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Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Dear Friends

I eat lunch at my desk pretty regularly, and half the time I'm on the computer checking something out. In fact there are some days when I don't see the outdoors until it's time to go home. While this is not the healthiest thing I could do, it's become a habit -- until the day I forgot my lunch. Now I've popped out before for something quick or to do an errand, but today was different. I could feel it once I stepped outside. It was one of those crisp, clear days that's just starting to warm up -- simply a perfect spring day.

After I picked up my lunch, I found myself pulling in by a little park -- it was almost as if my car was driving itself! I sat and opened both windows, put my head back, and just appreciated the beauty of the outdoors. My worries about getting my long To Do list completed by the end of the day were floating away on the gentle breeze. The images I had of juggling waaaay too many balls in the air, with several about to drop, had simply disappeared.

Instead, I spent time savoring the bright green grass, the new leaves on the trees, and the gorgeous day that beckoned me to take a deep calming breath. Basking in the early spring warmth, I vowed that I would take time for myself, I would get outside more, enjoy the beautiful weather, take a break.

This spring, I wish the same for you -- take the time to step away from your own personal hustle and bustle, fill yourself up with a rejuvenating stroll outside, turn on some music that takes you to your private island getaway in your mind, and spend some time savoring whatever makes your heart sing.




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From our archives -- The Best Good Deed

From our archives -- Embracing the Wonder of Children

From our archives -- Encouraging children to live their bliss

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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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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

Early Spring 2009 - Building Character While Playing Characters

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