Ciao and benvenuto, I’m the Small Town Straniera! American born, Italian at heart, living in Italy 31 years and counting. I’m so happy you stopped by, and hope you’ll feel welcome here.
So first, what is a straniera?
STRA • NIE • RA
foreigner, stranger, expat
And who am I?
Well, I’m La Signora Sheila, born and raised in beautiful (but freezing) Michigan. And I’m really only a partial straniera because I hold dual citizenship. I’m happily married to an Italian (raised in America), and we have two grown children and nine special grandchildren!
About this blog
This is where I share my life and love of Italy. Where I strive to slow down, simplify, and draw closer to God. While also learning to get organized, care for my health, the planet, and those around me.
I don’t have all the answers, but I have learned many lessons through the years, which I hope will help you as much as they have me!
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!
Let’s be Amici!
Because journeys are better when shared with others!
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All images are my own. The header photo taken in Rome is not recent, but I chose it because it reminds me of God’s immense faithfulness to us throughout the years!