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Winter 2006

Dear Friends

Occasionally I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a friend when our children were very young. She'd recently been with some other mothers, and while changing her baby's diaper, she casually commented that she sure would be happy when her son was potty trained and poopy diapers were a thing of the past. One of the other mothers responded with something like, ''Just be grateful for poopy diapers. My son was born with no colon, and I'd give anything to be in your shoes...'' Needless to say, my friend had an immediate change of perspective, and I, years later, still think about that mom and her child.

If there is any time of year that especially invites us to look for the ways that grace touches our lives, it is the holiday season. Most of us probably have the usual things to be grateful for: loved ones, our health, our home, a good teacher for our children, a dependable income... the list goes on and on. Yet, as I write this letter and expand my awareness beyond my own small world, I am struck by some of the things that someone at this very moment, somewhere on this planet, is grateful for. That rocket shelling that just missed her family’s apartment in Baghdad, the good news that so far the bird flu hasn't come to his village and wiped out their livelihood, or the 8-year-old boy in the Sudan who somehow escaped being kidnapped and put to work as a child soldier.

No, most of us don't have such dramatic things to be thankful for, but it still does the heart good to have gratitude. My wish for you this season is that you find much to appreciate -- even if it's only a poopy diaper.




Other Issues:
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

Spring 2011

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

Gifts From My Mother

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

Winter 2008 - Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Hello

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Holiday 2007

Fall 2007

Late Summer 2007

Midsummer 2007

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