28 January 2012

truth and dare


speaking of wonderful words, i was recently made aware that once john steinbeck wrote a letter to his son about love. young thom told his pa that he thought he was in love, and here is how his father responded…

dear thom:
we had your letter this morning. i will answer it from my point of view.
first - if you are in love - that's a good thing - that's about the best thing that can happen to anyone. don't let anyone make it small or light to you.
second - there are several kinds of love. one is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. this is the ugly and crippling kind. the other is an outpouring of everything good in you - of kindness, and consideration and respect - not only the social respect of manners but the greatest respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. the first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had.
you say this is not puppy love. if you feel so deeply - of course it isn't puppy love.
but I don't think you were asking me what you feel. you know that better than anyone. what you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it - and that i can tell you.
glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
the object of love is the best and most beautiful. try to live up to it.
if you love someone - there is no possible harm in saying so - only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
it sometimes happens that what you feel inside is not returned for one reason or another - but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
lastly, i know your feeling because i have it and i am glad you have it.
and don't worry about losing. if it is right, it happens - the main thing is not to hurry. nothing good gets away.
love,
fa

i absolutely love this, and i believe what mr. steinbeck wrote is true. true love is true. i just know it.

in addition to sharing this bit of truth tonight, i also want to issue a dare (you know, just to round things out, 8th grade style) to my blog readers. blog stats and analytics are quite fascinating. there are quite a few of you who drop by and see what i have to say or share. i have a sneaky feeling that you are a pretty neat group of people. but analytics only give me numbers, and quite honestly, i want to know a little about who is behind those numbers! people are so, so great.

so … i triple dog dare you to leave a comment on this post and tell me why you’re reading my little blog, or what your thoughts are on true love, or what steinbeck book i should read next, or what your favourite color is, or what makes you feel “dripping with passion.”

do you remember what happens to those kids who don’t follow through on their dare when playing “truth or dare”???

me, either. hmmmm. but just leave me a comment. i want to know a bit of who you are. because i think i like you.

86 comments :

  1. This is me and Jonah. We read because we care.

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  2. I am S. I read your blog because I think life should be loved as much as you love it. You're blog is funny, sweet and full of joy. My favorite colour is light blue. I think being in love is probably one of the best things life can offer us. Althought we might have heartbreaks or rejections, we should always remember the joyful moments that happen when we are in love. Have a lovely week-end Charity (:

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  3. Because you are so full of love and life and goodness and testimony. I think you are terrific. I am a mother of two, homeschool mom, gardener, runner, bishops wife, book reader, vegan organic cook, byu grad, I love my life and am so thankful for the gospel.

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  4. I found your blog through your sister, Shawni's blog. How can anyone resist checking a blog with a title like yours??? :) I continue to read your blog because I love your zest and vibrancy for life. I also am a love the beautiful way you express yourself through words. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us! :)

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  6. Hi! I never leave comments like this... but couldn't resist your appeal. You have an inspiring outlook on life and your blog is joyful and happy - just what this world needs more of! I guess that's the great thing about technology... it's fun to get to know people you otherwise would most likely never cross paths with.
    Incidentally, I also have a brother who lives in Palo Alto...
    I'm a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a young women's leader, a runner and 2-time Ironman, a quilter, love to travel (especially to England/London - I lived there as a child!) and love the gospel and my life. And I'm way too indecisive to ever pick a favorite color!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. I read your blog for absolutely selfish reasons. You lift me after a hard day teaching 12,13, and 14 year olds reading in Special Education. I drag myself home after a 9 hour day, (it might also have to do with the fact that I have mylofybrosis, heart disease, 3 hernias, and being a single mother and grandmother) and there you are--Dripping with Passion---exploring the world and sharing your testimony through pictures and beautiful words. It makes me wish I had lived my life at your age to such a fantastic degree. Keep it up, and thank you so very much!:)

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  8. Hello there,

    My name is Ana and I actually came across your blog though your sister's (Shawni) and I just LOVE how you describe your passion for that beautiful event we call mortal life!
    Also, I feel very in peace whenever I read or listen the mormon messages and that makes me want to know more about this wonderful church!
    Much love from Brasil,

    Ana :)

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  9. Hi Charity-

    I read your blog because it inspires me. You look at life through a different lens and it reminds me to stay optimistic. Our ways of thinking are pretty similar(about nature, adjectives, etc.) and it's nice to be able to connect with somebody I don't even know!

