Ciao & Benvenuto!
I’m La Signora Sheila – American born, Italian at heart – a happily married mom of 2 and nonna to 9. My husband and I have been married 44 years and missionaries in Italy since 1989.
What is a straniera?
STRA • NIE • RA
Noun – foreigner, stranger, expat
And just who is this straniera?
As you see, ‘straniera’ is the Italian word for foreigner, which is what I am here in Italy, sort of. Because I have dual citizenship. And after 30+ years here, I really feel more at home here than anywhere else.
Born and raised in beautiful (but freezing cold) Michigan, I am forever in love with the mostly mild Mediterranean climate of my adoptive homeland and it’s wonderful slow living! We moved to Italy because hubby, born in the lonely Cilento mountains of southern Italy, but raised in th USA, felt a special call to to his homeland and his people. [See where I live: My Small Towns.]
We set out with basically nothing. Just two kids and eight suitcases. No support base, no income or money in the bank, no property or assets, and very little cash.
We’ve moved over 50 times, north to south and east to west, mostly in Italy. Even living in a tent, a tarantula-infested camper (shudder), and an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning! We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. And most of all discovered that God has been, and continues to be, faithful every step of the way!
About this blog
This blog is where I share my life, my love for Italy and the dolce vita Italiana, as well as my spiritual journey. I write here to record, remember, and think on the things God is impressing on my heart and doing in my life. So you’ll find a bit of everything here, and I pray that you’ll be inspired, encouraged, and uplifted by it.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll follow along – because all journeys are better when shared with others!