Our Chile trip: the rest of the story

As I begin to write to you about our trip, I need to tell you about the dual challenge I was working under. First, the normal blogger’s challenge: how do you take readers along on a trip without telling the whole world you’re out of your house? Even if everyone at home is well supervised, it is still not something you want to trumpet over broadband.

The second challenge was more unusual.  John and I had been planning an anniversary trip, and did indeed choose to take that trip to Chile to see our daughter who is studying abroad.  But we were enticed.  Back in January, after spending just a few weeks apart, Erika and her boyfriend/fiance of two years surprised us by deciding to get married over spring break.  In Chile.  They wanted a few of their closest family to come, but they wanted to surprise almost everyone else in their lives. To give you an idea of the scope of this secret– most of my sisters didn’t even know until last week.

So last week when I was writing about leaving for Chile, John and I were actually on our way to a wedding in Chile.  On Saturday, in  stunningly beautiful Santa Lucia in Santiago Chile our Erika married her Israel.  We couldn’t be happier for them and we are wishing God’s every blessing on their lives.

I’ll be writing more about our trip in the next days as we get unpacked and try to segue back into normal life.  I’ll also be sharing more photos.  The pictures below were taken by Israel’s awesome brother David Shirk, of Unplugged Photography.  I can’t wait to see more– I am sure they are gonna be amazing!  But finally you (and my sisters! 😉  ) know the rest of the story!


  1. What a beautiful wedding!!!

  2. Ohhhhhh…yay for them, and congrats to you!!!

  3. I was wondering why we hadn’t seen/heard any wedding progress reports like we did for her sister’s wedding! I’m sure it was fantastic. Kudos to them for doing it how they pleased. 🙂

  4. What a fantastic time I hope you all had. Have heard Chili is an amazing place to visit.
    And also, at least as far as I am concerned, did not guess what was going on behind the scenes. How smart of you to give the illusion that life was perfectly normal because afterall, as you said, you do not want the world to know that you are not physically at your house–nevermind in the country!
    I am sure that as a writer and now blogger, how much of your life you really let the public know has been a constant dilemma. You have struck what seems like a great balance of blogging with some freedom but also giving your children their privacy.
    Can’t wait for more pictures of the couple and of the country you saw.

  5. I have traveled just about all over the world but the one place I have never made it to is South America. I am told that it is a wonderful mix of cultures with some of the most stunning scenery anywhere on the globe. For you to be able to enjoy a family wedding on your trip must have made it simply perfect. I am envious!

  6. Sarah (One of those Sisters) says:

    I thought I was the only one out of the loop. Congrats to all. It looked beautiful. Will there be a local reception?


  7. WOWWWW! Gorgeous wonderful beautiful, and good for you mom and dad to GET THERE! Beautiful couple, may God shower them with blessings. Wow. Cool and wonderful!

  8. WOW!!!!! I have goose bumps. What an amazing weekend. Gorgeous dress and perfect weather. God’s Blessing on the newly married couple and the super secret parents 🙂

  9. Congratulations to the lovely couple! I love the third pic. Simply stunning.

  10. Congratulations.

    I’m weeping with the force of that third picture. Holy cow.


  11. Congratulations! What a beautiful day and what beautiful people!

  12. Sue from Buffalo says:

    What a beautiful bride your daughter is. May God grant them many blessings and many many happy blissful years.

  13. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations! Looks like a wonderful wedding!!

  14. Congratulations! What a perfect ruse you put on. I even mentioned to my husband after you posted that you were going to Chile how dangerous it was of you to broadcast that news. So what a great idea to safely get the information out there! Your daughter’s dress is just lovely!

  15. Seriously, this brought tears to my eyes! So perfect. Congratulations!

  16. OK now I know why it mattered about more shoes – what a totally romantic wedding concept – beautiful and romantic — your family is the BEST

  17. This is one of the sweetest and romantic things I have read in a long time!

  18. Congratulations to all! How perfect! I love the description “our Erika married her Israel”. Thanks for sharing with us all!!

  19. How wonderful! Congratulations to them! Kudos to you, Mary, for gracefully keeping it a secret.

  20. Wow! Congrats! What a beautiful story…She looks stunning!

  21. We knew you were a wise momma 😉 This is just more proof! You handled the blog world superbly to protect your family!

    What a fantastic story, what a beautiful couple! May God bless them and draw them ever closer to each other as they draw closer to Him!

  22. So, so sweet! Congratulations to all!

  23. Oh.my.word. Beautiful! Stunning! Congratulations to Erika and Israel!!! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

    Many blessings…

  24. Beautiful pictures and congratulations!!

  25. Congrats!! Wow, that’s awesome!! Beautiful pictures and so fun and romantic!!

  26. Beautiful pics and stunning dress! Congrats to all of you!