It all started Valentine’s Day 2003, I was a Senior in High School, a night out with my friends going for a slice of pizza when I ran into “this boy” who caught my eye. My town was so small everyone knew everyone, so I wondered who he was. Small world, he was my friend’s cousin. And it just so happens I caught his eye too. The rest is history. Here we are 17 years later.
We both have discovered a love in country music. You will always find the Highway playing in our cars. We enjoy going to concerts with family/friends and 99% of the time it’s a country one! Although during our first year of dating almost 17 years ago Jerry brought me to a Joe Cocker concert- still not sure how that happened, although it ended up being a fun night and one that became part of our story!
Like any adults, our lives come with tons of responsibilities. We are blessed to have a beautiful home with a ginormous backyard. We have found a balance that makes our home run so that we still always have the time at the end of the day for each other and on weekends when things come up we know when it’s okay to go have fun. I have my routine of always waking up on Saturday and cleaning for a good part of the day and then comes food shopping, and used to stress if I had something scheduled on the weekend- but when am I going to clean? You find the time and figure it out, you don’t cancel your plans. Jerry likes to say “this house wouldn’t run without you” but he fails to realize who is the one outside during the Fall months spending days at a time doing the leaves, and all summer cutting the grass, trimming the trees, during the Winter shoveling the snow and cleaning off the cars, and basically fixing everything I break in the house! Cooking is also something, although primarily I will do, Jerry never hesitates to step in which is something I appreciate about him. Maybe I’m not feeling well or it’s just been a really long day at work, he takes over and sometimes it tastes better than mine would and I wonder should I just pass the baton to him everyday?! We both come from Italian families so food is basically involved in everything you do, and multiple courses. So maybe our Mom’s wouldn’t be too proud, but sometimes we cut corners and don’t always have our appetizer and salad! I got my love of cooking from my Mom and Grandma. Growing up, no matter the event or how many people were attending, it was always a massive amount of food, and leftovers to feed the entire block. Every Sunday we would go to my Grandma’s for Sunday sauce, a tradition in most Italian families. As soon as the weather gets cooler I wake up every Sunday and make a pot of sauce and fry meatballs (Jerry helps by taste testing the sauce and sneaking meatballs throughout the day) and I like to think my Grandma is watching over me <3 I also enjoy baking- especially around the holidays. I think the biggest reward is how much people enjoy what I’m making and why I bake for days and share with everyone.
We live on a fairly quiet dead end street centrally located on Long Island, New York. There are a handful of children living on the block that are always outside playing, which is comforting because we believe that is important for children. We are fortunate to have our backyard on a double lot for endless outside activities, and Jerry cannot wait to build a swing-set! We are walking distance from the local elementary school, which is part of an excellent school district.
Our niece/goddaughter is almost 2 now but we have babysat her since a few months old, so our home is already baby-proofed, because you can never start too early and it was important to us to know whenever she was/is here we don't have to always move things around or worry that she is not safe.
We have 2 bedrooms downstairs, living room, dining room area, kitchen, laundry room. Upstairs is our master suite. Although we love our home and it holds so many memories, we would like to "upgrade" in a couple of years in the same area/town as we feel we do need something bigger eventually.
Jerry is lucky enough to have been in the Carpenter's Union for 15 years and newly promoted to Foreman and in the next few years a new promotion awaits. I also have been at my job for 10 years, however once we are blessed through the miracle of becoming parents I hope to work from home. I feel as though I was put on this earth to be a mother and I want to be there for every moment of it. The "firsts", bath time, story time, and I will make every sacrifice I have to, to make sure of it. Your baby will always be loved, nurtured and know they have a safe place with us always <3
Christina and I met in the winter of 2003 in a pizzeria. Who knew that getting a simple slice of pizza I would meet the person I would spend the rest of my life with. Since I have known Christina she has always been a hard worker. While getting straight A’s in high school and competing in school challenges she still made the time to work long hours in a restaurant. In 2008 Christina got a job as a receptionist for a Workers’ Compensation law firm and since then she has been promoted to settlement/appeals coordinator. Working at the firm Christina met a special person that would be more then just a co-worker. She was a bridesmaid in our wedding and asked Christina to be her maid of honor and later, the godmother to her son Anthony. This shows her extreme devotion to friends and family. Christina and I moved into our apartment together in 2013. That is where Christina showed her patience and support while I worked long hours to save money to start our life together. No matter what time I got home there was a hot meal on the table for me and Christina would sit with me to talk about our day. She is the most selfless and loving person I know. On May 29, 2015 we closed on our house and I asked Christina to be my wife and forever best friend. Once again as I renovated our “fixer upper” home, Christina stood by my side when the heat stopped working in winter and the skylights leaked with patience while I fixed it. As our home is now warm in winter and leak free, she is the rock that keeps it together with home cooked meals on the table and Sunday sauce on the stove. On June 14, 2018 my brother and sister in law gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Giuliana. Without hesitation they asked us to be her godparents. Once again Christina proved her love to me at a different level on how amazing she is with Giuliana. As soon as they both see each other their eyes light up with a smile from ear to ear. Seeing Christina love and nurture her godchildren is how I know she will be an amazing mother.
Since we met at a young age, I can attest that we both have changed in many ways. We would both agree it was the physical attraction in the beginning that drew our eyes to one another, but as we got to know one another, we soon realized the depth between us. Jerry was that boyfriend that acknowledged every month of dating with a sweet card and special little gifts. At the time he was right out of high school doing his apprenticeship to get into the Carpenter’s Union going to school while also working in the city to support himself because he knew he had his goal to get his own place and move forward with his life. At times I imagined it, but I never could have dreamt we would be where we are today. When he sets his mind to something, no matter how many hurdles, he does not stop until he accomplishes it. For the past 16 years I’ve watched him do just that. Working nights, weekends, 15 hour shifts, no matter the cost as long as he knew he was working toward the goal he wasn’t going to give up. It wasn’t always easy but together we made it through, to where we are today, in our beautiful home, that he has made into what it is with his own two hands. That apprentice 16 years ago is now a foreman with his own crew and has so many people that look up to him and now that he can teach. We looked for a “fixer-up” house and he has transformed it piece by piece over the past 4 years, into what we call home sweet home today. And through it all he manages to be the most loving, supportive husband which I thank God for every day. He is my biggest cheerleader, and has held my hand every day throughout all the curveballs and struggles life has thrown our/my way. His family values are honorable and loyal and he will help out anyone in need at the drop of a hat, no questions asked. He is my strength and best friend. Although he is very nervous, which who isn’t?!, I know in my heart beyond a shadow of a doubt, he is going to be the most amazing father!