    Oh, and since some other people are playing the random info. game, I love sunsets and lilies. The color white. Fettucine Alfredo. Mmmm....

    Okay, I'm done! Thanks for the post!

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  10. I love your outlook. My daughter reads too and I think it's great for her to see possibilities, opportunities, adventures in the future.

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  11. I Read because 1)I love good blogs 2) I got acquainted with Shawni's blog first and then realized you two are sisters so of course I had to follow you too 3) you have rad friends that I also really like 4) I want to live in SF one day 5) Your travel adventures and my expat adventures give us something in common. 6) I secretly hope following a new blog will result in a new follower for mine (shameless plug).

    :)

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  12. I'm Tara from Utah. I found your blog via your sister Shawni's. I am so inspired by your passion for life and your adventures.

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  13. I found your blog through Shawni's blog about 6 months ago when a post about SF caught my eye. I love your energy and take on life - your comments make me want to remember and be more of who I was before toddlers took over my life. And I miss the bay area - my husband's military career has taken us far from CA. I was in the Stanford ward almost 10 years ago and hope that you grow to love the peninsula as much as the city!

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  14. I found your blog through your parents site. I love them. I really do. Their inspiring teachings came to me at a time when i really needed some parenting schooling and I found your blog at a time when I really needed to open my eyes and heart to joy of being alive. Your zest and zeal for life is a gift that is catching! I LOVE it! Favorite color is all shades of green. Love is awesome! and so are you! Have a magnificent weekend!

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  15. Here from Panama City, Florida. Reading because you're my friend.

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  16. Echoing a few others...linked here from Shawni's blog. (I listened to her and your mother at Time Out. Your whole family is filled with wonderful people!) I continue to read your blog because I LOVE reading about the adventures and travel. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  17. Ahhh, the secrets out! My best friend who goes to BYU (well actually she's on her mission right now) introduced me to your blog last year. I love you passion for life. Your adventures have made me appreciate the little things in school and my life more and i've been looking at those experiences with a much brighter and happier light.

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  18. Ahhh, i can't believe I am actually commenting on the blog of someone I don't know...who knew that double-dares actually work?! I found your blog from your sister Shawni's. I am from Ipswich, England, so I originally loved reading because of your mission experiences. I now live in Utah with my husband and baby girl. I keep reading because I love your happiness and adventures.

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  19. I also found your blog through Shawni's blog and I am so glad I did! I spent at least an hour last weekend looking at all of your gorgeous travel pictures and mentally planning my next vacation. I am 28 years old, married, with a 2 1/2 year old boy. I live near Atlanta and work at an insurance company in training and development. I have not read much Steinbeck, but I definitely agree with the words he wrote to his son in the letter you shared. Keep writing and living passionately! Best, Jenn

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  20. Although i don't know you, i read your blog, because your passion about life is just stirring. Everytime i read your blog it shows me, that life is a gift of god and wonderful in many ways and we have many reasons to be thankful for, and enjoy every moment of it. It makes me also think, we should see the positive in stressful and not so funny moments in life.
    I'm a student in midwifery, a daughter and sister and i'm from switzerland

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  21. Well, I read your blog to keep up on what's happening on your side of the world AND because most of the time you're awesome enough to post tons of amazing pictures of California which help me get my fix and remind me on the very hard days why I'm doing this stupid masters...so that hopefully one day I can make the move Stateside! P.s have you ever been to the Steinbeck museum? My school teacher sister visited there in the summer as she's teaching one of his books to her class. Apparently the area was rather dodgy tho and their motel they stayed in was a bit sketchy!! X

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  22. I read your blog because it reminds me to focus on the joys of life. Your writing is funny, uplifting and full of love, and makes me want to visit San Francisco! I love the colour green. My name is Samantha and I'm from the Gold Coast, Australia. Keep dripping with passion!

