Ciao and Benvenuto!
I’m Signora Sheila, the Small Town Straniera! American born, Italian at heart. my husband and I have been missionaries in Italy 31 years and counting. We also have two wonderful adult kids and 9 special grandchildren!
But what is a straniera?
STRA • NIE • RA
foreigner, stranger, expat
And who is this straniera?
I’m really only a partial straniera because I have dual citizenship. I was born and raised in beautiful (but freezing) Michigan. My husband, though raised in the USA, was born in the lonely Cilento mountains of southern Italy.
We moved here because we felt a special call to Hubby’s homeland and his people. We now divide life between our two bases: our main home in Abruzzo and a summer place in Campania. [See where I live: My Small Towns.]
I chose the above photo from Rome, for though not recent, it is a reminder of God’s immense faithfulness to us through these years!
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, good and faithful every step of the way!
I thank you so much for stopping by, and pray that God will richly bless you with a joyful, purposeful life!
P.S. You can learn about my basic beliefs here.