Monday, June 9, 2014

Adventures In Tennessee~ Part 6

Hello there; hope you are ready for another Adventure in Tennessee post?! April began with saying goodbye to my dear friend Becky. Even though Becky and I are on different continents we still keep in touch through letters and the web. Hoping to visit her in New Zealand someday... Right before she left{in fact while she and Mr. Campbell were pulling out of the driveway} they were stopped by a line of mules pulling wagons! They were all on their way to the annual Mule Day that takes place in Columbia, TN. It was so much fun standing on the side of the road and waving to all the people riding by!
A few days after Becky left Courtney, from Virginia, came to help Rebekah and I out in the once again busy Above Rubies office. When we weren't staying busy correcting tons of addresses for the AR mailing list, we would enjoy time outside. Rebekah, as I mentioned before, loves the outdoors. One day she and I built some sling shots out of twigs, rope, and plastic we found lying around. That was the first sling shot I had ever made and I was very proud it actually worked! =D We would take walks in the woods exploring the land or we would mess around trying to pole vault with giant bamboo stalks. Wish I had some photos of that! ;) It was amazing to me that in just a sort amount of time the woods were soon turning green again. It seemed as if over night the grey of winter soon faded away to the bright green of spring; it made for some lovely walks in the woods!
April seemed to be a time of family visits; Mrs. Campbell sister Kate, with her family, came to celebrate Mr. Campbell's birthday. Kate and Terre's sweet and spunky daughter, Promise, was such a joy to be with. We also had a visit from Mrs. Campbell's brother and his wife. They were both over here from New Zealand to visit family and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell's sons also came to several shabbat dinners with their families. It was always great being around their family and hearing stories from the past. Unlike February there weren't too many parties going on; however we girls did have an impromptu tea party. We all dressed up, fixed some yummy treats, and had a lovely time. We played Amish Manners, danced, and had "blind" drawing contests. We would pick something to draw, like a rose, then see who drew the best rose with their eyes closed. It was so funny to see some of our sad drawings which wouldn't resemble anything close to what it was supposed to be! ;)
Top left pic is of{from left to right} Courtney and Rebekah.
One exciting event was when Rebekah, Rashida, Meadow, and I attended an AR family weekend retreat in Missouri. Unfortunately Courtney had to stay behind to watch over the office since we left early on a Friday morning. :( We traveled through Kentucky and Illinois in route to Missouri; we crossed the Mississippi River{my first time seeing it}, and drove through Cairo, an abandoned town in Illinois with some very neat old buildings.While traveling there Rashida made sure that we stayed active. For about 30 minutes we would crank up the music and do an intense arm work out in which we had to constantly keep our arms moving. It was pretty funny to see and I'm sure we were quite a site for anyone driving by! Once we arrived at the retreat/camp site we stayed busy; we listened to Mrs. Campbell speak about biblical womanhood, watched families preform in a talent show, explored the camp site, and roasted marsh mellows on an open fire! It was a wonderful weekend filled with fellowship, interesting discussions, and so much fun. The camp site had a cave which was super exciting to explore! On our way back home we experienced some mishaps, but also saw God's providently hand...be sure to read about it in this post here.
Everyone joined in the arm exercise, even Mrs. Campbell!

Speaking of mishaps, if you have noticed in most of my photos I am wearing glasses but it more recent ones I'm not. That's because one night, while waiting to visit Leah{former Ruby Girl who lives near by}, I broke my glasses! I had taken them off to read and clipped them to the side of my purse, I got up to do something, then set back down only to hear a loud snap. I was shocked; I actually broke them right in two! Not only that but I then lost them at Leah's house. Leah did find my glasses several days after in her driveway, but from then on I went without them. I did, however, buy a new pair after coming home. The funny thing is, I pretty much got used to seeing without them and wear them just when I drive at night! ;) Well that's it for April; hope you enjoyed yet another Adventures in TN post?!

Do you enjoy tea parties? 
Do you like to take road trips?
Ever broken your glasses{that is, if you wear them}?
Like to take walks in the woods?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

Photo credits:  Becky, Mercy, Rashida, Meadow, Leah, and Rebekah. Have to say thank you again ladies for the use of your photos!



