Tuesday, May 21, 2019

We Bought a House!



Hello everyone,
 Thank you so much for being patient with me lately. My husband's knee surgery was a great success. He is already walking around without a cane. His leg still hurts, but he's improving steadily.

 The other big news is that we bought a house... in town!  We had been looking outside of town on and off for a few months. We finally decided to quit looking, because Lowell was about to have his surgery, and we knew the timing was bad.

 God had other ideas. ~smile~ One morning, about six or seven weeks ago, our realtor sent Lowell a text—at 6;00 a.m. He told me, look at these pictures. Since I'd been up until 2:00 a.m. writing, I said, "No." About twenty minutes later, he said, "Get dressed. We're going to go look at this house at 7:15 a.m.!" Ugh!

  As I was brushing my teeth, the thought crossed my mind that this was the house. Mind you, we had looked at a lot of houses. I believe it was a God thought.

  We met the realtor, and the very first thing I noticed was the tulip tree in the front yard in full bloom. Just the previous day, my Amy (Hands Made to Love) told me that she wanted a tulip tree someday. That brought my second thought that this was the place.

  We looked around inside, and it was very nice. Sensible nice. Not over-the-top fancy nor run-down looking. The original hardwood floors had been recently refinished. The walls had been painted a blue-grey—not my color, but it all looks fresh and nice. The kitchen was very nice, too. There are lots of cabinets in the kitchen, in the utility room, in the main bathroom (there are 2!), and in the garage workroom. I think we may finally have the chance for everything to have a place and everything in its place! There are three bedrooms (we raised our kids in a 2 bedroom house), and two bathrooms. Oh the luxury! Our girls are already decorating their bedrooms.

  I got ahead of myself. As we were looking, the realtor and Lowell asked me what I thought. I couldn't find anything that looked like a problem to me. That surprised them. I have had reservations about every house we've looked at. Even the price seemed fine.

 Lowell went outside and noticed the lady across the street driving in. She said hi first. Gasp! ~smile~ Lowell went over to talk to her. I followed. I found that she was quite friendly, a Christian, and she knew a bit about the neighbors and neighborhood. She and I stood there and talked a bit, then suddenly, I remembered I had the realtor waiting for me at the house. Did I mention that I'm friendly?

  As I walked through the house, I had a sense that this neighborhood was our assignment. That we were being sent there. That was my third God thought. I called my son who is familiar with the area, he said that it is one of the safest and best neighborhoods in town. That was important to me since we haven't lived in town in many years.

  Believe it or not, we were at the house an hour and a half. We made an offer before 9 a.m.  OH, did I mention that it had been on the market less than 12 hours?

  Well, we closed last Friday. We've been trying to prepare to move. We took over a trailer full of things on Sunday. Monday morning I woke up at the old house and realized that the food was here and the pots, pans, toaster, everything like that are at the new house waiting in the garage to be unpacked!

  So anyway, this is why I've not been writing. There's been so much sorting and cleaning, and packing to be done in addition to regular life. We're only moving about six miles away, but things still have to be moved safely. We hope to finish moving the furniture and anything that cannot go in the car this weekend. After living here almost ten years, there's a lot to do!

  You may not hear a lot from me over the next couple of weeks, but I hope that by mid-June I will be back to writing regularly. Thank you again for your patience. You've been wonderfully faithful. God bless you all!

Laura
a bit unnerved by the chaos!


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Insomnia and Answers

Hello all.  I'm up in the middle of the night with insomnia. I was awakened at 1:00 a.m., and I lay in bed tossing and turning for quite awhile. I finally decided to check in on the blog. I found that my daughter, Amy of  Hands Made to Love, nominated me for the Awesome Blogger tag. Thank you Amy. 

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RULES:
Thank the person/blogger who nominated you.
Tag your post with #awesome blogger award
Answer all the questions given to you
Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nominations
Give them 10 new questions to answer


Okay! So, here are Amy's questions and my answers. However, I'm going to let it stop here rather than make more nominations. There are just too many of you who write wonderful blogs.

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What is your passion?
  This one is easy. Loving God and loving others.

Do you like chai tea latte?
  Yes. It's my favorite coffee shop drink.

What state do you live in?
  Southern Missouri

What are 7 countries you want to visit?
  I'd like to visit many states in the United States.
  Israel
  Canada
  Scotland
  Belgium
  I can't really think of others. I'd be content to stay in the United States. I would    like to go to the Grand Caymans and some of the Carribean Islands.
  
What is one of your favorite Bible verses? 
  It's actually a passage from Philippians.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  

What is one of your favorite flowers?
  Oh wow, that's a hard choice. Right now I'm loving the fragrant peonies. 

Do you like outside or inside better?
  Hard choice. I love outside if the weather is nice. I'm a wimp in the heat. However, I tend to spend most of my time indoors.

Do you like country or town better? 
  Country hands down. We are, however, moving into a small town that we've lived just outside for years.

Do you like icecream?
  Yes. In fact, it's one of my favorites if it's Blue Bell.

What are 5 words that you think describe you?
  Christian, wife, mother, friendly, kind


Now, may the Lord Jesus Christ fill you with joy, peace, trust and hope as you trust in Him. Thank you Holy Spirit!

Be blessed y'all!
Laura


P.S. If you'd like to play this tag game, just consider yourself nominated, and answer the questions above. Be sure to let me know, too.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Spring Sunshine and Beauty and a New Beginning


My birthday fell on Mother's Day this year.
54!
What happened? 
When did it happen?
The last couple of years have been so 
focused on the cancer fight and recovery,
I barely noticed growing older.

We close on a home of our own on Friday.
Spring is here with all its fresh sunshine and beauty.
It just feels like a new start for my Lowell and me.

I'm looking forward to settling into
our little house in town. We already
have met a nice Christian family across the street,
and a couple from our church live down at the corner. 
This move is a good thing.

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Secret Revealed



Hello everyone!

I can now reveal the secret why my internet is going to be hit or miss. We are having it disconnected, because we are going to move to a new home.

We've lived here at the cottage for nearly ten years, but it's time to move into what we expect to be our forever home. I'll share some photos after we close in a couple of weeks. 

When I began using the internet on a regular basis, I was Laura of Harvest Lane Farm. We lived on 27 acres near the Missouri Kansas border in Southern Missouri. We then moved to town to a little bungalow in Kansas. I chose to keep Laura of Harvest Lane and called it Harvest Lane Cottage. When we moved to Missouri a few years later, I kept the name Harvest Lane Cottage when I began blogging in 2007.  After a move to the country, I still kept the name. Even though we are now moving for what I hope is the last time, I will probably keep the name. It just makes it easier for blogging's sake. If I change my mind, y'all will be the first to know.

I'm rather excited about the move. It's a modest home, but it has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. That will be wonderful. We won't have to do a lot of work when we move in. We can just pick and choose our projects. That's wonderful!

Well, by the time you read this, most likely my internet will be turned off. I don't have a laptop, but I do have a Kindle Fire. I probably won't post for a bit, but I will be able to read comments when I can get to wi-fi. 

I'll catch up with y'all near the end of May if not earlier.
Happy May!

Laura
P.S. I'll be 54 on the 12th! 
As a breast cancer survivor,
every birthday is reason to celebrate!



A KITE FOR MOON by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, and Matt Phelan

Internet is still up, so here goes another review! I received two books in the mail this morning.





From Zonderkidz:
Dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon is the perfect children’s book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing.
What would it be like if the moon was your friend? Find out as you walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. And then blast off with your little one as you zoom to the moon together!
The story begins when a little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, writing notes promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years of studying, learning, and training to become an astronaut. Until … he finally goes up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail!
A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple, is a heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon.
A Kite for Moon:
  • Features over 20 gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan
  • Contains a beautiful presentation page, making this book ideal for gift giving
  • Is the perfect storybook for children ages 4 to 8
  • Celebrates every child’s fascination with space
  • Features a gorgeous cover that sparkles and shines with gloss and foil
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My thoughts: 

This is a classy book. I read it with my 17 and 21 year old daughters who know Momma's love for beautifully illustrated picture books. They both agreed that this one is a keeper. It will go with my other picture books until someday I have grandlittles to read to.

One of my daughters suggested that this would book would segue into a discussion or teaching about Neil Armstrong. In that case, it might even be useful for a homeschool or classroom teacher beyond the recommended ages of 4 to 8. It's a book that I think will be good for kids who are dreaming about the future just as the young lad in the book did for years.

I like that it encourages study and learning as well as dreaming and play. 

This would be good for libraries, too.

It's not really a cuddle up and read sort of book for little bitty ones, but a nice early reader type book to read aloud to your just a bit older children.

Be blessed, and read read read to your children!
Laura
who slipped in one last review 
before the internet was disconnected!




A Kite for Moon

Illustrated by Jane YolenHeidi E.Y. StempleMatt Phelan
Price: $17.99
Release date: Apr 09, 2019
ISBN: 9780310756422

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."