Marriage is a partnership and a wedding is the glorious celebration of love. How wonderful it is for all of us to be able to see Jaime and Rich celebrate the unity and commitment that marriage stands for. What a beautiful home and setting for their wedding. Love definitely lives there. I can’t wait to see the rest of the wedding next week. This is history in the making folks. Keep it equal. Love is love.
I’m going to leave you all with a quote from an interview that Rosie gave earlier this week.
“Love yourself. Love God. Love others!”
Here’s the link for the full interview.
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I think you told your kids Kathy at the right time about their aunt Rosie being gay. I think they had an idea that she was gay. It had to come from her to let them know she was gay. I think you and Rich handle that issue the right way. Waiting for them to get older so they can understand better.
You have to be honest with your family and friends.
Kathy, I want to thank you and Rosie for letting us witness your beautiful family. Rosie's story is truly inspirational and she is a wonderful addition to the show. Learning more about your family and how you have overcome your struggles was lovely! Thanks to all of you!
I agree with other critics about the Rosie/Heather stunt in the hot tub. What married woman should be acting provocatively toward a gay woman anyway? It was very exploitative of truly gay people and totally inappropriate for a married/straight woman to do that for attention or for the cameras. I found it nauseating attention seeking by Heather and her husband and she should be ashamed. I felt sorry for Rosie when watching this, she was made into a circus act like someone else said.
You've really classed up your act this season. Your sister is a doll. don't ruin her image and make a baffoon out of her with all that party hardy nonsense. None of you are of college age. No one ever looks "cool" when they try to,why would you want to at your age.( they look desperate and silly for attention like Teresa's brother and sister- in -law... When Rosies herself she's interesting,warm ... just a lovely person.Your attitude toward Teresa is refreshing now and it makes you look like the only "adult" on the show. I like your husband somewhat and would probably love him if he'd lay off Teresa and ditch the gaudy jewelry-- He makes you look bad. People get the feeling he's making digs at her for you... Like the boy that is always hanging around Carolines clan. He is so obvious ( making digs about Teresa and fawning over you to put Teresa down , people see through that, they know Caroline is telling him what to say) If you ever want to be close to Teresa again your husband needs to class it up too. Why would Teresa want to be close with you when your husband is washing the floor with her. Anyway keep up the good work i't obvious your trying.
Kathy, i love you and your family. You are an amazing woman and mother. I was so pleased to see Rosie's story. Such a strong woman she is. I see strength runs in the family! I must tell you, i have had such a crush on Rosie since she first appeared on the show. Let her know she has big fans!
Hi Kathy, i have never commented on any blog before, but I really wanted you to know what a wonderful ray of sunshine your sister has been. I have so much respect for the both of you.. well actually, all of you but Theresa. I can't imagine the roller coaster ride you have been on with her. I feel bad for her but then she makes me so angry. You, Rosie, Jacqueline, Melissa & Miss Caroline are such strong woman. I applaud all of you for your strength & patience with Theresa. Hopefully she'll change soon. Keep being real & I look forward to more RHNJ!!!
Hi Kathy, I'm so sorry that Rosie doesn't have her own blog or way to contact her. I absolutely love her, her spirit, her personality...she is terrific and I wish we could see more of her. She not only has a beautiful heart and soul but is a beautiful woman and should be told that by others. Please let her know my feelings. I also love your family-all of them. You and Rich are terrific parents and that shows in your beautiful children and how they behave. They are intelligent and thoughtful. Happy that you are all part of the show now! Now add Rosie to the cast as well! Wishing you all the best. Take care, Gail
I was just loving you, and then you had to go on The View to take Teresa down again...my God, after all you guys have done to her, you still have to tag team with Melissa and cover your tracks with reasons why you didn't tell Teresa why you were coming on the show.Yes they all seemed absolutely sensible until you realize from the day you first get the call, till the day you sign the papers is a LONG TIME. And if you meant no malice, you would have called your cousin who is on the show IMMEDIATELY. Kathy, we all know you and Melissa decided to join, didn't tell Teresa until you absolutely had to, and then stood a WESTERN FRONT against her. I would have been defensive TOO if my own family held out on telling me they were joining until the papers were signed. There is no other reason than you didn't think she would like it and why? becasue of your history, otherwise you would have jumped on the phone with your cousin. That's ok, it's human nature to want something great that someone else has but what melissa did with it after you got it is what is just sickening. Just don't cover your tracks now, and especially at the reunion when we were just starting to embrace you. How about, "Yes, we shoudl have told you and we didn't, and I'm sorry we ganged up onn you." Are you strong enough to do that with Melissa and Caroline there? You will win big time with us, You will win all the Teresa fans over, and in case you haven't noticed, it's the majority. Now Melissa will not like this blog and try and talk you out of it, but I'm sure she's already hating that you are getting positive blogs while people are ALL starting to see through her. HOLD ON Kathy. Be your own person. We all have seen what heppens when you don't- Jaqueline.
