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Paradise – part 4

Friday May 27th

The McEacherns & The Dregers


Being our first day back in Canada we very much enjoyed our time with my parents. We greatly enjoyed chatting and filling my family in on the details of our latest adventure. My dad had the day off so we spent time together talking, connecting, and enjoying each others company as we prepared for the Ontario reception that would be happening the next day!

Later that evening, after an amazing dinner, Andrew and I headed to the airport to pick up Rolf and Marianne for their first trip to Toronto! Upon returning home, the two families had a chance to sit and enjoy each others company before launching into all the excitement the next day would hold!


Cake made by Zeljka from Cakers Cakes in Ontario

Saturday May 28th– Ontario Reception

The day started bright and early as we prepared for the arrival of many wonderful ladies who were lending their hands in the kitchen. In true McEachern style we started the day with pancakes, bacon, and one of the most amazing brunches!

Around 9 the ladies arrived and Andrew  and I set out on an adventure to show Rolf and Marianne around the city. We returned around noon to a house full of busy woman dashing from one room to the next, while the men finished setting up white tents and cleaning off the back deck. Guests arrived at 1 and the house quickly filled with friends and family who were unable to join us for the big day. After some time away it was so great to see so many friendly faces. The party lasted until 9, and we all settled in for a relaxing evening  together as a family!

Sunday May 29th

Alderwood United Church


Being our last day in Toronto we headed to my home church Alderwood United Church to spend some time with my church family! It is never a complete trip home without a visit to Alderwood. The bright faces, welcoming arms, and close family ties. It is like traveling to a the 1940’s while being in Toronto during the 21st century.

Following some time of fellowship with our church family we headed home to pack, and have a final family meal before Andrew and I boarded our final plane heading back for Alberta.

We were greeted at the airport by Mattias, with a big smile and wide open arms! It was so great to see him again! After gathering a few things from the Dregers we headed straight out to camp to start on our next great adventure!


Be sure to stay tuned for future updates and photos from our ontario reception!!!


– Sarah

Posted July 7th, 2011.

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Paradise – part 3

The boat ride to Xcaret!

Monday May 30th -  Xcaret Mexico

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea that features unique activities, where you have fun while discovering the natural  and cultural richness of Mexico. This park was located just down the river from our hotel within walking distance! For the day we spent our time wondering around the many natural exhibits like the monkey island, the cougar island, a

look at the detail!!! Eber would just LOVE this!

romantic boat ride, a trip down another under ground river, a trip through the mayan village, a butterfly pavilion, a spanish villiage, green houses with some of the mostbeautiful orchids, flamingoes, and an exhibit dedicated to the education and preservation of sea turtles (SOOO COOL). In the late evening we enjoyed a romantic dinner back at the resort at one of the ala cart restaurants, this particular one was the grill ( Andrew and i couldnt help but think about how much Eber would have enjoyed it) before heading back to Xcaret for the evening performance. This event is a nightly show that includes over 300 different people showing the history and culture of Mexico! We even watched as they played a game similar to basketball and football where you use only your hips, and the fire hockey game! It was amazing!!!

Tuesday May 31st – Coba


Coba was a whole new kind of adventure. Though we had set out to tour ancient ruins like we had during our trip to Chichen Itza this expedition was different. Jorge our guide picked us up bright and early and we spent the morning being educated about Mayan ruins and traditions. There are a few unique things about Coba. this particular site has a very rustic feel (think Indiana Jones). Though the main pyramid is intact many other ruins are being discovered and reconstructed to this day. There were vines, weeds, and

At the top We Made It!!!

rubel throughout the ruins. It was breathtakingly beautiful. The other detail about Coba that makes it extremely special is that it is currently the last pyramid that you are able to climb. Now I know what some of you are thinking… Sarah climb… how tall was this thing? well there were 110 stairs ranging in size and shape and it was VERY VERY high. Andrew was very excited to take me climbing and it must be love because i joined him. There were many water breaks and a minor panic attack on the way up but the view was amazing. On the way down… we took our time, and I had the chance to get to know a french guide who spends her days helping people down the pyramid!!! Best advice I have ever heard “always make sure you can see your feet”!

