Siamo qui in Italia

(And I slightly mangled the Italian in this video by doing some sort of melding of Spanish and Italian – “we are” is “siamo,” not “soimos.”) At any rate, after a not particularly restful night train trip from Vienna to Venice, we are here and loving life! Continue reading Siamo qui in Italia

Gute Nacht aus Österreich

We made it from Strasbourg to Salzburg last night, and it’s delightful here. We’re a step closer to getting some of our data/internet issues sorted out, which is also delightful. Some hilarious hijinks ensued along the way, which I’ll share later. For now, I just wanted to say hello from Austria. Hello! It’s so pretty … Continue reading Gute Nacht aus Österreich

Grace and Peace

This fierce, feisty, fun, fabulous woman is beloved church member Helen Louise. She died yesterday morning, peacefully and surrounded by family, after a long and difficult illness. She was a retired American Baptist pastor married to Dick (also a retired American Baptist pastor) for just shy of 60 years. She was a mother and a … Continue reading Grace and Peace


It is so hot here, and most places aren’t air-conditioned. Between that and all the walking, we are so tired at the end of each day. And then we get back to our apartment and have to climb 100 narrow winding stairs to get there! So tonight, we ate an early dinner at 6:15. Our … Continue reading Chartres