Friday, June 6, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #24

Isn't this what it's all about?

My husband and I made a decision twenty-three years ago that I would be a stay-at-home mom.  That was pretty radical in the city I lived in.  Four years later we made an even more radical decision.  We decided that I would teach our son at home.  I'm sure my family thought we were nuts.  ~smile~  Well, the proof is in the pudding, and we find that pudding with nuts is delicious!

These are my younger children, Michael, Amy (left), and Emily (right). This is not just a pose.  I see them smiling, hugging, and acting silly together often.

Love God and love others.  Those are the commandments Jesus gave us.  Jesus - the foundation and center of my kids' lives.  Brothers and sisters - best friends for life.  Those are the things that are worth it all to me.

~ I fixed the electric pencil sharpener.  It was jammed with a large piece of "lead" from a pencil.

~ My girlfriend gave me a Kombucha Scoby.  I want to make some tea with it.

~ I ordered Kombucha Revolution from Blogging for Books.  I want to learn more about making Kombucha safely.  Blogging for Books is a great way for bloggers to get review books for free.

~ I found a pair of slacks for my husband at Goodwill.

~ The sewing machine was humming.  I put darts in the back of a skirt for my daughter to make too big just right.

~ I also repaired a tea wallet.

~ I assisted my Amy in evaluating and paring down her wardrobe.  She made a list of things to hunt for at yard sales and thrift stores to supplement her clothing.

It was a good week.  What about you?  What thrifty and frugal things have you done this week?

God bless you with peace and make your salvation sure,
in Jesus' Name, Amen


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  1. Good morning, Laura, and greetings from Maine! Found your sweet little blog through Marci's...I'm so glad that I stopped by! I have to admit...I have no idea what "kombucha" is...we live in the woods along the seashore...I don't get out much! "smile"...but as soon as I finish this I'm going to "google" it! :) I've enjoyed my little visit and will be back again could I not...we share the same name and the same Lord!
    Sweet blessings,

  2. You're so sweet, Laura. I'm coming over for a blog visit soon!

  3. You have been busy and found some great buys.. Your children are lovely and you are right ..Jesus is what matters.. Been doing taxes and thus not much creative stuff.. smile.

  4. Hi Faye,
    Thank you, Faye. Of course I'm rather partial to my children. ~smile~ I have an adult son, too.
    I hope all goes well with the taxes. Are you doing your own or are you a tax specialist?
    I do enjoy your blog. I'll be over for a visit in just a bit.

  5. Thank you for the homeschool encouragement! That is really what it is all about! Also, we really love kombucha over here so I do hope you give it a try! It is a very inexpensive way to bring health to your dinner table :)

  6. Hands on is always a plus!!! Lovely family Laura, enjoy them while you can!! And thrifty is always in!

  7. Happy weekend, Laura!

    It sounds as though you are busy. Gosh, I think we mama's are busy every day. :)

    What exactly is a tea wallet? I love to learn new things...

    It looks as though your children love each other a lot. That is so good to go through life with a buddy by your side. I am so glad you, your hubby and God made that decision many years ago to raise your babies at home. Life flies by so quick and to just know that your children are safe and walk with Jesus daily is a huge blessing. You are a wonderful mama!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings and Hugs,


  8. Inexpensive is the way to go, Jes! Have a terrific week.

  9. Hi Amy,

    Tea wallets hold tea bags in your purse. Here's a link to one that I sold through my etsy shop.
    I really need to find some time to restock my shop. I have a few bags in it, but I've just not had the time I need to sew recently. The funny thing is, I like hot tea, but I don't have a tea wallet for me! Maybe soon.

    You know, I'm reminded of a post I wrote awhile back. I just went back and read it. It ministered to me where I am right now. ~smile~ I should listen to myself. Here it is: Minutes or Hours?

    May God help you find good ways to fill your minutes.

    Wishing I could hug you right now,

  10. I'm going to have to check out what "kombucha"is. I was blessed to be a stay at home mom. Now with my youngest getting married in December I am thankful for that blessing. I love the picture of your children. Love in the home is a gift!

  11. Hi Pamela,
    I just popped over to your blog and saw the photo of you beautiful ladies! You looked so happy in the photo. I'm off now to read a bit and get to know you. Do come back!

  12. Hello! I'm your neighbor at Monday's Musings. I love what you count as "worth it all." Love of God, others, and each other. It's what matters!

  13. You're right Angela! I'll come see you.

  14. You're right Angela! I'll come see you.

  15. Hi, Laura! I found you via Prudent Homemaker. It's amazing that you homeschool your children. No matter what people think of us, if we follow God, He will work all things together for good for us if we love Him. :)

    You and your husband are a cute couple, and your kids are adorable (ok, even if they are a little older now). :)

    I also love to read and cook from scratch.

    Have a great evening. :)

  16. Hello Luba,

    I looked at your Google + page. That article about Essentialism was really interesting. I'm inspired to declutter some more! Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. I think my kids are pretty adorable, too. The boy's 6'3", too. ~smile~

    P.S. Do you have a blog?

  17. Right you are, Sue! Thanks for dropping in!


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