Interview day

Ryan and I have been eagerly awaiting the day we could sit down with Rosemary and Roberta and hear their whole story. The day before our interview we packed up our car and drove from Seattle, all the way to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We hit the road early and discussed our game plan for the following day.

That night, we met for dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant and listened to them share stories about what it was like to grow up in a different time. They told us about being raised in large Catholic families and why they felt called to be sisters. That night, we retired to our hotel room feeling prepared and nervous. To be a steward of this story felt like such an honor but it also carried a lot of pressure. 

The following morning, before we began the interview, Richard Lamanna, their nephew, read a poem by Mary Oliver to create space for the divine spirit, then Rosemary lead us in a prayer. We spent all day interviewing both women, in the basement of their home, taking a short break only for lunch. What strength and endurance they had.

These two ladies are so incredible, and it was a day I will never forget.


Roberta, Richard and Rosemary

Roberta, Richard and Rosemary

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