Hello and welcome! I’m Sheila, wife to my very own Super Mario, mother of 2, and nonna to 9. We are missionaries in Italy – a land of many olives, which is what inspired the name of this blog!

I consider myself to be American born – with an Italian heart, and am blessed to hold dual citizenship. My husband Mario is an Italian citizen, born in a quaint village of southern Italy (see above), but raised in the Bronx by non English-speaking parents.

I am passionate about my faith and God’s Word. But you’ll also find me sharing on my other great loves of simple living, earth care, and living with less – to truly appreciate the abundance we already have! I suppose I could go on with a lot of boring stuff, but I sincerely doubt you’re interested – and it’s highly uncomfortable for me!

So let me just quickly share a few random and quirky facts about me…

  1. I’m an INFJ personality type, and Galadriel on the Lord of the Ring’s personality chart. (Which, by the way, was made by our talented daughter and son-in-law!) We are often known as old souls and false introverts.
  2. I’m married to an ESFJ personality type, and Bilbo on the LOTR chart. Our daughter says he is the most extroverted person she’s ever known.
  3. I was born and raised in the beautiful mitt of Michigan, which I love; but my heart is in Italy where we have served the past 30 years.
  4. I love simple homey things, like sunsets, hedgehogs, camping vans, fireplaces, ladybugs, flowers, chickens, goats, cats, and baskets.
  5. I love to read and write and have been writing stories ever since I can remember. I read everything, even cereal boxes.
  6. I’m a great cook and baker who does not like to cook.
  7. I love simple living, minimalism, and earth care.
  8. My favorite foods are coffee, pizza, pasta, cheese, and gelato. (And yes, coffee is a food.)
  9. I don’t like house pets and am beyond terrified of anything with more than 6 legs.
  10. I love color and both my house and wardrobe are full of it.
  11. Being a minimalist, I prefer practical gifts.
  12. My greatest material blessings are my comfy mattress, feather pillow, electric bed warmer, wool blankets, feather comforter, window screens, pellet stove, and clotheslines. (OK, so I’m cold-blooded!)
  13. I have an overactive imagination and a love of – an addiction to – change.
  14. The change I love most is that God is working to make me more like him. And though I have far to go, I know he’ll patiently complete his good work!
  15. But I’m ever grateful that the Lord never changes!
  16. And I hope that you’ll leave here knowing his steadfast love and his mercies which are new every morning!

It is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV

Well Arrivederci, for now…

Because you see, arrivederci is not a permanent good-bye. It simply means “until we see each other again…” So see you soon! And thank you so much for your visit!

Sheila, from Italy – a Land of Many Olives