See My Towns

Italy, land of seeking hearts

I’m so blessed to live in this multi-faceted country, blending tradition with modernity and antique monuments with modern Ferraris. A beautiful land of silver shores, gleaming seas, towering snow-capped mountains, ancient but timeless cities, and quaint old villages.

A nation of many churches rich in religious symbolism, but plagued by occultism and secularism. And sadly lacking in many places a truly Bible-based message. We ask your prayers for this land of people who long for eternal assurance.

My small towns

Our main base

Our main town nestles in the foothills between the Adriatic Sea and mountains of Abruzzo (see image above). A beautiful region, yet in many ways poor and forgotten. Economically depressed and politically neglected, and mostly unreached with the liberating power of the Gospel. Abruzzo needs your prayers.

Our summer base

Our summer village

Our summer village (Hubby’s birthplace) is hidden away in the remote and lonely mountains of Salerno’s Cilento area. An extremely depressed area, with little work, few people, fewer amenities, and still fewer Bible-believing churches. Where the people, for the most part, feel abandoned, hopeless, and beyond forgotten. We go there to show that they are neither forgotten nor abandoned, and we covet your prayers for them.

Well, arrivederci – FOR NOW! Because you see, arrivederci, literally means “until we see each other again,” So until we meet again, because I’m hoping you will join my small town adventures!

Learn more about small town Italian living! Read: Life and Missions in Small Town Italy.

44 thoughts on “See My Towns

    1. Aw, thank you, Sheila! I identify somewhat with your life because I am an American, married to a Peruvian, living as a missionary in Peru for going on nineteen years. I look forward to following your adventures!


  1. Thank you for following my blog. So glad you did so I could find your delightful site. Although we’ve never met, I’m a native Michigander and half Italian. Such lovely connections we have. I look forward to reading all your posts and drinking in the scenery. Grazi!

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  2. Thanks so much, Sheila, for the follow. I’ll return the favor because your story is fascinating. Your heart is beautiful as you share your perspective on the joy of life with Jesus and your loved ones. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

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  3. Hi Sheila, thank you for the follow. I read through a couple of your posts and I will follow you also because I clearly can learn more. Italy, always wanted to go there but my wife of 46 + years isn’t keen about travelling and if the truth be told, neither am I. We’re home bodies and our five grown up children and our six grandchildren all live here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Whenever I think of Italy I think of the Apostle Paul in prison there and the early Christians that suffered through persecution. I was close to Italy for a few months, served with the United Nation Peace Keepers Armed Forces and spent six months in Cyprus. I look forward to reading more of your posts!


    1. Thank you Bruce, and I’m so glad to have you! But I know the learning will take place on both sides…we learn and glean so much from all our blogging friends. I love your blog and it sounds like you’ve had an interesting life!

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  4. Sheila, I am beyond excited to meet you. Thank you for commenting on my blog post. Now I know who you are and, honestly, I’m in tears. Your great love of Italy and the people cut me deeply. My website is a culmination of my great love for Italy and all of the things you mentioned about it…beauty, slow living, always time for others, history. Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I am reading through your posts and finding amazing encouragement. Blessings to you!

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    1. Wow Susan! It’s so wonderful to meet another blogger who shares two our great loves: Italy and Italians! I love your blog, mainly because you show that not only rich people can afford to visit Italy! And your love for this nation pours out of your posts. It’s a special place and (or at least we think so) one to be experienced, not just toured. Yes, there is beauty and history to see and admire. But there is so much more below the surface – a special “live life and love it” quality in the lifestyle that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Glad you like our simple blog and especially that you find it encouraging. That makes it all worthwhile! Thank you!

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  5. So glad to connect with you here on WP. I have to admit I’m a little jealous of anyone who gets to live and minister in Italy. We spent 5 weeks there a few years ago and simply loved it 🙂 Blessings in Jesus, Kelly


    1. Thanks Kelly! It’s an honor to me to be able to connect with you! Yes, Italy is beautiful. But what we most love is the lifestyle. Laid back, easy going, and always time for an espresso in piazza with family or friends. But it can be maddening at times too. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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  6. Sheila! If you hadn’t liked my post I would never have had the chance to read about YOU – such a great intro and I am so excited to start following your blog (and that’s not an exaggeration). I hope your simple Italian life continues to be everything that you express so beautifully here. Be blessed, Sheila, and I’ll be reading. Jessica

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica! I’m so happy we can follow each other’s journeys–it’ll be fun and encouraging. I’m sure my Italian life will keep on pretty much as it has. This is home, and it has my heart! Thanks for your encouragement and have a great day!


    1. No Karen, we live in Abruzzo, the region to the right of Rome. At least most of the year. We also have a 2nd base in the Salerno province. Thanks for your encouragement, and I’m so glad to have you on my journey in this great land of slow living!


  7. I enjoy your blog and love your style of writing. It is clear and easy to follow. I have done a lot of traveling to Germany, and love reading about your journey and perspective. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Thank you so much, Julene, for your encouragement. I enjoy your blog too, and am happy I found it! I imagine being clear and easy to follow is a result of living so long overseas. In English we have to speak simply or few would understand us. And in the beginning at least, we are only able to speak simply in our adopted language. So simple becomes the norm for us! LOL!


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