In Italy, Part Four

It’s been quite a challenge for me this last week to keep positive. But honestly, I haven’t really been trying to be positive. I’ve always had a hard time with that. I see everything that can go wrong. And I ignore what can go right.

This saves me from disappointment. It works pretty good, I have to say. But it has most definitely prevented me from achieving certain goals and being good to myself. I sure can put on a smile when I need to for others, though. I guess that’s ok too.

This decision of whether to take on this project in Italy is no different.

We’ve put money down. And we’ve been thru a lot of work and disappointments already. But something in me keeps going. Because I want to move to Italy. Because I’ve always wanted to move to Italy. Because it’s always seemed impossible. And I know better than that. It is possible. But it’s going to be really hard.

I put my thoughts out here on the blog lately because I want others to know what’s going on. You’ve known our family and have been there for us from the beginning over eleven years ago.

I know we have however lost some friends lately because they don’t agree with our journey or understand it. That’s sad for me. Because not one of us are about one thing in our life nor should one part of our lives define us.

We are about animal rescue. That’s not changing. We are about putting our dogs first in our lives. That’s not changing. It has taken much effort and much planning and many wait lists to do this in a way easiest for them and fun. It’s been another factor to get a rental apartment or house to live in in Italy so that we can get a comfy space set up for them and safely and effectively transport them. These are not things we take lightly.

So today, we are praying and considering. Nathan is still clearing the path to the house for the engineer to look at it Monday. He is sleeping on the floor in an Italian school to save money. And we are discussing the specifics of how this will work or if it will not.

We share these experiences because we know that although each of us will have pivotal moments of change in our lives, we always should include our dogs and pets in those decisions…like any other member of our family. We also want you to know you are family. Some comments have really hurt. Some comments we needed to hear. Some comments have been positive. And we sure do appreciate that. We don’t have to agree on big life decisions. But we can all agree that family is family. And we love you.

Read In Italy, Part One

Read In Italy, Part Two

Read In Italy, Part Three