Light Up The Sky Like A Flame


Sunrise in Miami, FL on morning of our return.

I have broken down my incredible vacation into daily posts because I feel as though each day was one worth remembering. The first couple of months of 2011 have been so hectic and so crazy…I just didn’t want to have this trip end up being the same way.

Has it been a good experience for dad?  After all, this was all HIS idea.  Honestly?  I’m not really sure. He had some tough moments on the ship, but for the most part I think he enjoyed watching Sunshine and I be in love.  When people ask him about the trip. he says that because we had fun, he had fun. And in the end, I think maybe this was more of a tribute to mom than a real escape from the pain of being alone in the house.

We're back? But we don't wanna end the vacation...

And as for Sunshine and I?  Well…I think it’s quite obvious to anybody who has read our blogs over the past couple of weeks that we fell more and more in love with each other every single day.  I know that’s gotta be nauseating to some (lol), but it’s honestly a feeling that…four years ago…I never thought I would be able to experience.  Hell, I never thought I would ever feel the way I feel…living each day so in love that it almost feels like a dream.

But the kicker?  It’s not a dream.  Our love is a reality, and I just couldn’t have imagined how incredibly happy I would end up after having found the absolute most perfect woman in the world for me.  I thought the whole “perfect match” thing was just something out of a movie and not based in any type of reality.  My parents being together almost 43 years kinda shot down that theory, so their marriage has helped to inspire me as I know that the happiness I feel with Sunshine doesn’t ever need to go away.

This cruise has been much more than a vacation for me. It’s brought my dad and I a LOT closer together, it’s brought my dad to genuinely believe that he has a future daughter-in-law that he already considers family, and it’s helped confirm to me something I’ve already known…that I’ve found my life partner and soul mate.

And really…how many times does anybody ever get the chance to dress up in fancy clothes and stand in front of a cheesy background?



This cruise has been such an amazing experience that we can’t wait to do it again.  So to you all I pose this question…


I posed this question on Twitter, too, and can tell you both Random Esquire and Mister Mama Sir are both keen on joining us.  So I guess I’m wondering if this is something that we can actually turn into a reality?  With enough advance notice (i.e. it’s a year from now) and enough research, we could find a cruise with rates that could be quite affordable.  Plus, we could get some tips and great ideas from people online that do this regularly (i.e. Cruisin’ Tam or TwinCitiesLynn).

So what say you? Would you be interested in trying a cruise with some crazy Canucks? Do you think this is something worth pursuing?


14 thoughts on “Light Up The Sky Like A Flame

    1. Actually, I was thinking about you and “Gentleman Jack” (or Jim or Jacob or whatever his name is on the blog…lol). I think we’d have one HELLUVA good time together.

      Definitely keep it in the back of your mind.

  1. I so enjoyed cruising along with you in your daily posts about your cruise! I could understand every part of what you and Sunshine wrote. My sister LOVED cruises! So, as for what you, your dad, your brother and Sunshine were going through missing your mom — I got it.

    Of course, I could give you lots more tips, etc. And may even tag along. But I am trying to get a group together — family, friends, friends of friends, (bloggers?) together next year. We’ll have to see what happens.

  2. Honestly? I’m totally in.
    I can’t wait.

    I think I said this on Sunshine’s blog the other day but I’m going to say it again:
    I love your love story.
    It gives me hope.

    I’m so happy for you guys – and I’m glad that you both got so much out of your vacation together, and that your dad was able to enjoy himself.

  3. Depending on when it is, I might just join you! I go yearly at Thanksgiving when the majority of my family goes, but there is a smaller group that goes on one in the spring too (they all live in FL so they don’t have to worry about airfare). Keep me posted! 🙂

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