Kathy you are too normal to be a 'housewife' :) I just want to say you have the best kids. They both are seem like such great kids. Personality and respect, little silly. Keep u the good work.
Hey Kathy, I think you're awesome! And so is Miss Rosie! However, I'm writing because I love your style. I would love to know where you get your beautiful, flowy, slightly sparkely, clothing. You always look so georgous! I could use a few tips. :-) Thanks and good luck this season!!
bless you kathy for being so open and raising such wonderful children. you are amazing!!!! i could only wish that my family accepted me for who i am-i am 52 and know that my nieces accept me-but no other family does. way to go!!! hats off to you-and send rosie my way!!!!
Kathy, your character has grown on me with every episode I watch and you come across as having good family values, I admire that in you!
The situation between Teresa and Joe must be difficult for you but as a cousin your role is to support them both without judgement! Melissa has way too much to say and your husband encourages both her and Joe to talk about Teresa, thats not a healthy situation in any family. You say that marriage is a partnership, so maybe it's time that you spoke to your husband and told him to stop interfering and playing a part in things that don't concern him .... you talk about family respect ..... then remember bloods thicker than water!
Your children are amazing, you are a fantastic mother to them.
Kathy, as I get to see more of you, I really appreciate you as a stable, sane person amidst the other crazies. Rosie's coming out was one of the sweetest moments and the way Victoria and Joseph responded was testament to the wonderful job you and Rich have done raising them. Joseph was so sweet in asking the question about gaydar. I loved how that scene was so serious and then funny at the same time. This is why I love reality TV. As much as shows like Glee try to teach tolerance, nothing can beat a real moment like this. There will be haters on here, please ignore them. I am from an Italian-American family and never felt accepted by my parents for being gay. Do you think you could adopt me?
Kathy, hey girl. Love your family. 12 yrs ago I moved away from my family and Jersey because of an x. So I never miss an episode because it helps a lil to not miss home so much. Please let Rosie know her and I met a long time ago and she is still as beautiful as she was when I met her. We were at a club dancing and had a great time. Please dont change who you are no matter how many haters you run into, there are way more that love yous for being true. I have many haters where I live because of my Jersey ways but I will never change who I am for them. LOVE YOUS
It has been clear from your first appearance on this show that you have a vested interest in fanning the flames of the arguments between Teresa, and Joe and Melissa - it's the only way you have of being slightly relevant to the storyline - and the way you seem to enjoy the arguments, while throwing your hands up in the air and protesting that you wish everyone could be a family again, really does you no favours.
That lady throwing herself at Rosie was married! She was using your sister for attention which disgust me!
Kathie - God has truly bless you with a wonderful family. Your children especially were so supportive and loving to Rosie, that it made me cry. My son is gay and I know how difficult life can be sometimes. This was a wonderful episode and obviously you and Richie have done a terrific job rearing your children. God bless you all.
KATHY, I am going to be a little harsh on you. Dont be two faced with whats going on between TRe and Melissa. You should stand up as an older relative and be a cousin to both joe and TRe. It looks like you are enjoying the outbursts between the two. Be fair and be there for both of them. Do you think Joe will like you after this whole thing settles with TRe. Believe me, one day they will make up and be cool again. He who laughs last laughs best. BE THE MEDIATOR AND NOT THE INSTIGATOR. GOOD LUCK
Kathy, your family is amazing. I think the way you all handled the kids and Rosie coming out to them was absolutely perfect. Rosie's conversation with them was so moving.
