Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cheesy Plug but I LOVE Mine!

Purple Wrap Style Rosary Bracelet

I got my Rosary Bracelet and absolutely LOVE it! I can wear it, say it and have it with me at all times! makes a wonderful Christmas gift!

I highly recommend this!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Advent...thinking and new posting begins!

So, now that we are in the season of Advent, I am back to blogging. So many wonderful things, spiritually, have been happening in my life lately, and it is ALL soooooo good. I have recently attended an independent Baptist church that my father attends and spent some time at my mother's Methodist church because my daughter loves doing things with their youth program...all of this has brought me closer than ever to Catholicism.  I sat and listened to the Baptist church preacher teach his congregation that the "sprinkling or pouring-type baptism" is a pagan ritual and of Satan himself...and it made me stop and think THESE are the kinds of things being taught to others outside of Catholicism. It's a scary world out there...and thankful for my roots. I grew up in a Christian Missionary Alliance Church, occasionally attending Catholic Mass for my father (he has since left the Catholic faith) I didn't understand anything about Catholicism, at the time, but I always felt something special among the ritual and history and beauty of the Church. I was baptized Catholic as an infant...but that was as far as I went on my walk. But, the seed was planted.

There have been some influential people in my life along the way. As a very young and immature girl (at age 19) I met someone and got married (waaaaaaaaay too young) But, I did walk away from that experience with one very important thing...another seed planted. I still remember the Shrine that sat in the dining room where the family said their prayers and it always mesmerized me and I so wanted to understand the meaning of it all.

I remember going to Nona's home and her praying over us at her beautiful Shrine and walking away KNOWING God's hand was on us...I could just FEEL the presence of God...I remember visiting the Schoenstatt Shrine of Light in NY and feeling warmth, love and peace...knowing little about it, but, again, feeling God all around me.

My then father-in-law would pray for me and bless me every time we saw each other...and to this day I KNOW he is one of my Guardian Angels, sitting with the Lord with that wonderful smile of his. If only I could have internalized that feeling of God and used it in my life, at the time, somehow...little did I know that the planted seed would have grown to what it is today.

My life, up until now, has been faaaaaaaaar from perfect. But, I know I am forgiven and I learn and move on with the peace of God upon me. The blessings and prayers I received from so many long ago did not go by the wayside. I am who I am today BECAUSE of them, and for that, I am eternally grateful!

Advent is a wonderful time to do our own seed planting. The plant may not grow for years and you may not ever see the growth...but when we all meet in Heaven, we will know which plants grew and we can hold hands in God's kingdom and thank those who planted our own seeds.

Monday, October 15, 2012

1st Post-Op Doctor's Appointment

Had my staples removed and it was honestly so much easier than I expected. Didn't hurt at all! She placed butterfly stitches in place of them and will see me again in 2 weeks from today. She also opted not to start me on HRT just yet. Since I am not having any menopause symptoms, she wants to give my body time to get through one trauma before starting something new. I was very happy that she wasn't jumping too quickly to add HRT...she said we will sit and discuss all of my options in 2 weeks. My pathology report is what floored me. I had endo on my uterus, fallopian tubes and my cervix. She also found numerous cysts on my ovaries. She looked at me and said "honey, no wonder you were in so much pain for so long. We absolutely did the right surgery for you". That made me feel better. So, that's my update. I go back Oct 29th for another post-op appt...woo hoo!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hysterectomy - Post Op

Well, the dreaded day came and went. The first few days were crazy thanks to my low blood pressure, but I made it through and was able to come home on Thursday. I had a full abdominal hysterectomy with removal of my uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix. The surgeon told me afterwards that the pathology report came back showing endometriosis on my tubes and ovaries and that my uterus was "mush" (her words). I should feel great in a few weeks. So far, I am not having any menopause symptoms. (which has surprised me) Monday I go to have my staples removed and start hormone therapy. I am in a lot of pain, but I am up and around and not feeling as bad as I expected to feel. The nausea has been the worst part...Zofran is my best friend.  :)

Thank you for all the Prayers...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Where does the time go? I had every intention of keeping this blog up to date, but happens.

