Mixed Blessings of Missionary Life {and Our Summer Home}

We celebrated 29 years here in May! And while our years here have not been easy, we would tread this path all over again. For it's been a good life in which we have seen God's faithfulness. But missionary life is joy mixed with sorrow.  Unable to attend the funerals of Mario's parents and my grandparents, the … Continue reading Mixed Blessings of Missionary Life {and Our Summer Home}

Beautiful but Forgotten Abruzzo

Our village nestles among gently rolling hills, between Abruzzo's Adriatic coast and the Apennine mountains. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, with snow-capped mountains in the background! It's beautiful, and we feel blessed to live here!  Largely an agriculture region, it's famous for its Montepulciano wine. And also for its long beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and great … Continue reading Beautiful but Forgotten Abruzzo

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 bag on her kerchief-covered head. I just gaped, wondering how many other nasty things she'd carried on that seldom-washed, dirty kerchief!  "Oh … Continue reading The Old Aunty’s Kerchief {And the Power of Love}