Following our climb we wandered the rest of the ruins and did a little shopping at a Mayan shop before heading back to the resort! The rest of our day was spent enjoying the beauty of the ocean, the beautiful sun, and a showing from some local artisans!


Wednesday June 1st

For our final day in Mexico we enjoyed a relaxing morning at the resort followed by a romantic dinner and an evening out on the town. We took a taxi into the local city Playa Del Carmen and spent a few hours walking around the beaches and shops. Enjoying the sunset, and getting to know some locals. I must say the concept of getting a Starbucks while in Mexico was actually rather unsettling, with so much richness and culture why would one go for the ordinary? While shopping we found one lady who had some of the most unique and traditional pieces of art we had had a chance to see throughout our trip. Though I attempted to ha gal I learned that this wasnt my forte!


Watching the sunrise

Thursday June 2nd

Andrew and I woke up early on our final morning. We were slotted to leave at 10 so we woke to watch the sunrise on the ocean, took a leisurly walk, enjoyed our last mexican meal (chocolate filled crossants SOO GOOD) before heading to the van. It was an amazing morning! Our flight was restful, and we landed in Toronto just in time to have a quality evening with the McEacherns!



Stay tuned for more details


– Sarah

Posted July 5th, 2011.

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Paradise – part 2

the river flowing through our resort

Friday May 27th

Being our first official day in Mexico, we decided to take it easy and enjoy the resort. In the morning we had orientation with our liaison, booked a tour, and arranged our upcoming days. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch, went in search of the monkeys on the property, and made a point of swimming in as many pools as we could that day. We made it to 4 before turning in for the evening to get some sleep in preparation of our next great adventure… Chichen Itza!!

Sarah infront of Chichen Itza

May 28th – Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was our first of many excursions while in Mexico! This particular day was a day I won’t soon forget! Though maybe for reasons other than what you would expect.

Ruben our tour guide did a great job of leading us throughout the day. We started out our day at a store run by some local Mayan people. This store specialized in jewelery, dresses, and plates that represented that of the Mayan culture.They also were known for their coffee (though I didnt take them up on their offer).

Andrew and the Observatory

Next stop was Chichen Itza one of the new wonders of the world! Though Andrew had been there before this was my first time and it was beautiful. The detail was amazing and I must say it was an experience I wont soon forget. We had 2 hours at the site and though the first hour was spent traveling around with our guide, we made the most of the second half where we explored even more of the site! Andrew even managed to get us to the observatory which was afew km away from the main site. It was beautiful and I really enjoyed it (just don’t tell Andrew!!).

Following Chichen Itza we went with the group for an amazing lunch at a local restaurant. While there we enjoyed some of the best tacos I have ever tasted, and the enchiladas were superb! While at the restaurant we were introduced to a new drink called Hamika (sadly I don’t know how to spell it and Google didn’t help) made from a local flower!  We also had a chance to enjoy a show performed by a few 12-14 year olds who danced, sang, played with fire, twirled plates on their head, and balanced water jugs!

The Cenote Maya

Then it was off to my favorite part of our adventure! We went swimming in the Cenote Maya. An underground river that takes place in a cave! It was amazing!!! The water was refreshing, the colours amazing, and I enjoyed every part of it, even the fish swimming around my feet (though there may have been a scream or two).

Before heading back to the resort we had 1 more stop at a city called Valladolid. This small city had been restored to represent the spanish luster it once held. As we spent about an hour touring the neighborhood we enjoyed some local music, amazing architecture, and had a chance to enjoy some traditional mayan art. It was amazing!

