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I’m sure people are overwhelmed hearing about the Covid 19 virus. People are scared, lost and trying to figure out this new virtual world we are currently living in. In the midst of all the craziness I see a lot more than the virus. I see family time you would have never had and making new enjoyable memories. I see finding new creative ways to hide from your kids and being able to spend the day with or without pants on. Unless you have a virtual meeting and find yourself in one of those hilariously embarrassing youtube videos where you actually went to work with no pants on. I see people reaching out to help others, from a safe 6 foot distance of course. I see educators going above and beyond to support their students and their families and all of these incredible essential workers who are out on the front line. They’re risking their health, while we are safely in our homes creating new tik tok videos or quickly depleting our liquor stash. Unfortunately the pregnant women, such as myself, can only sip on mocktails while pretending it’s giving us super powers and patience with our children. Maybe it’s time to learn more about yourself. Like rediscovering what your natural hair color really is. I don’t just see the virus. I see people lifting each other up, giving hope, spreading humor, feeling love and enjoying very entertaining videos.


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I find myself reflecting back on the exciting moments in 2019 and all the memories that made me smile. My biggest accomplishment was publishing my book!

I deeply appreciate everyone who has supported me with my 8 year project. It was a terrifying, cathartic and proud moment for myself. Something I worked tirelessly on, yet the comments and feedback made it all worth it.

I remember years ago when it was merely a thought. It was something I felt strongly about doing, even though I knew nothing about writing a book. I was passionate about sharing my story and extremely determined to make it happen. 2019 allowed me to accomplish something I wasn’t sure I could do.

My new year's resolution for 2020 is to finish my next project! It is something I am very excited about. Especially because I will be collaborating with my sister on it!

I hope that everyone has a positive start to a fantastic new year! May you dream big, and never give up, no matter how long it takes.

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The anniversary of Eddie’s death could be a terrible day. Thinking back on painful memories and feelings could be consuming and has been in the past. November 10th could be dreaded...It could. Instead, I made the decision years ago to turn such a horrible day into a celebration of life, just as Eddie would.

When I was invited to the Salute to Service Jets/Giants football game, I happily accepted. This was the second year we walked the massive American flag onto the field, surrounded by other gold star family members and military personnel. It was just as incredible as last year. The energy, the crowd, the symbolic weight of the flag, but most of all, the feeling of patriotism, and love and respect for our military. It was an honor and I was ecstatic that I was able to enjoy with my family and Finny. I loved seeing the smile and excitement on my daughters face as she held the flag with her tiny little fingers. She is only 4 and doesn’t fully grasp the importance of this entire experience. But when I heard her singing along to God Bless America, my heart was overwhelmingly full.

With every ripple of the flag I could feel Eddie’s presence. I could hear his laugh, I could feel his spirit and I could see his smile.


Happy Veterans day to all of the incredible people who have served and who are still serving. I'm truly proud to be an American!

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