Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Dear Friends

Every so often I have the pleasure of getting together with some very dear ladies I worked with for many years. Sometimes we see each other every three months, sometimes it is six months or longer between visits, but every gathering feels as though no time has passed since we last saw each other. Our connection is as strong as if we were still spending every day together, even though it has been nearly twelve years since we did so.

It is so much fun to get caught up on each other's lives. On our last visit we looked at the stunning pictures Sandy took on a trip to Ireland with her sister, and oohed and aahed over a blue ribbon-winning quilt Jennifer made. We sipped coffee and nibbled on treats, reminisced over favorite and not-so favorite clients we remembered from our customer service days, and wondered about other co-workers we had lost touch with over the years. We giggled about the teen-age dramas a couple of us were living through with our children and wiped away tears of laughter after sharing some of our own teen-age exploits. We shed some sad tears for another friend dealing with illness and debilitating pain for which there seems to be no relief, although our feisty, lion-hearted friend will never give up or give in. Then we turned to laughter again at the exploits of the escape artist goat Cheryl's niece lives with. Yvonne couldn't make it this last visit, but that just means we'll get to share all these wonderful stories again, plus more about jobs and family, pets and vacations, accomplishments and disappointments.

Our visit was just a couple of hours, but in that time we strengthened a bond that grows stronger with each meeting. To be able to share hopes and dreams along with failures and missed opportunities without fear of judgment or condemnation is a gift beyond measure. To know there is a friend out there for you if you need her and who knows you are there for her, too, is a priceless treasure. My hope is that each of us will take the opportunity to share and grow with those we love. To laugh with abandon and cry until we are cleansed and then to laugh some more.

Other Issues:
From our archives -- Offering Wisdom to New Moms

From our archives -- The Best Good Deed

From our archives -- Embracing the Wonder of Children

From our archives -- Encouraging children to live their bliss

From our archives

Holiday 2013 -- Embracing the World of Wonder

Winter 2013 -- Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall 2013 -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday Tasks

Late Summer 2013 - Taking Our Own Advice

Midsummer 2013 -- Appreciating Nature's Bounty

Early Summer 2013 -- Being Prepared

Late Spring 2013 -- Having Realistic Expectations

Spring 2013 -- Offering Mothering Wisdom

Early Spring 2013 -- Being True to Our Nature

Holiday 2012 -- Appreciate the Goodness

Winter 2012 -- Enjoying the Anticipation

Early Fall 2012 -- Looking Back to Appreciate Now

Summer 2012 -- Chinaberry's History & Future

Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Late Spring 2012 -- My Satisfying Yet Untraditional Upbringing

Spring 2012 - The Consequences of Our Actions

Early Spring 2012 - Learning From Experience

Winter 2011 - The Small Moments

Holiday 2011 - The Good Deed

Fall 2011 - Gratitude

Late Summer 2011 - Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone.

Midsummer 2011 - Louise's Gallery

Early Summer 2011 - Flying 101: Giving Them Wings

Late Spring 2011 - Letting Them Fail

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Early Spring 2011 - Encouraging Your Kids to Live Their Bliss

Fall 2010 - The Chinaberry Commitment

Late Summer 2010 - In the Blink of an Eye

Midsummer 2010 - It's Her Story

Early Summer 2010 - Weathering the Storm

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Spring 2010 - Enjoy the Ride

Early Spring 2010 - Enter the Land of Dirt and Bugs

Winter 2009 - Less Cleaning, More Meaning

Holiday 2009 - Finding Gratitude Every Day

Fall 2009 - Teaching Children Through Our Actions

Late Summer 2009 - A Spoonful of Sugar

Midsummer 2009 - Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom this Summer

Early Summer 2009 - Who's the Kid and Who's the Parent?

Late Spring 2009 - Making Connections

Spring 2009 - Fully Engaging With Our Children

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