Ciao, I’m la Signora Sheila.

American born, Italian at heart. Relishing Italian slow living 30+ years. Happily married 40+ years mom, and nonna! This is where I share my love of Italy, the Italian people, and of simple, slow living (AKA the dolce vita Italiana).

It’s a glimpse into everyday life here, the good, the bad, the unusual, and the ordinary. All from my point of view (naturally) and based on what I’ve learned and experienced in my years here.

I hope you’ll enjoy it, learn something new, and will come back to share my journey in the Bel Paese!

I really live in two Italian towns.

Our main home

Our main home is nestled between the Adriatic Sea and mountains of Abruzzo (left image above). A delightful, peaceful town that has taught me much on simplifying, taking it slow, and focusing on the more important things in life. A place for redisovering the value of relaxation and the art of occasionally doing nothing at all.

Our summer home

Our summer village and Hubby’s birthplace (on the right) is hidden away in the remote and lonely mountains of Salerno’s Cilento area. In what I consider the true ‘heart of slow living,’ where internet and phone connections are sketchy at best, villages small, and shops miniscule. In many ways (mostly positive) it’s like going back a few decades to a simpler, more manageable way of life.

Our Story

We married exactly one month after meeting for the first time, and our life together has been a truly adventurous blessing!

We set out for Italy with very little. Just two kids and eight suitcases. No income or money in the bank, no property or assets, very little cash, and no jobs in sight.

We’ve moved over 50 times, north to south and east to west, mostly in Italy. Even living in a tent, a tarantula-infested camper (shudder), and an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning! We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. And most of all discovered that God has been, and continues to be, faithful every step of the way!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll become a part of my Italian adventure!

Images are my own.

44 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 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!


    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!


  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). 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!


  3. 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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  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. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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