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  23. I found it through Shawni's blog. I think you are a great writer and always seem to be up to something fun. I've read several of your parent's parenting books and think it is interesting to see what they're kids are up to.

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  24. I too found you through your sister's blog, which I found as a result of her I'm a Mormon bit. And my little sister and her husband live in Nob Hill so I love seeing your SF posts. My favorite color is currently Carolina Blue. Thanks for such vibrant posts!

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  25. I'm a regular lurker on your blog. I found you through your parents, whom I've loved for years as amazing people and educators. I'm drawn back to your blog often because of your enthusiasm for life. I so wish I had been more that way during my twenties. I had a more dower and frustrated attitude then and I regret it. Also, I so deeply hope my girls can see a woman like you and admire who you are and what you stand for.

    Take care!

    Stephanie

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  26. I stumbled across your blog a while ago, from Shawni's blog. I spent all day inside just relaxing, then I realized it's Saturday night, "What the heck are you doing home on a Saturday night, Ehu?! You need to be out and bursting with passion". Then I thought of you & your blog, so here I am. What a beautiful letter from Mr. Steinbeck. I want to share it with my friends, via blog.
    *True love thoughts: I need to find it again, SOON!! :)
    *Steinbeck book recommendation: Yikes...I'll have to come back to this later.
    *Favorite color: Crimson.
    *What makes me drip with passion: Cooking for loved ones, Being creative and being surrounded by friends.

    I enjoy your blog posts and your fashion sense. I think it's daring and some would even describe it as "dripping with passion"--in the cool & funky way, of course. Cheers!

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  27. What serendipity! I came to your site today with the intention of finally leaving a comment :-) I found you through your sister, Shawni's blog, which I found through your parents' blog (I have four boys and your parents provide invaluable insights to my parenting.)

    So I started to read your blog shortly before the holidays and was delighted that you were willing to share your adventures and thoughts with readers.

    We are now neighbors, as I live in Palo Alto as well. And the work you are doing with Clay Christensen is near and dear to my heart (I could go on forever about that subject.)

    I would love to be of service in any way possible as you settle into Palo Alto, though I am sure you know our area pretty well and you probably know a lot of people through work and church- but just in case I would be happy to share anything I could (yogurt at Fraiche, a walk to the Dish, picture taking at the Rodin Sculpture Garden, biking to Shoreline.)

    All my best,

    Tasha
    (tashlinc at yahoo dot com)

    PS Thank you for the Steinbeck letter. I enjoyed it very much.

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  28. If I had to write an embarrasing moment paper, you would be the star. While in a state of post-partum exhaustion after my seventh child was born, I went looking for an original copy of your mom's "witch" book on the internet. What I found was your blog. I still can't believe I dared to ask you to find me a copy. You were only about 10 years old. (This was when Shawni was pregnant with Max.)I am usually not so bold, so that gives you an idea how much that book means to me. It will always be a prized posession even though I cringe at my craziness whenever I look at it. (BTW, I wound up with 5 boys and 4 girls -- my only claim to success in Eyre-likeness.) Because of all the Eyres have taught me over the years, I feel like you are extended family. I read because you and your family are such great examples of life well and purposefully lived and I hope to become more like you. I'm sure this chapter of your life will be full of lessons on love. Good luck!

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  29. I too (like many others) am a huge EYRE fan and have read many of your parents' books, read your sisters' blogs and generally admire you and your family from afar. You are an excellent writer! And I want to line you up with my cute brother-in-law. How weird/crazy am I?

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  30. Hello from Auckland, New Zealand (aka the most beautiful place in the world!) I am a young mum to three gorgeous munchkins, and wife to one rockin' husband. It's a life which I adore, but truthfully, sometimes I get so tired. I read your blog because it reminds me to live passionately and vibrantly, even when I am exhausted. Thanks for sharing with us all!

