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Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in with me again this week.
Excuse me while I grab another tissue. While watching this episode I ran the gamut of emotions. I experienced it all -- happiness, shock, love, sadness, and pride.
So you finally got a chance to see the sweet and sensitive side of Joey Gorga, which all who know him love. He is so proud of Melissa and happy to support and encourage her dreams. As little girls, our fathers represent such a strong presence in our lives. Our heroes. After all, more often than not they are the first man in our lives that we had so much incredible love and respect for. What a gift when we are lucky enough to fall in love with a man to pick up where daddy left off.
Hello! Can you say carbon copy? I’m talking about Melissa’s childhood home video, of course. I couldn’t believe how much little Antonia looks just like her mama when she was a kid.
Who else fell in love with Antony? When Melissa shared her desire to pursue her dreams to sing with me, I immediately thought of introducing them. He’s adorable and so talented. It feels great to be able to connect gifted people. Can’t wait for you all to see what lies ahead!
Honesty is the best policy. Rules are meant to be broken. Just say no. How many times have we all said these things. Well you never know what your kids are going to say next. I’m sure you can imagine what I must have been feeling and thinking when my kids were renewing their contracts. We have been discussing drug and alcohol abuse along with appropriate behavior with Victoria and Joseph since they were very young. They do know what we expect and what we will accept. So when Joseph admits to us that he may have a drink when he’s a senior or junior in high school, I just about wanted to faint. Both my kids know very well that under age drinking is illegal.
Kathy, I have been their but, without the support of a husband and family. Thanks for sharing your story about Victoria. May God continue to bless her and your family. Oh!!!!...Please do a italian dessert cookbook. I love to bake that takes my mind off of my problems.
God bless your family. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sure it will help someone in need.
Victoria's story is very inspiring and hits close to home. My best friend Megan was visiting me in Florida 11 years ago when she was 11 and I was 10. During her stay here she suddenly felt "different"...wouldn't eat, and her demeanor completely changed. When she flew back home to NJ we told her parents about it and told them she needed to see a doctor. It ended up being a tumor the size of a basketball in her stomach. It was cancerous. With many, many prayers and the help of many doctors and chemotherapy, Megan eventually overcame the cancer. It's heartbreaking to have that experience especially with a young girl, but to overcome it is the most fulfilling moment. It really does renew your faith. Thank God for answering our prayers for people like your Victoria and my friend Megan and may He continue to answer the prayers for many young children who are battling diseases and cancer and their families and friends.
Amazing Mother, Amazing Family and Amazing Grace! You and your family are a breath of fresh air on the show this year. Maybe Melissa and Theresa will read your story (I know they lived through it with you) but maybe they will realize family is more important than Money, Ego, Jealousy, Hurt Feelings and they will come together to ask each other for grace, forgiveness and a second chance to be admirable mothers, wives, aunts, sisters and friends!! Bravo to you Kathy
Kathy, I have to say I was blown away by your family in this episode. And even more so after reading your blog. It is absolutely heartwarming to see how close your kids are and it is testament to your and Richie's good parenting. I think the idea of drawing up contracts with your kids is brilliant! I also have to say that it was very commendable for Joseph to be so candid with you about the possibility of him drinking in high school. Most kids would just lie about something like that or try to hide it. I think it says a lot about the respect he has for you and your husband. Also (just a thought I had as I watched the scene)...him suggesting that it is a possibility doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen. He seems like a good kid with strong values and a good head on his shoulders. Perhaps, he was testing you to see how you would react? Or maybe it's just the fact that he is so young still and with time, he will understand what you have been teaching all along. My gut tells me he will make the right choices. As far as your beautiful Victoria...WOW! What a remarkable young woman. I understand your desire to share her story in the hopes that it may help others. I have been in this situation a few times (in the past I've struggled with illness, drug addiction and being a victim of domestic violence). I have always felt like opening up and sharing my struggles may not only be helpful to others who need strength, but that it is very therapeutic for me. I hope Victoria is proud of herself for being so brave because it did not go unnoticed. Facing struggles in life head on is very humbling but it is also what builds strength of character. The fact that she started her own charity to help others proves that she is very strong and a very generous human being. You have a wonderful daughter. All that said, I can see why the Giudice/Gorga fued bothers you so much. You have experienced first hand what can happen in the face of tragedy. And to see a brother and sister in Joe and Teresa's situation must be very difficult and frustrating for you. I SO hope they are able to work out their differences. I really gained a lot of respect for you this week, Kathy. Looking forward to what is next. Ciao for now! Cara
You are such a great mom! I love watching your family, you all seem to have such a strong bond. Beautiful beautiful family!
