Monday, June 16, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #25

Whew!  What a busy week it's been.  What have I been doing?  Ummm... gee... uh... being a mom and a wife and helping at the restaurant and getting up in the night with a new baby!  Thrift has not been in the uppermost part of my mind this week, but I've actually made a purchase that saved more money than I've saved in the last several weeks.

I've been looking for a Dachshund for a very long time.  I want my younger children to have the puppy experience. There aren't any breeders in my area.  In looking on-line, I have found that they cost $700 and up!  The baby I've been waiting and wishing for was a major budget buster!  Not only do I not have money like that to spend on a puppy, it doesn't fit with the thrifty woman I have become. ~smile~

You may know that I've been rereading The Circle Maker.  It's about praying bold prayers.  So, I named my puppy and started praying.

According to Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart." We must remember that God likes to do things properly and in good order.  The "Delight yourself in the LORD" comes first.  Prayer, praise, worship, just being aware of His presence are all ways of delighting in the Lord. Being thankful to Him and recognizing His hand at work and the beauty of His creation are also ways to delight in the LORD.

Looky who God brought to me!  My own little pound puppy.  ~smile~  The mother is a full blooded Dachshund.  I met her, and she's sweet.  The father? Well, let's just say Mama's name might have been Rahab.  Oh!  Did I say that aloud?

Meet Lucy!  She's eight weeks old.  She's added a whole new dimension to our family's life.

Crazy timing?  Maybe. But, like Hannah, I can say, "For this child (puppy) I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him."  The LORD has known my heart to have a Dachshund since my pet died when I was 13.  It's been 36 years now.  The LORD has given me one of the desires of my heart.

One last thing- it bothered me just a tiny bit that she was not full Dachshund at first.  Then, the LORD reminded me that even Jesus had a little Gentile blood in him from Rahab and Ruth.  Oh how sweet God is to us.

Thank you God!
Thank you Jesus!

So, the next thrifty week post should be back to normal.  Hmmm... what exactly will normal look like with a new puppy, a new business, mothering and homemaking?

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


  1. Laura, Your new little bundle is precious! I remember a while back you commenting on my Oscar that I posted about and how you wanted a doxie so bad. I'm just thrilled for you and your family! Enjoy your new little baby :)

  2. And the more "breeds" in our puppies, the more good traits they possess versus just "purebred." I honestly doubt there is any dog as a "pure purebred," I mean really. *wink*

    Your Lucy is adorable. What a blessing she already is to your family.

    Hugs and welcome home, Lucy!

  3. What a sweet post.. I do believe God cares about every detail of our lives.. I love your little girl.. What a blessing to see your prayer answered and that God has such a valuable life lesson in it for you.. He accepts all just as they are...Lovely! Blessings!

  4. That verse & dachshunds both have a special meaning to me recently...I won't go into detail, but the Lord has blessed me today through your post! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  5. GOD IS SO GOOD and HIS timing is perfect!

    Congratulations on your new addition.....Lucy is BEAUTIFUL!


  6. Hello Laura!

    I am so happy that you finally got your little pup, Lucy! She is going to be so well loved in your home.

    Who needs to be thrifty when it's summer and you have a puppy and a restaurant to run?!


    I'm headed to the mountains for a much needed camping trip, see you when I return.

    Have a lovely week!

  7. Aren't you sweet? I have to be thrifty so that I can buy school supplies. ~grin~

  8. Thanks, Poppy. Poppy was actually one of the names I considered!

  9. Your new bundle just makes me smile. I just love how God gives us heart desires. I imagine He smiles to see you so thankful. ~Pamela

  10. What sweet words of encouragement, Pamela. Thank you!

  11. Hi Laura,
    I am glad that your prayer was answer. He such a sweet little face. Congrats on getting him. God is good.

  12. I am sorry Laura...I meant to say she has a sweet little face.


  13. What a precious pup! Thanks for sharing on my link-up!!

  14. You're welcome, Chris. Have a good week.

  15. What a very sweet post and so glad you received the joy of a new puppy to love. What a blessing and Lucy is a little sweetie. How cute!!
    Yes, God is good and answers our prayers on HIS time.
    Have fun.
    So nice to meet you. I have so enjoyed my visit to your blog and now a new follower.

  16. Lovely post - sweet puppy - your children will enjoy - they do like to bundle up - ours - older lady- winds herself up at naptime - almost all day now- in an old towel! I'll have to check out the others! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  17. She's adding to my delightsome life, Kathy!
    Bless you,
    I'll drop by soon.


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