Trees of Transition

Comfort for people going through life transitions by sharing thoughts, photos, cards, and recipes.


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Guacamole with a Citrus Twist

We didn’t have a lime, so I substituted orange juice, and it added a sweet tang to this creamy and vibrant guacamole.

4 large avocados, pits removed

1 large tomato, chopped

1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 limes, juiced (1/4 cup)

1/2 large orange, juiced (1/4 cup)

2 tsp salt

Mix all of these ingredients together and add salt to suit your taste. Makes about 3 cups. Enjoy with corn chips.

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Grain-Free Cinnamon Coconut Granola

My husband is gluten-free right now, so I figured out this grain-free granola because he loves breakfast cereal. The combo of vanilla, cinnamon toasted with coconut curls makes my mouth water writing this—I’ve been making this every couple of weeks for the last year (perfecting the recipe), so enjoy!

3 cups raw almonds

2 cups. raw cashew pieces

1 cup sunflower seeds

2 cups shredded coconut, unsweetened

2 cups coconut curls, unsweetened

2 cups almond flour

½ cup flax seeds

¼ cup chia seeds

4 tsp. ground cinnamon

4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 Tblsp. vanilla extract

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup peanut butter

1 cup pure maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Mix together all of the nuts, seeds and spices in a large bowl. Warm up the coconut oil in a 2-cup glass measuring cup for 1 minute in the microwave, then add the vanilla, peanut butter, and maple syrup and mix until smooth.  Mix the liquid mixture into the nuts, and then pour out onto two cookie sheets that are either greased or have a silicone baking liner. Bake for 20 minutes, then take out and stir in the brown edges. Bake for 10 more minutes, stir again, then another 10 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Cool and then store in a glass or plastic container. Makes about 3 quarts. Serve with cold milk and enjoy!

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Christmas Letter 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here are a few highlights of our year:

This year has been full of settling into our wonderful home and neighborhood and enjoying seeing our two little ones grow so much!

Thanksgiving 2020

Stephen has worked from home since February, and it is great to have him around more. He gets to connect with the kids more from working from the guest room. Stephen (plus a few family and friends) finished fixing the clutch on his truck, so the last few weeks he has been having time to organize and settle into the garage. I’m excited that we can park the car in the garage this winter. He parents and even his brother came to visit this year, which was a blessing.

Grandma Anne had fun hanging out with us!

I enjoy being a wife and mother, as well as fitting in a bit of card making and writing around the edges. I’m still a children’s leader for Bible Study Fellowship, which is all online, so I am getting better at doing teaching videos as that is how we are teaching the kids about God’s Word. Joel loves to see his teachers on video! My Mom was able to visit a couple of times this year, and we would love to have other family and friends come visit!

Joel turned three last month, and he is into the climbing, jumping, and running stage! He loves climbing and sitting on tractors, playing with Molly (he randomly just gives her hugs, which she loves! She beams at him), and seeing family and friends. He likes to paint, play basketball, and play with the neighbor kids. Grandma Anne made him some flashcards that he likes to practice his numbers with (and Molly likes getting into those and other flashcards we have!)

Molly will be one on Christmas Day, and she is a firecracker—feisty (she has a great stern look—she would make her Norwegian Grandpa Rick proud), lovely, and she can scream pretty loud! She loves to eat, is cruising around on the furniture, so we will have a walker soon, and she loves playing and learning from Joel. She has brought so much joy in this hard year for our world.

Yes, this year has been hard emotionally, but my hope in Jesus has helped me process the grief and death we have had to face. Jesus came to earth as a baby (that is what we are celebrating with Christmas—his birth), he grew up, then he let himself be killed to pay the price for all the things we have done wrong—our sin. Jesus, the perfect Son of God, died so that we can know God, His Father, again. God created each one of us and wants to know us. We just have to receive the free gift of eternal life that Jesus paid for to know God again (because we can’t know God when we have sin in the way). Knowing God brings satisfaction, peace, and hope even when a pandemic hits, loved ones die, jobs end, dates break up… There is so much life and hope in Jesus—please accept His offer of love and life. If you have any questions, please ask me. The Bible tells this story, and the gospel of John is a great book to start reading.

May you feel the peace that comes from Jesus and His love for you as 2020 ends and a new year begins.

