Ciao & Benvenuto! I’m Signora Sheila, happily married 44 years, mom, and nonna. My husband and I have served as bi-vocational missionaries in Italy since 1989.

We live in a tiny house nestled among Abruzzo’s vineyards and olive groves, with snow-capped mountains on one side and the shining Adriatic sea on the other. And we’ve also been blessed with a second home in southern Italy’s most isolated, quaint, and peaceful mountains!

About My Cammino

A Cammino is a journey. A life journey and a spiritual one – for all of life is at heart spiritual.

The longer I walk with Christ, the more I see how little I know him and how far I still have to go in becoming like him. As Tolkien said, “The road goes ever on and on, Out from the door where it began…”

This is My Cammino. And I hope you’ll join me as we go further up and further into Christ and his greatness. We have far to go as we journey ever homeward. Until that day when we will at last be able to say:

I have come home at last! This is my real country! This is the land I’ve been looking for all my life.

The Last Battle – CS Lewis

Our Story

We set out for the mission field with hardly anything. 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. And lived in some pretty strange dwellings – a tent, a tarantula-infested camper (shudder), and an old chicken coop that was so cozy the chickens kept returning! We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. But have most of all have discovered that God has been, and continues to be, good and faithful every step of the way!

I thank you so much for visiting, and hope you will always feel a warm Italian welcome each time you return. Consider yourself soundly hugged and kissed on both cheeks with a cup up savory espresso awaiting you!

Special note: This site contains posts from a long list of blogs I’ve started and abandoned, (much to my embarassment.) These “revisited” posts retain the old comments (even with their incongruous dates) because of my belief that two-way conversation enriches blogs greatly.

What I Believe

I subscribe to the three basic Christian creeds and the Lausanne Covenant. These basic creeds – the Apostle’s, The Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds – were adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago because they summarize the most important tenets of Christian faith. (Learn more here.)