“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. We were one of the only houses that still had electricity, and we hosted everyone we knew who didn’t — my parents and lots of our friends. While my brother wasn’t talking to me, I did check up on him through my parents. He told them he had electricity and everyone was fine; he even invited my mother to come over to his house and stay. It was only later when people told me on Twitter that he didn’t have power and that there were pictures of Antonia and her brothers bundled up cold on the couch. It killed me. I would have loved to shelter them at our house. Watching this first episode and reliving everything was hard. It was hard to see the devastation of Sandy again. It was hard to see my brother thinking I didn’t care about him. It was hard for me to see Jacqueline cry for her son. I give Jacqueline a lot of credit for sharing Nicholas’ story. Dealing with his disorder and dealing with it publicly takes a lot of courage. Nicholas holds a special place in my heart because he was born three months before Audriana. Jacqueline and I were pregnant together, did our first major magazine photo shoot together with our babies, and used to joke that Nicholas and Audriana would be sweethearts. He is such a beautiful boy. I was so happy to get Milania and Antonia back together for the first time in over a year! I love that little girl! (I love my nephews too of course!) They do live so close, they love each other, and it was sad Melissa didn’t want her kids to see mine. My kids have other cousins on Joe’s side –Joe’s sister has 4 girls and his brother has 3 girls–all the same age! That’s 11 little girls we have running around — we need Gino and Joey around to balance things out! Joe’s family also lives close, so my girls still had lots of fun family events all year. Melissa’s kids don’t since her sisters are so much older, their kids are all grown up. I always felt so bad that her kids were missing out on their only cousins their age. But happily, they are back together! Antonia and Milania are in the same cheerleading class now, so they are thick as thieves again! I hope they are never, ever separated ever again. You can see how I raise my kids to respect and love their family no matter what. Even after all the hurt, I still had Melissa listed as “Zia Melissa” in my phone. Adults might not always get along, but the kids shouldn’t suffer because of it. I hated the time I didn’t see Kathy and Rosie growing up, and I would never want that for my kids. I honestly didn’t care what anyone said about me in their interviews (although I did laugh at Jacqueline’s bleaching comment!), I’m so happy Joey and Caroline have found love. God bless them! Love doesn’t have limits. Loving one person doesn’t mean you can’t love a million more. I love that people love my brother. The only thing that hurt me was when Melissa said staying away from your siblings is how Joey and I grew up because of Kathy’s mom and mine and Joey’s dad. The issue wasn’t between my dad and his sister. It was between IN-LAWS: Kathy’s dad and my dad. And it was over business dealings. Family is everything to us, and that’s how we were raised. Melissa wasn’t around back then, so she really has no idea. I would never make a comment about how her dad raised her because I have no idea. It’s not my business, it’s disrespectful, and I wasn’t there. Her comment was months ago, and we’re in a good place now, I just wanted to clear that up on behalf of my family. You know how protective I am of my parents! I adore them and owe them everything. They raised Joey and me in a house of love. And yes, I did move Gabriella’s First Communion party so my parents could go to both hers and Antonia’s. I couldn’t move the day because we don’t go to different churches, we live in the same town, and that was the only day they had First Communion services. The girls had different times though and had separate parties. The most important thing to me was making sure my parents could be at both. I didn’t grow up with grandparents and I missed it, so I always make sure my parents are there for my kids and Joey’s too. A few people did ask me why we didn’t have a joint party for the girls. Because we didn’t think it was fair to each girl. They each deserved to be a princess for the day. We have different extended families to make them each feel special, and my parents were there for both of them. Everyone was happy! I’m so happy myself right now, and I can’t wait for you all to see how we got there. It was a long road with lots of ups and downs, but if we can do it, anyone can!”I think Teresa gets a bad rep for being to “obsessed” with her brother so I think it’s nice that she says she is happy that Caroline and Joe Gorga are so close. I agree that Melissa should not be discussing Teresa and Joe’s family but to me-Melissa has no boundaries. Thoughts on what Teresa had to say?
After the previous season and a difficult reunion, Teresa’s brother and his family expressed that they did not want any contact with Teresa or her children. Teresa respected their wishes and gave them space, focusing on her own family instead.
The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy affected everyone, including Teresa’s friends and family. Despite not being on speaking terms with her brother, Teresa checked up on him through their parents and offered shelter to him and his family. However, she later discovered that her brother did not have power and his children were cold. This made Teresa realize the importance of family during difficult times.
Teresa’s daughter, Milania, and her brother’s daughter, Antonia, had not seen each other for over a year. Teresa wanted them to reconnect and have a close relationship, as they live close to each other. She felt it was unfair that Melissa, her sister-in-law, did not want her children to see Teresa’s kids. Teresa believes in the importance of family and wanted her children to have a strong bond with their cousins.