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~

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

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~

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Adventures in Tennessee~ Part 3

Hello! Time for another post in my "Adventures in Tennessee" series! In my last post I mentioned I was there to help decorate the Campbell's Christmas tree. I forgot to mention that I didn't spend Christmas 2012 with the Campbell's but went home for about a week to celebrate with my family. On the first day of 2013 I traveled back to the Campbell's; to my surprise{and delight} Mr. Campbell declared New Year's Day a holiday! He said I wouldn't have to work in the office! It was quite funny too, because I think Mrs. Campbell had every intention of starting back full swing, working on all the tasks that had pilled up during mine and Jessie's absence. Instead I spent the day unpacking and watching old movies with Mercy. The next day Annie from Michigan came to help out. Annie along with her sister had come before, so this would be her second time volunteering for Above Rubies. Before Annie came Mercy was trying to describe Annie to her{Mercy's} dad. I remember her saying something like this,"You know Annie, dad! She's the one with brown hair, who smiled all the time, and has pretty teeth!" Well how true that statement is...Annie does in fact have brown hair, smile a lot and have very pretty teeth. ;) Annie was a true joy and blessing to work with; she is such a cheerful person! You can read about some fun things I did with Annie and the family here.
Mr. Campbell and his daughter, Mercy, enjoying some yummy Mexican cuisine. Look how big that burrito is! Annie and I snapped some quick photos in front of the cows; you would think we had never seen them before! ;)
Annie and I had a great time together; going out to eat with Mr. Campbell and Mercy while Mrs. Campbell was gone to a retreat. Mr. Campbell usually took us girls out to eat when Mrs. Campbell was away; she didn't like for him to eat all that "unhealthy" restaurant food! We went to see Lincoln in theaters with Mr. and Mrs. Campbell; it was the first time I had been to a movie theater in ages! On one particular day a neighbor stopped by for a visit, when she came in she told us there were some cows across the road. Apparently they broke loose from someone's field and decided to munch on the grass in another field! I guess they thought the grass was greener on the other side. ;)
Left: A local pastor is getting ready to blow the shofar. Top right: Erick Staklebeck of CBN interviewing the mayor and his wife, Moshe and Leah Goldsmith.
Annie and I also had the pleasure of attending am event hosted by the Waller family. The Wallers run the ministry, HaYovel, which they founded. This is such a powerful minister working to help strengthen farmers/settlers living in Judea and Samaria{the West Bank}. We heard the mayor of Itamar, a town located on the West Bank of Israel, and his wife speak on the challenges facing the settlers there. It was an amazing and informative time!
Top: Everyone has a smile on their face...well except of course the little lady in the front! ;) Bottom left: Here I am whispering the sentence in Serene's ear. Middle: Vange{Campbell's daughter} opening up a parcel for a fun game called, Pass the Parcel. Bottm right: Vange whispering the sentence in Pearl's ear.
I also celebrated Mercy's 21st birthday with all the ladies in the Campbell family. We had plenty of yummy THM food and played a lot of fun games! One such game was Telephone in which one person whispers a sentence in someone's ear; then that person will whisper want they heard in the next person's ear. The funny part is, you can only say the sentence once, so if you hear the wrong thing you will pass the wrong sentence! So the original sentence was something like this,"Mercy is addicted to her kettle-bell workout", turned into,"Mercy loves a catapult workout!" =D Another fun game we played was Pass the Parcel; in this game a gift is wrapped up in several papers. Each layer of paper has a question on it; who has the bluest eyes?, who was our third president?, who can sing the highest?, etc. If you answer/win the question you get the parcel. The parcel is passed on until someone gets to the bottom layer of paper and wins the gift. In this case Mercy won because the last question was, "To the one who is 21!" ;)
Left: Psalmody and her little boy, Anthony. Top right: Becky posing in the living room. Bottom right: Unloading books in the rain; it's a tough job but someone has to do it! ;)
Everyone wanted to have their photo taken with sweet little Anthony before he left. Clockwise from upper left: Me, Mercy, the Campbell's granddaughter, Autumn{Autumn and Anthony are special friends}, and Annie.
The Campbell's daughter Psalmody came for a visit along with her adorable son Anthony. Psalmody works from her home as a hairstylist. Every time she came for a visit she would have a different hairdo. :) Soon we were to have another visitor; Becky, all the way from New Zealand, joined Annie and me in the AR office. On Becky's first day she had to help us unload cases of heavy THM books from the truck to the garage...in the rain! Well that concludes all the happenings for the month of January 2013; hope you enjoyed it! 