After suffering terribly from endometriosis, I am having a full abdominal hysterectomy on October 9th. The doc has decided she is taking everything...uterus, ovaries and ALL to try and control the endo. I feel VERY blessed that God gave me 8 healthy children before the endo kicked in...I know some women suffer terrible, not only with the pain, but with infertility as a result of it. So, I refuse to complain. At 42, I certainly don't need my girl parts anymore. Although, I am not looking forward to going through instant menopause. YUCK.

Elliott Surf Fishing at Assateague

Things are going well, otherwise...We have spent a ton of time on the beach this summer. We are sad to see summer end.

Elliott has officially completed the 1st Grade through Seton. (LOVE this home school program) He received all A's and one B (the B is in handwriting) I can live with that! LOL.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Art 1   A   A   A   A   A  
English 1   A+   A   A-   B+   A  
Handwriting 1   B   B   C   B   B-  
History 1   A-   A-   A   B   A-  
Math 1   A+   A+   A+   B-   A  
Music 1   A   A   A   A   A  
Physical Education 1   A   A   A   A   A  
Reading/Phonics 1   A+   A+   A+   A+   A+  
Religion 1   A-   A-   A   B+   A-  
Science/Health 1   A   A   A   A   A  
Spelling 1   A   A+   A+   A+   A+  

His 2nd grade curriculum arrived yesterday and I am just as in love with his 2nd grade material as I was with 1st. The big difference in the 2nd grade curriculum is they have added Reading Comprehension (which I was supplementing anyway) and 4 book reports. So, he is going to be a busy little guy. I am working this week on writing lesson plans so that after my surgery, we can begin his "new year". Next week I will be out of commission, but I am hoping that by week 2 post-op, I can sit in bed and do some work with him. But, I am leaving it flexible in case I am not able to "think" yet...

Gideon caught a fish

The other kids are doing well. Ryan is playing JV soccer for his high school, Bo is a freshman and loving it and Emma is at the middle school after home schooling last year. She went back to public school, at her request, and she seems to be doing much better. She joined JrROTC and LOVES it!!


Alex is at Salisbury University and really enjoying the college life. We miss him, though!

Ryan fishing as Bo and Eric watch

Gideon is driving me nuts, but has learned how to ride a bike and has started Kindergarten (at home) Not sure if we will continue home schooling him next year...a lot depends on how well he gets through Kindergarten. If he does well, I MAY keep him home and continue on with 1st grade. (otherwise, he will have to repeat K in the public school because of his age)

Kevin is back to doing school work on-line and taking a computer programming class, with Eric's help. Here is some of Kevin's artwork...he draws all this stuff on-line

Well, that is my update. All is well in the Belardo abode. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Crazy Summer...but, I am BACK!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since May! What a crazy summer! Had my gall bladder out in June and we just moved in to our new home! Now I can finally settle down and get back to's normal routine!

I promise not to be MIA and I also promise some good blogging in the near future! (once I unload a few more moving boxes!)

LOVE my blogger friends! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Busy, Busy Life!

How much crazier can the month of May get? Concerts, Prom, Banquets, Soccer Practices, Ice Hockey Practices, Surgery and Graduation...seriously? Not to mention, we move in 6 weeks!
Alex and his prom date
Tomorrow I am having my gallbladder removed. Although I am sick of being sick, I'm a nervous wreck! It's coming at such a bad time (do these things ever happen at a GOOD time?). I will have one week to recuperate before the graduation madness begins. I had planned to accomplish so much this week, but due to my nervousness (and as Eric puts it...hyperfocus) on the surgery, I have accomplished NOTHING!

I have managed to be somewhat creative this week, doing some decoupage to ease my mind.
Glass Jar turned Flower Pot
Grandmother's porcelain...attempting some decoupage on it
 Even Gideon has gotten in on the creativity. He has been painting up a storm.
Gideon painting a masterpiece
So, this is my week. Staying busy...I will be gone a few days due to recuperating time, but I will post updates as soon as I am able to. have a blessed week, everyone!!! I will be back soon!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Rosary!

I watched this video and thought I would share. It is so difficult, at times, to explain to non-Catholics why we do certain things...The Rosary always makes me feel closer to God. I love how it is explained in this video!

