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Holiday 2006

Dear Friends

A few weeks ago, I attended the memorial service of a childhood friend's father. As person after person shared their memories regarding this most remarkable man, what really struck me was that it wasn't his grand accomplishments that people most remembered (and there were many). What people spoke of were his everyday acts of kindness -- along with his coveted Norwegian pancakes.

This lesson in what really matters was further brought home recently as I talked with my daughter about her birthday memories. Do you think she remembers the time I put into making her elaborate organic birthday cakes? Do you think she feels more loved because her party favors coordinated with the party theme? No, in her memory bank, the party that stands out above the rest was the one where all the young guests jumped in our pool, party dresses and all. Now that's a party with the best organic ingredients: spontaneity, belly laughs, and good old messy fun.

When I think of all the choices we'll be making this holiday season (do I spend the evening frantically shopping at the mall, or do I spend that time baking cookies with my child), I hope that what wins out every time is what will fill our memory banks to overflowing -- those everyday acts of kindness, the spontaneous adventures, hugs, and laughter. And if Norwegian pancakes are in the picture, so much the better.




Other Issues:
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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