© Melanie De Jesus. Contact me at melanie_dejesus@yahoo.it

My parents are an unlikely couple. When they first met my dad spoke little Italian, and my mom almost no English. Love truly does overcome all, because in less than a year they were married and have remained together for the past 31 years. Throughout cultural clashes, the strain of a nomadic military life, sickness and two daughters they have maintained a quirky, humorous but in their own way affectionate relationship. Happy anniversary!

My sister Veronica is the chatterbox and artist of the family. In 2001 she married Mirko Ugolin.

The latest addition to the family is my new neice, Rachele Ugolin, who joined us on March 12, 2004. Although I have yet to meet her, I hear from the proud grandma that she is "As beautiful as the sun." Congratulations to Veronica and Mirko!

The remainder of my family consists of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins which we lovingly refer to as the Adams Family.