The Rosary Explained

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Autism is NOT a Curse

Elliott (age 6 & autistic) I have been following a group on facebook about autism. I am LIVID! These people seem to believe that Autism is a curse, causing them great suffering...then the blame game kicks in. "I blame the pharmaceutical companies"..."I blame the doctors"...and my favorite comment thus far, "I hate those God people who think their children are a gift from God...God wouldn't give a child autism", yada, yada, yada...they see their children as "suffering", really?

Seriously, what is wrong with these parents? My children ARE a gift from God! I have never looked at my children's autism as a curse! I have realized over the last few days that so many parents feel that way, and it's so sad. How can they NOT see the many blessings? Elliott, my 6 year old, is autistic. He smiles more than my non-autistic children do! While he is stimming, flapping his arms, clapping his hands together, he is usually laughing and smiling while doing this. Suffering? I think not. My 18 year old, Kevin, who is also autistic, is the most caring kid in the house! (He did have a difficult childhood, but it is because of misdiagnosis for his first 12 years...that story will be posted soon) Once he was given the proper diagnosis, he THRIVED!

Me & Kevin (18 & autistic)

I find it very disturbing that these "activist parents" spend more time blaming and "walking for a cure" than they do on caring for and understanding their own children. They spend all of their energy fighting with others about how autism is BAD instead of using that energy in finding the strengths in their own children and "going with it"

Don't get me wrong. I am all about educating people and spreading awareness about Autism, part of the reason I started this blog...but I am seeing so much negative energy being spent on blaming and feeling sorry for themselves and not enough positive energy spent on the children. It burns me!

Sorry for the vent. My children ARE a gift from God. EVEN my autistic children. Each and every one has a purpose, and we may not know what the purpose is for a long time...but I KNOW God has His arms around them and won't let them fall. Stay positive! Focus on their strengths! Be a parent first, an activist second. God doesn't make mistakes, and he certainly didn't make a mistake when forming my beautiful children!

Elliott stimming in the chair!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

30 Days to Go...Alex

Where did the time go? 30 days and my 3rd child from the top graduates high school.

So, now is a good time to introduce my son, Alex.
Alex & me 2001

I always joke that he is my favorite because I had him the easy way...I didn't have to go through the pain of child birth! :) When Eric and I met, Alex was only 7. I have never considered him a step-son...he has been with me, going on 11 years now. He is an amazing young man and has been a fabulous brother to ALL of his siblings!
Alex & Little Brother Gideon

He had a rough road...going from being the only child and the center of attention for 7 years to being stuffed into a BIG instant family, but he handled it well! Within no time he blended in like he had been with us forever. It was difficult for Eric's side of the family to "let go" after having Alex to themselves for so long, but the road got easier with time.

I am so thankful I have been given the blessing of helping raise such a terrific young man!

National Honor Society 2011

Graduation is May follows on May 31st at the Atlantic Hotel. (our favorite place to eat)

Atlantic Hotel
The Ballroom where we are having Alex's Graduation Party

Monday, April 30, 2012

Long Overdue Court Update!

Well, court went well. We dropped the charges on the young man who broke into our home. His alcohol level was a 2.0 and admitted he had no idea where he was. He had wanted to come and apologize, but his attorney wouldn't allow him to come speak to us. We made it a point to go up to him before the hearing and ask him if he was ok. The look on his face was of GREAT surprise! I guess he was thinking "why on earth would these people be NICE to me after what I did?"

I prayed about it and just felt in my heart he didn't mean to harm us in any way. He did a stupid thing! That's it! He apologized and thanked us up and down for being so nice to him. When the Prosecutor pulled me aside, he asked me directly what I wanted to see come out of this...he said "the ball is in your court". I told the Prosecutor I didn't want this boy to have a criminal record.  The only thing he had ever been in trouble for prior to this was being caught with marijuana. I couldn't see ruining his future over something so trivial. I said "drop the charges". It was done.

He was charged with intoxication and disorderly conduct, but burglary was dropped. The judge looked at him and said "You are lucky this family didn't own a gun. They would have had every right to shoot once you crossed through their door" The judge was wonderful and told him "I hope you learned your don't hold your alcohol well. Moral of the story...DO NOT GET SO DRUNK YOU PASS OUT!"

