Late Summer 2007

Dear Friends

It's been 25 years since I mailed out the very first Chinaberry catalog. I find the fact that Chinaberry has evolved this far and is now 25 years old to be simply amazing.

We still have the old kitchen table that served as the packing station back when those first orders came in. Breakfast dishes were cleared, Elizabeth would toddle the 2 blocks to the Post Office with me to pick up the mail -- usually an order or two, if it was a good day -- and we'd come home to pack them up and send them on their way before her naptime.

After 25 years, the kitchen table is back to being just a kitchen table, and lo and behold, we have a 15,000 sq. ft warehouse where your orders are packed and shipped. Naptimes don't figure into it anymore. It's pretty hard to believe.

And little did I think when I was nursing my babies in the middle of the night, musing about the wonder and complexity of life with children, that those musings would become the ''Dear Friends'' letters in the catalog. Honestly, I really had no idea 25 years ago what lay ahead. All I'd really wanted at the time was to give other parents a place to get the special and wonderful children's books my own family devoured. Oh, and not to go broke while doing it.

And here we are. We're still getting orders from some of those same kitchen table customers, only they're ordering for grandchildren now. The kids who were read the books that Elizabeth and I packed together before her naptime are grown. I wonder where they are and how they are doing and if the books that were read to them have influenced them in ways that are good for our world. I'd sure like to think so, because that is what our mission statement is all about. I'd like to think that what we've offered our customers for the past 25 years has nurtured the young and not-so-young to be reverent, loving caretakers of each other and the earth. Because when all else falls away and you get down to the nitty gritty, isn't this what it's all about?

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

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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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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

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