Weekend links

Friends… your kind words about your experience reading Notes From a Blue Bike are balm to my heart. Thank you so, so much for your heartfelt tweets, emails, and Instagrams. They mean the world to me to know that, one person at a time, Blue Bike is encouraging you to think through the little parts of your life and how they add up to a life ripe with meaning.

If you feel so led, would you also add your sweet words to a quick Amazon review? This is a small but powerful way you can support this book and my family—you can even copy and paste words you’ve already written somewhere, such as on an Instagram caption or on a blog post. It need not be long… but these reviews matter tremendously in getting the word out about the book. (After having been published, I’m now a huge fan of supporting my favorite authors with a quick review myself!)

Thanks so much, you guys. And thanks to you who have already done so.

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Also, the winner of the winter gift basket from Trade as One: Jennifer Henson! Congrats—look for an email from us soon. I’d encourage all of you to sign up TODAY for Trade as One’s gift basket subscription… one basket per quarter, full of goodies, an easy part of your grocery budget. You eat better, your money helps combat poverty instead of accidentally contributes to it. Win-win.

“Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.” -Mother Teresa

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. The link of the ways the lives of the poor different and how they don’t was honestly better than I thought it would be–at the end, we all to be safe, loved, and see our dreams turn into reality. Can’t wait to read your book!

  2. I liked reading the NYT article on the small home. It’s so hard resisting the urge to move to a bigger home. When I invite people over I feel like I have to apologize or explain why we don’t have a bigger home like everyone else. However, this is exactly why I won’t move right now because I don’t want to do it out of an obligation to keep up with everyone else. I like this couple’s drive to do what works for them.

  3. I loved Jerusalem Greer’s Lent post. I think it would take me about 85 lenten seasons to stitch that gorgeous tote.

  4. I love the link about the small home. I feel like so many of us are caught up in having so much stuff. It’s refreshing to see a point of view and passion like the couple in the article. It really makes me want to take a big step back and evaluate why we have what we have and whether we really need it. The small house movement is so awesome and I’m so curious about it! Thanks for posting that link.

  5. After reading the post on the 704 square foot home and hearing Shari Braendel speak on fashion and colors that work for our skin/hair, etc, (and maybe nesting, since I’m 21 weeks pregnant) I went through my closet, drawers and 2 tubs and have a tub piled high with clothes that either don’t fit or I don’t like or when I CAN where them again (two winters from now since next winter I’ll be nursing—think turtle tops) it will be ages from now. Donna from Unclutter.com also had a good article on not leaving so much stuff behind when we die for our families to have to sift through. I’m only 31, but I know things will just keep accumulating and I , have school work, mementos and junk from grade school (and birthday cards from when I turned 2!). But paper is overwhelming and takes so much work to see any progress, so I’m starting with my clothes, then probably go through toys, and then kitchen stuff (do I reeeeeally need a waffle maker?). Tsh–I love love love your weekend posts. And your crazy name. I will have to hear you speak sometime so I can hear how it’s pronounced. 🙂

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