By the time we got back to the Resort we had just enough time to enjoy a italian inspired meal at the Buffet and enjoy a midnight swim!

Sunday May 29th

After such a great adventure on Saturday, Andrew and I decided that it was time to enjoy a day at the resort! We stayed close to home and relaxed on the beach! Enjoyed the amazing food at the ocean side restaurant and swam! That evening we went to the first of 4 ala cart restaurants. This particular evening we enjoyed the Meditteranian dining! It was amazing!

Be sure to stay tuned for more on our great adventure!


Posted July 5th, 2011.

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A Trip Around The City

I can honestly say I am the luckiest girl in the world. I have married the most amazing man in the world, and he is full of surprises. Not being a girl who typically enjoys surprises this was rather concerning, but I am appreciating them more and more! As many of you know Andrew was very intent on surprising me with where we were going on our Honeymoon. Here is a small glimpse into what he had planed!

Sunday May 22nd- Wednesday May 25th



The Toronto Skyline!

Toronto Sky Line

After a leisurely breakfast the morning after the wedding Andrew and I took a drive around Edmonton with the top down in the convertible Andrew had surprised me with at the wedding. It was beautiful and the weather was perfect! It’s never to early to start on ones tan! We headed to the airport shortly afterwords to embark on the first leg of our Great Adventure.

Andrew and I spent the first few days of our Honeymoon exploring the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). A chance for us to explore my roots! We enjoyed lots of walking, talking, and ate at some great restaurants. One highlight was our romantic dinner at Swiss Chalet (Thankyou to the Peters Family for their Amazing Gift Card!!)  followed by watching ‘Pirates 4’ at the  5 Drive in located in Oakville Mississauga.

Pearson International Airport!

Thursday May 26th

We headed out to the airport for 6 AM! As the rain pored down we were excited to head off on the next leg of our adventure. At this point Andrew still had yet to tell me where we were going. I had packed for warm weather (he had given me that much) and with passport in one hand and his hand in the other we headed on our way! It wasn’t until we checked our bags that I found out we were headed on a romantic getaway to the Mayan Riviera. After landing in Mexico we headed to our Hotel. It was amazing. Upon our arrival we were greeted with fresh juice as we checked in. The lobby itself was breath taking, and the grounds continued to amaze us for the entire week.  Be sure to check out our Honeymoon photos in our Gallery!

Occidental Grand Xcaret Lobby

Throughout our week in Mexico we enjoyed a lot of lounging at the pool, and eating some of the most amazing dishes ever created. It was unbelievable. There were actually more restaurants than we were able to eat at throughout our stay there.


More to come on our great adventure so stay tuned!!!


– Sarah Dreger

Posted June 23rd, 2011.

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Greetings From Prov

A special thanks to all who helped put together this great video. So many memories have been shared and this was a great reflection of the relationships what we have built over the years. To view the video click on the link below!

Sarah And Andrew May 21 2011 Wedding

Missing you all!


Posted June 10th, 2011.

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Ontario 3


Zeljka & Sarah February 2011

Family Day!

What a great day! Whoever decided that an entire day should be devoted towards family bonding was truly inspired!

After a busy weekend the McEacherns all slept in which is quite shocking. Some longer than others {Dad actually made it to 7am!}. As the day progressed we enjoyed a lovely brunch, reflected on the weekend, sorted through photos, Father Daughter dance lessons,  and just spent quality time together! Something that really hard to do with over 2000 miles between us.

Monday also was a great chance to connect with good friends. In the afternoon I had the chance to slip over to see theCoutilos new house! Zeljka (a friend from Elementry School and Highschool) and her husband Cedric moved into their new house just over a year ago and I FINALLY had the opportunity to see it! They have put alot of effort into making it home and it was great seeing it! We spent time catching up on eachothers lives and reflecting on the many memories we have shared! She even made amazing quasants! Oh Zeljka how I miss your cooking!

