Hello to one and all, life has been a little crazy over here lately. Some days it’a hard to keep up.
Especially because we’re planning a temporary move from our hilltop village to the nearby bigger city. And of course that always makes things a bit upside down. So today, even though the olive harvest is just about done over here, I thought I’d let you experience one for yourself through this video.
Our mini move
Even though it’s only a mini, temporary move – it still takes planning, epecially in the middle of a lockdown. Once we get down there, we won’t be able to get back up to the village for anything we might need or have forgotten. What a mess!
Which gives me food for thought. Before last year, most of us barely knew the word lockdown existed. And now, it has (sadly) become a regular part of our vocabularies. What a shame.
We’re going down there to help a young unmarried pregnant woman (one of the African refugees we’ve been helping), because she needs to have someone she can count on nearby for a bit.
Some friends in our church have offered us free use of an apartment for the next few months. Because even though many women in our church are doing their best to help her, most of them work and/or have small children, making it hard for them.
We’re happy the Lord has provided a way for us to be there for her. To take her to the doctor and things. And more importantly, to be there during the crucial moment of getting to the hospital.
She’s been pretty scared about that. Who wouldn’t be? And I often think, “What if it were my daughter or granddaughter?” I would certainly want someone to reach out and help her! So I’m grateful for this opportunity, just a bit swamped with thoughts and things to do!
I hope you enjoy the video, because olive harvest and grape picking… well they’re the heart and essence of an Italian autumn! And in some ways, of Italy itself. And well worth experiencing! Enjoy!