these first couple of months of two thousand and fifteen have felt like such a whirlwind of life. there has been quite frenzied traveling, huge decision making, and large changes looming. in the midst of what has often felt foggy and turbulent, i have sought peace in small, beautiful mortal moments and tiny daily joys. 

a few weeks ago, the boy and i met at the oakland temple and talked about important things as the sun set over the expansive view stretching down the hill and across oakland and the bay to the glimmering city. the sky mutated above us, different colors floating in and out over new blossoms and white stone, and the crisp air tasted nice. i felt peace.

we've been scrambling to prepare for our upcoming around-the-world adventure, and there's a lot of details to figure out! in slivers of time as we've been trip planning, i've felt along with my tremendous excitement and bits of stress, a sure stream of peace.

wrapping up my work at my job has been busy and gratifying. i've reflected every day lately on the blessing it has been to learn and contribute in my role. today as i met with a group of students, i felt a sweet brand of joy, and i felt peace.

the boy and i have been trying to savor and relish the loveliness that is palo alto with each day we have left living here. last monday, president's day, we took a bike ride in the sunshine around the gorgeous residential streets around university avenue, looking for blooming magnolia trees (we found many). we stopped at the peninsula creamery for a milkshake. in the mornings, we've been taking runs around our neighborhood and playing tennis on the courts that are practically across the street from our house. as i've consciously tried to soak palo alto into my pores, i've felt peace.

we are also working to enjoy the tiny little space that we call home and adore so much before it is no longer our home. i've been making blue apron meals (i'm obsessed!) in the kitchen and we've spent too long in the mornings groggily cuddling in our bed. as i've left and come home to that place that is now sacred to me/us, i have felt peace. 

i hope to carry with me, throughout the next few months of movement and sensory piquancy and constant or significant change, a little locket of peace. 


eyre girls...

...love and adore coming from four different states for a weekend together. 

...can throw down and eat about their body weight in deliciousness at a nice hotel breakfast buffet....can engage in active, excited, deep conversation for hours by a pool....tend to go against the grain and appreciate challenges in many things, like walking/swimming against the current in a resort "lazy river"....are nature freaks that can't get over beautiful vistas, unique vegetations, or especially vibrant sunsets.

...absolutely relish delicious food, and usually end up talking about how good the food is for half of any meal conversation.
...lose their phones and keys multiple times a day.
...support each other through any brand of heartache.

...worship together and study god's will and god's love together, seeking to support each other in questions, doubts, and understanding.

...love and adore daughters and nieces and want to instill in these precious girls' hearts a strong belief in the power of womanhood. 

...are night owls that stay up late talking, laughing, and eating cookie dough from the mixer. 

...tear up when touched by art or words or music that is miraculous and/or gorgeous and rings with truth and beauty, like this quote:
when god wants an important thing done in this world or a wrong righted, he goes about it in a very singular way. he doesn't release thunderbolts or stir up earthquakes. god simply has a tiny baby born, perhaps of a very humble home, perhaps of a very humble mother. and god puts the idea or purpose into the mother's heart. and she puts it in the baby's mind, and then-god waits. the great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes and thunderbolts. the great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that god is not yet discouraged with humanity but is still expecting good-will to become incarnate in each human life. {edmond mcdonald}

...feel tremendously blessed and privileged and grateful in so, so many ways, and especially to have each other.


so much adventure awaits!

so...this morning the boy and i booked a pretty epic trip. we are going around the world in eighty days!

we've been talking about a between-jobs around-the-world adventure almost since we first started spending time together, and now it is a reality! we both can't believe it's actually happening, but we are both so so so excited!

it's been quite the process of determining where we want to go, for how long, what our budget is exactly, what tours/experiences were available at what time, how to best book the tickets at the best price and take advantage of miles and discounts, etc etc ... but we finally have all our flights and a semi-solid itinerary, and we leave in just thirty four days!

if you have done awesome stuff in any of the places we are visiting, leave a comment - we want tips! i'm going to try to update this blog as much as possible along the way to share our adventures.

here's the lineup:
new zealand (north island)
china (hong kong, guilin and yangshuo, beijing, shanghai)
tibet (tour around lhasa and into nepal)
nepal (kathmandu, trekking the annapurna circuit and pokhara)
turkey (istanbul and cappadocia)
south africa (cape town, johannesburg and kruger safari)
united arab emriates (dubai, abu dhabi and the desert)
argentina (just buenos aires)
ecuador (quito, banos, jungle, galapagos islands)

and it just so happens that our trip turned out to be exactly eighty days!
this morning the boy took me to a doctor appointment for my eye, and while the nurse was filling in some information for me, he said to her: "i'm sorry...this is totally unrelated to what we're doing here, but i just have to tell you! we just booked tickets for an around-the-world trip!" both the nurse and myself were pretty delighted by his giddiness. it was pretty awesome.

so much adventure awaits! 
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