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,
~Sarah~

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

8 comments:

  1. Oh, March sounds a bit more challenging! Running the office sounds like a good life experience, as does having a friend cut open her hand....yikes! :-S
    Your trip to Amish country looks neat. I've just been reading my first ever Amish novel, so this post was timely!

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    1. Haha! After reading over March it does sound more challenging even though I started the post with how relaxing it was! ;) But when we weren't running the office or worried about major wounds; it was very relaxing! :) I've never read any Amish books, be sure to let me know how you like it!

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    2. Haha, that's good! :)
      This one is called Katie's Forever Promise, and is the third of a trilogy (oops...I was borrowing from a friend, so I didn't start with the first). It's pretty interesting but a bit too...soap opera -ish?

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    3. Thanks for sharing what you're reading will have to look into it! All though I'm not much of a soap opera person, I do however love BBC dramas which are pretty much more sophisticated soap operas. ;)

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  2. Loved this post, Sarah! And all the photographs you shared:-).

    Love,
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks, Kelly-Anne! I'm glad you enjoyed both the post and pics.! :)

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  3. It's so awesome how the Johnsons were able to help Mercy!!!!!!! Love your pos!!

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    1. Yes, I'm sure Mercy was very thankful for their help! Especially since Becky and I didn't really know what to do!

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