Right after New Year’s, we loaded up all the kids and took a trip to Umbria. Sommer and Sherise’s parents allowed us to stay at a lovely farm in the countryside. It was the perfect setting for the kids to run around in the grass and go for walks (something we miss living in a big city). Uncle Adam brought “lightsabers” from America—and the kids enjoyed hours of playing “star wars!” We also had our own kitchen, so we brought food with us and made most of our own meals. This was also perfect with 5 littles—we could put the kids to bed and stay up talking over a cozy fire. The fires helped keep us warm since the week we were there ended up being one of the coldest all winter. Several of the days, we took day trips into surrounding towns there in Umbria and nearby Toscana (we’ll post pics from some of those day trips in another post). It was so relaxing to be with our friends, exploring nature and simply taking in the beauty of God’s creation together. We will forever cherish the memories!