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  31. Hello from Logan Utah, my name is Natalie and I also found your blog through Shawni's. Even though I don't have kids yet I have read a number of your parents books on parenting and saw them speak when I went to college in Toronto Canada.Love being inspired by the lives of women who share my faith!

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  32. Hi, I read your blog because it makes me smile. You are such an inspirational writer and on downer days or even excellent days your words give me a pick me up or broaden my smile. Thank you.

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  33. Charity, I love what people have shared because they love reading your perspective, your adventures, and your passion for life!! You're so fantastic! You're welcome up here again anytime, maybe you can make this spring's favorites party!! xoxo

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  34. p.s. we need to talk Thailand soon...I'll email you

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  35. I love uplifting blogs and checking in on yours every now and then always makes me smile. I am an Aussie mormon mum who is back home in Australia, having just spent three years living in Vienna, Austria with my little family.

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  36. Hi, Charity, I am a mom of 8 and a grandma of 16 and counting. I raised my kids while garnering ideas from your mom's books, accidentally came across Shawni's blog, and found yours (and Saren's and Saydi's and Jonah's and...). I love reading your blog because of your use of language, your fun adventures, your photography, but mainly because you are "dripping with passion". You remind me to love every day, every place, and every person I can and to be excited about it. Keep up the good work. You're awesome!

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  37. Hi Charity,
    I originally found your blog through Shawni's too. I'm from a tiny island state, Tasmania, off the south coast of the Australian mainland, perhaps your most southern reader!!! Married for almost 11 years with three fantastic children. Love the gospel, love positive attitudes and love your blog :)
    Claire xxx

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  38. Hello Charity!
    Your blog is so encouraging, and inspiring! I love the way you describe life, and the passion you have for even small things. It's very uplifting to your readers! I also love hearing your testimony, and the many ways Heavenly Father is working in your life! So encouraging!

    I am a college junior (University of Kentucky), classic book reader, seamstress, runner, traveler (with all my heart!), adventure seeker, hope to be dentist, soon to be married, good food loving, kind of gal.

    Thanks for the amazing blog! I look forward to reading it.

    Kristen Porter
    kristennporter.wordpress.com

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  39. Hi Charity-
    Thanks for "Dripping with Passion" You are inspirational and it's so much fun to follow along with you through life. I found your blog through your sister, Shawni whose blog I found through another blog. It was so funny because there was something so familiar about your family and I couldn't figure out why until a post on Bear Lake. I had read your parents' books long before I was a wife and mother. My number one career goal was to be a wife and mother and I felt it was part of my education to do adequate research beforehand. I remembered seeing that picture of your family in the tree and now here we are so many years later.

    Your blog and pictures are like a vacation to me. A breath of fresh air when it feels like life is snuffing the oxygen out of me. You should know how much your readers enjoy reading about your passion for life, the love you have for your family and friends and sense of adventure. I am incredibly grateful for you sharing your life and incredible pictures with us.

    I live in Southern California, am a wife & mother who does volunteer work for a local non-profit in my spare time.

    Keep living and loving passionately!
    Blessings-
    Kiki

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  40. I found your blog through Shawni's blog and couldn't resist the boldness of the name. I keep reading because no matter what seems to be happening in your life, your spunk and optimism shine through. Your blog is like a good book you don't want to put down. I want to keep reading and get to the end where all your dreams finally come true in whatever unexpected way that may happen.

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  41. Hi Charity!
    My name's Meredith and I've been reading your blog for a while. My favorite color is pink. I read your blog because when I grow up I want to be able to experience life like you have.
    I think true love is when a beating in your heart gets so loud that your true love can hear it and theirs matches your rhythm. I think true love is beautiful and can only happen once, so you've got to grasp it while you can and never let go.
    I'm not mormon, I'm baptist, but what I love about your blog is that it isn't religion specific. I feel like everyone can relate.
    Thank you for sharing a little corner of your life with us.
    <3 Meredith

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  42. I am a single mom in Idaho.. I came across your blog from reading your sister Shawni's blog.. I like Sarens blog too.. both of those were suggested as great blogs to read by a friend of mine whom I grew up with..Rachelle (whom I believe you know well). You seem like such an infectious personality.. someone who is just loving life and I love to read about your adventures! I wish you all the best and look forward to reading your next chapters :)

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  43. Hi :)

    This is officially the first comment I have ever left on a blog. I found your blog through Shawni's, and I found hers through mormon.org.

