Finding Peace as Life Whizzes By

I've heard it said that there is nothing like grandchildren to make you realize how quickly life is passing by. And I think perhaps that's more true for folks like us who get to see them so rarely. But we will visit the USA this autumn after a 5-year absence. Having last been there the... Continue Reading →

Where Thrift Reigns

My husband's hometown (in the Salerno province) is a village where thrift reigns. The people there have long been used to making do. The current trend toward simplicity and frugality is so normal for them, that they would ask "Is there any other way?"  I'm often amazed at their makeshift contrivances. And their unusual, often ingenious, ways... Continue Reading →

How to Measure Real Missionaries

We'd gone to the mission field full of big dreams and great plans. But as finance trickled in we struggled to put food on the table. And as we also had an unsettled debt eating into that already small pie, it made things even harder. So in 1992 we moved back to the USA to... Continue Reading →

Use What You Have: God Will Do the Rest

"No I can't do it!" Have you ever said that to the Lord? I have, and convinced I couldn't, decided it would be fool-hardy to even try. Until the Lord showed me that little becomes much in his hands.  Large crowds often followed the Lord. And that day, after crossing Lake Galilee, was no different. He had... Continue Reading →

Life and Missions in Small Town Italy

Moving to or even visiting Italian villages is a unique and sometimes perplexing experience. Expect people to stare (and I mean really stare) as you walk down the street, without letting it give you a complex. No, you are not funny looking or strange. They just don't see many outsiders, and curiosity is one thing Italians do... Continue Reading →

Italian Worm Cheese [Video]

We have a saying in Italian. Non c'è niente di nuovo sotto il sole. (There is nothing new under the sun.) And yes, I know it's from the Bible. But I also know that King Solomon, who wrote that, didn't live in a foreign land. Otherwise, I wonder if he might not have changed it to: "There is... Continue Reading →

Hard-Time Decisions

I've been going through somewhat of a rough time lately, and as is often the case, I find it's a time for reflection, evaluation, and sometimes change. (Of course, if you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have somewhat of an addiction to change. :/ )  My mom's been in... Continue Reading →

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