I’m Sheila, the Mitten in the Boot, born and raised in the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. But living in the boot of Italy since 1989, and here in this beautiful vineyard valley nestled among the foothills of the southern Adriatic seacoast since 2009.
I’m married to Super Mario. As an ESL teacher that’s the nickname his preschool kiddies gave him. Born in a mountain village of southern Italy, he was raised in the Bronx from a young age by non English-speaking parents. But his heart never left Italia
We have 2 wonderful children who were home-schooled here in Italy. And 9 special grandchildren (ages 4-18). But as they all live in the USA, we have to settle for watching them grow from afar. Yet we all, kids, their spouses, and grandkids too — we all have bella Italia firmly lodged in our hearts forever! Must be in the blood!
My years here
Along my long and varied path of shoestring-budget missionary living, I’ve moved over 50 times. And lived in everything from tarantula-infested campers (shudder) to a tent. And even in an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning! I’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. I blog about our missionary work at Mission Italia.
Hubby and I have a deep love for this country and its people. And for the peaceful tranquility of Italy’s slow living, which we crave the way many crave chocolate or coffee… OK so we crave coffee too, as long as it’s espresso. 😉 (We even travel with our own little pot!)
One thing we’ve learned from our years of Italian slow living is that life is a special gift to treasure and appreciate. And that means making time for the special people in our lives: family, friends, neighbors, and God.
And learning to savor our many blessings along the way. Which are often the simplest of things. The joy of rosy sunsets, the beauty of grapes ripening on the vine, slow strolls along the beach, and a glass of wine by the fireside.
We could lose all the wealth, honor, and success that the world has to offer. (And people do lose those things every day.) But life’s true treasures and simple blessings endure and improve over time.
All these add up to what I call a Vineyard Valley Life. A slow life and a simple one of getting back to basics. Back to the things that really matter. And back to taking time to simply enjoy the journey. Especially if you, like me, know that you’re going to a far better place anyway.
It’s an honor for me to have you here, and I hope you’ll take a moment to introduce yourself! But most of all I hope you’ll join My Vineyard Valley Life.
I think we’ll make some great discoveries along the way, for I’m a lover of Serendipity!
Note: Our last name is Scorziello, pronounced scort-zee-ello (as in jello). But we sometimes go by Scorzi.