I first want to say you have great kids. I know that doesn't happen by accident. Your mothering is stellar.
But how have you paid it forward? Does helping your family hold a grudge help pay it forward? You said Teresa was there for you when Victoria was going through her ordeal. Have you been there for Teresa during her very difficult year? I'm sure all the hoopla around the show and cookbook have left Teresa little time to hang out with the family. Maybe it feels like she is choosing fame over family. Maybe there is a little truth to that. But look at what she has to do. She is using what leverage she has to generate income for her family so they can get out of the hole they are in. Have you paid her back for her support by supporting her in this difficult time? I don't think so. Have you ever stopped to think why her parents seem to be on her side? As an Italian mother, you know it has to be pretty severe for an Italian mother to break the bond with her son. Why is your aunt (Teresa's mother) siding with Teresa? Something is not right. I know exactly what the answer is: Melissa Gorga. Look at the smile on Teresa's face when she heard her brother's message. That, my friend, was genuine. Melissa's "oh I want the family to be back together" song is not genuine. She deliberately made them late for the gymnastics meet to set Teresa off and say "see, your sister is a hothead." When that didn't work, she went home and cried "I know they are going to blame me." Well - maybe because it is true.
Wake up Kathy. You seem to be smart. Don't fall for Melissa's manipulation. Read Jay's blog. I think he speaks for all of us on what we are seeing.
Kathy! Kathy! Kathy! I am loving you and your family. I loved how you and your hhusband together had a difficult talk with your children about drugs and alcohol. I love how you listened, but still held your children accountable for their actions. Bravo!! I wish more parents were like you!
I think ur kids are amazing and ur husband is a real class act, Kathy i think ur family is a good example of family values and moral, want to see more of ur family and u...amazing.
Love love love ur family... u guyz bring so much to the show.. stopped watching after the first season.. but i'm back!!!!!!!
Hi Kat, youre going to have your hands full with your son. My son was the same way. popular, good looking, I bet your son plays sports. It doesnt help being Italian. In our family Nonno and Nonna would think nothing about giving my son a glass of homemade wine if he were to stop by on his high school lunch hour. Nonna always had food ready at that time for my son and his friends just as long as they liked pasta. In Italy kids dont have issues with alcohol it's no mystery their use to be no age limit . My husbands cousins made that comment when visiting here from Roma and clubbing here in the US. They like cigarettes and coca cola and couldnt believe how much the younger american generation drinks booze. Personally we use to let our son have parties here. It was better than the alternative. Drinking on the streets. Due to that our son is now 24 and doesnt drink a drop of alcohol. He goes clubbing and just like his Italian relatives from the old country, he drinks coca cola and is a DD.(DESIGNATED DRIVER)
Kathy, this blog made me tear up. My family and I can totally relate to a health scare like you had with Victoria. I was born with a heart defect and have had 3 open heart surgeries my whole life and my most recent was a valve replacement in May of 2010. Like Victoria, my operation was at New York Presbyterian Children's Hospital as well. I can totally relate to how you were feeling, because my parents felt the exact same way.
The way I received strength to get through that hard time last year was through my parents. Victoria's a strong, beautiful, and resilient young woman, and she saw that strength through you and her family who helped her along the way. The strong bond with God doesn't hurt either. :)
You can sense her strength for wanting to give back to others with the club her and her friend started. It brought tears to my eyes another young and strong woman. Thank you for giving her the strength she has...you're amazing :)
You and your family are amazing. I hope you continue to be yourself. Please don't let this change you.
Thank you for sharing your story. I can't even imagine the terror that you went through. Your daughter is a beautiful and brave young lady! Both your children are adorable! Thank you, again-for pointing out how precious life is and what is really important in our lives.
Great parenting, Kathy! I am happy that all has gone well for Victoria's health. Faith is a gift from God. God bless you!
This episode showed me so much about your family.. and i loved it. This is the Kathy I like to see.. God Bless you & your family
I hope you write a cookbook because I'll buy it. I hope Bravo shows alot of you & your beautiful family because I'm growing to look forward to the times you all are onscreen. There is something healthy & honorable about you all. May God continue to bless you.
Forget Caroline! You are offically my favorite. After watching you intersct with your children and seeing how loving you are, I realize that my first impression of you was all wrong!
You are by FAR my favorite housewife right now! Love your family. This blog made me cry like a baby. You are a true inspiration.
You are by FAR my favorite housewife right now! Love your family. This blog made me cry like a baby. You are a true inspiration.
Love your husband and kids. My kids are similar ages and it pains me that they recently stopped getting along. I might have to steal your idea for the contracts. Continue doing whatever you are doing to keep the love and closeness within your family. Obviously it is working!
