From the moment I met her, I loved her.
When I was a single gal, my closest brother had the most beautiful girl in the world named Jessica. I had a few other nephews and nieces by then whom I love dearly, but when Jessica was born I got a “daughter” as well. I was close to my brother Tom – very close, and when his first child was born, it was as if I was a “mom” too. Tom and Joanne, my sister-in-law, let me into their lives like no one else could. Thomas followed Jessica and all I could think about was how amazing he was – and mechanical! When they were sick, I was sad. When one of their kids got hurt, I was devastated. These were MY children. When their 3rd and final child Kate was born prematurely, this tiny little bundle would sleep on my chest and I would just watch her in amazement. Here below is “my fam”.
Jessica was and still is the apple of my eye. I love her intelligence, her humor and sweetness. She, and her two siblings are more than just my children…. she is the honorary Godmother to my oldest son, and really I think of her as a more than daughter, and the same for her siblings. I spoiled her to the point of madness. When she was little, I would give her EVERY dress from our then Pegeen Everyday Collection and we would pick out bows for her hair, making sure she had one for every outfit for Kindergarten. She hugged me and said, “Aunt Marg, you are the best aunt ever. You give me every dress I could ever want!” My brother’s kids and mine grew up together, in fact we would trek to her town some 50 minutes away every Halloween just so we all could go trick or treating together. It wasn’t until we moved to Florida that my kids remarked that Halloween seemed empty without their “siblings”.
Jessica and her siblings were my models too for Pegeen. Here are a few of my favorites!
Now, my Jessica is going to be a bride. I am like so in love with her Alan, and now I am not sure who will be sobbing more at her wedding, my brother Tom or me! As a flower girl dress designer, I KNOW Jessica will have kids in her wedding – “even if I have to rent them Aunt Marg” she once exclaimed! I know she will because we picked out those styles YEARS ago. I love you Jess.