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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Run for Row 5K date...

This year's Run for Row 5K date is either going to be on Sunday, August 14 or Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Como Park in Lancaster, NY.  As soon as we have final confirmation of the date, we will post an update.  Please stay tuned!! =) 

Monday, April 4, 2016

8th Annual Run for Row 5K

The Run for Row is presently our only source of funds for The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, so we also rely heavily on donations. Please consider making a donation either through our Go Fund Me page, or you can send a check to P.O. Box 931, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. Every dollar goes to the scholarship awards.

The 2016 application period is now closed, and we are looking forward to reviewing all of the application packages we have received. We are excited to award two deserving students with a $2,500 scholarship each, but it will be so difficult to choose only two!

Please stay tuned for updates!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation

Here is the most recent post from the Foundation's blog - please check it out!

Things are getting exciting now - we have received several applications so far, and are expecting to receive more before the deadline in April!

It's heartbreaking to see these applications because it just confirms that these kids have lost one or both of their parents, but it gives us so much joy to be able at least give two of them a substantial scholarship award to help with college tuition.

It will be so difficult to choose only two recipients, but it's my hope that someday we can increase that number.

Check out the Foundation's blog post, and if you know someone eligible to apply, please pass the information along. If you or anyone you know are in a position to make a donation, we would be so very grateful!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

...and that's all I'll say about that.

I've taken away something very positive from any negative experiences I've had with relationships (of any kind) the last six or so years:

I will not beat myself up anymore for being "stupid" or "naive." I give people the benefit of the doubt to a fault. I do my best to communicate well and honestly. I know how to love. I mean, I'm doing my part. And I don't ever want to stop because I happen to think those are good qualities in a person.

I've come to the conclusion that no matter how many times I might end up disappointed, I'm still gonna be the person I want someone to be for me.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Dance.

This article was recently posted on Soaring Spirits International's website, and I have to say - not only is this timely, but I could not have worded what's been on my heart any better than Sarah just did... 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Caulk.

I was going to post a link to a very inspiring post from a page on my Foundation's blog tonight, but something absolutely hilarious just happened that I have to write down first before I forget...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The softer side.

On August 19, 2008, Matt's good friend and hockey buddy, Rick, lost his wife, Maxine, to cancer. I remember how deeply Matt was affected and how helpless he felt at the thought of his good friend's devastating loss.

Shortly after Matt's unexpected death only three months later, Rick reached out to me and told me how touched he was by a message that Matt had sent to him just eight days before Maxine's death. He said he would read it to give him strength when he felt sorrowful.  I'll always be so grateful that Rick shared that message with me because it revealed the softer side of Matt that not everyone got to see: