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I am writing this an hour after coming home from the happiest week of 2023 and I cannot even put into words how much love I have flowing through my body at the moment. I just had the best week sailing on the Celebrity Beyond with my friends Ben & David. To say these 2 people have become such good friends would not be doing them justice. They would never admit this but they have become a beacon of light for me. I almost cancelled this cruise back in December and I am so thankful that I didn’t. When you are alone, there is something magical being around people that just get you. People that understand how silly you are, laugh at the stupid things you say, and can make you feel for even a second, that losing the best thing in your life, isn’t the end of your life.

We had such a great week on the cruise. I don’t laugh on the regular but this week it was nothing but smiles and sore cheeks until we stepped off the ship. This weeks song is called Gift of a Friend by Demi Lovato. It is the perfect song that explains how a friendship can save you. Before Sean, my friends were few and far between. My sister was probably my closest friend but other than her, I didn’t have anyone. And then Sean came into my life and I finally had someone I could lean on. When he died, my world was empty and I was drowning but then 2 people were like shining balls of light pulling me back to the surface. I know I say this a lot, and I will continue to say it, B&D are like family now. They are the closest friendship to the friendship that I had with Sean and they make me smile almost everyday. My world is truly brighter with them in it so I guess now they are stuck with me 😉

In all seriousness though, I am truly thankful for B&D and all of our friends who have been there for me these past 2 years. When they say it takes a village to raise children, it takes an army to help bring back a widow. I know I wouldn’t be here today without all of the amazing people that are in my life. Thank you to all of you for the support you give to your friends as well. They may not say it but your friendship means the world to them. Even a simple text to say “How was your day?” is all it takes for someone to feel like they are loved 💖

Driving a golf cart in Costa Maya, Mexico – Celebrity Beyond


  • Brenda

    May 24, 2023

    This has brought me to tears. We left the cruise world shortly after Seans passing. Covid, losing one of our inspiring couples we watched, dealing with the shutdown, and our cancelled cruise that would of been our 10 year anniversary and honeymoon (we never had one). It was so hard seeing everything shut down and noone getting to travel. We figured it must not of been meant to be. Your journey has been inspirational to say the least. I’ve checked in on you, never knowing the right words to say. I’m still in tears when I see he’s still here with you as you travel. Ben and David are amazing. I came to find them as I was looking for solid reviews of some cruise ships. I love the laughter and the love they share. Always praying that each day gets a little easier for you. Love, The Moe’s


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