Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Night Before Resurrection Day

The sweet aroma of pecans toasting as my pecan pie bakes...

The drip drip dropping of a gentle spring rain...

The scritchy scratch of Legos as my builder searches for the perfect piece...

The whisper of pages turning in the living room...

The tick tick tick of the clock...

Soon I'll be double checking to see that everyone's clothes are ready for Resurrection Day. 

The last task of the night will be to make Resurrection Cookies.  We'll be using Sandy Coughlin's
recipe from Crosswalk this year.

A very blessed and peaceful day to you as you center your heart and your mind on Yeshua Ha' Mashiach, Jesus the Christ.

So Blessed to Be Saved by my Jesus
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Friday, March 29, 2013

One Bad Friday

One Bad Friday made every Friday good for those who love and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

I've Been Sewing

I've been trying to make more time for one of my favorite activities.  My mother began teaching me to sew when I was about ten years old.  I would help her when she stretched out yards of fabric on our living room floor to pin and cut out a new blouse or a new dress.  Later, she allowed me to use her scraps and begin making little simple clothes for my dolls.  When I started using her sewing machine, I felt so grown up. 

The image above shows one of the handbags that I have made.  I enjoy making every bag different.  It's time to put some more in my Etsy shop.  I hope you find some time to do something you enjoy this weekend.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Happy at Home
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Homeschooling Planning & Record Sheet

I've tried a lot of homeschooler planners and plan pages through the years with my kids.  I found this one a couple of years ago, and I really like it.  Some things get written down before they do them.  They then check them off when they're done.  It also leaves room for them to record things as they do them.  I tell the kids that if they don't write it down, they don't get credit.  This works well for older kids.  My youngest is eleven.  She's good about writing everything down.  I print this on both sides of cardstock to make it easier for the kids to find.  You might also try using colored paper.  I've pinned this form on Pinterest.  Just click it to see it.

It's never too early to start planning for next year.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Happy to Homeschool
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Faith and My God: Do You Fear the Future?

"And the LORD, He is it that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."

Deuteronomy 31:8

That promise is just as near as accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. That promise is just as near as surrendering your life to Christ. He gets to be the leader, the boss, the Lord. You get to be saved from Hell and saved from your sins and saved from yourself. You must not only accept Jesus as the Son of God, you must also truly believe that He is who He said He is and can do what He said He would do. I invite you to read the book of John in the Holy Bible. You can get to know who Jesus is and what that means to you.

It would be an honor to pray for you.  Please leave a comment if you'd like me to do so.

Blessed to be Known and Loved by my Jesus

Friday, March 22, 2013

Just Who is Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage?

I'm a big city girl gone small town girl gone country and finally gone back to small town.

I live in southern Missouri between Oz and the Ozarks. 

I have four children. My daughters live at home. My twenty-two year old daughter goes the local university, and my 18 year old daughter goes to the local community college. My sons live on their own nearby. The 20 year old son is working, and my 29 year old son  also going to attend the local community college this fall. I homeschooled all of my children from the beginning through high school. My eldest son went to high school for a year and a half.

I met my Jesus when I was fifteen, and my life has never been the same.

I married my high school sweetheart thirty-four years ago. You might say we're going steady permanently. ~smile~

We have a very big yellow tabby cat, Tiger. Think Garfield with a good attitude. He is actually bigger than our little Doxie mix, Penny.  

I enjoy writing, knitting, sewing, quilting, crocheting,  scrapbooking, crafting, baking, cooking, making do, and making soup. I'm currently primarily knitting since I was invited to join a group of ladies for a knit night each week. That's on hold thanks to the virus.

I love to read and often review books on my blog, Harvest Lane Cottage.

I like to cook from scratch, and I adore Gooseberry Patch books.  I've collected a lot of them on Paperback Swap over the years.  In fact, one of my recipes was included in Hometown Christmas, and another was included in Grilling and Campfire Cooking. My old-fashioned homemade cocoa is in Secrets from Grandma's Kitchen, too.

I don't enjoy gardening, but I do enjoy making jams and jellies. 

I enjoy writing to encourage others in their walk with Jesus, homemaking, being thrifty, homeschooling and reading. 

Fall is my absolute favorite season. It's cozy, beautiful and warm by the fire while it's nippy outside.

I began my breast cancer recovery journey in April 2017. Cancer has attacked my body, but I am not a cancer victim. Cancer is not who I am, even though it has made life difficult. I am God's child. I have been told that I am cancer-free, but my treatments continue.

 I will live and not die and declare the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 118

His Hebrew name, Jehovah Sabaoth, means Lord of Hosts. He is fighting the battle for me. I must walk this out in faith and trust. Who better to trust than God himself?

Do drop me a note and introduce yourself!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

P.S. I also love to pray for people. Do drop me a note if you'd like me to pray for you. See the contact form in the sidebar.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Taking a Little Break for Teen Talent

Taking a little break to support my little Teen Talent contestant, Emily.
She's a beautiful singer, dancer, and a natural performer.
She'll perform on Saturday.
I've a chance to spend some time with a dear friend until then.
Hubby will keep tornado volunteers working, eating, and sleeping and hold the home front.
Thank you, Lowell, for making it possible to do this.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Let It Snow! Just One More Vestige of Winter and Leaning Toward Spring

I know we're all straining toward spring, but I wanted to share this cute window with you.  My Lowell painted it for a charity auction last Autumn.  I just came across the photo.  I hope he'll paint another like it for me next year. ~smile~

Are you interested in gardening this year?  We are going to try to grow as many veggies as possible this year.  Lowell's already got seeds sprouting in our enclosed porch.  This morning, I found an intriguing article about straw bale gardening over at Deep Roots at Home.  It seems that you grow the veggies right in the straw bales!  That would be a more affordable way to do raised bed gardens.  It would be good for renters, too. 

We'll have a busy weekend.  I'll look forward to getting back with you Monday.
Have a blessed weekend!

Happy at Home

Sunday, March 3, 2013


“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” 
Corrie ten Boom 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Sweet Beautiful Home ~ J.R. Miller

“The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.” 
~J.R. Miller~

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Snow Day Snow Play

Snow Day Snow Play what better way to spend a snowy morning than to build a snowman  snowmomma?  Amy and Michael had great fun this week playing in the snow.  I have fond memories of playing in the snow as a child.  I lived in Michigan for a couple of years as a young child then
moved to Topeka, Kansas in second grade.  I grew up with snow.  I love snow.  I went to college in Oklahoma.  When it snowed there, it was scary.  They didn't know how to drive in it! 

Skip ahead a few years....

Now our family lives in Southwest Missouri.  I love living here except for one thing.  Snow is an event.  At least it's an event for me.  It's an annoyance for most people, I'm afraid.  A couple of winters ago, it snowed and snowed and snowed.  Lowell was working in Kansas City.  We were home with no car and were snowed in five days at a time!  Stir crazy?  Yes a little.  Love it?  Yes a lot!

Last year, no snow. ~frown~ I didn't complain to God, because I knew that there was a lot of work that needed to be done in Joplin to recover from the tornado.  This year it appeared that we would have no snow again.  I was sad.  I'm thrilled that last week and this week we've had a little snow.  It was quickly cleaned off the roads, so it isn't such an annoyance for folks.  Me?  I'm reveling in it. 

What about you?  Do you like snow?  Do you have a snow memory that you'd share with us?

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