After a couple weeks of fellowshipping together with Sommer’s parents, it was already time to tell David goodbye. How had the time gone by so quickly! Needless to say, it was emotional and never gets any easier to say goodbye. Yet, we are so thankful that the Lord blessed us with their visit.
Leisa was able to stay awhile longer with us in Rome. She and Sommer enjoyed doing normal, daily life tasks as well as some special things like Christmas shopping, visiting the used market nearby that Sommer likes to frequent, making Christmas crafts and having movie night with the kids. Nothing beats a good pallet on the living room floor with pizza and Paddington! With Christmas only being a couple of weeks away, Leisa got to taste the classic Italian dessert that is covered in powdered sugar, Pandoro. Sooo good! But the real treat for us was being with family.
And then it came time to say goodbye again—this time to Leisa. We’re not gonna lie—saying goodbye to both of them came with many tears. Why even bother to put on mascara! Yet, it was such an encouragement for us to have them visit and see our life here. In their short stay, they developed a love and heart for the Italians—they now have a love for Rome as we do. They were so encouraging and affirming to us of where God has called us. What a blessing it is to have that support! Although none of us know when we will see each other again, we are so thankful to have had the time together to share hearts and encourage one another. Lord willing…ci vediamo presto!
Leisa getting a great laugh at her “iced coffee” she ordered from McDonalds. She was quickly learning that things in Italy are sometimes just a little bit different.
Savoring our last caffé and time together on mom’s last day.