Before the real fun begins...
Recreation & Play
I am what you call a late-life mom. I spend quite a bit of time traveling and watching my children play sports. I have a 9th grade son and a 4th grade daughter, so that means I've watched numerous football, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, track, and ballet practices- which leads to many nights of being hoarse from all the cheering I do. I took ballet and tap classes before becoming a cheerleader when I was younger. As an adult, I have dabbled in the lifestyle of being a "runner" which also led me to numerous days hitting the pavement in preparation for a local race. My one claim to fame is that I once came in 3rd place in the Women's category for my age group. I still look at that medal I received and look forward to tackling another race soon. If you have not visited the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, I recommend a family trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is a quaint, small town with many activities to enjoy...my favorite being hiking a trail that leads to a refreshing waterfall.
Being that I am the youngest of 6 children, I have an eclectic taste in music. I love everything from 70s disco to modern-day Hip Hop and R & B. Depending on what I'm doing, I listen to my jams nice and loud, and you can often find me singing while driving my car without a care in the world. (That is if my kids don't get control of the radio!) I have family ties to country music, but I also have a taste for what's current and trendy. Perhaps it is the dancer in me, but I am drawn to a great beat that makes me want to boogie!
Attending church is something that is very important to my family and me. I attended St. James Lutheran Church when I was younger and am now a member of a fabulous church called Northway. It is important for my family to learn how to live a life that is pleasing to God and Jesus, so we pray every day for His guidance and blessings. As we've experienced difficulties in our family dynamics, God has been who we turn to for support. It is tough at times not understanding all the intricacies of why things happen in life, but my family believes that He is in control and will help us weather any storm. One thing that always makes me so emotional is hearing my husband sing in church. He grew up in Texas with a grandfather preacher in The Church of Christ. They sing without any instruments, which made my husband learn how to sing harmony. I love my family so much and feel very blessed to be a wife and mother.
Recreation & Play
Goals- What do I aim for?
Heritage- Where did I come from?
My father's side hails from New York. His father immigrated from Sicily and became a baker after settling in Jamaica, New York. Although I never met my paternal grandparents, I know their personalities live on through my siblings and me. We are all loud and talkative, which sometimes takes others by surprise but, to us, it's normal. We have spread across this fine country of ours, but we relish in the memories of a childhood drenched in love, laughter, and support.
From both sides of my children's family, there is a strong connection to serving our country. Many members of my husband's and my family have joined the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force. My father was actually one of the very first Medics in the Green Berets out of Fort Bragg. So, it is apparent my that my family represents the idea of America being the Melting Pot.