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lately


Lately I've been...

Visiting relatives before I leave for Washington.
Buying all the necessary things for my upcoming trip.
Selling old toys and such in a yard sale.
Trying to keep cool in this Southern humid heat.
Waiting for my passport to arrive.
Listening to the wind blowing through an open window.
Wanting a camera before I go.
Crying tears of joy because of generous friends and family.
Wishing I could be in two places at once.
Looking through random photos I've taken.
Finding the the photo above.
Reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.
Wearing a white cotton skirt and sea foam green top.
Needing to do so much but instead writing this post. ;)
Wondering if I will ever get everything done before I leave.
Watching the Duggars{aka 19 Kids and Counting} with my grandmother.
Loving my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Talking my mom's ear off about traveling, packing, etc.
Going into town to do lots of errands.
Following God's path for my life...even if it takes me across the country.
Drinking water because it's good for me.
Looking at all the lists I've made.
Thinking I need to be more organized with said lists.
Hoping you enjoyed this simple post.

What have you been up to lately?

Love in Christ,
~Sarah~







Saturday, May 31, 2014

Adventures in Tennessee~ Part 5

Time again for another Adventures in Tennessee post! After all the exciting things we gals did in February I was happy to have a more relaxed time during the month of March. After two months Annie left and I was so sad to see her go. :( However we still keep in touch and I'm very thankful that I gained another friend and sister in Christ! Not too long after Annie left, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell left for a three week trip in Europe for AR retreats. For those three weeks the office was totally in mine and Becky's hands, talk about having responsibilities! Praise be to God, Becky and I kept the office running smoothly. There weren't too many problems. Although one Friday the program we use for the AR orders went down. We were unable to get any orders out and had over 50 waiting for us on Monday! The heater also ran out of gas in the office which made for a cold work space. Becky and I bundled up with coats, scarfs, gloves, and blankets for about two days until Howard{the Campbell's son-in law} came to our rescue. He discovered there actually was an extra gas tank, even though we thought there wasn't. He got it all fixed up; Becky and I could enjoy a warm n' cozy office again! =D There was one day when office work was put on hold as a there was a very pesky wasp in the office. It kept flying around us and since neither one of us wanted to be stung, we spent about 30 minutes trying to kill it. It was actually pretty funny too. I threw tape, coins, markers, and even a roll of toilet paper{not sure why that was in the office} at it trying to get the wasp to move out of the mail bin, so I could swat at it. Eventually it flew to a window seal and as I was swatting at it with some rolled up paper, Becky was standing behind me with a two pronged fork and spatula{both used for grilling} which she grabbed from the kitchen. I guess she was waiting there in case I needed back up! ;)
Thankfully we didn't have the house all to ourselves, Mercy was there too! She was right along side of us helping to clean and cook. Several times Mercy would cook us delicious meals with plenty of hot spices and peppers. Liberians{Mercy native country} like their spicy food! Oh and I almost forgot there was one major mishap, Mercy while cutting open a coconut, sliced her hand open! *If you have a weak stomach don't read the following sentences* ;) It was quite scary as there was blood dripping from her hand and she had a huge cut in between her fingers. We called Howard the family "doctor" but he was actually out of town. We then called over at his house and soon his daughter, Rashida, and sons, Zadok and Sharar, were over with some medical supplies. They took a look at the cut, called to consult the "doctor"{their dad}, cleaned the wound, bandaged it up, and cleaned the counter and floor which was covered with blood. Thankfully there was no loss of limb, fingers or hand. After that experience, Becky and I both thought a course in first aid would be a good idea.
*Okay safe to read.* When we weren't freaking out over serious accidents and injuries, most of our free time was spent taking walks in the woods and watching movies. =D We had Netflix movies coming and going all the time! Some great movies we watched were Miss PotterLes Miserables {both the 1998 movie and 2010 stage version}, Daniel Deronda, The Adventures of Tintin, Rebecca{1940}, Cinderella Man, and Phantom of the Opera{2011 stage version and 2004 movie version}, just to name a few. :) Speaking of movies we also watched the Bourne trilogy with some of the Johnson family to celebrate Rashida's birthday, which was actually back in January. I learned with big families like Rashida's{she is one of ten}birthday's can be celebrated a couple of months late! ;) We stayed up, late into the night, watching them and it was funny as someone would fall to sleep after each movie. I however lasted through all three!
