Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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The Transitions of Summer

This has been a summer full of transitions: Moving from Illinois to Minnesota, but still selling a house in Illinois (that should be wrapped up this month), my Dad passing away, traveling almost every weekend for a month and a half…

Taking a bit of time alone throughout this whole time and connecting with loved ones and God has helped me stay (mostly) steady throughout this time!

Oh, and lots of walks…

Here’s some peaceful images that have helped me transition well this summer:

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Celebrating Five Years of Blogging!

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Our wonderful sister-in-law, Lindsey of Triple Lux Photography, took this photo of Stephen and me this summer!

I knew there was something special about today’s date: August 7th… but I didn’t figure out what it was until WordPress reminded me of it: Today is my 5th Blogaversary! I’ve had this blog for five whole years already. Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, and growing with me.

Five years ago I had just went through my first serious breakup, and I needed something new in my life, so I finally just launched my blog. This blog is a place where I share thoughts and advice on transitioning well through life, and I have had SO MANY wonderful (and some painful) transitions through these five years:

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How DO You Start a Small Business? Book Review of The Business Boutique


Are you not sure how to run a business and desire more guidance before you prepare that first batch of cupcakes or sew that first apron to sell? A book that has been helping me figure out business is Christy Wright’s Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves. Christy walks her readers through dreaming, thinking through, and then starting up a business. She encourages you to “Make money doing what you love!”

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My Last Time with My Dad /// Thoughts about his Funeral

Dad holding me when I was just a day old!

One of the most comforting words shared with me during this time of grieving for my Dad was, “Your Dad was the first man who held you on his arms and said, ‘I love you.’ ” This first photo is the first photo I have of my Dad holding me. It is so comforting that Dad got to hold my son as well as me.

On June 6th, my son and I went to see my dad. He was dressed in a nice blue shirt and was sitting in his wheelchair in the living room with a lot of other folks who were dozing and quiet. He seemed sleepy, but he perked up when he saw us. His eyes crinkled into a smile and he knew who we were. I gave him a hug and then got Joel out of his car seat, and then Dad reached out to hold Joel!

Dad smiled at Joel And Joel smiled back. Dad held him for about five minutes until his arms got tired (Joel weighs around 25 lb. already), and then he handed him back.

Dad holding Joel 36 years later.

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Italian Beef Stew

My Dad passed away last week, so during this sad time of transition, I had been craving comfort food. Today’s craving was beef stew and mashed potatoes! Another comfort food I enjoy is spaghetti with tomato sauce, but my baby spits up if I eat tomatoes, so I should not eat them. (I tried eating them last night and he woke up screaming at 3am, so he is still not over it!) So as I figured out this stew recipe, I incorporated tomato spaghetti sauce elements without the tomato. Enjoy!

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Summer Macaroni Salad 🥗

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Are friends coming by for a cook out and need a salad? This pasta salad is it! Have fun with switching out the vegetables to be ones you enjoy or have on hand. I made this up this week when a family of eight came for dinner on the end of their road trip—we had more than enough.

1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked

1 cup onion, chopped

1 cup yellow pepper, chopped

2 cups chopped celery

Dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

5 Tblsp. apple cider vinegar

3 Tblsp. prepared yellow mustard

½ tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dried parsley

Mix together the dressing ingredients. Place the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dressing to the pasta and vegetables and mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 10-12 servings.

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~Mary Hope


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Four Books that are Helping Me Learn How to be a Mother

Pregnant with your first baby or just want to know of some knowledgeable books to have on hand while parenting? Four that I have been dipping into recently include one on breastfeeding (that I read before the baby arrived and now have been looking up different sections for reassurance about different topics), a step-by-step developmental guidebook, a book about sleeping (that I read while my baby was just a couple of months old) and a book about eating. Continue reading