Weekend links

…and this week I wrapped up my 31 Days series (I actually did it!) with my thoughts on why I think you should leave the country at least once with your kids. You can head here to read the whole crazy series. Phew… what a wild month.

Favorite Instagram of the week (you can follow me here):

meet hedwig
Meet Hedwig.

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” -Simone Signoret (in honor of 11 years ago today)

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Tsh, I just clicked through your Family Globetrekking series…so fun! Our family has lived in various countries around Asia for the last 10 years. We spent a couple years in Chiang Mai and our middle son was born there, so it’s a place that’s dear to our hearts. We currently live in Taiwan, which happens to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Add it to the list! 🙂

    Oh, and you need to make NZ happen for sure. I lived there for a year and have been back a couple of times, and it is unbelievable. Amazing place with amazing people–don’t miss it.

    • Oh, so fun! Love hearing about places I’ve never been… like Taiwan. And yes! Can’t wait to check out NZ. Been on my bucket list for ages. 🙂

  2. Tsh, I know you’re ready for a geography break but I just L-O-V-E-D the 31 days series you did. If you can’t tell, I’m a wanderlustaholic, and I, too, think everyone should leave the country at least once. When I read that, I was surprised ANYONE would think that? Doesn’t everyone want to travel someplace exotic anytime the funds allow? 🙂
    I loved all the little snippets you gave us of where you’re headed, I can’t wait to follow along. I traveled internationally a lot before I got married (in my teens, actually!) but since early marriage + kids we haven’t been able to afford it as much as I’d like. This year my wanderlust simmered down a bit, only because we moved to a gorgeous place across the country (from Lincoln, NE to Blaine, WA, just a hop across the border into the Vancouver area, BC) so there has been so much to explore. My husband and I are planning our first UK visit (England and Scotland) in 2015. I’m so excited.
    When you’re feeling up to posting about your trip again, would you ever do a financial post? Like, how much all this traveling costs? (I’d love to do something like this with my own kids some day but I wouldn’t even know where to begin to plan and save for something like this…and how much I need!)

    Sarah M
    PS-Love the quote up top, and Happy Anniversary!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Sarah! I really did love writing the 31 days series, so I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it. And YES, absolutely, I’ll totally write more about the ins and outs of us making the trip happen… as it draws closer. I don’t want to bore everybody to tears too soon before it even happens. 🙂 But yes, I’ll share some of the financial side as well. Hint: it helps a LOT that we’ll be working the whole time we’re traveling. One of the beauties of having two working adults who can work from anywhere….

  3. Congratulations on 11 years! This year is 11 for us as well, and I love the quote you shared – threads, not chains. My favorite quote on marriage is from a Robert Frost sonnet called The Master Speed, and hangs in our room:

    “Two such as you with master speed
    Cannot be parted nor be swept away
    From one another once you are agreed
    That life is only life forevermore
    Together wing to wing and oar to oar.”

  4. I wonder if we should look at it sometimes like. hmmm How many threads did I sever with my sharp tongue or impatience this week.

    And how many threads do I need to weave anew to make our relationship all the stronger.


  5. I just looked through your list and am intrigued! I am already looking forward to hearing more about your travels. We live in Germany at the moment but are currently trying to find another spot in the world to live for the next few years. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about Germany. One place I would recommend since you are trying to get a feel for Scandinavia is Estonia. It is really an amazing place especially if you go beyond the stunning but very touristy capital Tallinn. The people are so kind and welcoming! Also, Russia would be very interesting, St. Petersburg in particular. If that is too far or just hard to do then the Eastern border of Estonia along lake Peipus gives you a good glimpse of Russian rural life. Truly, I could not recommend Estonia enough!
    Have fun planning!

  6. Sarah Westphal says:

    Loved the links.

    However, Hedwig totally stole the show.

    You rock!

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