We're back! And with some new blood! I know there seem to be a lot of changes going on, and if you're like me, you're probably a little leery about it. But don't be! I promise you're going to love this new season! It's fresh, it's new, and everyone was ready to go with bells on. Trust me! Sometimes too many bells!
There will be no shortage of drama this season, but you are also going to see a lot of personal things going on in each of our lives and see how much all of our babies have grown!
Antonia is growing up to be such a sweet and beautiful little girl. Gino still makes up laugh every single day, and my baby Joey is getting so big! I want him to stay my baby forever. My kids are my world, and Joe and I are so incredibly blessed.
OK, onto our first episode...
Dina is back, and I'm glad she is. We've always gotten along really well, and it was nice to have a level-headed person there during some of the drama. Teresa is remaining strong through this traumatic time. It breaks my heart to watch this episode and to see Gia cry. She is a brave little girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. Joe and I love her so much and tell her every time we see her. Our family went through ups and downs like every family does, but at the end of the day, blood is thicker than water. We love each other and always will. It was so incredibly sad and heartfelt to watch Franco Giudice tell his family that he loves them and will always be there for them. Joe grew up with him and loved him so much. He was such a fun and generous man. My heart breaks for the Giudice family, but I know they now have an angel watching over them.
And you got to meet my old friend Amber! Amber is a girlfriend I haven't seen in almost a decade. I met her in my 20s while we were both in college. Still confused why she said I didn't go the college way and I'm pretty sure she married "well" too. Anyway. We used to go out together on Saturday nights with a big group of girls for a couple of years right before I met Joe. For me, once I got married, moved to Northern New Jersey, and starting having kids, priorities changed. Not as many girl nights out, and with me living far away, I think it's fair to say that we just grew apart. Neither of us ever reached out to each other in the past few years, and we hadn't even met each other's children.
When I learned Amber was joining the show, I sent her a text message congratulating her and welcomed her. I was excited to see her after so long and to meet her husband and her beautiful family! I have to say I was a little taken back at her party when she was coming at me for not acknowledging she had cancer, because I had no idea. I was even more taken aback that she thought I should have known! How would I have known? She never reached out to tell me. We had no mutual friends that told me. I had no way of knowing and I'm not psychic. And the Facebook message confused me that much more. She said I left her some kind of Facebook message sending my condolences, but when I asked her to show me the message, it miraculously disappeared. So by the end of her party I was trying to figure out why she really wanted to come back into my life. I definitely was questioning how genuine her intentions were. However, one thing I do know is that I felt horrible that she went through having cancer and wish I could've been there for her during that very difficult time. I've dealt with close family members losing their battle to cancer this year, and it is such a vicious disease. Either way Amber is a survivor. I'm so happy for her and thank God she's cancer free! I am hoping we can get back to some of those fun times.
Keep watching. This season will show how friendships can build and just how easily friendships can fall apart.
I missed the loyal and amazing #RHONJ fans and am so glad to be back!
July is a very busy month and I'm excited to debut my very own jewelry line the "Melissa Gorga Collection" coming out on HSN! I'll be live on HSN July 28th! Go to melissagorga.com for more details!
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Lots of love,