Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lately {#2}

Lately I've been...

Trying to catch all of you up on my life right now.
Living in Ontario, Canada.
Smiling because I finally have a stamp in my passport.
Thinking over all the incredible things that happened this past year.
Wondering where God will take me this year.
Sharing this photo of  just a glimpse of Niagara Falls.
Praising God for allowing me to see such a site.
Missing my family and friends back home.
Rejoicing that I have Facebook and Skype to stay in touch with my loved ones.
Reading an autobiography about C.S. Lewis.
Drinking hot tea with honey and milk.
Looking at snow pilled up on the roads.
Serving the same missionary family, as a nanny.
Wearing a jean skirt and Christmas red top.
Going to put on a grey sweater.
Writing a letter to a dear friend.
Listening to children play in the room next to me.
Shivering because I haven't put on that grey sweater. ;)
Wanting snow boots to go play in the lovely snow.
Praying for faith to trust in Jesus no matter where He leads me.
Needing to take a nap.
Trying to stay caught up in my journal.
Planning on going home to visit my family and to get my driver's license.
Feeling warm and cozy, now that I have on my grey sweater. 
Hoping you enjoyed this little update post!

What have you been up to lately?

Love in Christ,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Adventures in Tennessee~Part 8

Hello again dear readers! Time again for another Adventures in Tennessee post! I know you are probably thinking, “What?! Your still writing about that even though it happened in 2014!” Well…I’m one of those people that don’t like to start something and not finish it. So I said I would write about my time at the Campbell’s and I am determined to do just that. ;) So on with the month of June!
Jessica and Loretta left at the beginning of June. Read about my time with them during the month of April, here. After they left, Ashley{from Washington} and Naomi{from California} came. Before they came; I got a visit from my mom and step-dad. We spent the day out in Nashville going to the Parthenon, a giant replica of the original in Greece. Nashville apparently is known as the Athens of the South! It was a fun day and of course it was great to see my family again! =D
The biggest picture is of{from left to right}: Naomi, Rebekah, me, and Ashley. The little children in the photos are some of the Campbell grandchildren.
The bridge we are standing on made for a fun{but slightly scary} place to jump into the creek below!
Yes we did actually package that many magazines, actually more, which were then sent out all across the US!
June was a fun time of swimming in the neighbor’s creek, walks in the woods, catching lighting bugs with Rebekah{she had never seen one before coming to Tennessee!}, watching movies, thrift shopping, and just trying to stay cool in the sweltering Southern heat. It was also a busy time of packaging magazines, as issue 87 of Above Rubies was just printed. It seemed like for several days all we did was count, sort, address, and package magazines! It was a fun time though, the four of us girls seemed to be laughing all the time! Every now and then we would have help from the Campbell’s youngest grand-daughters.
Ashley's lovely handiwork! ;)
It was a great time too of making new friends with Naomi, who became Rashida’s and my work-out buddy. Naomi is a super fit person who would go for runs even when the heat was too hot to stand. I also had a lot of time talking with Ashley especially when she would do my hair. Ashley is such a talented person, when it comes to hair, that a lot of time she would do mine for parties or just in the mornings before office work. I was extremely grateful since hair-styling is not my area of expertise. 
Ashley and Naomi enjoying the music and singing some of their own at Meadow's 18th birthday party. :)
Some of the party treats. Yes that does say "Good Girl Moonshine" and no it isn't actually moonshine! It's from Trim Healthy Mama, by Serene and Pearl{Campbell's daughters}.
For the most part, June wasn't too busy with events or parties. Although at the end of the month, Meadow had a big 18th birthday/graduation party. It was such a fun event and Meadow made sure everything looked amazing! There was yummy food, live music{including Meadow performing a song she wrote, "Almost 18"}, and a fun photo booth. For Meadow's birthday my dear friend, Mariah, flew in from Washington. She left a few days after I first arrived at the Campbell's in November of 2012 so it was great getting to chat and learn more about her. Okay well actually Mariah flew in to help Mercy surprise her mom and dad with a 50th wedding anniversary party, but I will mention that in the next post for the month of July! ;) Well that concludes the month of June in Tennessee! Hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Meadow preforming Almost 18. Meadow just released her first EP, be sure to check out her FB page and listen to her beautiful and uplifting music! 
Did you know there was a replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, TN?
Ever been swimming in a creek?
Are you creative when it comes to hair?
Caught fireflies/lighting bugs in a jar?
What do you like to do in the hot summer months?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,

Photo credits: Meadow, Rashida, Ashley, Rebekah and my Mom.

