Monday, May 22, 2006


As I sit here and watch David Ortiz continue to kill the Yankees, I can only imagine what the scene is in the family room at a certain address in Erie, Pennsylvania. Tonight's topic is Tracy.

Tracy is my dear sister. She never ceases to amaze me. I was nearly 12 years old when she was born, and a junior in high school when she started kindergarten. Fortunately, I lived at home until I was 22, and got to be around for most of Tracy's childhood.

In a nutshell, Tracy is a cool sister. Ever since she was young, she has enjoyed the things I loved. Some of them were largely influenced by me, others not so much. She loves the Yankees, she loves a lot of the same type of movies I do. It seems that she and I are never at a loss of words when we talk which is usually everyday thanks to Verizon Wireless.

Elaine and I have tried to include Tracy in our own family time as much as possible. Last winter, when she was having a rough time in life, we invited her to join us at Disney World for a long weekend with Mickey Mouse. She had a great time seeing my kids enjoy their first experience with Disney. It was great too, that Elaine let Tracy and I go back to the parks late one evening and ride some of our favorite rides together...just the two of us. I think we got back to the hotel around 12:30 am that night er morning. It was Tracy who convinced me to have Elaine, Sam, Jay and I to join them on their Disney Cruise this coming September. We can't wait!

At this point, I cannot imagine life without Tracy. Despite the gap in our age, I am 32, she is will turn 21 in a few months, we are incredibly close, and are comfortable sharing anything with one another. I thank the Lord for bringing her into my life.

Well Tracy, 7-1 Red Sox after 7 and a half innings. It doesn't look good for a win tonight, but the fat lady hasn't sung yet!

I love ya sis!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sam & Jay

I apologize for the delay. The other day Tracy said to me, "when are you going to write about your kids?" It worked out great to write now.

Yesterday afternoon, Elaine left home to take our corps Youth Councils delegation to the Sunrise (Frank Davis) Resort in Moodus, Connecticut. I haven't been there in 15 years and have no desires to return, but I digress.

That left me home with Sam and Jay by myself. In the past being home with young children was a little disconcerting They are older now and take care of themselves rather well. Friday evening commenced with the typical Camuti movie night. That involves the kids taking turns picking out videos to watch. Fortunately Sammi fell asleep early, but Jay insisted on watching The A-team, Disney Sing along Songs, and Madagascar. The latter getting over at 11:15 PM. Jay was still awake! I turned it off a bit, he fussed, but soon fell asleep.

We woke up and went to McDonald's for Breakfast. Following that, I had read in the paper that there was going to be a small scale Civil War Re-enactment in town. I drove by and it consisted of a a dozen men dressed in Union Army uniforms sitting around a fire in front of a tent. I declined stoppping. We decided to go home and do yard work. Sam tried to help, but her friends swayed her away from Dad.

My kids are great! I love them a whole lot, and look forward to raising them in the way of the Lord. They never cease to amaze with their excitement. Just today, Jay was singing, "I'm in His Hands." I think he was doing it to make fun of the sacred dance that the kids at the corps do, but it was special until he started cracking up. Sammi loves to listen to Praise and Worship and make up her own sacred dance's. They are great kids, and mean the world to Elaine and I. We are grateful to the Lord for sending them our way!

Monday, May 08, 2006


For the next few blogs, I will be highlighting various aspects of family that are important to me. I find that if I have a series to write about, I will write more often and with better regularity.

So tomorrow, I will begin with my children.

Until then...Good night!