ten thoughts on a wednesday |1|

we loved visiting russia. our time in st. petersburg and moscow was really, really cold (and snowy!) but totally full of beauty and fascination and learning and pleasant surprises. i thought russia might be a country i'd go to once and then feel pretty satisfied, but i really would like to go back to russia one day - maybe in the summer next time ;)
(<< we particularly loved seeing red square. we were freaking out when we first went there on the night we arrived in moscow. seeing st. basil's cathedral for the first time is among the biggest jaw-drop moments i've ever had traveling the world.)

this most recent trip was, despite all the awesomeness of russia, difficult for me in some ways. you'd think that ian and i would have traveling together down pat - we've certainly had some practice! - but for some reason this adventure stretched us as traveling companions a bit and there were some real rough spots. i am grateful for those opportunities to learn and become better.

moses is so much fun right now. he's really becoming a little boy. just in the past couple of days he has started waving and clapping his hands on cue, and he gets in silly moods and giggling fits. he delighted so many people in russia and was a total champ throughout the trip. our tour guide in moscow kept telling us that he is "impossibly cute." we couldn't agree more!!

after ten+ years of searching, i believe that i have found my professional/work calling in life. i am so excited about forging ahead on a new career path, but for a few reasons it will probably be a little while before i officially start down that path. i think it will be worth the wait, and it feels so good to feel a preemptive sense of belonging in a professional field.

i have been exposed on a bit of a personal level to a few heartbreaking tragedies lately, and that has reminded me how fragile life is and how precious time with loved ones is. i am so grateful for all the relationships in my life and just want to nurture and cherish them like crazy!

as of today, i'm back on track with my no-eating-treats-except-on-holidays lifestyle, and i know i'll feel so much better as i follow through on this! i've been thinking so much about the principle of taking care of our physical bodies - i think it is so, so important! and i want to be better at it, always improving and developing more healthy self control. in addition to keeping my sugar intake in check, i've recently determined to eat less meat. i personally believe that it is best to eat meat sparingly, and so i'm trying to have it only once or twice a week.

one of my old roommates and her husband are in london right now and it's been so fun to spend time with them while they've been staying with us. and in a couple of weeks, my dearest friend catherine and her baby boy are coming to visit! i have a love-hate relationship with hosting visitors. it can be really tricky in a tiny flat and with busy lives, but it is also so great in many ways! we have family visiting in june, august, october and likely december.

pretty much without fail, if i turn on this song, moses will ditch any unhappiness and boogie a little. the second he hears the beginning of the song, he totally lights up! we both love this tune, but i'm looking for some new music to dig. any suggestions?

i am absolutely thrilled that we will be staying in the uk for the next three months! we cancelled a trip to norway (we hadn't booked anything, but were looking forward to it) because we just feel it is important for us to stay put for a bit. we have a couple of england road trips planned in may and june and then in july we head back to the states to see family. we have been so lucky to have been able to travel so much in the first couple years of our marriage, but we now feel really good about entering a new phase with a bit less travel.

jesus is alive! i have felt so tender this easter season as i've reflected on my faith in christ. i have enjoyed a sweet closeness to the saviour this spring. i believe in and have felt his power. and as i've learned of him, i've had exciting realizations on how i can live better and fuller.

just some thoughts on a wednesday evening! looking forward to sharing some photos from our russia trip (and also finally from my time in california with my mom and sisters) soon!


  1. I am hopeful that you may feel able to share how you found your professional/work calling?

    Of course, I don't mean sharing your chosen profession until you are ready to do that; but perhaps if you could share how you found what you wanted to do? Who helped you find your path? Whether or not you will need to commence further education to get to your goal? I am trying to find my way to a new career and would really appreciate your thoughts. Thank you ever so much :)

    1. i will share a lot about it in the future, for sure :) it's just all a bit hazy and up in the air right now. but i discovered this path by witnessing someone else doing a job that i knew i would feel passionate about doing myself. i will need to complete further education, and the logistics of that is what will determine the timing of my foray into this new career.

      if you want to email me, i'm happy to share more thoughts away from this public forum :) charityeyre@gmail.com

    2. For some reason I'm secretly hoping you're looking into becoming a librarian. (Like me :) )

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    4. Hi Charity, Thank you! I will definitely email you :)

  2. Would love to hear all about the profession you have chosen to pursue.

    1. thanks! hopefully i will be able to share more about it soon! just want to get some ducks in a row before sharing publicly.

  3. Just curious, as your flat is really small where do your visitors stay?

    Do you have camp beds for them or do they stay in a B&B/hotel near by?

    Also, as Moses in the lounge do you put his cot in your room?

    Have a lovely time with your visitors. x

    1. * I meant if your visitors stay at your flat do your put Moses's cot in your room & the guests sleep in the lounge?

    2. hi julie! our visitors stay on air mattresses in our lounge/kitchen. and then there is verrrry limited exposed floor space in there! :) we move moses's cot into our bedroom when we have visitors. we all sleep a bit worse with that arrangement, but we do see a lot of value in opening our home to others :)

  4. Charity, sometime I'd love to read a post about your favorite traveling clothes and shoes.

    Doesn't it feel good to stay home for a bit after a long stint of traveling?


  5. Hi Charity! :) I highly, highly recommend the "Oh She Glows" cookbooks (there are two) if you are looking to eat less meat. They happen to both be vegan but not in that "hey everybody, look this is vegan!" kind of way. I absolutely love them. They turned me into an enthusiastic cook whereas before, I've always been a reluctant cereal-is-fine-for-dinner kind of eater. Easy recipes and so great to know that absolutely everything you are eating is healthy veg or grains. We've never met but I just have this feeling they will be up your alley. Good luck! :)

  6. Love this! What grand memories we made!

  7. For great vegetarian recipes, I recommend the blog The Sprouted Kitchen: http://www.sproutedkitchen.com

    Also, I know you've mentioned eating at Ottolenghi in London, so if you haven't checked it out yet, his recipe book Plenty is great. Everything I've made turns out delicious.

    Also, I've never commented, but I really love your blog!

    1. thanks hillary!

      i have an ottolenghi cookbook that i love, but i'll have to try out plenty too!



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