Friday, January 2, 2015

104 in 2014

Here are the goals that I wanted to get done before the end of 2014. I have quite a few crossed out! Perhaps I'll get more of them checked off the list by the end of 2015!
  1. Reach 30 followers on my blog.{So please follow me so I can reach my goal!} Thank you everyone who follows my blog! =D
  2. Learn how to crochet and/or knit.
  3. Wear more shoes other than flats{e.g. heels, wedges, sandals}
  4. Sew an item of clothing for myself.
  5. Practice more cake decorating.
  6. Do at least one "how to" post on my blog.
  7. Actually finish reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; I started reading it twice and stopped.
  8. Travel to at least three places I've never been before.
  9. Read the entire Bible.
  10. Watch a movie with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.{Out of all the old movies I've seen, one with this incredible dance couple, hasn't been one of them!} See the post here.
  11. Do a guest post on a favorite blog. See post here.
  12. Create a Facebook page for my blog. You can "like" my page here.
  13. Find more vintage screw back earrings{because I don't have pierced ears.}
  14. Learn a bit of French.
  15. Read Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey{so I can say I've read all of Jane Austen's novels.}
  16. Make a hat/bonnet.
  17. Have a Frank Capra movie marathon.
  18. Study more American history and civics{preferably from a Christian view point.}
  19. Learn how to play the piano.
  20. Try new hairstyles I have discovered on Pinterest.
  21. Wear more vintage inspired outfits. 
  22. Print out all the photos from my memory cards so I can actually enjoy them.
  23. Keep track of all the books I read this year.
  24. Buy my dream pair of leather boots.{A pair that looks good with skirts and is perfect for the snow.}
  25. Memorize more Bible verses.
  26. Wear a hat{preferably vintage.} See the post here.
  27. Repaint/fix my hope chest{actually it is a hope trunk.}
  28. Get my driver's license; this should be at the top of the list.
  29. Do at least three craft/DIY post on my blog.
  30. Find and buy another Caro-Nan purse to add to the two I already have.{I've heard three or more of an item makes a collection.}
  31. Purchase an entire outfit from Goodwill or another thrift store.{blouse,skirt,shoes,& accessories.}
  32. Do a photo challenge.
  33. Read the entire Anne of Green Gables series.
  34. Learn the different constellations and know were they are located.
  35. Get some new house slippers.
  36. Post the the music video I was in while volunteering in Tennessee. See the post here.
  37. Add some more books to my vintage book collection.
  38. Buy a vintage {working} camera.
  39. Read Pilgrim's Progress.
  40. Make some crafts using yoyos.
  41. Keep track of all my cash purchases.
  42. Enter my photos into our local fair's photo contest.
  43. Sell one of my {handmade} cards.
  44. Go singing in the rain.
  45. Buy a clear bubble umbrella{new or vintage.}
  46. Write a short story.
  47. Read one of Charles Dickens' book{well actually I started Nicholas Nickleby and never finished it.}
