I think the biggest surprise of the “Covid-19 Lock-down,” has been the emotional toll it's taken. I feel like the isolation from people has left me in a spiritual battle in my mind, unlike anything I've experienced before. That sounds so dramatic... but in all honesty as the weeks tick on, and the end date … Continue reading Covid-19, a reminder of the beauty of community.
Andrà tutto bene (everything will be fine), a phrase that has grown in popularity throughout Italy for Italians and foreigners alike. This phrase, much like the current virus known as COVID-19, has gone viral among the population in Italy. Typically pictured with a rainbow, the phrase elicits a positive emotional response, which creates some sense … Continue reading Andrà tutto bene?
Becoming a beginner at what feels like everything these days has probably been the most humbling experience. Learning to drive in Italy has been one of the most stressful things to learn. For the first 2 weeks in Italy, we were able to rent a car, and I was very thankful that it was an … Continue reading Driving Rome
There is apparently a new “Challenge” sweeping social media this week. “How hard did it hit you?” I suppose it’s to make everyone feel old, and miss “the good old days”. Who knows how or why these things even get started in the first place. Like everyone else I went and looked at my first … Continue reading Challenge Accepted!
Most refugees in Rome are left to fend for themselves. The centers are overcrowded, leaving many to live on the streets. This winter, there will be hundreds of refugees with no shelter during the below freezing temperatures. Imagine, being a father, mother, or child in a foreign land in which you don't understand the language … Continue reading Sleeping Bags Needed!
Driving away from an empty parking lot in a borrowed car, it hit me! My key chain is empty!! It’s been 5 months since we first started seriously selling or donating all of our belongings that we did not intend on taking to Rome. First, it was the small things, like out grown toys and … Continue reading Lonely Keychain
Little Shorts, Big Impact. I pulled Aleza’s little shorts out of the washer today. I inspected them to see if all the stains came out, and then threw them in with the rest of the clothes inside the dryer to run. A thought dawned on me as I closed the dryer door, how many different … Continue reading August 2017 Newsletter
The Paradox "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of … Continue reading July 2017 Newsletter
Many Hands Make Light Work As the van began to pull on to the road, a flood of thoughts and emotions filled our minds. We just finished up saying another good bye to some close friends in New York, and we began to reflect on our trip up to this point. We had been … Continue reading June 2017 Newsletter