Hi Sweethearts! Can you believe we're finally back? Did you miss us?
After last season (which was not fun) and the horrible reunion, we all took a big break from each other. We didn't see each other for over a year. Not seeing my brother and his family was heartbreaking, but after what Joey and Melissa said at the reunion -- that they were moving and didn't want to have anything to do with me or my kids -- what could I do? I had to respect their wishes and give them space. It broke my heart, but it was what they wanted. I just concentrated on my own family, on my girls, and prayed that they would find their way back to our family.
Hurricane Sandy hitting New Jersey was the first thing that started to bring us all closer together. When the hurricane hit, it was bad. Scary bad. The storm itself was terrifying and the destruction left behind was unbelievable. Everyone was affected in some way. When you know your friends and family are hurting, when you live through this giant natural disaster, little things like who said what don't matter any more.