Mixed Blessings of Missionary Life and Our Summer Home

We celebrate 30 years here this month! And while our years here have not always 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 my husband’s parents and my grandparents, the needed closure took much longer. Rarely getting to meet our new grandchildren as newborns, our empty arms ached.

We’ve missed many milestones in our children’s and grandchildrens’ lives, from graduations to first dates, as well as marriage engagements, weddings, and most special holidays and birthdays. It’s hard not being there for our loved ones. And it’s hard missing their major events.

“So what makes you stay?” you wonder. Because we know this is where we should be. This is where God has placed ua, and it has given us so many opportunities to reach out and touch the lives of those around us. And in turn be touched by theirs.

So though at times our hearts are heavy, ours is a tale of rejoicing!

For our heavenly Father good and loving and blesses far beyond what we could ever imagine!

Like the incredible story of how we came to own a summer home!

One home for folks who have never earned much seems ludicrous…but two? Yes, for we have inherited Hubby’s ancestral home — the very house he was born in! And though he owns it jointly with his 3 siblings, they’re in the USA, so we’re the only ones (for now) who use it.

Our children loved that village, where freely they could roam the streets and even ride on donkeys! And we visited often until my father-in-law passed away.

But then as Hubby’s older siblings could no longer visit from New York, and not wanting the old place to decline, they asked us to keep it up. “Not everyone has a rent-free home!” they said, and even generously paid for repairs! And so we added it our list of blessings.

So life overseas may at times seem exotic (and it sometimes is). But it’s really a lot like life anywhere, with both good and bad mixed together. What’s important is that we remember to look for the blessings and discover the lessons found in the bad times.

Life is full of good and bad, but we can find blessings in both!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Winnie the Pooh

IMAGES: Airplane by 272447. | Background of 1st graphic by Marketplace Deisigners. | Background of quote by Miguel Á. Padriñán. | All others are my own.

Published by Signora Sheila

Missionary blogger, wife, mom, nonna. Join my simple life journey of faith and missions in small town Italy!

8 thoughts on “Mixed Blessings of Missionary Life and Our Summer Home

  1. Missing important dates and days is a challenge at the moment. But the Lord has blessed you with a wonderful ministry in a place many don’t have the opportunity to go for Him. I love that Winnie the Pooh quote–how easy it is to not value the reason saying goodbye is so difficult. You have a rich life, my friend, which has enabled others to have one as well.

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  2. Praying that you are able to pick up where you left off last summer with the open-air Bible studies. I know God has been preparing hearts over the months you’ve been absent. They will no doubt be anxious for your return and excited to learn from the Bible, ready to be introduced to the abundant life in Jesus! I can imagine more people in attendance, too, as word-of-mouth spreads the good news. And I’ll be excited to hear the results! May God bless your efforts, Sheila–many fold!

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      1. Another summer approaches and its opportunities! I continue to pray for you and your husband, Sheila. P.S. Thank you so much for becoming a follower of my blog. I am deeply honored, knowing your time is limited for blog-browsing. I sincerely pray you find the posts meaningful whenever you’re able to visit!

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  3. Hi Sheila, I can only imagine what you have missed but I also understand that you know where you are supposed to be. That in itself is a blessing because many of us don’t find that until much later in life. There is a peace in being in God’s will, trusting Him, depending on Him. For many years I did not understand that, I stayed in the driver’s seat and I was wrong. Yet He forgives and continues to draw me closer to Him. So I look up to you both because of your faithfulness. And I am sure that not only are you two an inspiration to me but also to many others. Grace and blessings!

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    1. Yes Bruce, that is exactly the way it is. Great peace in knowing that this is God’s place for us for this time. But all the glory goes to God. HIS faithfulness makes it possible for us to keep keeping on. It is only through his strength, for believe me we are often weak! I thank you for your heartwarming words, especially your prayers that we may be a tiny blessing and encouragement to others. If we can touch but one life for Christ, that makes it worth it all!!!

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