2010 is gone and we've welcomed in 2011 with a prayer for just a little less rain. Don't get me wrong, I love the rain but over Christmas the knowledge that I may not be able to see my loved ones because of a "little" flooding came as a shock. Especially when I drove down the roads that had only been recently opened and saw how high the water had been.
On a brighter note, The Story Tree is open again after our Christmas break and it has been lovely to see all of our regular customers again, and a few new faces too! Our Wednesday mornings which were taken up by storytelling before the holidays - and which will commence again when school starts back - have been no less busy than usual as all the mums have become accustomed to their weekly coffee fix and gossip catchup with Susie's amazing treats. It has become a bit of a "mum's and bub's" day, so feel free to join in.
As we usher back in the new school year we would like to let you all know that we are offering 20% off the Bobble Art lunch boxes and backpacks, for new school arrivals or replacing that item that just isn't going to last another year :)
I'll leave it there today with the hope that the booming outside is someone moving ridiculously large furniture next door and not more thunder...
Long time no hear, Rachel here. So I blog in spits and spats. Actually, I do most of life in much the same way I've come to realise. There are times of motivation and energy, and there are times of tiredness and retreat. Lately, I've been feeling quiet. I have been so grateful to have Matt and Shannyn hold the fort at The Story Tree. I had a miscarriage a few weeks ago and have been feeling like a turtle in it's shell, retreating into home, quiet, alone and healing. I am so grateful that my life has so much in it that fills it with joy. I have been sad and happy at the same time. I have grieved the loss of what could have been, while rejoicing in all that already is. Both are true-joy and sadness, light and dark. I have needed to trust the process of healing, trust the quiet emptiness inside, and the noise of day to day that is the what life is with our two precious boys.
This blog site really is a mix of the shop and of my personal life. It's the way life is. The two are inseparable. The Story Tree is a part of me and I am also more than my work; and The Story Tree is more than me, it is everyone who comes in and makes it a part of their life. I wouldn't have it any other way. It is a blessing to me and I love that it is a blessing for others.
This time of year I like to reflect. I realise, as I look back on all that's happened just how much I have to be grateful for. It is the love of family and friends that sustains me.
Just in time for Christmas, Papo - a French toy company specialising in hand-painted figurines - have been introduced to The Story Tree. Aimed to enhance and develop a child's imagination, these beautiful and unique figurines are sure to be a welcome present this month.
At The Story Tree we have four different collections of hand-painted figurines: dinosaurs, knights and warhorses, farm animals, and fairies and princesses.