    I am 23 and in my first year of teaching 3rd grade in Nebraska. I love reading about your adventures and your passion for life is amazing and a good reminder to slow down and enjoy it's beauty when things get hectic :) Thanks for sharing with us!

    Kayla

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  44. I stumbled across your blog via 71 toes. That may have been the reason I first read your blog, but your thoughts, views, and passion... and adventures are a few of the reasons I keep reading it. It is also fun to see another single sista' getting along in a different part of the country/world! Keep it up!

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  45. Well Cher, count me among the millions who follow your blog. I just spent the last 10 minutes or so reading all of these wonderful comments about you, your family, and your passion for life. Not that I needed a reminder of your greatness, but I thought I'd echo everyone else and say that you inspire me. Nuff said. Love and miss you always.

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  46. My kindred spirit, Charity! You know I love you and your darling blog so much. This love letter is fantastic. Oh the power of words! I have resolve that I must read East of Eden this year. Must. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing your wonderful words and self so eloquently here. xoxo- Steph

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  47. Hi Charity! I'm a recent visitor of your blog via Shawni's blog. Maybe it's because we're both single LDS ladies, close in age (who have some friends in common - Matt Durham was my MTC teacher! I believe Landon Hanson was on that Jerusalem trip too - and I served with him in Italia... Dani is also a familiar face from college...), but I find it so refreshing to read the thoughts of someone going through much of what I am - and in such a joyful way. I'm cutting back on my computer time these days, but I just want to thank you for being an inspiring spot when I do come online. Have a lovely day!
    (un.sacco.di.bene@gmail.com)

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  48. It's hard to explain I guess I honestly come to your blog because I see qualities in you that I want for myself. More passion for life, for the little things. I love that you travel a lot. That you Live your life. I definitely want to visit San Fran now!!

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  49. Hi Charity!

    I check your blog because I like you. A lot. And I like learning from your experiences; learning from examples around you is just an integral part of our lovely mortal sojourn, right?

    You're wonderful :)

    Jen

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  50. WOW! You really hit the jackpot Charity. What a lot of amazing people are reading your blog. it's always so nice to know that someone's there! I agree with every comment! I just love to feel your "drips"! You are THE BEST!

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  51. Dude, you have a following! Way to go! I read as a way to keep up on your amazing life. Good luck with the new job/apartment/adventure!
    margs

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  52. I love reading your blog, Charity, because you are so enthusiastic and positive! It makes me feel happy reading all about your adventures!

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  53. I read your blog because I read your sisters blog, i read her blog because I read her book. Yes my name is juliet and i'm a blog stalker but i'm feeling less stalkerish since I saw a picture of my best friends big brother on your blog, so that makes me feel like we could have met in real life. And your blog makes me happy when I'm wondering why my newborn won't go to sleep at 3am. My favourite colour depends on my mood and whenever I hear/read true love I always think of the princess bride.

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  54. We follow your blog because you are totally amazing. We'll be back in two weeks, we need to have you over for dinner!

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  55. I found your blog through Shawni's blog. I have 2 kids with the same syndrome as Lucy. I enjoy reading about the fun places you go and the great experiences you have. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us all!

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  56. I read your blog because your cousin Ben and Ashley are two of my most favorite people. I went to a Mother's retreat and met Saren and thinks she is awesome. I'm also a joy school parent so I get newsletters from your parents all the time. I love your blog because I use to live in the Bay Area and I love seeing all the fun places that you go that I use to enjoy. I live in New Jersey now and miss the Bay terribly. I also love how adventurous you are and how you love life. I am a stay at home mom to four wonderful boys so my adventure is somewhat limited.