I told him a little about my past and asked him to PLEASE think about his future and stay away from drugs, alcohol and stupidity! He promised us he would! I'm sure he will party again...he leaves for college in November. :)

 I think the biggest thing I want him to remember is how there are people in the world who will give you another chance. Not everyone is out for revenge. We could have had the prosecutor throw the book at him, but that wouldn't have helped him in any way. I hope, the next time he picks up a beer, he remembers the kind family who helped him, and he can think about that before he acts. I told him, it's ok to drink...but you don't have to drink yourself sick. Be smart about it! Have fun without hurting others.

It feels good to know we showed this young man love, compassion and grace in court that day. feels much better than sending him off to jail. I keep praying for him and I know God is watching over him!

And they say God has no place in a court room...HA!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Court Hearing Today!

Well, today is the day we go to court to testify against the kid who broke into our home back in February. I say kid because he is only 19. We already know that drugs were involved and knowing what I went through at 19, I wish there was a way to help him. There was a warrant for his arrest prior to his breaking in here, so we still don't know what else he got in trouble for. But, drugs make you do stupid things. My hope is that whatever he is convicted for (besides our break-in) he will learn his lesson and clean himself up! He has his whole life ahead of him and it doesn't need to be spent in jail. Breaks my heart! I am praying for him and his family as we go through this process today and praying for a Judge who wants to help him.

On another happier note, the 2nd round of the NHL Playoffs begin today! And we now know the Flyers will play the Devils starting Sunday at 3! We SHOULD have this...but it's the Playoffs and you never know what will happen! So, all I can say is GOOOO FLYERS!!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Change of Pace...NHL Playoffs

So, most of you who know me KNOW how much my family and I LOVE ice hockey! We are ALL die-hard Philadelphia Flyer's fans! As a kid, I learned hockey from my dad and my brother. We never missed a game and my brother would take me to their practices at the (then) Coliseum in Voorhees,, needless to say I grew up LOVING hockey. Now, as an adult, it is still the ONLY sport I can seriously get into. And, of course, my boys have followed suit. Nothing like bonding with a bunch of teenage boys around a good hockey game. And, of course, our littlest hockey player...Gideon. he LOVES hockey and LOVES to play.
Future Flyer's Goalie!
The older boys shoot on him and he SAVES them. He is not afraid of the puck! At 4, he is sooooo talented. The problem with living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is that there are NO ice rinks for the boys to play hockey on. The closest one is almost 2 hours away, but it might be worth it to get this little guy skating and playing!

Anyway, it's playoff season and we are LOVING it! The TV is constantly on hockey at night and the family couldn't enjoy it more! I promise to get back to my regularly scheduled programming of Aspergers and Catholicism...but right now, it's the


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

We Are Home Owners!

WE GOT OUR NEW HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you, God! Answered prayer, for sure! We totally left it in God's hands, and the owner accepted our offer. I feel confidant God wants this for us!

I am soooooooooooooo excited!! We have official access to our new home July 1st. Now, let the de-cluttering and packing begin!


The Belardo Homestead!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We Shouldn't Question

How hard it is sometimes to have a logical mind that likes to over think things. Someone posted on "My Story" and it got me thinking how hard it is to have faith, at times.

My brain's all part of the whole Aspergers thing. How can ONE major religion be right and the rest of the religions be wrong? Isn't it possible God showed himself to people in different regions in different forms?

The Baha'i Faith might be onto something. (if I wasn't Catholic...this would be my next choice of religion)

They basically believe that:

"Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God."

This just makes sense to me. I have always felt that there is ONE God, shown to many people in different ways and forms. It makes it hard for me to stay focused on MY Faith. But, that's where that FAITH word comes into play. Even if things don't make sense...we ALL must rely on our Faith.

Pray for me. I sometimes fall away, doubting all that I am doing. Am I right and everyone else wrong? Is my God different from YOUR God? Are ALL the other Religions going to fall away when MY God reveals Himself to everyone else? brain needs to settle down today! TOO MUCH THINKING!!!! :)

Off to do my reading and my prayers!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to ALL my family and friends!


Most wonderful day of the year!

