|My Italian parents. I honestly consider Emilio and Ilaria|
to be my family. I love them so much!
Thursday afternoon we picked up Sorella Lofley and Sorella Gjika. They're wonderful! We took them home for an hour, and then we went to correlation with Emilio. He was a little sad; he misses the other sisters as much as I do. I think it's beautiful because we can see how much he truly grows to consider us his children. He pulled me aside to tell me he was sad, but he didn't want me to think it meant he wasn't happy we're here. Even in the midst of his pain, he still puts us first; this is what makes him wonderful.
|My sweet companion and our dear Sorella Gjeka.|
|Searching for chestnuts.|
After a very long day, they drove us home, and we had about an hour to get ready for the next part of the activity. We went onto one of the Italian military bases and roasted chestnuts! Have you ever done this? If you haven't, you need to. The Italians all thought it was wonderful how excited we were. We had a beautiful dinner with them, and we were able to talk to so many of our members.
|The Draghi family is one of my favorite families.|
Look how beautiful they are!
This last week was so focused on the members. I'm grateful for them and the opportunity we had to spend so much time with them. I truly adore this area. I look forward to my next five weeks working with these members. They are so loving! I wish you could all come meet them. What is most beautiful is how they find any excuse to bring up the gospel. They have been my miracles everyday this week. Emilio and Ilaria especially have truly blessed my life. I can't imagine not knowing them. I don't think I was called to Rimini because anyone here needs me. I truly believe I was called to serve here because I need them.
Come sempre, vi voglio un mondo di bene!
Sorella Ellen Rose Ervin
|This is where we were all day searching for chestnuts. Have|
you ever tried to search for good chestnuts? It's not easy, my friends.
|This is part of my Italian family. I love them all so much.|
|This is our dear Massimo.|
|Yes, his name is Massimo . . . and . . . yes, he is dressed in those|
|This is my babbo. Words cannot express how grateful I am for Emilio. |
He's by far one of my favorite people in the world.
|This is part of our branch here in Rimini. |
The best part is that they truly are a family.
|Just a perfect little alley. No big deal.|
|This bridge is over 200 years old. We were waiting for |
my bike to fixed and the light was perfect.
|My companion went a little crazy and made me pose for her.|
Really, though, this is the Rimini I love.