Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Refreshing Afternoon at Morris Patch of Heaven Homestead


Oh what a refreshing afternoon I had! I visited my dear friend Joyce of Morris Patch of Heaven Homestead. We've been friends for years and have raised our kids together. Our visit was punctuated with her wonderful young children bringing adorable baby animals right into the house for viewing and enjoying. New life is always such a joy. Bottle lambs bring back memories.

I met Joyce through a homeschool group that met in a little house, at the other end of my block, that was owned by a local church. We enjoyed many years of mom meetings, homeschool field trips, pray and plays, park days and activities together. For a few years, we also had the pleasure of being church members together and participating in home groups that our children were welcome to attend. Ah, good memories.
Friends on a long ago field trip. Laura left, JuLinda center, Joyce right

While we were together this afternoon, the first since the distancing order, I felt refreshed by talking with my dear friend. We are kindred spirits, and it has been wonderful to talk over all that is going on and our personal and family responses to it.

We also talked of homemaking things and homesteading things as we always do. One of the things we agreed is that we need to make soap together again soon. Last time, she made it for her YouTube channel. She made an easy goat milk soap. I want to share that video with you here and ask you to give her some comment love and subscribe if you like what you see.




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I hope y'all have a wonderful evening, morning, or day!

2020 is still the year of optimism!
Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage





20 comments:

  1. Isn't it great to get together with friends.

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  2. Hello. It is always nice to catch up and share with close ftiends. I enjoy your blog and admire your optimism.Thank you. Have a blessed afternoon.( Carol )

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    1. Thanks so much Carol. I'm doing what I've got with what I can where I am. Optimism is a blessing the LORD has given me as a result of the troubles I've had in my life and seeing HIM bring us through.
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  3. What a heartwarming post! I am going to check out your friend's youtube video. Reading this made me want to get my soapmaking supplies out and make a new batch. I haven't done that in a while. I will probably need to purchase some lye before I can do it, though. Thank you for sharing about your special visit and the picture of you and your friends. Are you missing homeschooling as much as I am? Man, it just feels like those years flew by like a blur, and it is really strange knowing they are over. It is quite an adjustment in the aftermath, but we know God has us in the palm of His hands, as He always has. Love and hugs to you today, sweet friend.

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    1. I do miss homeschooling Cheryl. For so long, being a homeschooling mom was who I was. Then suddenly I was retired. No party, no watch, no retirement plan. ~smile~ I am working part-time now, but I know it's not my future. It's my here and now. It's helping take the edge off of things right now and allowing me to pay some bills off and get a few things we need. At some point, I will come back home full-time and be Lowell's wife (34th anniversary today), help him with his business, and do something with my blog or another endeavor from home. God will provide.Blessings and sharing the joy with you,Laura

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  4. Oh it does sound very wonderful and nice for you! I know it felt really good to have this visit.

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    1. Yes, Michelle, especially since this isolation.

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  5. Those kinds of friendships are just the best. This might be goofy of me, but I love her green milkglass cake stand:0)

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    1. It's nice, isn't it? Thanks for writing friend.
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  6. QUERIDA LAURA: QUE LINDO ES TENER AMIGOS CON EL MISMO ESPIRITU E IDEAS, UNO SE SIENTE TAN BIEN CON ELLOS, MAS QUE AMIGOS, SON COMO HERMANOS, PROVERBIOS: 27, 17. HACE UN TIEMPO, COMENCE A FABRICAR MI PROPIO JABON PARA LAVAR LA ROPA, ES BASTANTE PARECIDO AL QUE USTED HACE, USO SOLO 3 INGREDIENTES: UNA BARRA DE JABON PARA LA ROPA, UN SOBRE DE BICARBONATO DE SODIO Y AGUA, ME RINDE ENTRE 6 Y 7 LITROS DE JABON, TAMBIEN LE PUEDE AGREGAR ALGUN PERFUME PARA QUE LA ROPA TENGA UN LINDO OLOR, ESO ES OPCIONAL, AHORRO UNOS CUANTOS PESOS Y ME AYUDA EN LA ECONOMIA DEL HOGAR, AQUI SOMOS 7 DE FAMILIA Y LAVO TODOS LOS DIAS, ESTAMOS ENTRANDO EN EL INVIERNO Y HAY MAS ROPA DE ABRIGO, HAY 5 NIÑOS DE 15 HASTA 11 AÑOS, UNA JOVEN DE 21 Y MI MARIDO Y YO, CUIDAMOS BASTANTE LA ROPA, NO ENSUCIAMOS DEMASIADO. ESPERO QUE USTED SE ENCUENTRE BIEN CON RESPECTO AL VIRUS, AQUI EL GOBIERNO, SIGUE Y SIGUE EXTENDIENDO LA CUARENTENA, ESCUCHAMOS PREDICAS ON LINE, JUGAMOS A LAS CARTAS, HACEMOS JUEGOS, LECTURAS Y LAS TAREAS ESCOLARES, DIOS SUPLE TODA NUESTRA NECESIDADES, A PESAR DE QUE LA ECONOMIA ES UN DESASTRE EN MI PAIS, ESTAMOS AGRADECIDOS A DIOS POR SU PROVIDENCIA DIARIA. BENDICIONES HERMANA EN CRISTO.

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    1. Estimado SIRVIENDO AL SEÑOR, espero que tenga una semana maravillosa. Lentamente estamos saliendo de los pedidos de estadía en casa.

      Todavía rezando!
      Bendiciones
      Laura

      Dear SIRVIENDO AL SEÑOR, I hope that you are having a wonderful week. We are slowly coming out of the stay at home orders.

      Still praying!
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  7. Deb (formerly of Carthage, MO)May 21, 2020 at 7:58 PM

    AWWWWW, I love this! Soo good to see you and Joyce and Julinda even if it is not a current photo! I thought I was going to have to learn to make soap a month ago when Sam's was out, but they got it stocked in time! WHEW! I miss you guys! Those homeschool days were LONG at times, but now it seems like they went by so fast!

    Take care, my friend!

    Deb (formerly of Carthage, now in Central Florida!)

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    1. Dear Deb, It did seem like homeschooling days would last forever, then suddenly, they were over. If we'd only known. ~smile~It would be wonderful to get together again. I hope we can someday. I think we could pick up like good friends do.Be blessed dearie, Laura

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  8. How nice that you have been able to get together it is something that I am looking forward to. Great to see the soapmaking video.

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    1. I hope you have a lovely week Mama. It was good to spend time with a friend. Joyce and I plan to make some together soon. I'll be by for a visit in just a bit.
      Laura

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  9. Happy Anniversary, Laura (and wishes to hubby, too!) ...a little late:) You both deserve every blessing that cometh your way! Time is precious and goes by so quickly, indeed!

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  10. Hi Laura, I haven't commented in a long while, but I wanted to leave a wee note on this one. I'm so happy for you that you got to have a catch up with your good friend - how fun!! and you've got to know I am off to watch the soap video pronto :) So happy that you are doing so well with your health now - praise the Lord. God's Blessings to you ~ Linda

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    1. Hello Miss Linda,
      I was thinking of you recently. I'll come by to visit your blog in just a bit. Be blessed!

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