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  57. I absolutely enjoy your blog. I think we are about the same age and it is so very refreshing to read about your life although we are so very different. I feel like we'd be pals if we were in the same ward. I learn a lot from you as I read what you do and how you live your life. I get a little motivation and inspiration from your life and I'm grateful! Thanks for being you and for being a good example!
    - Amy :)

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  58. I'm Sarah. I was your mission companion for 4.5 months. I think love is a wonderful thing! It has transforming powers that seem to bring out the best in a person. It feels great! I love the color pink but not as much as I love my brand new husband. I read your blog every once in a while because you taught me so much while we lived and served the Lord together. I wish I would have had more time to learn from you and your example. You are just wonderful!

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  59. I read your blog because you are one of the most incredible, fascinating, passionate people I know! I was lucky enough to be your roommate in Jerusalem and got to spend 4 magical months with you. I love you! :)

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  60. First timmer here. Learned about your parents when a friend lent me Teaching Children Joy a year ago. Loved all the ideas in that book and have since been progressively learning more and more about your whole family and stumbling upon different websites about it all. What a cool letter about love!! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  61. I read because you remind me of the enthusiasm I felt for life as a single woman.

    LOVE the quote by Steinbeck, especially where he gently reminded his son that the love may not be reciprocated, and that it was OK.

    I come check out your adventures every week or so. I remember you playing the truth game with your Dad on Oprah back in the day...when my own children were babes.

    It has been fun to see the beautiful and talented woman you have become.

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  62. I am Kate. I became an unexpected stay at home mom almost 2 years ago and am surprised by how much I am enjoying the ride. I am a tap dancer, mother of 2 and a scientist. I read about 3 books a week and have a fiesty personality. Your blog reminds me of life before kids, when my time was my own! A great friend of mine (BFF in high school) is a member of the LDS and I think I found your blog through hers.

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  63. Hello! I have no idea how i stumbled upon your blog, but it's just splendid and full of positive energy which i love. I also love love Mr. Steinbeck's letter and couldn't agree more on the subject of love. Stop on by to say hello on my bloggy blog, i love visitors.

    ~ Bev :)

    http://bevedlybev.blogspot.com/

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  64. I love your blog because I see some of my old self in some of your posts. It helps me to remember who the real me is!Thank you. And I hope your new job is going well. I look forward to your posts.

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  65. We read too! We read because we can never get enough Charity in our lives.

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  66. Charity, I read because I know you:) and I love your passion, it keeps me coming back.

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  67. Love reading you uplifting and inspiring blog! My parents and yours were (are) dear friends from their days in MD, before I was even born. But I have grown up with their books in our bookshelves and the Eyre Thanksgiving card on our wall. Good parents and siblings you have! I am a married 32-year old Momma of 3 boys, currently living in San Antonio, TX and I love my crazy, happy life. but what I want to know is this: will you put a post together about "what to do/see/eat in San fran"! I am coming in May with 3 of my best friends and we have no idea what to do/see! I haven't been since i was 16! Would be ao grateful! Keep on keepin'!

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  68. Hi there! I came across your blog through 71 Toes and pop in sometimes to hear your amazing stories & see your wonderful pictures. You've inspired me to visit San Francisco someday for sure! Thanks for sharing Charity :)

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  69. hello there! nice to meet you, my name is lauren and i can't resist a good dare. i am not sure how i stumbled across your blog but i keep coming back. i love avocados, bikeriding, taking pictures, country drives, chocolate, the seaside, and ny newest favorite thing is my little baby boy. i adore your vocabulary and enjoy reading about your adventures in the bay. here's to you!

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  70. I love reading your blog because you make the ordinary extraordinary! And as a mother of 4 in a small Idaho town who dreams of traveling, your blog is my own private vacation. Thank you!

