Thursday, 1 December 2016

American Adventures // HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!

I told you I'd try and post some photos, didn't I? :) Here we go.

The sun was really cool coming in to Nashville airport.

This is the house we are staying in. We are staying upstairs and the office we work in is downstairs.

Our bedroom.. it's so pretty! I was on the top left bunk. Now that New York Hannah has gone home though, I'm on the bottom bunk. (*cries that Hannah isn't with us anymore*)

Our first weekend Hannah (other AR helper from New Zealand -not to be confused with another AR helper, Hannah from New York) and I went exploring. Franklin is a really cute town about 45 mins from where we are with some cool Thanksgiving decorations and some super cute shops. 

Quote on the mug: "Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of chocolate"

Did I mention Franklin has cute shops? This is one selling Christmassy stuff. 

Here's a photo from the basketball game I mentioned here. The other gal with me is Hannah from NZ Everyone say hi to Hannah (*blocks ears from chorus of HI HANNAH*) - you will probably get to see a decent amount of the two of us! :)

The woods around here are SO PRETTY!

Let me introduce you to little Canaan, Mercy's baby. He is seven weeks old and so ridiculously cute! 
I miss little Michael at home... but having Canaan to cuddle helps make up for a bit.

I know it's pretty much winter over here now, but happy fall y'all anyway. :)

Before I go, I want to chat real briefly about American Thanksgiving. Last weekend was my first Thanksgiving (I'm not counting the Thanksgiving we celebrated in China last year) and it was awesome! 
We had around 87 people celebrating the Lord's faithfulness with us! We had a massive midday meal featuring turkey, lamb, roasted veggies, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all kinds of yumminess. Then people made speeches and toasts giving thanks to the Lord and each other for all kinds of things. It was a fun thing to be part of! We then went outside for the family's tradition of competitions. We had an egg throwing competition (which I managed to stay in for four rounds but then lost) and a tug of war tournament and finally running races. Everyone participated, from the oldest to the youngest! (Well not the youngest because he is only seven weeks old :P). Then we trooped inside for arm wrestling competitions and dessert, which consisted of pie. Lots of pie. And biscuits ('cookies') and cream and icecream and cheesecake. The final item on the agenda was a concert which involved people singing, sharing, acting and making music. I officially love American thanksgiving.

How was your Thanksgiving? What have you been up to?
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  1. Hi Bonnie (and Hannah :) ),
    Did you get the cup? I hope you did. :) Looks like you are having fun, and lots of it.

    1. No I didn't. :/ If I purchased every cool thing I found I would be bringing back an entire plane full!

  2. This sounds so fun!! It's makes me so glad you to know you're having fun over here!! :)


  3. Yay for having tons of fun!! :) The woods are really beautiful here, especially in MO! ( probably because I live in MO. (: )
    Thanks for the update, I LOOOVVEEE reading your posts!! :))

    1. Oh cool! :) Have you been to Tennessee before?
      Awwww, you are so sweet! I LOOVEEEEE reading your comments!

    2. Nope, I really want to though. Isn't it somewhere by Alabama? (Or just somewhere close to AL?)

  4. Oh, Bonnie!

    What a fun post this was...such a delightful peek into life in the Campbell home! As you know, I loooove hearing about your American adventures, my friend! Thinking of you and praying you are very well...

    I will reply to your sweet email shortly! With love and joy,

    1. Hey Kelly-Anne! Lovely to hear from you. Oh I am so looking forward to your email. :)
      I am very well, thank you! And I hope you and your family are too!

  5. Franklin is where one of Mum's closest friends lives :) Looks like you're having heaps of fun over there!

    1. Oh wow! We went there and browsed the main road... the shops are so cute. We have also driven through there on the way to Nashville a couple of times. :)
      Yep, I am having heaps of fun! How are you? Excited to have exams over yayyyy?

  6. HI Bonnie!
    I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Do New Zealanders usually not celebrate Thanksgiving?
    I can't believe December is already upon us. Soon it's going to be the new year! The bedroom you stay in is so pretty. I like the bunk beds. :)

    Hope you have a happy day!

    1. Hi Ashley! Nope, Kiwis don't celebrate Thanksgiving... it's a completely American thing!
      Yep, crazy to think December is now here. Time really marches on. I have been over here for two weeks now! :O
      The room I am in is really pretty. It's fun to share with other gals! We have far too much fun really :P

  7. That's neat that you made it to the US in time to celebrate Thanksgiving! It sounds like you had a great time. :)

    1. Yep! It was awesome. We had such a neat time. I'm so going to miss the US when I leave!

  8. So happy that you are enjoying America! It's always neat to see someone else's perspective on our country! (I have a bunch of foreign exchange student friends from our church and I love it!)

    Lovely pictures, Bonnie! :) ♥

    1. I am so doing a post in the near future about the differences between the US and New Zealand! There are some funny ones that really surprised me!

      Haha that's super awesome. :)
      Thanks for commenting Megan!

  9. It was so fun to look through your photos and see your comments on America! I'm so glad you're having a good time!
    I agree that Thanksgiving is awesome. :)
    Tennessee is absolutely lovely; will you go to the Smoky Mountains at all?

    Looking forward to your next post!

    Rachel M.

    1. Oh cool, Rachel! Yes we are having a lot of fun! :)
      I'm not sure... we'll see!

      Thanks :D


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