Im reading these comments and I can't believe everyone is making such a big deal about the "hot tub scene"! Seriously, it was all so OBVIOUSLY in good fun! Rosie obviously thought Heather was a beautiful woman, and exactly how you stated it In your blog, Heather just went with the flow! She seemed flattered, and the goofing off In the hot tub was clearly not pornographic or mean-spirited towards Rosie in any way. Everyone was a willing participant in the goofing around. So to everyone commenting that the flirting between Heather and Rosie was disgusting and inappropriate, or saying that YOU AND RICHIE made inappropriate comments in that scene...lighten up people! Get a sense of humor!
And you just keep being you Kathy, because you are clearly an amazing mother, sister, wife, and friend. Change nothing, because you're already perfect just the way you are! It is a pleasure and a privilege to get to watch you and your family each week. Thank you for sharing with all of us viewers!
Lots of Love and Hugs, Jenny
How you handled the Rosie situation from early on....is simply one small example of that you, yr husband and SO, both your kids, are actual role models of emotional health. And in your case, none of it, unlike re too many, is about being PC.
Not to mention yr decision not to spread yourselves too thin by buying (as opposed to renting) a shore house. OMG, how SANE!
Then, we have you, unlike a couple of your cast colleagues, are not a compulsively profligate, high maintenance female!
And, while I am generally adverse to getting work done......I think the subtle refinements made to yr nose are fabulous .....also that you simply affirmed you had undergone this and happily thanked the fan who texted or Tweeted on Watch What Happens Live for having noticed.
It is a true privilege to witness, even in small part, the values you guys live!
You are very lucky to have a sister like Rosie. I wish she had a blog. I hope'you will tell her for me that I think she is a breath of fresh air. I enjoy your family so much; you are blest.
You and Melissa ROCK, I also love Rosie. Why Bravo keeps Theresa I don't know, she has gotten so stupid and mean.
Your children are awesome! You and Rich must be so proud. I think Joseph and Victoria are the most well liked kids of any of the NJ seasons. And as you know, we're pretty tough critics, us viewers. :)
Great job, mom. Your family is a joy to watch!
It was wonderful to see the way Rosie handled telling the kids. She is such a ball of fun and I love that they are giving her more air time. She is clever, hilarious & full of love. But same goes for the rest of ya. I love Rich - he is just a mans man. He knows what's right from wrong and is not afraid to speak up which I love. And of course, I adore you. You seem like a warm wonderful mother and a terrific friend as well as sister. I wish nothing but oodles of best happenings in your lives.
Firstly I want to say how much I enjoy watching you and your family. For a show that portrays drama and b*tchiness quite a bit, it's refreshing to see you all showing the ''old-school respect'' with open and honest conversations. Rosie's story was touching and I want to congratulate her for having the strength and courage to not only come out in the first place, but to come out to her niece and nephew on television! I also want to congratulate you on raising such smart, well-mannered children. They are a credit to you.
Please, don't listen to the negative views that some viewers had about Rosie and Heather in the hot tub. The subtext of that scene spoke volumes to me. It wasn't about Rosie drooling over bikini-clad Heather - it was about Rosie finally being in a place in her life where she no longer had to hide who she was - her repression (if you can call it that) was gone. She was now able to cut loose, have fun and be totally carefree amongst friends and family. Again, I want to congratulate and thank you all for sharing this story.
When Rosie came out to your kids I was watching your daughter's tears. She & your son are so awesome. I get such a kick out of them. I have been on the receiving end of relatives coming out. With open arms. I am after all a P.F.L.A.G. Your husband is a riot! Mari Keating Schofield~ Wyckoff Mom & supporter of GLBT winnieandbelle.com
I have not been watching the show for very long, but I have to say - I ALWAYS look forward to seeing Rosie and enjoy any scene she is in!!!! She seems like a wonderful person who anyone would be lucky to know, especially your children - to get to have her as an aunt!! You are BOTH such nice and positive people and it is awesome watching ya'll and I enjoy you and your family as well. I not only love you and Rosie - but your husband and children as well.