Love, Mary, Stephen, Joel and Molly

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Basil Walnut Pesto

I posted this three years ago, and since we have a bush of a basil plant this year, I thought it would be a great post to share again! Enjoy:

We bought a basil plant last week, and I harvested almost two cups of leaves this week to add to my homemade pesto! Nurturing this plant is making me so happy–I can’t wait until the leaves grow full again and I can make more pesto.

This pesto recipe is for people on a budget, so if you don’t have pine nuts, walnuts will work as well. (You also could substitute pecans, if desired). Feel free to adjust nuts and oils to what you have at home, but this much pesto coated enough pasta for about 6-8 people.

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How to Resist Fear

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Do you feel it? The blanket of fear that so easily pulls you in these days? In March 2020, my husband and I fell under the virus of fear as we read the popular news headlines, listened to videos and reports on how the COVID virus was spreading. We lost sleep, lost focus, lost peace for over a month. Reading those negative, fear-inducing headlines day after day took its toll until we stopped looking at them as much and turned our attention back to our present life, work, and family.

I spent a month or so under the weight of that fear that is hovering over so many people these days. What helped me to push off the fear?

-I stopped reading the headlines all throughout the day; I just looked at them once or twice.  Realizing that headlines are written in order to get an emotional response from you, and most of that emotion is negative, helped me. Finding new sources that just tell more facts really helps—news that leaves out lots of emotion is refreshing. I am still keeping up to date, but I limit how much news I consume, and I try to get all kinds of news perspectives which helps balance out the extremes.

-Letting love in sure has helped! Connect with people! My kids and I FaceTime with my Mom once a week, we go on walks with friends, and we reach out to people and connect. It sure helps to see a smiling face, even if it is through a screen.

-I learned more about the COVID virus and how to stand up to it:

                -Build a strong immune system

                -Get lots of sunshine time (vitamin D!)

                -Get enough sleep

                -Eat healthy food (we’ve been growing vegetables,

and I’ve been making pesto!)

                -Wash your hands and don’t touch your eyes

                -And keep on learning more—research it for yourself!

The fear still tries to worm its way back into my heart, and I’ve had to confront it. For the first time I’ve had to confront the feeling of “I don’t want to die and leave my family behind!” My husband held me as I cried, and then the peace came as I remembered: “Even if I die, I am going to be okay because I have a relationship with Jesus, and He is with me through everything.” Then poof, the fear lost its power. A big portion of the fear of this season comes from the unknowns surrounding the COVID situation—What if I have the virus and don’t know it? What if someone else gives it to me?

I’m wrestling with these questions and don’t have all the answers. I keep on learning and researching. I realized that I could drive myself nuts if I believed all the news reports because in the last five months they have changed their tune and contradicted themselves multiple times. The truth eventually comes out, so I need to keep on digging, comparing, contrasting opinions and facts and talking and reading.

The truth is that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:18.  Let God’s love into your heart and also let people in during this hard time. We are going to be okay. Yes, people have died from the virus and that is so sad, but you are alive right now and need to enjoy each breath. Choose joy. Choose love. Choose connection. Resist fear. Choose peace.

~Mary Hope

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Molly’s Birth Story!

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I did not expect our baby girl to be born on Christmas Day because she was due December 16th! Her due date came and went, and I kept taking walks and enjoying my two year old, Joel, and husband, Stephen. Then my Mom and a family friend, Judy, came on December 20th to help and be ready for when the baby decided to come. During these days of waiting, I had to come to grips with the fact that this was a different pregnancy and would be a different labor than with Joel. I was happy that I had given birth before, but I was expecting it to be similar to Joel’s labor, and I had to set down those expectations.

I kept doing prenatal yoga, walking at the mall with Stephen, eating spicy Thai food, but no baby. On December 23rd, 2019 my midwife said I could try drinking some castor oil and see if that would start labor (if the baby is ready to come, the oil just helps start labor). She advised to do it after a good night’s sleep, so after I talked with my husband we decided that I take the oil on Christmas Eve.

All the bottles of Certified Organic Castor Oil at Whole Foods said to not eat it, but it IS edible– it just doesn’t taste like much (it’s like eating a teaspoon of thick oil, so that’s why I put it with juice. Some people might get diarrhea or throw up after they take it, but I didn’t have any of those reactions). I bought a bottle of organic castor oil, and took 1 1/2 teaspoons in the morning with some orange juice and then another 1 teaspoon dose four hours later and then another 1 teaspoon dose six hours later around dinner time.

