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 2013!” 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.