Little ones have their Easter baskets and big kids have their chocolate. Mom gets to cook the traditional ham later today...nice family day! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Craziness

Well, yesterday Emma, Bo, Kevin and I went to the Humane Society to pick up Meredith. We got there and went in to see the older cats and when Kevin knelt down to pet Meredith, here comes this little gray cat. He jumped on Kevin's lap, climbed up to his shoulder, rested his head on him and began to purr. Kevin looked at me and said, "this is our new cat!"...after looking for a while, there was no doubt he had picked US. So, we left Meredith behind and brought home Dusty. His name has been changed to "Pollock, the Warrior Cat" Dad is Polish and said his name had to be Pollock. The kids fought with him for days saying it was a bad name. But, now, it looks like it's stuck. Poor cat! He is a bit nervous, exploring his new surroundings. He has been meowing a lot, but I am thinking he is probably missing his feline companions. He ended up sleeping between Eric and I last night, until Gideon jumped in our bed sometime during the night and scared him off! LOL

Pollock, The Warrior Cat
Today I am re-potting my veggies. I planted seeds in an indoor greenhouse last weekend and in one week, they have outgrown their little habitat. I am going to put them in bigger pots, in case we move, I don't want to have to dig them up from the ground! Here is what they look like in just one week's time...

Veggies...1 week old
So, that's my update. Cleaning, re-potting and posting some more stuff on eBay. The de-clutter process is in full swing! 2 more days until we find out about the new house! Aaaaaak!

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Day in The Life...

Well, yesterday was upsetting and exciting, all in one...

First, I was off to the dentist, and what is only a 3 minute drive, turned into a disaster. My car was t-boned. I must say...thank God for Volvo's. My awesome "soccer-mom-mobile" only suffered minor damage to my rear driver's side door. Now, the other car is a different story. Her entire driver's side front was demolished. Stuff leaking everywhere...terrible. My first thought was she had to be hurt. She hit me HARD! I jumped out of my car and ran over there, with First Aid certification card, in hand, just in case...but, thankfully, she was unharmed. But, oh the guilt! She was so sweet, though and after the police came and we exchanged information, we hugged, I cried and we both went on our way. (her car had to be towed, mine drove away just fine) Insurance covers it all (thank God for that, too) so all is well, but boy, did it shake me up. Again, I repeat...BUY A VOLVO! I am amazed at how well my car handled the crash! It's an '89, but I am so grateful for my big box! I will forever own a Volvo!

Great start to the day...

BUT, what started out bad, ended awesome! Remember the house in my last blog? Well, we put a contract on it yesterday. The owner is meeting with his realtor on Monday (he already has the contract) and we are pretty sure he is going to sign! PRAYING we finally got our farm!

The right side of the house

The Stable

The backyard

Miss Meredith comes home today. The kids are fighting over a new name for her because they aren't thrilled with Meredith (and quite frankly, neither am I) Dad wants to name her Polock (being she is coming into a Polish family...he somehow thinks this is funny and the kids are arguing with him) Bo and Kevin have some video game name...I don't even know how to SPELL the's something like Deva-kitty. (named after Devakin sp?) Emma wants to name her Nala (after the female lion in The Lion King) I have a funny feeling she will have numerous names for a while. Poor thing. She has NO idea what her immediate future is going to be like, as she sits comfortably at the Humane Society.

And, last but not least, my son, Bo, turns 14 today! He asked me to pick him up at 12:30 from school today to start the celebration. I think I will! :)

Happy Birthday Bo!!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Neglectful Blogger

What a busy week it has been so far. I feel like I have been MIA for a while. Eric was home sick all last week, and finally went back to work this past Monday after fighting a bad chest cold. It made its' rounds with the kids, too. Thankfully, it seems to be gone, now.

We didn't get the house we initially tried to get, but we have another possibility in the works. We'll see what happens. It is HUGE and out in the country with an acre of cleared land. (my veggies would grow great there! LOL)

House Hunting...Whaleyville, MD
I am actually more excited about this one then the other home we looked at. It has personality!!

Well, Emma has been looking at attending Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. She is so social. She doesn't mind home school, but I know she would be happier with friends around. We went and toured the school on Monday and she fell in love with it. If we can make the numbers work, we will consider it. It's a fabulous school!