I never comment on the blogs but I really wanted to let you know that I think you are a great sister and a sweet person. My mother and sister are both gay. When my mom came out, I was 15 and it was difficult for me. My sister, I always knew and I've always have supported them.
My daughter is 7 and once after being at my ex's house, she said "My dad doesn't believe in gay". I simply told her that I believe that all people deserve love, whether they are straight or gay. She has decided that she loves her Nanas and her Aunts and also believes all people deserve love too.
Also to Rosie, sharing this was such a wonderful moment. I'm sure watching her come out to the kids gave others the courage to do the same.
I enjoy seeing your family. You're an amazing mom.
Love, Melissa in Texas
Kathy, I just love you and Richie, and your children seem to be so genuine and I don't even know what word to use, but you absolutely have a wonderful family. I think you handled the whole Rosie situation with them perfectly, wait until they are mature enough to understand. I also liked the way they sat down with Rosie and were able to ask her questions and her giving them true and heartfelt answers. Now if only Teresa would get her s--t together and stop being such a S--T!!! I have blocked all of her posts lately because I don't like the person she has become. I wish I could come and cook with you, I love to make all kinds of appetizers and desserts too. We would have a field day in the kitchen. Love ya, Brenda
I love the Wakile's!!! Your ENTIRE family is precious. God bless you all ... you and Rich are such a sweet, honest and respectful family. You've raised great children with good values. And you gotta love Rosie. What a hoot! She's is a breath of fresh air!
WOW I REALLY LIKED YOUR BLOG THIS WEEK AND THE PAST FEW AS WELL. I DO NOT SEE ANY TERESA BASHING THERE SO LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY. AS FAR AS YOUR KIDS AND THEIR AUNTIE YOU CAN TELL THEY LOVE HER UNCONDITIONALLY AND THEY KNOW SHE IS A KINDHEARTED WOMAN WHO WILL NOT HURT ANYONE. I HAVE TO AGREE WITH SOME OF THE OTHERS THOUGH THAT HOT TUB SCENE WAS SLEAZY AND YOU WERE ABOVE IT UNTIL YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT AIR MATRESSES YUCK. AND REALLY RICH SHOULD THINK BEFORE HE SAYS SOME OF THE THINGS HE SAYS, ie THE YOUNG LADIES FOR ROSIE AT LEAST SHE WAS ABOVE THAT SAYING THAT THEY WERE KIDS AND NOT FOR HER. GOSH THEY WERE MORE HIS DAUGHTERS AGE. ANOTHER YUCK FACTOR. BUT YOU ARE SLOWLY CHANGING MY OPINION OF YOU AND I HOPE THERE IS GOING TO BE 1 PERSON ON THIS SEASON THAT TERESA CAN COUNT ON NOT TO TRASH TALK HER..
Kathy, I know you are but just wanted to say you should be so proud of your kids! They are obviously so well brought up and are lovely, sensitive and caring, just like their Mom! Lovely family, so nice to see! xxx
I'm in tears reading this. God bless you and your family and 100% Rosie - Our family has gone through the exact same thing with my oldest daughter - which if you saw her would say is Rosie's Twin separated @ birth - No joke - Everything yout wrote - about the mood swings and the relationship with her sister and when she finally told her and the reaction and love and acceptance then when she slowly told us and our immediate family - she had been holding onto so much in her early teens. There was so much fear of disappointing us/family and unacceptance.... but we come from a loving italian family and we love her for who she is INSIDE and who she is as a person - THAT'S IT - END OF STORY! Again - thanks for sharing your story!
I really loved watching Rosie talk to your kids. It was such a wonderful scene. I thought it was great that she asked them if they had any questions and the fact that she wanted to do it herself, televised was really respectable. Your family is really great. I feel bad that in the beginning of you all coming on I like many others thought that you were doing it to spite Teresa. Whether that was the original reason or not (which I don't think so) I really think that you all add an extra value to the show. It is really sad that Teresa just can't set aside her issues and move on. She continually says that she is willing to try or will move on but then just repeats the same behaviors over and over.