Allan and Paula Petrie

Later that evening the fellowship continued as the McEacherns , Cheryl Sedore, Brandon and Carrie were all invited over for a feast at the Petries home. My Auntie Paula is one of the most amazing cooks! It was so great to connect with them, celebrate eachothers lives, successes, and encourage each other in our future endevors! We also had quite the production as we filmed and produced a small greating that will be sent across the globe for a good friends birthday!

I find it amazing how distance has changed because of technology! It’s so great having the chance to connect with loved ones around the world! Happy Birthday Tristan! We Miss You!!!!

More updates to come soon!

Posted February 24th, 2011.

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Ontario Part 2

Alderwood United Church - Etobicoke Ontario

There is something really special about having the chance to return to your home church. Sunday was amazing. All the friendly faces, the chance to see old friends, a traditional service and intellectually stimulating teaching! This weekend Connie Den Bok the Senior Pastor at Alderwood spoke about missions, following Gods call, and standing up for your convictions through love. Connie used the testimony of Sarah Corson as an example, amazing. If you have the chance be sure to read her story in the book entitled “Risking Everything”.

After a joyous time of fellowship following the service Alida Alarcon

Alida Alarcon, Sarah McEachern, and Melissa McEachern

joined our family for lunch and a time to connect before she headed to florida. We spent time reflecting on some childhood memories, catching up on old times, and talking about our future plans. It was such a blessing to have that time to connect.

After dropping Alida at the airport the fellowship continued as Anne and Brian Evans joined us for dinner. A classic sunday night speacialty! Roast Beef, amazing veggies, and yorkshire pudding… mmm soo good!

What an amazing day filled with love and laughter!

Posted February 23rd, 2011.

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Ontario Visit part 1

Well it has been quite the trip so far! I arrived home on Thursday evening after a very rough flight for a chance to spend some quality time with my family and friends before the wedding! It was nice to have a family night, we watched some “Greys”, caught up on each others lives and prepared for the weekend ahead of us!

Friday was full of surprises! My mom (Joyce) and I had a great chance to spend some time together over brunch at Cora’s (by far one of the best breakfast places available) before heading out to do some shopping together! My dad (George) and I also had a chance to bond over de-decorating the house from it’s Christmas lights!

Paula Petrie sharing her words of wisdom for the "bride-to-be"

Saturday was a busy day but quite the blessing. The ladies at Alderwood United Church (my home church) showered me with gifts, love, and wise words from their many years of experience! No one will soon forget Dorthy McGlashens enthusiastic remarks!                        ” Never go to bed angry…. STAY UP AND FIGHT”! This was not a remark I expected.

Sarah & Avila

It was a joy to see friends and family that I hadn’t had a chance to connect with in person for the past few years. Connections from all stages of my life came out to celebrate!

The food was amazing, these woman went all out. Below is a picture of a cake made by my long time friend Zeljka! Its Amazing!!!! Many ladies have been asking if she has a business! Look her up on facebook at Cakers Cakes! We also had contributions of cookies shaped in dresses, and little tuxedos, amazing desserts, and more food than you can imagine!

An amazing cookies and cream creation by Zelkja!

As the day went on, I continued to be amazed by the many blessings and love that was literally showered over me! After arriving home my family and I settled in for a quiet evening, when to our surprise Amanda Tuck (my God sister) was at the door for a quick visit! Dad instantly pulled out his famous nacho dish and we spent a good 2 hours chatting about our lives and where it was taking us! How time has flown by and things have changed!  After Amanda left my Dad and sister headed off for the evening while my mom and I decided to finish the night off right with a good old fashion chick flick! There are very few evenings that I get to enjoy such movies and this was one of my favorites! If you haven’t had a chance to see “Letters to Juliet” it comes HIGHLY recommended! Though that may have had a lot to do with my company for the evening 😉

Thank you again to everyone who was involved! You all mean so much to me!

Posted February 21st, 2011.

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