Here goes…

Why did I stop writing? It’s more a question, in my mind, of how I kept writing. I don’t share everything publicly, and I went through a long period (about three years) during which almost everything fell into the un-bloggable category. Eventually, however, I realized that the blog wasn’t going to make much sense if I didn’t explain at least a few things, so here I go:

I’m living alone for now. Same place. I’m attending the Accademia delle Belle Arte, teaching children English, volunteering at the merenda, and trying to figure out what’s next.

Sarie is living on her own nearby, teaching children English (at a school), still playing concerts, doing photography, and she’s still with Alberto. Alberto is still very active as well with his concerts, music composition and movies.

Bob is working, a lot. I hope it won’t always be this way.

I am Catholic. My conversion was a long process, during which I did a lot of reading and talking to people. This isn’t an apologetics blog, so I won’t be defending my decision. But if I hadn’t found the same closeness to Jesus in the Catholic Church that I had as the Protestant, rest assured that I would not have converted. And if you were my friend before, you are my friend still.

As I get my energy back a bit, I realize that I still have bloggable things to say, though I’m not sure how often I will post. Also, I have realized that blogging was more fun when I visited other people’s blogs too. I couldn’t do that for a while, but I hope to get back to it. See you soon!





12 thoughts on “Here goes…

  1. I think you did well in this post to say what you said and how you said it. It is out from “cover” and is probably freeing to be open but still very private. I am proud of you for this courage and forthrightness. And I really enjoyed the photos and ‘tour’ of the preseppe. Amazing artistry! I love you!

  2. Hi Laura,
    You are strong and courageous. Thank you for sharing enough that I can now say that and not just think it. Is the email address I have for you still the same?

    1. I think so, because I haven’t changed email addresses since shortly before we moved here. I did a quick search of my email your name didn’t come up, but that may be because I didn’t have a name associated with your address. You can try the one you have if you like, and if I don’t get an email from you within a few days, I’ll write back here and let you know.

      Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  3. Laura,

    I spent a few minutes looking for the right word—delight? applaud? envy? Finally I settled on: rejoice. I take great joy in knowing that you’ve joined with the Catholic church. Not because it’s the Catholic church, but because it must be your dogged pursuit of Jesus that takes you there—and how can you go wrong pursuing Jesus? We’re on different paths (and I wouldn’t really recommend mine to others) but headed to the same place.

    Plus it must be a joy to be a Catholic in a land of Catholics! I’m looking forward to hearing more of what that’s like for you.


  4. It’s so good to hear from you in the form of this discreet post — I know from experience how difficult it is to continue a public blog when the unbloggable grows huge.

    Rick has a point about being Catholic in a Catholic land. To be there where the history and community of your faith are all of a piece must bring Christ close indeed.

    I don’t know you other than what I’ve read on your blog, but I always enjoy your voice here, and I hope I may get to hear it more in the future. God bless you, Laura!

    1. Rick and GretchenJoanna, I do, in fact, joke about having the home field advantage. I’ve even seen Pope Francis up close!

      GJ, I did think of you when I wrote this, because I know you’ve had a huge episode of grief. And despite that, you have been a better blogging friend than I have been. Bless you!

  5. I was so glad to see this post in my inbox, Laura. The twists and turns of life. My own big life change has been adjusting to an empty nest, and although I should have lots of time to write, I just didn’t–write, that is. I’m still adjusting to the changing rhythms of my life. I have been wanting/intending to write you an email for months and now I must! I’m sort of back to blogging (I think). We’ll see how the inspiration goes.

  6. Brave and lovely and smart and true….all things I think of when I think of you. I’ve quit blogging, not because of any big unbloggable happenings, but maybe because of little ones? Adjusting to a new season, wanting to pull in a little, needing to refocus myself. I am not even really sure. I always wish you the very best, and will pop in here, and I see you are on instagram so will go have a peek.

  7. Dear Laura, I always remember your genuine, and beautiful posts over at the coffee shoppe and have thought of you often and enjoy reading your journey in Italy. You have a sweet and honest spirit. What a rich and interesting life you are living there and sharing. It is your strong faith that is sustaining you! Much love, Lisa L

  8. Good grief, Laura! For one thing, I don’t know how I forgot about your blog. (Monica reminded me as we were composing the Julia email.) I’ve just spent an hour reading through the entries and really all it makes me want to do is move (but that’s not totally your fault; my trip to Europe last year has left me itching…). But mostly it’s lovely to hear an old friend’s voice again after so long.

    Re, your big Catholic news: I’ll enjoy hearing what it was that persuaded you but honestly, it’s obvious you have not made your decision lightly. I don’t recall that being in your DNA so it will be fascinating to hear the transformation.

    To your other opaque comments regarding the unbloggable category, I pray that you’re seeing God’s fingerprints all over and that it has drawn you closer as a result.


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