She is learning to swallow, and speaking slowly in sentences. She has a long way to go, but she is improving. Bless God!


What are you doing in your home this week?


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This Earthly Life is a Battle ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

"This earthly life is a battle," said Ma. 
"If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. 
It always has been so, and it always will be. 
The sooner you make up your mind to that,  
the better off you are, 
and the more thankful for your pleasures."

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie

Thank you God that we do not need to fight the battles alone. Thank you for being our hope, our provider, our savior, our healer, our everything we need.

If you don't know Jesus and his love for you, I'll be happy to talk with you about Him. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs—Review by Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage
When I read a Liz Curtis Higgs book, I feel like I'm reading a letter from a dear friend. I've read many of Liz's books through the years including her children's books, The Pumpkin Patch Parable, The Pine Tree Parable, and The Sunflower Parable. Whether fiction, nonfiction, she always keeps my attention with her compassion, her wit, and her masterful use of the English language. Through it all her love for Jesus and for women shines through.

Liz has a way of just reading my mail. She understands the struggles we women have, and her books reflect it. 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is no exception. These verses were collected from readers, and Liz has dissected them using multiple Bible versions and translations. She breaks down each verse word by word and brings out the full, rich meaning of each verse. She also offers background information and suggestions for memorizing each scripture beginning with short ones that mean the most to us individually.

This is warm, witty, and a book that I enjoyed.

Thank you Liz!

Liz Curtis Higgs
    "Our smartphones and tablets may run out of juice," admits best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs, “and even a small travel Bible can be out of reach when we need it most. God has a better plan: ‘These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts’ (Deuteronomy 6:6)."

    With 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart , Higgs has crafted an engaging and insightful book that helps women:
    · renew their joy when they read the Bible discover the richness of Scripture
    · learn creative ways to memorize their favorite verses 
    · apply God’s Word to their daily lives, and 
    · be equipped to encourage others with God’s truth 
    Beautifully packaged in hardcover, this book provides deep biblical insights into verses that were chosen by more than 1,000 women as their favorites. Readers will find verses they know and love: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) as well as ones that may be less familiar but are no less powerful: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Proverbs 29:25) 

    Alongside the truths that Higgs highlights, she provides 31 practical ideas for helping women store verses in their hearts forever. For instance, she encourages women to record the Bible verse on their phones for easy review or to draw a picture to illustrate the verse they’re memorizing.  

    31 Verses to Write on Your Heart includes discussion questions and a Bible study guide for individuals or small groups. As Liz writes, “God meets with us when we gather around His Word, and He often surprises us with fresh discoveries about our relationship with Him.”

    Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping sisters and seekers experience the depth of God’s love. Higgs is the author of more than 30 books with 4.6 million copies in print, including her million-selling series, Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It and It’s Good to Be Queen. She has spoken at 1,700 women’s conferences in all 50 states and 14 countries. A former radio personality, Higgs has appeared on more than 700 media outlets including NPR, “Focus on the Family,” “Life Today,” PBS and A&E. She and her husband, Bill Higgs, just celebrated 30 years of marriage and share their life together in a 19th century farmhouse in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Visit Liz online:

    ISBN 9781601428912 ● Hardcover ● 224 Pages ● $14.99 U.S./$19.99 Canada
    eBook ISBN 9781601428929 ● $11.99 U.S./$13.99 Canada

    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."

    Read my other Liz Curtis Higgs reviews.

    The Girl's Still Got It

    Here Burns my Candle

    Mine is the Night

    The Women of Christmas

    A Wreath of Snow

    It's Good to Be Queen