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

We have a new addition coming into our family on Meredith!

Meredith, the cat
I found her at the Humane Society. She is 3 years old and the sweetest little thing in the world. She needs a good grooming, and will be beautiful when we finish with her! The kids are so excited! (Mommy is too)

And, last but not least, I ordered Gideon's Kindergarten curriculum this week and it will be arriving UPS today! I can't wait to get started with him. We use Seton Home Study and after completing the Bob Jones Pre-K program with him, I felt he was ready. He is a year ahead of himself...and that's without pushing him. He LOVES doing school work, and it's never a fight.

Gideon...4 years old
So, that's my update. I won't stay away so long from now on. Just been a crazy week! :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Modest Catholic

So, a while back I had joined a yahoo group of women who were Catholic and head covered. I thought it would be nice to join a group to help me on my journey. Well, I have to tell you, it started off ok, but I most definitely didn't fit in. I am  trying to live a more modest life, but I don't live on an Amish farm... I have a TV with cable, I have a computer, a cell phone, and oh children watch Nick Jr! As much as I wish I could wear dresses 24/7, sometimes it's just not possible. But, does this make me any LESS modest? I don't think so. The thing that made me leave the group was how I was humiliated for having a facebook page. I was told facebook is evil with too many temptations (ex-boyfriends, etc) and inappropriate first they made me feel quite low. But it didn't take long for me to realize this was NOT the group for me.

Funny enough, last night Eric and I watched a documentary on NatGeo (ooooh, I watched TV, my bad) on Hasidism. The show followed individuals and families who lived in the Hasidic community. From marriage, to having man went from a very strong Roman Catholic family where he was one of 10 children who found his calling as a Hasidic jew. (beautiful people, by the way) Towards the end of the program, one of the Rabbi's made a plea that Hasidism doesn't need to live so far away from the real world. There are so many opportunities to be a witness to people through social media, TV, even something as simple as your cell phone. I agree with this 100%...

As a Roman Catholic, who wants to live more modestly, to give up all the "wordly things" may be great for keeping ME on the straight and narrow, but what about others? If we separate ourselves from the world, who can we witness to? Of course Facebook could be bad...but what if you use it for good? Think about all the people who read what you write everyday. Even if they read it and say to themselves "there she goes...talking all that religious mumbo jumbo again"...maybe, just maybe, I have planted a seed?! You never know the people you may touch with your words, thoughts and actions.

I left that group that made me feel "less than worthy" and decided to start my own yahoo group. Guess it's possible no one will join, but maybe for the few that do, I will find some other catholic women who feel the way I do. Modesty, head covering and living a bit more traditional, does NOT mean giving up everything in the "real world" me it means being a witness to the "real world"!

Modest Catholics

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Introducing Another Kid...Bo

Back to my kid intros...

Francis William, aka "Bo", born March 30th, 1998 (14 yrs old in 9 days)

Bo on his way to NJHS Banquet Feb 2012

Bo, Bo, Bo...child number 4

Bo is THE family clown. His personality is amazing. He is the social one of the bunch, always making people laugh with his silliness.

Valentine Cards he made to give out in 4th grade (maybe 5th grade?)

Yet, he is in National Junior Honor Society for his straight A's and good attitude in school. He plays clarinet in the middle school band (he is an 8th grader) and will continue playing in high school next year. He played soccer when he was younger with Ryan and Emmalee, but he never really took it seriously. He did it for the fun of it all.

Bo the goalie

Bo is usually happy-go-lucky, but seriously do NOT make him angry. (he is scary when he's mad) Like all my children, he is sensitive and his feelings do get hurt very easily. He is a good brother, especially to Kevin. Him and Kevin have always had a special bond...Bo has always been understanding of Kevin's feelings and needs. They have a fabulous friendship.

Bo & Kevin at Assateague Island, Summer 2011

Bo has been a great companion and a wonderful son over the years and continues to make me very proud!

Me & Bo at the Haunted House, Wildwood, NJ

Me (pregnant with Elliott) & Bo at soccer
Bo 2011 (7th grade)
Bo Should Have Paid Attention to the Sign