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  71. Hi Charity! That comment by Caitilin is my little sister (she's pretty cool!) As she said we've grown up with the Eyre Family Thanksgiving cards on your fridge throughout the holidays. I remember going to your Salt Lake house many, many years ago when we first moved to Utah from Hawaii. We hung out with all of you over there. Your parents let us stay at your cabins in Parley's Canyon when we first moved to Utah and had no place to live. We even had the opportunity to host your family while we lived in Hawaii. Anyway, I love reading about your passion for life, your adventures. I have long admired your family, and felt a sense of appreciation for you all, even if I don't know you all that well. I love your outlook on life whether situations are a bit frustrating or completely joyous. I definitely learn a lot when I read your blog, and hope to gain that sense of passion for my life as you have for yours. Thanks girl!!

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  72. ...oh and I'm a 34 year old, married for almost 7 years, living in Lehi, UT, desperate to have a baby after trying for all these years. I'm working on appreciating the little things in life, and trying to have a better outlook. Trying to have more faith that even though things don't happen as we would like them to, there's a reason for everything and Heavenly Father is in charge. I love life, whether good or difficult. Again, your blog helps me to see the positive side of things - so again - thank you!

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  73. I'm like many others: I read because I love the Eyre's and have read many books (specifically The Mothers Book of Secrets led me to all the blogs, which to me feel like extensions of the book, since reading a couple times a week helps me focus and reflect and be a better mom/wife/sister/friend/etc). I like your blog specifically because I've always found joy in the little things, too. Love your passion. :) And, randomly I know a couple people I've seen in your pictures. Such a small world! One I know from when she lived in Green Bay. Love her! The other I think worked at the library here where I live now. Do you know which 2 friends?
    I was also at the retreat at your parents home, thanks for all your work with that...amazing!! :)
    (I also talked with you once {email} about ordering tshirts, etc for future retreats. Random, yes, just something you might remember.)

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  74. Hi Charity, I'm a middle-aged housewife from ABQ, New Mexico that chanced upon your sister's blog (71 Toes) and through that found your blog. I stalk it regularly because 1) I love your outlook on life 2) you put word together very nicely 4) you went to school in Wellesley and my BFF lived in Wellesley 5) you have great adventures and I like to live vicariously through you.

    Thank you for sharing a part of yourself with me each day. And now I shall return to hiding....

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  75. I discovered you through your sister, Shawni's blog. I continue to lurk because you have such an uplifting way of writing. Keep it up!

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  76. Hi there....

    I first read your blog because I saw a link on your facebook about going over to India. Since then I've been checking it as frequently as I write in my blog. I love your outlook on life. It's hard not to read your blog. As you can tell by all the other posts on here, you are not your average everyday ordinary girl. I love how vividly you describe all of your feelings during your adventures. It seems like every day to you is an adventure. It helps me keep my eye out for the blessings I may be passing by without noticing.
    My passion in life is for life; but more specifically for adventure. I love travelling, but haven't done a lot yet. I love hiking, so far I've climbed a different mountain every week that I've lived here in Utah, and I am obsessed with sailing, that is my greatest passion in life. My blog was all about how I lived on my sail boat, but now it's just about some of the hikes and stuff. Favorite color: Green.. all shades.
    Hope you have an awesome week!

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  77. I honestly don't remember how I found your blog but I spent literally HOURS reading through your posts that same day. I love reading and seeing all the places you have traveled as well as how much you love life! :)

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  78. My favorite color is red but I'm starting to have a thing for mustard.

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  79. My name is Mackenzie and I found your blog through your sister's blog (71 toes). I love how full of life you are and the passion you have for the world around you. You take in the beauty of nature and appreciate it. Our God has created a beautiful planet and your words have inspired me to appreciate it. Thank you for your inspiring words and uplifting posts :)

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  80. i read your blog because you're a cool mormon person and i need more cool mormon people in my life

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  81. Hi Charity!
    I read your blog because I met you when you were about 10 years old at your Aunt and Uncle’s house in Fremont. (Chris and Hedy) I was there for a family event (was dating your cousin) and I clearly remember you running all over their basketball gym at top speed and visiting with your Super-Duper Mom. There is a special place in my heart for the Eyre clan from that era so it is fun to hear what new adventures you have all been living.

