Tsh Oxenreider

clothespin on a laundry line

When I first arrived in Turkey many moons ago to live our family’s new life, I was the mother of a two-year-old. A few months later, I became pregnant with […]

Wildflowers in a field of green grass

Plato once said, “Music is… wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” God has created music similar to certain extravagant […]

boats on a greek island

When we lived in Turkey, we needed to leave the country every three months to renew our passports. At first it was a complete pain—we’d wake up early, take an […]


{photo by mwichary} How shall I say this without sounding overly vague? I’ll try this—my family and I have been in the non-profit world of being the hands, feet, and […]

"Envy looks through  a microscope.  Love looks through  a telescope." -Josh Billings

A few weeks ago, I shared something with a group of (in)courage readers here—something raw and organic, something a bit stream-of-consciousness, but still pressing searing hot into my forehead for […]


As of this writing, I can’t bend my left leg. It’s in a lovely black-and-gray foam brace that starts at my upper thigh and ends mid-calf, and it’s accessorized with […]

We're each in the thick of our own epic story.

The kids can be absolutely and utterly insane, but as soon as I crack open a book and start reading out loud, the room quietens. They want to hear the […]


Happy New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re headed to a party or headed to the living room with a bowl of popcorn, New Year’s Eve is a great day for reflection. […]