Do you find Christmas somewhat tiring and stressful? Especially finding perfect gifts? Then why not try a 5-hand Christmas this year? It’s a simple and down-to-earth gift-giving policy that could (finally) take the stress out of your Christmas gift-buying!Read more
We spend most of the summer down in our summer home or visiting friends and churches, and most of it without internet, sometimes going two months without. Many people these days would ask, “Is it even possible to live without internet?” How about you? Would you survive 2 months without it? What would you do?Read more
The reminder of this Spanish proverb to travel light is just in time for the summer holidays! Travel light, because “on a long journey even a straw weighs heavy.” Which anyone who has dragged too much luggage around can attest to!
We are all on the long (yet brief) journey of life. So it’s is a good reminder for daily living too. To travel light, shedding the weight and burden of all the things Christ doesn’t want us to cling to. Things like rancor, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, greed, gossip… Oh my, the list could go on and on. But the important thing to remember is to pack lightly for trips. And to go through life with a free and cleansed heart too!
When I explain how our years here have taught us to slow down, enjoy life, and have even more time for all that we love, I find many who want to escape the stress and frazzled nerves (or the sometimes meaningless treadmill) of the fast lane. We want a meaningful life that counts for something and one that we can truly enjoy.Read more
When we moved to our current area of Italy and into a house half the size of what we’d had up north, I started seeing the necessity of decluttering. Our house was bulging with stuff! Life here in our peaceful valley is slower too. Which really helps us focus on the value of slowing down to concentrate on the truly important things of life.Read more
As we travel about the Italian countryside, old abandoned houses like this are a sight we often see. And they never fail to fill my heart with sadness. A sort of longing for what must have been. I picture cozy families gathered around the hearth, children playing in the garden. And entire families gathering grapes from once-flourishing vineyards.Read more