In the afternoon, my mom and I had taken a two mile walk and had talked in a deeper way than we had in the days before. I think that help me relax more. At church’s Christmas Eve service, the last song was “Silent Night,” and I had been singing that every night to Joel for months. As the chords on the song started, I felt myself relax in a deeper way than I had for a long time. Tears washed down my face as we sang that carol. We picked up Joel from his class and took a family picture, and headed home, I took my last dose of castor oil, and labor started around 7 PM!

So around 7 PM, while I was going to the bathroom, contractions started in a pretty strong and consistent way. Mom set up a Swedish candle chime, and Mom and Joel were enjoying watching it when I came out of the bathroom, and I told them that contractions were happening consistently. I started timing them, and they were about four minutes apart.

Around 7:30pm, Stephen and I put Joel to bed together; we had sung to him, read books with him, and told him he would see his new sister soon!

After an hour or so, I called the midwife to let them know that labor had started. Jenni told me to keep on timing the contractions for another hour and then call back. So I lay on the ground looking at the Christmas tree and working through the contractions and talking to my mom and Judy.

When I called back Jenni around 9:30 PM, she said to come in and meet them around 10:30pm at the birth center because my labor was continuing! Then we watched the end of It’s A Wonderful Life which is my favorite part of the movie, and we finished packing our bags and got in the car.

Mom stayed at home with Joel, and Judy came with us to be our support person and photographer.

The birth center was in an office building, and our cars were the only ones at the place! I walked up to the birth center because the contractions weren’t too strong yet.

Grace, the student midwife, was leading the birth, and Jenni was a midwife who was overseeing Grace. Our birth attendant was Patty. At 7 AM the overseeing midwife switched to Candace, and the birth attendant switched to Nina. Grace stayed the whole time!

So we settled into the room with the windows and that had the big “breathe” sign on the wall. Around 11 PM, Grace checked to see how much I had dilated, and I was 5 cm already! So she sent us to the stairs to do lunges. At the bottom of the stairs there was a crack in the doors that let in cool air from outside, and it felt really refreshing to breathe in the cold, moist air. Stephen did a great job coaching me and showing me how to do different kinds of lunges. We laughed while we lunged up and down those stairs!

We went back to the room and rested for a while on the bed, and then did one more round of stairs. Maybe around 2 AM they checked me again, and I was 7 cm dilated. They got the large, round tub ready, and I got in and just relaxed in there for a while but also did some squats during contractions. Stephen kept feeding me nuts, fruit jelly candy, beef stew, Shaklee Performance Drink , and water. Then he laid down on the bed for an hour and a half and got some sleep; I fell sleep for maybe 15 minutes in the tub in-between contractions. Patty put on a diffuser with Clary Sage Essential Oil , and the contractions weren’t very hard, so I could really relax. The hot water in the tub felt so good—I liked lying with my back to the side of the round tub and my head leaning against the edge.

Patty would come in every hour and then every half an hour to check the baby’s heartbeat, and Grace would come in about every hour or so to check in and see how we were doing. They were encouraged by how well we were working together!

When it turned midnight I started saying “Merry Christmas”! Stephen played Christmas carols over the speakers for me all morning and until Molly arrived.

In the morning around 8 AM, they checked me, and I was about 8 1/2 cm dilated. I tried the peanut ball between my legs on the bed, and went in the tub some more. Then mid-morning, Nina suggested I try some squatting with this cloth rope attached to the wall during contractions so I did that a little bit, and sat on the Birthing Ball which felt really nice.

Around 11 AM we talked about breaking my water to help speed up labor. So I was in the tub a little bit more, and then I felt ready that we could break my waters, and we did that around noon. The contractions were already starting to get stronger; there was meconium (Molly had pooped) in the water, but because her heartbeat was strong the midwives were not concerned.

Pretty soon I started having strong contractions (and feelings of “I don’t want to do this anymore!”—which means baby is nearly born.) I started feeling the urge to push, so I got into the tub and started figuring out how to work with the pushing contractions. For the birth of my son in a hospital, I had to hold back the pushing contractions because they said my cervix wasn’t fully out of the way; holding back pushing contractions is the hardest thing I had done.