I really enjoy watching your husband too. Regardless of his feelings about Teresa, he knows how much a relationship with Teresa means to Joey and is willing to volunteer any advice that he has. And unlike Teresa, Joey is willing to listen and consider it. When Joey took Richie's advice you could tell it was a big step for him and the way Teresa mocked his question by immediately running to Kim D. to gossip about it and insinuate that his marriage once again is on the rocks and needs counseling and he needs counseling was horrendous. I think that you and your husband and Melissa and Joey are really good people with really big hearts and to see Teresa play victim and manipulate people to thinking you are the bad guys is hard to watch and read. I hope for all of your sake Teresa just admits that she has no desire to reconcile so you can all stop wasting your time.
The talk between Rosie and your children was beautiful and heartfelt (even tho, I think they should have heard it earlier in this day and age). I hope your children stay grounded and don't let this reality fame go to their head. It's too bad, the horrible hot tub scene with the MARRIED women ogling and going on top of Rosie had to be included. I did NOT like that all - it was NOT in fun. Also, I thought your husband's comments regarding the young girls was very inappropriate. Just saying. However, I do like your family!
Dear Kathy and ROSIE! Thank you both for sharing this story about Rosie's coming out. One of my Aunt's recently came out to me, and it's funny, but as a child and even as an adult, I never wondered about her sexuality, even though to everyone else in her life, it was obvious my Aunt was gay. I guess family just doesn't think about labels and things like that, because we just don't care! We love them always! I was truly touched by Rosie's story, and by Kathy's empathetic comment, that when she hears stories about teens having a hard time accepting their own sexuality, that she wondered whether her sister had even been through that pain. That comment resonated very deeply for me, as I too, wonder if my Aunt has ever experienced this pain and struggle as well. For those who do not approve of homosexuality, those are your beliefs, and I cannot change them. I do not ask that you accept homosexuality. I ask that you be a true child of God, epitomize Jesus' path of accepting and loving those who were chastised and cast out by society. If Jesus could work with the lepars, surely you can be compassionate and stop the hate towards those who are different than you.
Kathy, I am head over heels for your family. Not only are you a sweetheart, but you’ve got two amazing children with wonderful hearts, a loving husband who is crazy about you and treats you so well. And I love your sister, Rosie. Watching you and Caroline really makes my heart smile to know that amidst the insanity on the show from a certain cast and family member, people can actually be genuine and loving.
This was a great episode to see about your sister’s coming out and I am so happy that she was finally able to begin being true to who she is after all of this time. Your kids were great to her. Seeing your daughter tearing was so sad, but so sweet. I felt so much love.
You are such a joy to watch, I just want you to know that. And if Rosie reads this, please let her know…how much she rocks! Winter New York, NY
Rosie, look out, your getting camera time! Melissa has shown us that even family members are not out of the norm for her manipulations,,,ruh-roh....Look out for that one, she means reality business!!!!
Rosie, you are wonderful!! I just love that your family has a pure love for one another. Kathy, you are a great role model! :)
Kathy, I really think Rosie should write a book about her struggles with her sexuality. The way she spoke to your children, I really think she could help others that have the same struggles.
What a nice moment you shared with Rosie. It was very touching. I so admire you and Rosie for the special bond you have. You have a very nice family Kathy, and it is a pleasure to watch the interaction between your family members. Special hello to Rosie, I know how she was feeling, it took me until my 40's to come out to family. It's all good now. My best to you.
I am glad you and your sister are at a good place now and have to admire your sisterly love and support as well as Rosie's struggle and strength with opening out about her sexuality. Love your sensibilities when it comes to morals and ethics. In addition it is nice to see parents like you and Rich be protective of their children and maintain a respectful relationship with them with definitive boundaries based on your family values.
That said, I have to agree with the commenter who said Heather's "advances" in the hot tub with Rosie were uncomfortable to watch. Whether or not her near-naked teasing actions were to a man or woman are irrelevant, the fact is it was tasteless, inappropriate and over the top, as was Rosie's dramatic "hubba hubba" type reactions.
You'll love the first paragraph I wrote, but it is soon thereafter tainted a bit by the second paragraph. Yeah, that's how I felt after watching this episode.