Visiting with one of my favorite professors. I hadn't seen this man in 15 years.
A group art lesson in Sicily. Here I got to share my story and share the gospel with a group of girls, aged from 9-15. The owner said it was a miracle these girls listened to me, but she noticed that they couldn't take their eyes off me.
Fruit from this is so sweet. The mom in the missionary family we visited in this town is also creative and has taken this up. This last summer they did art in the park!
Santa Croce by night. In Italy, after dinner, people will go on walks and gather in piazza's. This night we enjoyed the cool breeze and a gelato with our neighbor.
Our first homecooked meal in our apartment during the summer of 2016 was exactly what our friend made or us when we left in 2015.
A very nice woman named Cinzia owns this Gelateria (ice cream shop) in our neighborhood. We love to go there and visit with her and her dog.
Amelie reunited with a Abby in Chiavari, Italy. Part of our vision trip in 2015 was to meet other missionary families, and meeting the Walti's has been such a gift to us. Through Abby, Amelie met her "twin," Francesca.
Amelie and Francesca reunited (and boy was it loud!). In 2016 we had the pleasure of inviting Franchie to live with us for a month while we took art classes together in Florence. This is when we picked her up.
Once we reunited, we spent two days at an agriturismo (an old farmhouse that is now a hotel) in Levanto to simply be still and catch up. What moved me the most about this place is how perfectly appointed everything was, even the room numbers on the walls. It just reminded me that God is just as intentional with us.
If you are ever in Italy, go to this place. You have never seen anything so beautiful.
A communal space at Agriturismo Villanova. One day Amelie and Franchie spent a good two hours in that hammock, just talking and most of all: giggling.
Nothing sweeter than that.
Ceiling at the Galleria degli Uffizi.
This is the main museum in Florence, which houses Boticelli's Primavera, Michelangelo's Doni Tondo and other famous works.
Breakfast in Levanto our first morning. Franchie had never experienced something like this before. "So fancy!" she said. It was so sweet to just be there with them both.
The driveway at Agriturismo Villanova.
Absolutely breathtaking. I had been in Italy for years, and never had anything taken my breath away like being right there, especially in the mornings with the crisp air and all the bells from the other little towns ringing in the distance.
A definite stir in my heart for the Lord.
I took the girls to a beach when they were reunited because that is where they said their goodbye's in 2015. This time I took them to Levanto (because there were no rooms in Monterosso that didn't cost a small fortune). The waves were too high to swim this day, and so I read aloud this book.
We had some good laughs in Bob Goff's stories and we got to talk about Jesus. So good.
Registered for art class!
Drawing inside the Medici Palace.
Our "Italian Grandma" Nonna Roberta.
This woman is fiery, totally rough at the edges and we love her. Love, love love her. Here she came to visit us at our house for the first time.
This is one of the sweetest pictures to me.
Amelie and Franchie sitting outside the only Christian bookstore in all of Tuscany, sipping on a coke.
The people you see infant of them are in line to see the David.
From the Uffizi, looking to the right at the Ponte Vecchio.