About

This is my path…

A journey of building life around what really matters — while taking time to enjoy and appreciate the simple things of life. 

And discovering along the way…

The deep contentment — of learning to count my blessings and show gratitude. And instead of always wishing for more, realizing that that I Already Have Enough.

More peace and tranquility — by eliminating unnecessary things and commitments, and the stress they often bring.

The simple joy — of delighting in everyday, simple things, valuing people and experiences more than things.

Greater purpose — through loving and serving God and others more. And making a difference in this world, in some small way.

“Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, ‘We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.’  It recognizes that we are pilgrims. It concentrates on what we need, and measures this by what we use.  It rejoices in the good things of creation, but hates waste and greed and clutter. It knows how easily the seed of the Word is smothered by the cares and riches of this life. It wants to be free of distractions, in order to love and serve God and others.” — John Stott

I’m Sheila…

  1. Sheila can mean contented heart and it’s one of my life goals.
  2. I’m a happily married wife of over 40 years, mother of 2, and nonna to 9 grandchildren.
  3. I am also a missionary in Italy, where my husband and I have served nearly 30 years.
  4. I think with a pen, love the written word, and read most everything, even cereal boxes!
  5. Along our journey of over 50 moves and all kinds of ministry we’ve lived in everything from tents to tarantula-infested campers (shudder), and from nice apartments to ex-chicken coops, so cozy the chickens kept returning!
  6. Simple living, earth care, and finding creative ways to show love in action are very important to me.
  7. I’d love to live in a camper and travel the world. But I can’t convince Hubby.
  8. I don’t like shopping. It stresses me out.
  9. I love hedgehogs, butterflies, ladybugs, flowers, vegetable gardens, chickens, goats, birds, and cats.
  10. I have a dread fear of anything with more than 6 legs.
  11. I am an INFJ on the Meyers-Briggs personality chart. The rarest of personalities they say. (Which really just means I’m weird.)
  12. My true treasures are my husband, family, and many friends around the world. Things are merely useful tools — but among them…
  13. My prized possessions are my cuckoo clock, wool blankets, window screens and shutters, water bottles, pellet stove, feather pillow, and my garden.
  14. My favorite foods are pizza , pasta, espresso, Pocket Coffee, Tiramisu, and gelato. (Am I in the right nation, or what?) 🙂
  15. My favorite places in all the world are Middle Earth and Narnia — they are real, you know!

I’m glad you’re here and I’m glad to meet you!

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

37 thoughts on “About”

  1. I enjoy your blog and love your style of writing. It is clear and easy to follow. I have done a lot of short term missions work (including Erfurt Germany which I am assuming is similar to your spiritual culture) and have talked to other “tent making” missionaries about the need to live among people in urban settings just as you are doing. Therefore, I very much appreciate what you are doing and love reading about your journey and perspective. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julene, for your encouragement! I’m sure you know how much it means. 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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    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. Thank you for your encouragement, and the prayers for our wonderful people! So glad to have you on our journey in this, the land of our hearts!

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      1. Sheila, I love Rome. We take Study Abroad BA and MBA students to Austria and Italy. The trips are life-changing. Many blessings. My prayers are with you and the people you touch. Karen

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      2. I can well imagine how life-changing they are! Thanks so much for your prayers and support. Many blessings to you and in the work you’re doing too.

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  2. 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). Judging by your list of unchangeable facts I think we’d be great friends – I’m also an INFJ 😉
    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! A fellow INFJ! Woo hoo! There’s not a lot of us around! 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!

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  3. What a life God has given you together!

    We lived in Germany for six years and Italy was one of my favorite countries to visit. Loved Rome, Venice, Sorrento and Tuscany so much! Northern Italy was a place I escorted tourists to when I was a tour guide. You are living our dream. My hubby and I wanted to become missionaries to the Ukraine but God closed those doors but sent us to another place to serve Him. Proverbs 3: 5,6. 🙂

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    1. Italy is both gorgeous and wonderful, that’s for sure. But no matter how beautiful any place is, if us being there makes us out of God’s will – it loses its beauty. So right where God has you planted is the most beautiful place in the world for you. And personally, we’re coming more and more to the conclusion that the USA now probably needs “missionaries” more than any other place in the world. We’re grateful for all the shining lights God has in the nation. So let your light shine!!

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      1. Amen!!! God has given you a discerning spirit. America certainly needs to turn to the Lord. We are so grateful that those who are attracted to and have joined our little church this past year are searching for Biblical Truth. Please remember Ridgewood Baptist Church in prayer as we will remember you. Blessings my new friend,

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  4. So glad to connect with you here on WP.
    First I have to ask what INFJ means??? Then 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 🙂
    May God bless you & Mario as you serve Him and give you an open door for sharing His love, grace, and truth.
    Blessings in Jesus,
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly! It’s an honor to me to be able to connect with you! INFJ is a personality type, meaning Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, and Judging (which doesn’t mean a person is judgmental). The Judging part (vs Perceiving) reflects how a person implements the information he/she has received and formulates their life in regards to that info. I was so amazed at the accuracy of these tets. (Shows we should listen to our kids sometimes!) And they helped me better understand others too.
      And 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. What’s great, is knowing it’s where God wants us to be! And we’ll take that open door…actually we’re praying for many of them! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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    1. Thanks Heather, and it’s a pleasure to meet you too! So glad that the Lord shines throught in this. The older I get, the more I realize that we truly can do nothing without him. We’re missionaries, but only because he chooses to use us in spite of our imperfections. And the greatest work is what he’s don in our hearts. Loving us, changing us, and never, never giving up on us! God bless you, dear sister in Christ!

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  5. 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 ministry for the Lord combined with 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, and even though I have not mentioned the Lord in my posts, I think about Him. He told me once to “illustrate My beauty” and I’m doing my best with what He has put in my heart. Your love for the Lord is so precious. Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I am reading through your posts and finding amazing encouragement. Blessings to you and Mario!

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    1. Wow Susan! It’s so wonderful to meet another blogger who shares our great loves: Italy, Italians, and the Lord! 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) one to be experienced, not just toured. Yes, there is beauty & history to see and admire. But there is so much more below the surface – a special “live life & 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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  6. 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 from you and Mario. 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. May God richly bless you and Mario in your work for our Lord.

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    1. Thank you Bruce, and we’re 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 ans sounds like you’ve had an interesting life!

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  7. Dear Sheila! I m so glad to know about your life and the simple and sweet thoughts you have. Thank you for following Wings of Faith site. I am thankful to God for your life and your service to Him. Many blessings to you!

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