The Good Life

My wife, Cara, and I met in graduate school at St. John’s University. On our first date we got lost in flow during a 6-hour conversation. We both knew the search was over—we found our soul mate. I’m most grateful for our relationship. Drinking coffee at the beach, savoring lazy Sunday mornings, and raising our children together are some of the many reasons that I feel so fortunate to be married to Cara. I love knowing that we’ll grow old together—with our rocking chairs pointing west.

Here’s our 6 year-old son, James, and our 3 year-old daughter, Julianne. They’ve shared a deep love for each other since the day Julianne arrived home. Cara and I love watching them build a flourishing relationship. This is one of the greatest gifts in our lives.

James sometimes squeezes Julianne a tad too hard because he can't control his overwhelming feelings of love for her. She'll scream, like she is here. But as soon as he lets go, she puts her head on him and says, "I love you ssooooo much."

You're probably thinking that that's our chair, right? Well, if you look in the back, you'll see me standing there with my hands on my hips. That's because I was amused that my kids thought it would be funny to bolt away from us and make a dash for other people's fire pits. Kids will be kids.

Here we are on our 6th annual family vacation in Montauk (NY), the most eastern town on the south fork of Long Island. To me, Montauk isn't only the most beautiful place on Long Island, but it's the most beautiful place in the world. From chiseled bluffs overlooking the ocean, to the lighthouse itself warning sailors of land, Montauk is the quintessential fishing village. At night, we enjoy making s'mores on the beach in a fire pit. Being a simple guy, this is paradise.

My dad gave me a love for nature, particularly the water. Now I'm trying to pass this love on to my kids. Here's me and my son staring in awe and with appreciation at the Atlantic Ocean while vacationing in Montauk.

Here's me and my friend, Keith, with our daughters. What began as challenging each other to a potato sack race 30 years ago has led us to being each other's best man at our weddings and the godfathers to our daughters. My friendship with Keith is one of my greatest treasures in life.

Here's me and my family in front of Montauk lighthouse. We've been doing this vacation for a while now, and I look forward to it more and more every year. I especially love this trip because it does what it's intended to do: recharge our batteries, connect us to nature, and strengthen our relationships.