A Reflection on 10 Great Years

An abbreviated list of memories:

1999 – Cindy and I celebrated our first New Years as a couple. We fake being married for discounts at B&B in Cape May at the Queen Victoria. We use our anniversary as our wedding date. I propose to Cindy about 6-months after we start dating, I know she’s the one.

2000 – Portugal with Cindy – last time I would see my Grand-Uncle T, Grandpa J, and Grandma A. I try to remember those I have lost and try to recapture moments of them, until the point where I am about to break down and cry. I treasure my time with my last living grandparent, and try to remember her in her prime and how strong she was. I really try to listen to her stories so I can remember them for my children.

2001 – Got Married to the Woman of my dreams. Alaska honeymoon is unforgettable– dogsledding on a glacier, riding a paddle boat, Mount McKinley.

2002 – A thought-provoking year reflecting 9-11 and how life would never be the same, Cindy and I questioned having children. Working on design competitions with close friends – Johnny Cortese, Amilcar Melendez, and Mark Giessen.

2003 – Frankie Jr was born 9 months after our trip to Australia and New Zealand and I understood what it was to be responsible for another precious life. I realized that my life would never be the same. I drove home so slow from the hospital that brisk day in November, I remember it like it was yesterday.

2004 – I really really focused on my career. Saw the completion of the Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Techology in Hoboken (finally) complete and was emersed in the design/detailing of the Recreation Center at Montclair State University.

2005 – Major changes at work encourages me to form my own company. FC3 Architecture+Design LLC was established. I remember father’s day in Wildwood and Cape May NJ.

2006 – I started working on a few freelance projects, a modern home in Edgewater NJ and a colonial one in Summit NJ stand out. The colonial one was built and although I have worked on larger projects it confirmed my ambition to go off on my own.

2007 – David and Daniel were born. Three boys! I cannot even begin to express how much joy was filled in my heart. I never knew that I would have the capacity to love so much.

2008 – I left a firm I was with for nearly 8-years to go work for my client for whom I had completed over 40-projects. The list continues to grow now from the “other” side. I join FB and increase my online presence. Then Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. the list seems to grow every month.

2009 – First “family” trip to Portugal for the summer. My first international project was completed (albeit a small one). My heart’s capacity to love and feel has expanded so many times over the past 10-years that I cannot even begin to express my thoughts in words. This year freelancing was slow so I begin to express myself through my photography and artwork.

I am thankful for all the love and encouragement from all my loved ones who I hold dear. I wish for peace, joy, hope, prosperity, and health so that the next decade is filled with happiness for us all.

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