Have you heard of the Wallers or their ministry HaYovel? 
 Played Telephone or Pass the Parcel before?
Had to do a hard task...out in the rain; did you enjoy it or not?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

Photo credits: Mercy, Annie, and Becky; thanks for letting me use them! :)








Thursday, May 15, 2014

Passion and Purity~Patiently Waiting

Hello there! Just thought I would share with you a powerful book I've read, Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot. This book has been on my "want to read" list for awhile now. My mom sent me a copy while I was up in Tennessee; I read a bit but never finished it until recently. Most of you may have read it before and are probably familiar with Elisabeth Elliot, wife to missionary martyr, Jim Elliot. Well I only "discovered" Mrs. Elliot and her prolific writing career within the past few years. I think one of the{many} downsides of  being taught in the public school system is that children miss out on all the great Christian authors that are out there. Anyway don't want to turn this into a post against public school so back to the book! ;) I loved the down to earth and "real" way Mrs. Elliot talks about her love and eventually courtship with Jim. She is not afraid to show that she is human. She shares the many struggles she had in her relationship with him. She is such a godly example of waiting patiently on the Lord. 
Not only was Passion and Purity an encouraging and informative book on waiting for my spouse but also on having patience in waiting on God in all areas of my life. Something I struggle with the most is waiting and trusting in God in difficult times, those times when I feel like my prayers should have already been answered. God is always there though...guided, strengthening, and growing me in my faith and love for Him. He is continually showing me that my timing is not His timing. He knows what He has planned for my life and it is above and beyond anything I could imagine! Indeed if I had my own way{and I'm so thankful that I have not} I would be married by now. However God knew, in His wisdom, that I have a lot more growing and learning in my life before I'm ready to entangle it with someone else's. So remember the next time you're plans are upset or things in life aren't going by your "schedule", God is still there. He is there listening to ever prayer you cry out to Him. When He doesn't answer right away He is giving you the privilege of growing in your faith. He is preparing, molding, and shaping you into the women of God He desires you to be! 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." ~Proverbs 3:5,6{KJV}~ 

"I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts. It's easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence- easier sometimes then to wait patiently." ~ Elisabeth Elliot~

"For I know the thoughts that I think towards to you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." ~Jeremiah 29:11{KJV}~

Ever read Passion and Purity before? 
What is something God has been teaching you?
Have you ever made any plans or a
"schedule" for your life that God has{is} changing?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

P.S: Just want to add, this book does deal with some mature themes{in a tasteful way} so please use your own judgment when deciding if this book is right for you. 



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Quick Update

Hello lovelies! Just wanted to write a quick post to update y'all. I've been very busy lately planning for a trip that I will be taking soon...will right more on that later! I have several outfit posts I want to publish, some back when the weather was still cold. I also have some vintage finds I want to share as well as some things I picked up at a church yard sale. I'm trying hard to get my "Adventures in Tennessee" posts up as I will soon be taking off on another adventure which I will want to share with you all. So please bear with me...life has just been very busy! Thank you so much for the sweet comments you leave and it really thrills me that you enjoy my blog. I hope to keep posting at least once a week and hope you will keep reading! While you are waiting for new things to read, why not check out some of my older posts?! ;) Just want to say that God is so good!! I'm extremely grateful for His peace and the strength He gives me even in the busy times of my life!
So what have you been busy with lately?
Taking any trips this summer?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Through My Lens~ House Sitting

Hello again! A couple of weeks ago I house/pet sat for my aunt and uncle while they were out of town. While there I took some{well quite a few} photos; thought I would share them with you!


Loved the way the light came through the front door at sunset. The suns rays would cast little rainbows across the floor.

Look at what a pretty view; the pictures don't do it justice.


Okay so I know these are just about the same but I just liked them both! ;)


Love taking photos of God's beautiful creation! 






This creepy, Jurassic Park looking weed has thorns all over it; would hate to step on it. Ouch!




"Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: He hath made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling His word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for His name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven." ~Psalm 148: 3-13{KJV}~



My aunt's dog and one of her cats would usually follow me on my daily walks.


My aunt drives a school bus and I just couldn't resist getting some photos of it!




This might be my favorite out of them all; not sure why but I love the blurred look to this photo. I love it even more because it was a total accident! I had just finished taking a photo of something up close and I guess the camera wasn't focused in before I snapped the button. If you can't tell by now I just love taking up close photos. I think it's my talent; others are great at taking photos of people, vast landscapes, actions shots, etc. I'm good at taking close ups of random things like barbed wire and toy tractors! ;) Well hope you enjoyed my photos!
Which one{s} are your favorite?
What's your favorite thing to photograph; animals, flowers, people, etc?
Ever house/pet sit before?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

PS: No I still don't have my own camera, borrowing my mom's again...thanks Momma! =D