Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Keep Calm and Keep Busy

“Go on with your work as usual,

for work is a blessed solace.” 

~ Louisa May Alcott ~
Little Women

I've had the privilege of being home from the restaurant today.  I've been very busy since about 5:30 a.m.  Laundry has been my biggest task.  I told my daughter that I've been climbing Mount Neverest in the dungeon!  I've also washed dishes, prepared lunch with help from my daughter, run errands for my husband, checked a grammar test, and tried to do all that my family needs me to do.  I've had to neglect so many of my homemaking tasks to help my husband with his business.  I really appreciate the days when I can make home and family my focus.  Thank you God!

Autumn blessings,

Happy at Home

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So Much At Home

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stressed? In a Rush?

Hello Ladies,

Are you feeling stressed?  In a rush?  I read an article at Living in Faith and Fun this morning that blessed me.  Take a look. 

Have a terrific first day of Autumn!  I'm hoping to begin decorating soon.  I've made a page for some of my Autumn posts at Falling for Autumn.

Happy at Home

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Little Kringling...

A little Kringling...
That's what I call the time when I go in my room, lock the door, and sew, create, and wrap gifts. Everyone knows not to disturb momma when she's kringling. Why? It's well-known in my family that if you get sneaky and find your gift, momma's going to give it to someone else! So, if they sneak a peak, they're taking their future in their hands!

I'm not started yet, but I'm collecting ideas on Pinterest.

It's time to start thinking.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Favorite First Lines... Voyage of the Dawn Treader

"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb,
and he almost deserved it."

     Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
by C.S. Lewis

Friday, September 12, 2014


She's seventeen.
She's beautiful.
She's mine.
At least for now.
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9 Tips for Young Mothers from an Older Woman

Enough & More to Spare by Frederick Morgan
Advice to a Young Mother

Having children is a huge responsibility that never ends just like the work never ends. Please allow me to share a few thoughts.

One ~ Try to get to bed at a decent hour, so that you can try to get some good sleep.

Two ~ Require everyone to lie down for one hour each afternoon.
They may not nap; but, they must lie down. Older ones need an hour of reading each day anyway. During this time, you can rest, read, pray, or do a load of laundry, whatever will help you gear up for the second half of the day.

Three ~ Make sure you’re eating fruits and vegetables, dairy and meats, not just high carbohydrate foods. You need nutrients.

Four ~ If possible, get some time away from the children once in awhile, even if it's only to go to the grocery store by yourself.

Five ~ Arrange a date time with your hubby, even if you stay home and put the kids to bed early.

Six ~ Invest time in Godly child training. 
You might look at Above Rubies. They have free magazines and lots of articles on-line.

Seven ~ Don't give up!
It does pay off even though we can’t always see results day to day. Look for the good and seize it daily.

Eight ~ Most of all, pray pray pray pray. You can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you.

Nine ~ Really, this should be first, spend time with God in the Bible.

Note:  If you feel depressed for an extended period, consider speaking with your husband, an older mother, or your doctor about whether you need herbal supplements or medication to help for awhile.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Mrs. Lane
An Older Woman

P.S.  See the comments below for some more great advice.  Staying home is one thing that one of my readers reminded me about.  It really helps to build routine.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Favorite First Lines... Anne of Green Gables and Thoughts on Reading

"Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops, and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her door, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof."  

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

I'm sure this sentence would make even the brightest of English teachers scratch her head!  I absolutely love Anne of Green Gables.  It's full of fun, fancy, dreams, and drama.  My favorite part, though, is that it's full of twenty dollar words!  It would be a perfect book to enjoy reading aloud with you family this Autumn.  A family read aloud time goes far to help your children love reading. Not good at it?  No one is when they start.  Remember, these little, or not-so-little, ones adore you.  You are the most beautiful, the smartest, the bestest in their eyes.  Gather them to you and cuddle for an old-fashioned good time.  

Are they little?  You can read picture books to them.  You will be surprised, however, how soon they will enjoy chapter books if you will read to them.  I read to my children so much when they were younger, my youngest fairly skipped picture books because she preferred chapter books!  They can also understand at a much higher level than they can read when they are young.   Share experiences in books. Give your family new things to learn and talk about together.  Go ahead. Make memories. 

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

May I suggest?
Home... Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thoughts of Autumn and Fall


I love Autumn. It has long been my favorite time of year. We live in Carthage, the Maple Leaf City.

Fall means the Maple Leaf Festival and the biggest parade in the four states.
Fall means Farm Girl Fest.

Fall means pumpkins! A few years ago, my husband and I lived in the country and had a pumpkin patch. I loved everything about it. I loved seeing the baby pumpkins as they formed and grew. I loved harvesting them. I loved selling them and the craft items I'd made. The name Harvest Lane came from our farm, Harvest Lane Farm. I'd been Laura of Harvest Lane on-line for awhile; so, when we moved to town, we called our home Harvest Lane Cottage.

Fall is apple cider with mulling spices, chai tea, homemade from scratch cocoa, smoke from our wood stove, soup simmering on the stove, bread baking in the oven, the smells of pumpkin and cinnamon coming from my oven or my favorite candles.

Fall is snuggling up with a good book while I listen to the rain falling outside, thankful that my children are gathered around me.

Fall means walks with my children, looking for pretty leaves.

Fall means school in the park. We love setting up on a picnic table, enjoying the weather, and then playing when we're done, or during "recess".

Fall means planning for Christmas gifts, sneaking in a little Christmas music while I'm working, and creating for for friends and family.  

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
Looking forward to my favorite season.

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A Plain and Simple Christmas

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