Becky and I would usually go for a walk or run through the woods leading to the Allison family's house. Serene Allison is Mr. and Mrs. Campbell's daughter and lives close by. They have lots of animals; cows, ducks, chickens, and even a dog named Hank! Once when walking back some of the Allison children decided to join us. It was such a delight to always be surrounded by so many children of all ages! Since I am the youngest in my family I felt as if each one of the Campbell's grandchildren were my younger siblings. :) Speaking of family, couldn't write this post without mentioning a very special event that happened while I was in Tennessee. One night my sister called with some special news...she was pregnant and expecting her first baby! I remember running through the house screaming," My sister is pregnant!" I was so happy; I cried and laughed all at once. =D
Towards the end of the month Mr. and Mrs. Campbell returned along with Rebekah from Idaho. They also returned with some yummy chocolates from Ireland! Can you tell I like chocolate as I took three pictures of it?! ;) They came in real late at night, so in the morning Becky and I were trying our hardest not to make any noise. We didn't want to wake Rebekah up. It was a bit odd having someone asleep in our room whom we had never even met. We had no idea what Rebekah even looked liked until we went back to our room, after morning devotions, and she was standing there. I'm sure it was much more odd for her! However after we quickly introduced ourselves and got Rebekah working in the office all the "odd-ness" was gone. =D We were back to being the "three musketeers"!
Not long before Becky was to leave Mr. Campbell took us two to see the Amish in a near by county. Rebekah wanted to stay behind and explore the Campbell's land...she absolutely loves the outdoors! It was a rainy and grey day; it seemed as if we weren't going to see anyone. However we did see several men and women out in their little black buggies. We also saw children playing outside and some young men working in the field. Becky snapped several photos as this was her first time, as well as mine, to see Amish country. That being said, once when she held up her camera a man yelled out from his buggy,"No pictures!" We felt so bad as we didn't realize we shouldn't have taken a photo. It was so neat to step back in time; to see white farm houses with clothes lines on the front porch, red barns dotting the mostly colorless winter fields, and horse n' buggy replacing modern day vehicles. It was hard to believe, that amidst the fast pace and ever changing world we live in, there are still people living in a much simpler time. It was as if time had stopped in this little part of the country and nothing had ever changed. After our visit through Amish country we drove around a bit stopping to look at an old cemetery and the David Crockett museum and cabin. We also explored Lawrenceburg, a small town in Tennessee which has a statue of David Crockett.
Before I conclude this post I have to write about an event which would happen most Friday nights when Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were home. That event was the Shabbat dinner, which was a time to thank God for His provisions and bless others with encouraging words. We usually had someone over for dinner, either the family or friends. Mrs. Campbell would light two candles thanking Jesus for the light He brings to our lives. Mr. Campbell would then read Proverbs 31 and say something to bless and encourage Mrs. Campbell. Mrs. Campbell would then say something to bless Mr. Campbell and us girls. We would recite the traditional Jewish blessing over the wine{grape juice} and bread. Mr. Campbell would then pray, thanking Jesus Christ for the wine and bread which represent His blood and flesh, which He freely gave for us on the cross. We would then break the two loaves of bread and drink the "wine". After this we would commence with dinner, enjoying fellowship with each other around the table. This was quite new and different for me, but it was an event which I greatly enjoyed. It was such a blessed time of praising God and Jesus Christ for all the many blessings we have.
Ever seen "Amish country"?
Watched any of the movies mentioned above?
Taken a first aid course?
Ever participated in a Shabbat dinner; does your family do something similar?
Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

Photo credits: Becky and for movie/Netflix image Google.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Adventure!

