The Sounds of Music from Pandora

I’m relaxing as I listen to the lovely violin and strings of an orchestra playing “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. There’s something very relaxing about Vivaldi’s music. It’s so civilized and yet enchanting. Perhaps it’s because I love listening to violins and other stringed instruments. I’ve found a wonderful way to listen while I am on-line.

It’s called Pandora Radio. You make your own on-line radio stations that only play music that you like. I have a Vivaldi station, a Jim Brickman station, a Casting Crowns station, a Paul Cardell station and a Sound of Music station that plays show tunes.

Go on over and see what it’s all about. They’ve all kinds of music. You just type in a song title or an artist that you like. They’ll help you build your own personalized station. Enjoy!

Blessed Beyond
What I Deserve

I’m in Awe!

I am in awe of a Love that would choose to suffer so much for another. I am in awe of a Love that would not answer back to lies and false accusations. I am in awe of a Love that is so strong, it would not cry out for mercy when brutally struck and beaten over and over. I am in awe of a Love that would be silent when He could have stopped the torture at any moment. I am in awe of a Love that would love and ask God’s forgiveness for His torturers, mockers, persecutors, and executioners because “they know not what they do.”

I am in awe because He is awesome. I am in awe because Jesus is God’s Son and He is Love.

I thank You God. I thank You Jesus. There is no way to express the gratitude I feel because I am in awe that You did this for me and for every person who will accept Your death and resurrection as payment for their sins.

I believe! Thank You for doing this so that we might have eternal life.


Just Something to Think About….

It’s On It’s Way and Its Free!

It’s on it’s way. Hurray!
A couple of years ago I joined the Paperback Swap book club. It’s great. I give away books I don’t want; and I get books I really do want, like this Gooseberry Patch book. And my favorite part is that it’s FREE!!!!!!!!
I really enjoy this club. There is no other way that I could have so many of the books I want and need in my home library. I’ve received 214 books since August of 2006. I’ve sent out 236. All for just the cost of postage. What a deal. You get credit for every book you send out then you use that credit to “buy” a book you want. This club’s been around for years. There’s nothing to fear.
~ - Our online book club offers free books when you swap, trade, or exchange your used books with other book club members for free.
What are you waiting for? Click on the link above; go see what it’s all about; and tell them lauraofharvestlane sent you!
Then get ready to clean out your bookshelves and make room for some great summer reads! You can see the books I have available by clicking my name above.

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or Do Without Advent Candy

One of the books that I really enjoy using at Christmas is the ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel. She writes about the meanings of various Christmas practices and symbols and ways to reclaim them for Jesus Christ, God’s son.

Sunday evening, as Advent began, we read about Advent Wreaths. There was an activity called Advent Calendar of Kisses. The idea is to take a long piece of plastic wrap, fill it with a chocolate kiss for each day leading to Christmas, and tie ribbons between. A child’s kiss is then exchanged for a candy kiss each day until Christmas. I thought that was sweet, but didn’t have kisses or curling ribbon. Here’s my Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without version.
On Monday evening, we went to our small town’s Christmas parade. As with all parades, the children came home with way too much candy. Hmmm…that takes care of the candy part.
We had some plastic wrap, but no curling ribbon. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without…what do I have? I had pieces of fabric that had been torn in small strips. I had a little thin gold cord that I bought at a yard sale years ago. My daughter had some leftover yarn. I had enough scraps for the project! Don’t you just love making do with what you’ve got? It teaches our children resourcefulness.

A wonderful activity, memorable moments, homemade make do fun, the focus on what we have instead of what we don’t have.

Got creativity?
Blessed with Resourcefulness

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without… Jeans

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without is one of the phrases and philosophies by which I live my life. It’s one of the blessings of being a stay at home momma! It seems that my children are always wearing out their jeans! My first son didn’t do this; but, my two youngest children seem to have made a hobby out of it! Standard square patches are fine for boys; but, I thought I’d make my little girl’s patch a little prettier. She is an “almost always dresses” girl; but, sometimes she wears jeans while playing outside. Some of my friends are “dresses only”; some are “It doesn’t matter.” My husband made the decision for us girls in the family to follow this “almost always” dress code.

Anyway, the reason I wrote was to tell you what I did. Had I thought ahead, I’d have made this a tutorial. Ah, maybe next time. For now, I’ll tell. First I cut the hole into a heart shape. Next, I used a seam ripper and opened up the side seam. I then took a rectangle of darker denim and placed it behind the heart. With a small book under the patch to make sure I didn’t go through both sides of the pant leg, I pinned the heart in place. I removed the book and stitched a zigzag around the heart, going around twice to make it sturdy. After I trimmed the denim close to the stitches, I sewed the side seam back up.

My little girl, Amy, was delighted.

Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without!

Blessed with Resourcefulness