A Memorial Weekend…..

We spent the weekend remembering the most wonderful man that I have ever known…

My Dad

I’m going to brag for just a moment….

My Dad was such an amazing man!  He was truly one of a kind.  He touched so many people that even 3 years after his passing he is being remembered and honored for his service to his family, his country, his volunteer work and by the town where he and my Mother settled 35 years ago.

This wonderful man was selfless and never showy in his efforts to help others.  He did for others because it was right, pure and simple.  Because of this reason, (and a million other reasons) he is being honored this weekend.

How do you honor a true Patriot, a Vietnam veteran who almost lost his life fighting for his country but, as he would say, LUCKILY only lost a leg instead?  By installing a 60 ft flag pole that will proudly wave a 16×25 foot flag above the athletic fields of the town, that’s how!

My little Man, My niece and my Brother-in-law


My little guy and my Niece, the Marine…just like her Pepere.

(This beautiful flag pole and marker were the brain child and donation of a local credit union that Dad volunteered with.)

Oh my…would he ever be smiling to see this. ❤


The very next day we set out on our 3rd annual family mystery trip that honors the memory of our Dad on the day of his passing.

When we were growing up my dad would find the really neat, unique places, plan a trip, write up clues for the destinations and off we would go. Our trips were a combination of kooky, off the wall places mixed in with historical and educational spots.  No matter what the destination was, it was always fun because he made it fun.

This year all 16 of us set out to Rhode Island to visit the Mansions of Newport and the Roger Williams Zoo where the kids got to feed the giraffes!  What an experience for them!

The Breakers, Newport

We finished the evening by setting off floating sky lanterns at the beach in remembrance of this amazing man who still, 3 years later touches so many.

Off they go, reaching the Heavens…each one with a special message . ❤


  I miss my Dad so much, but I see him every day in my kids, especially in my little man who had 3 precious year to drink in all that his Pepere did.

Thank you Dad, for all that you taught us, fought for us, shared with us, and for every ounce of love that you gave….

Until we meet again…