Traditions, holidays and family celebrations have always been a fundamental part of my life and my family.

As a true Italian la famiglia is indeed everything to me. Many are the memories I hold of me and my family in Italy celebrating Pasqua, Natale, compleanni, year after year, with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

I departed from my family in Italy some twenty years ago to establish my life here in the USA with my husband. No matter how distant I have been from all who filled my beautiful memories I have from when I lived back in my old country, I have always been able to bring each and every moment we spent together with me. I am able to relive those past memories as I celebrate present holidays. They are with me always.


Today, as I celebrate this unique American holiday, I am thankful for the family I have grown around me along with my husband here in the US. I am thankful for all of those memories, la mia famiglia Italiana. I am thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to me in life, even the ones that didn’t quite look like opportunities at first. I am also thankful for having been able to pursue them fully; the personal growth that came from that pursuit has made me who I am today. I am truly thankful for all that I have today and the beautiful people in my life and those I meet daily.