  48. Finish Nicholas Nickleby. :)
  49. Participate in a blog "swap". 
  50. Learn how to embroider.
  51. Enter more online giveaways{and hopefully win one.}
  52. Learn how to paint with water colors.
  53. Donate or sell clothes I don't wear any more.
  54. Do more drawing.
  55. Watch Lark Rise to Candleford{for the first time.}
  56. Do more counted cross stitches.
  57. Sew some aprons: one for cleaning, cooking, and gardening.
  58. Sell my old toys and items I no longer want.
  59. Try at least five crafts I find on Pinterest.
  60. Gather family photos from aunts,uncles,and grandparents to put them on CDs.
  61. Plant flowers in the garden that are all my own.
  62. Buy more kitchen supplies for my hope chest{trunk}.
  63. Post about some of my vintage finds. See posts here.
  64. Write a post at least once a week.{I would love to do one everyday.}
  65. Improve my cursive handwriting.
  66. Read some good biographies about crusaders for Christ{presidents, first ladies, missionaries, and martyrs; any recommendations?}
  67. Wear a vintage pair of gloves. See the post here.
  68. Make an eyeglass case out of a{vintage}necktie, featured here.
  69. Use my vintage dinosaur shaped cookie cutters.
  70. Do at least five outfit posts on my blog. See outfit posts here.
  71. Figure out what is wrong with my camera and fix it{if possible.}
  72. Buy a new camera if my old one can't be fixed.
  73. Skpe with my dear friend Becky who is currently a nanny in London.
  74. Make peanut butter from scratch.
  75. Open an online store. You can find the store here.
  76. Write some posts about a few of my collections.
  77. Gather/write stories and memories from my grandparents, great aunts and uncles about their childhoods.
  78. Draw a family tree. {Take a look at this one.}
  79. Learn some sign language.
  80. Sew my dream nightgown{a vintage inspired one of course.}
  81. Buy a new winter coat. See post here.
  82. Study{not just read} my Bible more.
  83. Light more scented candles.
  84. Read A Common Life by Jan Karon.
  85. Get back into scrap booking.
  86. Find some good devotionals{What do you like to read?}
  87. Read a novel by George McDonald. See the post here.
  88. Go on a picnic.
  89. Buy a vintage{or vintage looking}ladies bicycle.
  90. Go to Washington state to visit some friends I made while volunteering at Above Rubies.
  91. Read the Count of Monte Cristo.
  92. Do a giveaway on my blog.
  93. Create buttons for Pinterest and Facebook.
  94. Watch season four of Downton Abbey{for the first time.}
  95. Exercise at least two to three times a week.
  96. Participate in a fashion challenge. See posts here.
  97. Write at least one letter to all my friends who live in different states.
  98. Do a series on my blog.
  99. Buy/make an infinity scarf{I own quite a few scarfs but would love to have one of these.}
  100. Read Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot. See post about it here.
  101. Buy a new pair of Converse or at least Converse look-a-likes.
  102. Reach 80 followers on Pinterest. You can find me here.
  103. Bake a pie from scratch.
  104. Refashion clothes I don't wear{if possible.}

