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

Saturday, December 20, 2014

O Canada!

Hello dear readers! I'm finally home for Christmas after spending 41 days on the road, traveling through the good ol' US of A! ;) As I mentioned in this post; the family I nanny for will be working in North Carolina for a few months. They headed there to prepare things and spend time together as a family while I spend time with mine. After all the traveling I can truly say I am happy to be the saying goes, "There is no place like home!". Speaking of travels I thought I would share a few photos from my time in British Columbia, Canada; where I lived with the family for the months of August, September, and October. 
God allowed me to see the Pacific ocean when visiting White Rock in Canada. Since I was little I've wanted to see the Pacific ocean, I just never thought I would be seeing it in Canada! God has a nice way of throwing in surprises like that! ;) White Rock is famous for the large white rock that was discovered there in the early 1900's. It was amazing how different this beach was compared to the ones I'm used to seeing on the eastern side of the US. One major difference was seeing snow capped mountains while standing on the warm sand!
For one of the children's homeschool field trips we went to Fort Langley where British Columbia was signed into being a British Colony. There were so many neat things to see and do in addition to the actual fort. There was a sheep shearing demonstration, a butter making demo{we got to make our own too}, a blacksmith demo, a scavenger hunt, and a riffle shooting demo! The tour guides/volunteers were all dressed up in period costumes; it was all very exciting!
It was interesting to see signs written in French as well as English.
Another field trip was to Kilbey General Store, a general store/hotel/farm/post office operated by the Kilby family from the early 1900's to the 1970's. The store was passed down from father to son. The tour guides were dressed in 20's inspired outfits, since that was when the store was operating at it's peak. It was a delight to look through all the merchandise and packages throughout the store! The general store's shelves were packed full of vintage goodies that Mr. Acton Kilby{son} had kept over the years! In addition to taking a tour of the farm/store, there were fun games to play. There were various carnival like games for the children{and me ;)} to play and win prizes for!
1 The children playing one of the games. 2 One of many shelves stocked with vintage tins. 3 Charlotte's web, it was attached to the pig shed! ;) 4 One of the store cases filled with various products from the 20's and 30's. 5 The adorable pig shed on the Kilby farm. 6 Inside the pantry of the Kilby Hotel. 7 One of the many chickens on the farm. 8 The original cash register. 9 The prize box for the games. 
The week before leaving, on our US road trip, the family and I spent a day riding the Skytrain and Seabus. These are public transit systems linking the cities of Surrey, New Westminster, Vancouver and various places in between to each other. The Skytrain is exactly what it sounds like, a train that is up in the air...well you know what I mean! The tracks are built up, like a bridge, instead of on the ground. The Seabus is pretty much a ferry except there are no cars on it, just people! ;) It was fun to ride on them both and get a few glimpses of some of the big cities in B.C, including Vancouver. Although before I forget, I did have a very harrowing experience when the doors shut on me and the stroller I was pulling along. Thankfully there wasn't a child in it and there were many kind strangers willing to push open the doors before the train went speeding along the tracks!

When not out on a field trip or touring some museum, most of my time was spent: helping the children with their schoolwork, taking the children to the park, cooking meals, and doing some house cleaning. In addition to those things I got to see the African Children's Choir, have three Thanksgiving meals in October {the month Canada celebrates Thanksgiving Day}, take a visit to a local fire department{where I got to use a giant fire hose!}, hold and rock the Mutanas new born baby{the reason we were in Canada, for his birth}, have a fun day at Ikea{where we ate ice cream and Swedish meatballs}, and visit a local Christian bookstore where I drank a ridiculously huge cup of hot chocolate! Well hope you enjoyed a little look into my time while in British Columbia, Canada!
From left to right: The Queen and I! ;) One of the three Thanksgiving meals. That giant hot's Goliath!{No really, the coffee shop inside the bookstore had three sizes, Zacchaeus, David, and Goliath!} The restrooms are called washrooms in Canada. Some yummy meatballs at Ikea. Me shooting the very powerful water hose; I almost fell down! :P Middle photo: The African Children's Choir, it was a fun performance!
Have you ever been to Canada?
Do enjoy national historic sites like forts, farms, etc?
Ever gone on something similar to the Skytrain or a ferry?
Have you seen the Pacific Ocean?
Used a firefighter hose?
Heard of the African Children's Choir?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,

All photos copyright by, All Things Vintage unless otherwise stated.

Monday, November 10, 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 first flight and 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!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


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,

Monday, June 2, 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,

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,

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,

Photo credits: Annie, Becky, Mercy, and Rashida.