Hello dear readers! If you read this post then you know that I mentioned a trip that I'm getting ready for. Well I wanted to wait and share about this trip after I finished my "Adventure in Tennessee" series, but I couldn't wait any longer! So here it is, drum roll...I'm soon going all the way across the country, to Washington state, to be a nanny for the Mutana family for at least six months! I first met Pitana and Nadia while up in Tennessee, they came to visit the Campbell's while traveling across the country to preach and minister. Nadia and Pitana are both from Rwanda, Africa but now live in the U.S. and Canada. They are now missionaries here in the states and travel, with their four children, preaching the gospel and speaking at various places. 
Just a few weeks ago I got a call from Nadia asking if I would consider being their nanny; they are about to start a crusade in Washington and she really needed the extra help, especially since she is expecting her fifth child in August. She had been praying for months for God to send her a nanny and one day God gave her my name! I pretty much knew this was God's open door for me but told Mrs. Mutana that I would prayerfully seek God's wisdom. It wasn't to long before we talked again and I told her that I knew this was what I wanted to do, but more important, what God wanted for me. I quickly booked my flight to Seattle and started getting things in order. 
Not only will I be traveling to Washington but I will also accompany the Mutanas to Canada when the baby is due. I am still anxiously waiting on my passport, as I will need it to get into Canada. I'm super excited to be going on another great adventure! I will be getting to fulfill two dreams that I have had since I was little; flying on a "big" plane and going to another country. Most of all, I am thankful to God for this amazing opportunity to serve Him in helping the Mutana family. They were such a joy and blessing to me when I met them in Tennessee and I'm thrilled to be a part of their lives again! Since I came home from TN it seemed has if every door was closing for me; I was getting quite discouraged and wondering what God wanted me to do next. If you read this post then you know that waiting on God's timing is something that I struggle with. However I kept on trusting in Him and now He has blessed me with this amazing experience. God is so incredibly good! I will have internet excess but I'm sure I will be busy; will try to keep you updated while I'm there.
Ever been on a plane?
Traveled outside of the country?
Do you have a passport?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~


Friday, May 23, 2014

Adventures in Tennessee~ Part 4

Hello again! In my last post I talked about all the fun things I did in January. I also mentioned that Becky, from New Zealand, came to volunteer for Above Rubies. So now with the addition of Becky, we{Becky, Annie, and I} were like the "three musketeers"! ;) It was great getting to know Becky, loved hearing her Kiwi accent. Those of you who don't know, New Zealanders are sometimes called Kiwis because their national bird is a Kiwi. It was really interesting learning all the differences in our language...even though we both speak English! For instance in New Zealand cookies are called biscuits, vacations are called holidays, potatoes are called jacket spuds, dessert{of any kind} is called pudding, and so many more, that I can't seem to remember right now! ;)
A Kiwi{person} and a Kiwi{bird}. ;)
On the first day of the month we woke up to a beautiful and white winter wonderland! It seemed as if I had stepped into the wintry world of Narnia. At first we thought we were going to go out and just admire the snow. Then Becky told us how she dressed up once for some photos in the snow which set our minds going. We three decided to do the same thing! It was hard trying to dress up and stay bundled up too. I actually wore my p.j. pants under my skirt! :) We took photos until we could no longer stand the cold.