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books Read in 2014

Hope you will read and enjoy some{if not all} of them too! With that being said, please use your own judgment when deciding which books you read. I know everyone's standards are different.
  1. The Bible: God's Word{reading daily as I encourage you to do so too!}
  2. One Thing I Desire... to Know Christ More; Sarah L. Bryant
  3. To Have and To Hold; Mary Johnston
  4. Maiden's Bequest; George McDonald
  5. Sanditon; Jane Austen and another lady
  6. Poirot in Short; Agatha Christie{this is a collection of 14 short stories}
  7. The Bobby Richardson Story; Bobby Richardson
  8. The Dairyman's Daughter; Legh Richmond
  9. A Brief Guide to Jane Austen; Charles Jennings
  10. Passion and Purity; Elisabeth Elliot 
  11. Just As I Am; Billy Graham{his autobiography}
  12. Mansfield Park; Jane Austen
  13. Northanger Abbey; Jane Austen
  14. Samuel Morris: The African Prince; Kjersti Hoff Baez
  15. Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language; Janet and Geoff Benge
  16. Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems; Janet and Geoff Benge
  17. A Common Life; Jane Karon

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Much Needed Update

Hello dear readers! It's been too long since I last posted about what's going on in my life and I finally have a free moment to write a quick post! Many of you know{if you read this post} that I am currently a nanny to a missionary family. Well you might also know that I traveled for the first time on a plane, flying across the country from Georgia to Washington. Then I traveled to Canada to help the family out as they waited for their 5th child to be born. Now almost five months into serving the Mutana family I am taking a cross country road trip with them! We are traveling from B.C., Canada and are headed to South Carolina. So far we have crossed though Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Mew Mexico, and Texas. Along the way I have been blessed to see many interesting sights and scenery plus meet some amazing follow Christians! I've always wanted to travel to all 50's states and God is making sure that I can check off as many as I can on this trip. Serving the Mutana family has been such an amazing journey and the most exciting season of my life so far! God is teaching me everyday how much He cares for and loves me in the many ways He has fulfilled the desires of my heart. I am awed by the love He shows to me, not because of anything that I have done but because He is a good Father and delights in making His children happy! Well here are a few photos{a very few compared to the 1,000 or more I have taken} from my time in Washington state.
The  Rocky Mountains from my flight.
My first glimpse of Washington after coming out of the clouds.
The Mutana family put on a week long gospel crusade while I was there. To prepare for it they scheduled prayer meetings throughout the weeks prior to the crusade. It wasn't just an incredible time of prayer but of worship and hearing from God! It was my first time to attend an all night prayer meeting...we would begin praying at 10pm and end around 4am! If that's sounds crazy to you; trust me it was a bit strange for me too. However I saw how much God honors the sacrifice of loosing one's sleep to seek Him in prayer. I also fasted for the first time. God is stretching me everyday, showing me how much I can rely on Him whether it be for energy after a long night of prayer or helping me through the day without food. Fasting and all night prayer may seem a bit radical but sometimes, we as Christians, have to do radical things for God.
One of the groups to lead worship during the crusade.

While on a trip to the Museum of Flight I got to see Seattle and the famous Space Needle!

The Museum of Flight was a vintage lover's was filled with vintage plans dating from the 1930's to the 1960's!
I got to go inside an Air Force One jet in which presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon flew in!
On another fun trip to visit family friends of the Mutanas I got to see Mount Rainier. Well I hope you enjoyed this very brief update. There will be more to come...that is, whenever I have time to write!

Have you ever been to Seattle?
Ever attended an all night prayer meeting?
Do you enjoy museums; especially those with cool vintage things?
Are there things which God has asked you to do which seemed a bit strange at first?
Would love to hear from you!
Love in Christ,

Here is a link to the Mutana's website:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adventures in Tennessee~ Part 7

Hello dear readers; time again for another "Adventures in Tennessee" post! To start out with, Courtney left and it was a pleasure to get to know her even in the short time she came to help. Only a few days after that sisters, Jessica and Loretta, arrived all the way from the "land down under", aka Australia.  This was actually Jessica and Loretta's second time coming to help out with Above Rubies so some of the family came over to see them. We stayed up late into the night talking and getting to know each other. May also started with a bang...or should I say a crash. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were gone to the airport; Rebekah and I were the only two in the house. We were on our lunch break when we heard someone yelling from downstairs, "Help! I crashed into the house!" We quickly rushed downstairs to see Rocky, one of the Campbell's grandsons, laying on the bottom of the steps. He had crashed into the house while riding his dirt bike over a dirt mound. I just knew it was serious when he said his leg was hurting. I helped him get the boot off his foot because I knew that if he had broken his leg/foot that it might start to swell. I had seen{in movies} and read enough to know that if his foot was to swell then the boot might get stuck on his foot. I called his mom to inform her of what happened then rushed back upstairs to get some ice. Before I could even get the ice all ready, his brothers were over to carry him{and the dirt bike}back home. He was more concerned about his damaged dirt bike than anything else! Thankfully Rocky didn't break any bones and healed quickly; in fact that day he was back out playing soccer with the rest of his cousins! Boys sure are tough! ;) After this and what happened to Mercy in March, once again, I'm thinking a first aid course would be an excellent idea.
Top right: Rocky. The rest of the photos are of the other Campbell grandsons with their Uncle Wes, who used to ride dirt bikes. Wes is the owner and manager of the Newsboys.

