Every Family has a story that contributes to who they are.

Family values came early to me due to the fact my mother was a nun for 7 years before she left the convent and gave birth to 11 children; Chris, Arthur, myself, Johnny, Tommy, Leslie, Frankie, Damien, Nicky, Ida and Maryann in that order. Since we were all close in age we had what my mother referred to as Joeys, (baby kangaroos) each responsible for the next.
Sadly I lost my mother at the age of 16 and the family was separated. The 3 oldest went out on their own while the other 7 went into the foster care system. I did my best as the eldest girl to keep a sense of family. I held the scattered lives together with holiday gatherings and an open door policy at the home I shared with my husband Ken.