One weekend Mr. Campbell took Becky, Annie, and me to the Gaylord Opryland Resort. A massive hotel/conference center in Nashville with indoor rivers, live trees, tropical plants, and even a few waterfalls! There are also giant ball rooms, plenty of shops and restaurants, and neat murals painted on some of the walls! It is such a spectacular place to walk around and snap photos. That being said I had a very hard time picking which photos to put up, so there are quite a few! ;)
On my birthday the 21st of February I woke up to a day full of surprises! The girls had taped up signs in the kitchen wishing me a happy birthday. They also had some presents wrapped up for me on the dinning room table. What a surprise it was to find my favorite box of cereal, a scarf I had just been admiring, and a collection of classic movie musicals. Oh and one of my favorite unhealthy treats, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! ;) Not only did Annie and Becky surprise me with their thoughtful gifts but so did Mr. and Mrs. Campbell; an all natural chocolate bar from Trader Joe's, some bath essentials, and a pretty prayer/devotional journal. The next day, a Friday, I had a girls sleep over. We ate all kinds of sweets, including a chocolate cake which Becky made from scratch! We watched movies on the Campbell's big screen{which I mentioned in my first post} and played some fun games. One such game is known as the chocolate game; everyone sits in a circle around a plate with a yummy chocolate bar, a knife, and a fork on it. Each person takes turns rapidly throwing the dice; if you get a six you have to quickly put on a coat, gloves, and a scarf. Then you must grab the knife and fork and eat as much chocolate as you can before someone else gets a six! Some ladies didn't get to eat any chocolate, thankfully I wasn't one of them! ;) It was such a fun night filled with lots of laughter. Both Rashida and Chalice{Campbell granddaughters} gave me a handmade necklace. My good friend, Joy, brought me some all natural bath products, KitNaturals, which her family makes. Joy and her family live near by and are great friends with the Campbell family. The next day we all woke up and headed out for a day in a near by town, Franklin. We went ice skating...for only 15 minutes because we were late in trying to find the rink! :P We did some Goodwill shopping and some window shopping in downtown Franklin. It was a such an awesome "birthday weekend"!
The photo on the far right was taken while playing the chocolate game.
I was actually starting to fall in this photo but thankfully I had friends to hang on to. ;)
Another fun celebration was little Anthony's dedication. It was an awesome time of encouraging speeches to Psalmody as she raises her little boy to serve God. It was also a great time of prayer for and over Anthony's life, that he will be used by God in mighty ways. It was so powerful to hear all his family, from his grandparents to his cousins, praying over his life! What a blessing it is to see such a large family living and serving the Lord.
Loved hearing all the speeches made to Psalmody and Anthony.
Mrs. Campbell is quite the animated speaker!
Praying over Anthony.
It seemed has if we had one party after another; we girls also had a Valentine's party with sweets, tea, photo shoots, girlie movies, and dancing. Then we celebrated Sahara's{Rashida's sister} birthday. It was sweet to see how Sahara would smile with delight as she received her gifts, a dollar from a cousin, a flower from her little brother, and so on. We all got to make and decorate masks with crayons, beads, and what ever else we so chose. That being said several people, including Mercy, used potatoes chips on their masks! =D
Everyone looking a bit silly in their masks! =D
Well hope you enjoyed this rather long post! Seeing it written out like this, February was quite a busy month.

Ever heard of people from NZ called Kiwis?
What are some of your favorite birthday memories?
Ever done a photo shoot in the snow?
Met someone who speaks a "different" language from you,
even if you both speak English?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Yard Sale Finds

Hello there dearies! Just wanted to share some yard sale finds I picked up recently. Going to yard/garage sales with my mom is one of my favorite things to do; I never know what I will find! I haven't been to very many lately{trying to save some cash} but when a church in my neighborhood had one my mom and I just couldn't resist! ;) I found a good many things for less than $5.00{$4.60 to be exact!}

If you've read my 104 list then you know I'm on the lookout for good devotionals and trying to add to my vintage book collection. I was so thrilled to find this Billy Graham daily devotional and this novel printed in 1948 for a $1.00 each. 
I was even more thrilled to get this mini Spanish to English dictionary printed in Germany in 1961. Probably my favorite find out of all the things I bought! Oh and did I mention it was only 10 cents! =D
I got these vintage bangles, pink n' purple necklace, and the pretty black hair clip, all for $1.00!
I'm always on the lookout for little zippered bags because they always seem to come in handy. I picked this one and the clip board up for 25 cents each.

I picked up a bag of sewing notions for a dollar, not only did it include the elastic{will come in handy for when I actually sew some clothing for myself ;)} but a whole bunch of buttons too!
I absolutely adore these cute little figurine buttons, especially the Eskimo and igloo. By the way those two buttons were made in Germany too. 
I can just picture the lady who collected all these darling buttons and little embroidery flowers. They are precious little treasures to me!
Do you like going to yard/garage sales?
What's your favorite thing out of my neat little finds?
Do you collect buttons, books, or bags?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~