Our Towns {Where is Home?}

Our Towns is really our Tale of Two Houses. Ah, the complex fascination of expat life! (Read between the lines: challenging, frustrating, but ever so blessed!) In fact, during lunch with some new acquaintances recently they asked, […]

The Old Aunty’s Kerchief {And the Power of Love}

I can picture her still so old and frail, hobbling up the steep hill leaning on her pair of homemade walking sticks. “What do you have there, Zia (Aunty)?” my husband asked, pointing to the open-mesh […]

Italians Love Tradition

Folks in our town often have an interesting mentality. Hint: sometimes antiquated, backward, impractical, and unrealistic. Which often comes as a surprise to us. 

God Will Always Keep a Place for Us

Tickets? Ready! Passports? Ready! Our eight suitcases bulged with the little we owned, including eight teddy bears! Other than one box left with my parents, a small stash of money, passports and other documents, that […]

Italy is for Nature Lovers

It’s a known fact that although Italy occupies only 0.05% of the earth and has only 0.83% of the world’s population, it has 70% of humanity’s artistic and cultural heritage sites. With its 50 sites, […]

Breaking Through Anger

Do you know the tale of The Little Engine That Could? The little train in that children’s story discovered he could do anything by first convincing himself that he could. So he went around continually repeating, “I […]

God Hears Even Before we Call

Struggling to live on next-to-nothing, our year in a central Italian village was tough…

Cultivating Contentment in a World of Stuff

I once read a testimony of a missionary family on a south Pacific island. Things were tough for them. Treated poorly by the locals, they had barely enough to live on. And discouraged, they toyed […]