Friday, January 16, 2009

We're back to the USA! Scroll down for updated pictures from our travels.
We just updated with pictures from Costa Rica.

We were married in Peoria IL at a small gathering of Wolfs & Teiweses.
Following some Latin adventures in Peru & Costa Rica, we will be back on the North Shore in late March and have a Massachusetts celebration on April 18th.

The Costa Rica pictures include our trip to the Osa Peninsula, a cloud rainforest in San Gerardo de Dota, the Arenal Volcano, the Orosi Valley, and San Jose. A real special part of our trip was getting to spend time with Will and Ella, some of Becky's friends from college who work with the Methodist Church in Costa Rica. Will teaches at a local seminary and they are working on helping to build a children's home as well as leading a weekly children's club. Their website is

We made it to Costa Rica. Below are more misc. pictures from Peru including the Mejia Beach and Festival in the Colca Valley. Next we're headed to the Osa peninsula in Costa Rica.

From Cusco and Maccu Picchu, we headed to Lake Titicaca (why is that so fun to say?) and Taquile Island. From there we headed south through the 14,000 foot peaks, got stuck in some snowy mountain traffic with our autistic friend Pedro (why does mark always have to be so friendly?), and arrived in the ¨white city¨ of Arequipa. Arequipa is full of great history, convents, churches, museums, etc... We visited St. Catherine´s convent and we liked this message the Dominican nuns left for the public to read. ¨After more than 400 years we are still here, because our contemplative vocation is LOVE. This is our great secret of being happy: to be in love, neither with an idea nor a project, but with Jesus Christ.¨ Preach it nuns!

We made it to Peru for the first part of our honeymoon. Here are some pictures from Cusco & Machu Picchu. I´ll try to post some more next week.

Pictures from the big day.

Thanks to our cousins Dan & Katie for taking pictures and to Jake for playing music.
Here's the processional that he played.

Some of the Ladies from Becky's Georgia Wedding Shower.

Some of the Guys from Mark's Massachusetts Bachlor party. We were singing Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" at Jacob Worths

We wanted to buy wedding rings from a local jeweler. After driving around Cape Ann, we found Leslie Wind. She made custom rings from gold passed on to us from our families.


  1. Beckster he is so cute and I am so so happy for this next move in your life!

  2. Dear Ones,

    These are exciting times for you. I wish you both a beautiful wedding day which will be a witness to the power of God's love and blessings.

    I do have a great passage which I thought I would share from Madeleine L’Engle’s The Irrational Season.

    “But ultimately there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take…It is indeed a fearful gamble…Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature.

    To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take…If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation…It takes a lifetime to learn another person…When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling, and which implies such risk that it is often rejected.”

    Blessings and love,

  3. You are so beautiful Becky!!! The pictures are so great. Hopefully the warmer weather made its way out to IL too. I can't wait to see you guys.



  4. CASA DE PIATRA (House of Rock as they say here in Romania on your wedding day) !!!! Our hearts leap for you! Mark, you have been a dear friend to many of us here, and we all look forward to when your travels meander this way so that we can all meet Becky. Your wedding pictures are gorgeous and I love your rings and hope you'll soon have some beautiful furniture around you, constantly whispering to you both how much you are loved. Travelling mercies...Vaya con Dios...Brandi, Dana, Briana Bates and the FNO Fam.

  5. Mark! Congratulations to you and Becky! Enjoy your trip and I hope our paths will cross soon.


  6. Mark and Becky,
    My thoughts often drift to you and your current adventures in South America and Costa Rica. Katie's pictures which came a few days ago just help me recreate the beautiful day that was given to us to share your wedding, both indoors and out. How's the Peruvian food? Love Aunt Pam