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Introducing Alexander Thomas!

He’s here! Alexander Thomas, born on Friday, February 9 at 10:22 p.m. He was 8lbs 4oz and 20 inches long at birth. He looked a lot like his big brother did when he was born, but now, at four days old, the postpartum swelling has come down a bit and his own individual features have […]

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Zachary Lou Turns Two

So, Zachary turned two on June 13! I can’t believe I have a two-year-old. It feels like both yesterday and forever ago that he was born. I cannot believe how much he has grown over the last two years. He can play with trains and trucks masterfully. You can talk and explain something to him […]

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June 12, 2016

Words cannot describe how much we miss you. Sorrow is not just for Shakespeare and poetry. I wish that my son had the chance to get to know you, his namesake. I love you more. Tweet

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You know how sometimes you have these moments that mean nothing to anyone else, but mean everything to you? I had that happen to me today. I haven’t gone for a walk in over a month, at least. This morning, Jay, Zach and I went to mass for the first time in a month or […]

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Katelyn Rose Got Married

My sister Katelyn and my new brother-in-law Chris got married last Saturday, on October 17. My youngest sister, Christie, and I were the maid/matron of honor. The wedding was a lot of fun. Kate put a lot of work into having the wedding of her dreams, and it really paid off. She looked beautiful and so did everything […]

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Today is my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I always remember something that my aunt said to me in the stairwell of the hospital as we were leaving after he passed. I can’t remember the reason, but it was just the two of us who decided to take the stairs. Everyone else (I think) went in […]

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the greatest of these is love

My grandfather would have been 84 today. I still have a lot of emotions about his illness and passing, but this isn’t the time for that. I’ve done a lot of thinking and had a lot of realizations over the last 21-months, but again, not the time. However, I do want to share one of my favorite […]

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Ugly Sweater Party ’14

Since we were going to celebrate Christmas with my family on Long Island this year, on Sunday, Dec. 21, Jay and I had his family over for an early Christmas celebration. We decided that the theme was going to be Ugly Christmas Sweaters. I love theme parties. It was a lot of fun.  We got Jay’s […]

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June 12, 2014

I can’t believe it’s been a year. All week, I’ve been breaking down as I remember the final days in the hospital. Arriving at my grandparents’ house at 1:30 a.m. on June 7, expecting to be a part of the “Welcome home” crew later that morning but instead woken up by my mom’s phone call […]

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Today is my grandparents’ 59 wedding anniversary. I’ve already had two good cries this morning and it’s only 8:30 a.m. I love you, Rosie and Louie. Thanks for teaching me about love and family. I hope Jay and I can follow in your footsteps and live by your examples as we start our own family.   […]

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