Italy: A story in pictures

When you travel 24 hours and your guts are all twisted because your kids are alive 24 hours away from you and you may not be able to bear this, and then you drink a cappuccino with a “standing breakfast” and walk outside and this is what says hello…

and walking paths look like this…

and this is the view out your window in the Tuscany morning.

When your traveling companions are seriously this AWESOME….

and you walk with a dearest friend down a sidewalk in Rome… 

When you sit with friends over wine or over pasta or both, meal after meal, and every time the conversation is richer and deeper and  encouraging and full of laughter you feel like God is so glad to have given them to you…

When you eat pizza in Rome in a plaza and you can’t stand how much you love it…

and when your last night in Italy is spent in a cute dress on a stone step at one am, facing a building 2,000 years your senior…

and you think how much beauty there is in the great big world, how much goodness God holds out: in the friendships and the pathways, in the morning light and in the ancient stone built by ancient people. In the frescoes and in the icons and in the living color of Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. And every where God is whispering goodness.

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So when you get home bone tired and you pack the suitcases and the toys and you sit with your little boys and snuggle extra and long. You pack the car and get on to the airplane for a new city, this time with your children in tow, and you hear those old stones whispering a secret you haven’t processed yet. And the boys both fall asleep on you and you lay your head on your husband’s shoulder and wait for the secret to arrive.

  • Addie Zierman

    1. I’m so glad you had a good time. 2. These are just beautiful. 3. How did you get so lucky that BOTH of your kids fell asleep on the airplane instead of throwing temper tantrums on the floor? Love that picture of the three of you all snuggly, headed for a new life.

    Can’t wait to hear more of what God showed you in Italy. Love you and am beyond glad that you’re voice is appearing again in my Reader.

    • michaboyett

      Thank you, sweet friend. Um, the boys both falling asleep on the plane? That was grace I think. This is one of those posts that people will read and say: Why does life always work so perfectly for the people in the blogs I read? It’s because I only show the pretty pictures, right? : )

  • HopefulLeigh

    My thought with each picture? I want to go to there.

    • Drey

      My sentiments exactly!! And I’m not big on travelling!!

  • Courtney

    Wait, Micha these are too great! I hope you are having a blast! You all look very European ;) and I LOVE IT! I cant wait to continue reading about ITaly on your blog! Miss you!

  • Diana Trautwein

    So happy you put some pictures of your trip up here. And what a trip. Every photo superb. And the boys asleep on the plane? Did you drug them?? Amazing. Thanks for this…

  • Nancy

    Ah, secrets! How sweet and savoury. Sleeping tinies look wonderful too! Hmmmm … wondering if you got my email? Don’t want to bug you, but just wanted to check. PAX

  • Ashley Anderson

    I’m beyond happy that your trip was rich and full. God’s timing is so mysteriously perfect! Missing you in Austin already.

  • Tamara @ This Sacramental Life

    LOVE every word and every photo. Love you, too and sure going to miss you around here. So glad for our online places to hang out together.

  • Angela Guilloud

    Micah! This is Angela Guilloud (Angie Ueckert). I just found your blog in a strange way 2 days ago, and since that time, have spent a couple of hours reading and absorbing your posts. WOW! I have been so blown away by who you’ve become and by this incredible gift of writing you have. I have been filled with tears as a result of reading many of your posts. You are such a beautiful, dear girl (I still call anyone even relatively close to my age a “girl”!), and I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis. Please tell your precious family in Amarillo hello!

  • fiona lynne

    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! So glad for you and so looking forward to hearing about all the secrets you will uncover in your new (old) home…