    My favorite color is green because it is the color of life.

    My thoughts on finding true love (which took me many years to find) are this: You have to approach finding a husband as you did looking for a job. How many contacts did you go through to find your job? The larger the pool of people the better chance you have of finding what personalities work for you and learning which are toxic. Use the net to meet good Mormon men who are actively looking to date and to weed out bad matches. (So much more efficient than hoping someone asks you out AND you also will meet men you would never have met otherwise. It is a HUGE time saver. You live in a time where dating is completely different than your parents or siblings. Don’t try and match their stories. Yours will be your own.) Go out on mini-dates often. If a man isn’t interested in developing a relationship with you don’t take it personally. It just means it wasn’t a good fit. Period. (It goes both ways. You want and deserve someone who is "Dripping With Passion" in Love with You. Not luke warm.) If it isn't a good fit let go and keep looking. You’ll know because the energy will flow and he will say what he means and then do what he says.(Also...men are the worst at mind reading. Be direct and speak up.)
    Read books on how to be in a quality relationship and learn those skills. Relating truly takes skill. Love>>> is something that you do after your fall into it.
    PS Welcome to our part of the Peninsula! Have you gone to the Stanford Movie Theater for old movies and organ music? (Silent Movies on Friday night) Super fun.

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  82. Reasons I Read (and Love) Your Blog:

    1. You love modern art the way I do and so easily capture the feeling it evokes.
    2. We are at really similar stages in our lives (the Peter Pan in between) and you are so honest in your reflections. It makes me strive to do the same.
    3. The photos! and colour! and descriptive language!
    4. I know one of your sister in laws through a friend of a friend, which got me hooked on your blog.
    5. You bounce back with resiliency on your way to each new adventure.
    6. I think we would be friends in real life (is that creepy? i hope not! haha).
    7. Once a YW, always a YW!

    Truths:

    8. Read East of Eden. The "thou mayest" still gets me.
    9. I know true love exists. I just hope it exists for me.
    10. Still looking for my dripping with passion!

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  83. First of all...82 comments? Seriously?

    Second...I read your blog because I like you and think you are great.

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  84. That is such a cool letter. You find the neatest quotes & inspiring thoughts! And that, in part, is probably why I'm here. I first popped in on your blog from Shawni's just out of curiosity. I return every now and then because you are SO darn uplifting & eloquent and make me want to suck the marrow out of life just a little bit more. I love reading Shawni's blog because she's just ahead of me on the mothering path (I have 4 young girls) but I'm also drawn to your blog because it reminds me of the excitement of having hobbies & passions outside of kids. I am very passionate about mothering and living out this life now which is one I'd always dreamed about, but it's a breath of fresh air to know there's a big world out there (San Fran! Ireland!) and restaurants and giddy carefree moments. It's nice to walk in someone else's shoes for a second and then happily go back to my own life. By the way, I'm your neighbor to the north in Seattle. I'm also an East High alum (Talmadge's year).

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  85. You inpsire me! I love to see and read about all your travels. I heard your Mom and sister speak at Time Out for Women and started following Shawni's blog. I secretly want you to marry my little brother...you are both so alike! :-)
    ~Andrea from Utah

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  86. Hello from "far away" Menlo Park! ;)

    I, too, came to your blog through Shawni's and absolutely adore your infectious love-affair with life; I only wish I could channel such vibrancy!

    We have two little girls who would adore you, so if you ever need a kid-fix on the Peninsula, let me know! ;) We walk over to Stanford regularly and my daughter attends Bing Nursery School, so I'm always up for a Dish hike or milkshake at The Creamery (have you been to The Melt yet?!).

    Keep your head up...you'll soon love the Peninsula as much as the City (in a slightly different way)!

    Kelli
    P.S. Your dare worked because I *never* post on people's blogs! ;)

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