Oh my gosh, your kids are too cute. I also have a daughter and son. My daughter is older too. Your son reminds me so very much of my boy, both in looks and sense of humor.
I always told my children that they better get along because some day they would be grown and want an aunt and uncle for their children and since they only had each other they better learn to get along and love one another. I am happy to say that they are 25 and 22 and they really love each other and respect each other. Let your kids know what you expect out of them and they will follow through.
your a good woman and you have a great family, you should not be on this show, you have a good life and sometimes these shows can change people. i hope it doesn't happen to you.
Kathy, thank you so much for sharing this story. I cried while reading it. Your prayers were answered thank goodness. You seem like wonderful parents to two fantastic kids. As the mother of two toddlers, I love seeing how other moms do it!!
HANDS DOWN: you have the Sweetest, cutest, most loving & beautiful family in Real Housewives history!!
How can you ignore the bad behavior of Joe and Melissa Gorga and then attack Theresa in your blogs? I don't know what Theresa was worried about. You and Melissa certainly took the steam out to the bankruptcy story. In trying to make it about you you've made it about how mean you are to Theresa. You've made her more popular than ever.
Kathy, I got a lump in my throat watching you talk about Victoria's illness and reading your blog today. Thank God all is well with her now. Nothing can be worse than watching your child go through something so tramatic and possibly life changing. Victoria seems like such a smart and well grounded young lady, I can tell you and your husband are so proud. Here is to wishing her continued good health and happiness.
Hi :) Thank you so much for sharing that story this past episode. It definitley puts things into perspective. Don't sweat the small stuff and enjoy every moment with our children that we possibly can! Much blessings to you and your family! Oh, and continued health!
You have two great children! They are so funny, and Victoria seems like such a kind, wonderful young woman. You are obviously doing an amazing job!
I have to be honest, when I first saw your son in bed with that knife I did not like it. Now, I have a different perspective. I have seen a little bit more of his personality and I find him very enjoyable to watch. He sure is a chip off the block of his dad. I like your family. As the mom of a very sick child my heart goes out to you regarding what you went through with your daughter in addition to what she went through. I'm having a hard time reading your blogs when you focus is on Melissa. I can not relate to the warmth you feel for her. It's a disjoint for me, because I'm not feeling it. In addition, I think you could give Jacqueline some parenting lessons. I do want to see more scenes with you, your charming & funny hubby, your adorable kids, and your cooking abilities.
Kathy, you and your family are so inspirational. I am an R.N. and therefore realize the dangers not only of that tumor, but also the surgery to remove it. I am so happy for you all that she came through with flying colors! I truly love everything about you and your family. The respect and love that you all have for each other is always evident. Good thoughts for you and yours and prayers that you, your husband and your children remain in good health always.
I am a bit confused by your comments and reactions. You obviously have a loving side, a loving family and good children. I am happy to know that Victoria is doing well and she and your family pulled through this trying time. I have had a good friend who's daughter went through the same thing. Thank GOD everything turned out okay. She is happy and healthy and growing stronger by the day. This is so emotional.
That being said, all of the family need to be heard and understood. You see and take sides of only one and place blame on another. If you want to help them build their relationship again, you need to stay out of it. Keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself because no matter how good your intentions may be, it will be twisted and you end up getting hurt in the process. Your husband tries to comfort you and protect you and is always on your side and rightly so, that is his job as your husband, but commenting on Teresa and how wrong she is to Joey is a problem and just adds fuel to the fire. He should be a good father and a good husband but not an instigator. It doesn't look like you can deal with added stress. Teresa and Joey will make up without everyone interfering at every chance they get. Is this how everyone wants to be noticed on Bravo?
Think about it..
You should be proud Victoria has turned her illness into something extemely important and valuable, especially at such an age where most teens are narcisstic and materialistic! What a insightful, wonderful daughter you have! I wish your family nothing but the best health and happiness! Does she have a blog or website to help other teens promote "Stand Up for a Cause"? Our youth can use something positive to focus on: others! Salute!
You are a great mother and wife... why can't you see that your comments about and to Theresa are damaging? Your husband loves and supports you in whatever you wish... can't Joe do the same for Theresa? Think about it!!!!!
Kathy, I love you and your family. Your kids and husband are such great people and admire how you and your husband raise your kids. Your great parenting definitley shows. They seem to be such smart children with great heads on their shoulders.
I love the comment "men are the head of the house, I like being the neck...they cant do anything without the neck"...I say Tshirts should be made with that comment!!!!...I would definitley buy one!!! xoxo
You have a great family and you are well loved... do you not wish that for Theresa? Your husband loves and supports you.... do you not see where Joe would do that for Theresa? Think about it.