During the month of May we girls spent most of our time working on the 50's themed music video which I have mentioned here and here. It was so much fun helping to write some of the lyrics to the song, sing it, and then my favorite, dress up and film the scenes! When we weren't filming for the music video, we were taking dance lessons with Jessica and Loretta. Both Jessica and Loretta took dance lessons and new quite a few different ball room dances such as; the Waltz, the Jive, the Cha Cha, etc. Some times we would rise early in the morning to take our "lessons", Meadow and Rashida would usually join in with us. I can't say that I remember much of the moves but it was so much fun dancing and great exercise too!
Early morning and late night dance lesson were such a blast!
Another new{and adventurous} experience for me was when Rebekah, Loretta, Jessica, Rashida and I went caving! The Campbell's have a cave on their land and I had heard about it since being with them. I'd hoped to go into it and finally I got my chance! Two of the Campbell's grandsons helped guide us girls through the cave. That must have been an experience for them! ;) It was even an adventure getting there as we had to walk across a creek, through briers, and even duck under some barbed wire. Going into the cave was incredible; it was so cool{which was a nice break from the heat} and there was water going along the inside of the cave. There were some very narrow parts where we almost had to crawl. Thank goodness I didn't have to because there was lots of mud! We had to wade across the water, balance along pieces of rock which jutted out, squeeze through the sometimes narrow cave walls, and even climb up some of the rocks while trying to avoid hitting our heads on the top of the cave. Along the way we saw bats, neat sparkling rocks, and names of people who had previously gone through the cave. All in all we had a blast and we were all very grateful we made it out without any injury! ;)
Top right: At the mouth of the cave. Bottom left: climbing down some rocks to get to the cave. As you can see from the other two photos we all got a bit wet and dirty. ;)

Another fun thing we did during the month of May was going to a homeschool conference at the Opryland Hotel, I talked about the hotel in this post. The four of us helped Mrs. Campbell at the booth for Above Rubies. It was neat and quite out of my comfort zone talking with strangers about Above Rubies, the products, and then selling the materials. A fun highlight from the conference was getting to meet Jordan and Josh Taylor from Blimey Cow and seeing{unfortunately didn't get to meet}Olivia Howard of Fresh Modesty. We also had a few parties in which we dressed up, danced{including some of the ballroom dances we learned}, took photos, and ate yummy Aussie treats which Lorretta would bake.
It was so much fun posing for the camera and as you can see sometimes there were some hilarious photos taken!
Top left: Lamingtons, a favorite Aussie treat made of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate, and covered with coconut. Top right: Loretta and Rebakah being silly in front of the camera. Bottom left: Jessica and me.
We watched old movies{Tammy and the Bachelor(1957), On Moonlight Bay(1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon(1953), The Best Years of Our Lives(1946)} or some of Jessica and Loretta's home movies on the weekend or took walks in the woods. Once we got out of the office early to go see 42 with Rashida and her mom. We also made sure to watch the Aussie classic The Man from Snowy River(1982) which apparently every Australian has seen or at least knows about it...I had never heard of it!
Top left: At the Above Rubies table at the homeschool convention. Bottom left: Jessica being silly in the office! :)
Top right: On one of our walks on the land. Middle right: Loretta with some of her yummy treats she would bake.
It was so much with Loretta and Jessica around, they are very adventurous, outgoing gals, and the Australian accent always was neat to hear. ;) I was so sad to see them go and hope to visit them in Australia one day. Hope you enjoyed another Adventures in Tennessee post!

Have you ever been caving before?
Seen The Man from Snowy River?
Tasted Lamingtons?
Taken ballroom dance lessons? 
Would you like to go to Australia?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,

Photo credits: Meadow, Rebekah, Jessica, Loretta, Mercy, Rashida, and Ashley.

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 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,

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