We had the Patterson family 53rd annual family reunion this July in New York. It was great to see everyone.
I want to put more research into both sides of my family tree...for the Patterson/Doherty Clan in Ireland, to the Guinn/Foster/Kennedy Clans on my Mom's side.
I am re-married to absolute angel, who as fate and God would have it, I had dated when I was in high school. We loved each other then, and I carried that experience throughout my life...comparing him in my mind to others life stories, and even my own relationship with my first husband. Somewhere deep inside, I knew I had to keep searching for "that" which I had known and lost by my own immaturity.
I found Dan online through Classmates.com. It took me 4 days to get up the nerve to contact him, but I did...he responded within hours. Then after an almost 5 hour phone call to catch up, he asked me to dinner, and the rest is history. He gave me a ring in front of our friends and family at our favorite karaoke joint 3 months later, and we were married in the autumn that year. My heart knew...
Another happy coincidence was in my meeting Dan's oldest brother, who I instantly knew was a great possibility for one of my two best friends (for life), Lori. We introduced them a week later, and they connected like we did. They also married that year, a month after we did. So, after calling my best friend "my sister" for 20+ years, legally, we truly became that...sisters-in-law, actually! Almost had a double wedding. Don't ever give up on your "gut"...after feeling that void...that missing part for so much of my life...I found him, and he found me. Fate is a wonderful animal...
We had applied to take custody of my nephew last year, but we were waiting for the paperwork to be approved, God blessed us with another pregnancy...so, we had to stop the process. My sister and her husband took over, and now have custody of him, and he is doing very well.
Update: After a high-risk pregnancy at age 40, I gave birth to another child in 2008 (his first, my third and final). He is a joy to all of us. My husband just glows when he talks about him, and my two oldest just love to play and cuddle him. We bought our first house (ever!) in Maple Shade, NJ...on the same street as my Mom. My boys and my parents love the closeness, and being able to pop in and say "hi" whenever they like. I love that my Mom's family has always had that "howdy, neighbor" mentality, and we all just pop-in on each other to chat and have coffee. I cherish that...and so do our kids...
Always happy to hear from others in the line...or not! :)
Please feel free to contact us!!! Be safe, and God bless!
- The Giandomenico's in Disney World, 2007 (56 KB)
Dan, Owen, Colin, Me, Mickey & Minnie @Disney 2007
- Kaleb Patterson (250 KB)
My nephew, Kaleb.
- RIP, Celina Joy Ryan (47 KB)
My angelic little niece, Celina Joy Ryan, that only stayed with us here on earth for 35 days. She was born with Down Syndrome and many medical complications. Sleep in heaven, baby girl...
- My boys...my heart... <3 <3 <3 (635 KB)
The day he was born... Owen - 10, Colin - 7, and our little Declan Wyatt. (Oct 2008)
- Declan Wyatt, 8 months old (437 KB)
At a BBQ for a BFF, Declan "borrowed" an exersaucer and had a BALL!!!! LOL