Rosemary's Blog

A Story of Hope and Connection
October 12, 2011, 12:04 pm
Filed under: Family and Friends

July 1, 2011

Last week my two beautiful sons, Sean Robert and Kyle Joseph, were taken from this world in a horrible and tragic way. Despite the tremendous loss to all of us, their two beautiful souls are now giving us the inspiration, strength and positive energy to change the world into what they envision it can be. The love that Sean and Kyle are generating in the universe is phenomenal and it is all around us. Now it is up to us to each do our part. So I invite you and challenge you to help them carry on their mission.

– Maria

Note from Rosemary: Maria Pe and I have become close friends since I sent her a packet after learning about the death of her precious sons Sean and Kyle. She sent me the following e-mail yesterday which brought me to tears. I asked her permission to share it here on my blog. This story from her niece Alicia is an affirmation for me just how close our special angels are to each of us.

Hi Rosemary,

I just wanted to share with you this beautiful story that my niece sent me last night.

Love, Maria

Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:02:58 -0700
Subject: Sean and Kyle

Dear Auntie,

This past weekend I went on a three day backpacking/ white water rafting trip. Preparing for this trip, I was extremely nervous about going and was even thinking about changing my mind and backing out. This particular trip is the hardest Wilderness Course they offer on campus and on an intensity and physical difficulty scale of 1 to 5, it was a 5. We had to be able to rig and paddle our own boat with our own gear in it, along with a bunch of other weight. This made me extremely nervous along with the fact that there were a couple level 3 and 4 rapids on the 15 mile stretch we were paddling. The night before the trip I was getting extremely anxious, but decided I would just go for it since it would push me out of my comfort zone. The next morning we drove out of Flagstaff and hiked down to an isolated portion of the Verde River. When I got in my boat I was scared out of my mind and the head guide could see the fear on my face. Out of the 12 people that went, he looked directly at me and simply said, “Alicia, take a deep breath. You will be fine because we have two extremely experienced guides coming with us that will make sure you get through every rapid safely. Their names are Sean and Kyle.” I was at a loss for words. All of a sudden I had this huge breath of relief and the most peaceful feeling I have ever experienced. I still cannot even begin to wrap my head around it.

As the trip went on, the connection became even stronger. As I got to know the two guides, I found that their personalities were incredibly similar to Sean and Kyles’.
The guide named Sean was very laid back and extremely comfortable in his own skin. He was Navajo and had such a wise outlook on life. He taught us so much and really opened up our eyes to the world around us and the effect we have on it. He even p assed around this bracelet that he wears everyday and told us the story behind it. It reminded of the necklace Sean always wears.

Our guide, Kyle, was very different from Sean. He was a go-getter; always upbeat and ready to ride the rapid first. For the whole trip, he would go down the big rapids before us, leading the way. Every execution was perfect. He ran each rapid with ease to show us how it was done. He would then wait at the bottom of the rapid to make sure everyone came down safely.

I am so glad that I decided to go on this trip. It was life changing.

Love you,

Alicia Nicole Pe
Art Education Major ‚óŹ Peer Jacks Mentor
T.V. Services/ Sports Production Crew Member
Northern Arizona University