I did not have to hold back these contractions this time, so it felt a little strange to learn how to manage them and let them work; they are powerful! So I asked for help from the midwife to know how to count with them and how to push down at the right time. Stephen was holding my left hand, and Judy was holding my right hand during the pushing contractions. Stephen was putting a cold cloth on my forehead and on my breastbone, which felt so nice. I didn’t want my arms in the hot water of the tub.

So we pushed for maybe 20 minutes. I never was in any searing pain; the water helped a lot. I could feel the baby coming down this time (I don’t remember feeling any of that with my son). I felt her head come down and come out and then go back in. And then with the next push her head came out and stayed out. Grace said I could reach down and touch her hair, and at first I didn’t want to, but then I did and she has a lot more hair than Joel! It was fun to feel her hair. There were nice breaks in between the pushing contractions, where I could rest, drink some water, and get ready for the next one. Grace and Stephen had to remind me to not shrink back from the pain, and it go with it, and with receiving that encouragement helped me pull on my strength and God‘s strength to push Molly out.

So then her head was out and they were encouraging me that one more big push we get her out, and so I pushed giving it my all, and then Molly was here! She came up through the water, into my arms, and she started looking at us. We first noticed her right high cheek dimple and dark brown hair; and then she was crying, and we were so happy to see her!!! We got to do delayed cord clamping. She was purple and then really quickly turned pink; she was perfect! She was born at 2:10 PM in the afternoon on a foggy Christmas day.

We stayed in the water for about 10 minutes before they wanted me to move to the bed so that we could work on getting the placenta out. I let Molly start nursing, and she figured it out very easily. Her eyes were wide open, and it was so fun to look into her face. Stephen thought she might have dark hair, and she did!

About 20 minutes later I gave one push in the placenta came out, and we were careful about watching the bleeding this time (I had a lot of bleeding after Joel in the hospital). Nina pushed on my stomach a lot and got some blood clots out. And kept checking me every 10 minutes, and then we decided to get a shot of Pitocin to help stop the bleeding, and it worked! I have felt so much stronger this time because I didn’t lose much blood.

Stephen brought me a turkey pot pie to eat, he ate beef stew, and we just got to relax and enjoy Molly for a while. Stephen got to hold Molly and do some skin to skin during the two hour window right after birth. Then I had to get sewn up, because I had a second-degree tear and some stretching. So Grace carefully sewed me up.

Then Grace measured Molly and did her newborn checkup. Molly was 9 lbs. 4 oz. I did not expect her to be so close to her brother’s weight! She was nine days late, and a little smaller than her brother’s 9 lb. 8 oz. She was 21 inches long. Then I got to take a shower, which felt wonderful; then Molly and I passed our blood pressure checks. We had to have three of them that were normal before we can leave, and so we started to get ready to leave around 6 PM. Birth centers don’t have space for you to stay overnight, so it was wonderful to go home so quickly!

Midwife Candace knitted Molly a little Santa hat during labor! We took some pictures with her, got our placenta (which we planted in the back garden), and put Molly in a pink nightgown from a friend, and took her home!

When we got home, Adam and Anni were there with mom, and Joel had just went to bed. He went upstairs and would not come downstairs, so Mom put him to bed. We didn’t get to see him at all on Christmas Day, but Mom did some presents with him and got to be with him all day. Lorna was happy to see Molly, and Lenny was asleep. Adam cooked shrimp for all of us, and Ani had ham and cranberry sauce, which tasted really good. Molly was asleep, and then we took her upstairs and then I took my first sitz bath, and then we went to bed. Molly was a little fussy so I picked her up and I was trying to quiet her, and then three hours later woke up with her in my arms! And she quieted down and went to sleep.

In the morning, Molly was screeching when Stephen was changing her diaper, and Joel came into our room to see what the noise was. I was sitting on the bed and I could give him hugs and snuggle with him. Then Stephen brought Molly over for him to see and he gave her some nice pats and smiled at her. It was a great beginning to their relationship. I am so thankful for two children who are doing well and a wonderful husband who knows how to coach me during birth in an amazing way (the midwives said he should become a professional birth coach—he is the best!). Thank you God for these gifts!

I’m so thankful we have had this little girl in our home, especially during the past months of quarantine. What do I appreciate about our little girl? Her bright blue eyes that smile and twinkle a lot, her squeals of joy, and that she likes to be with me, her brother, and her Daddy. She is such a peaceful and joyful gift from God.

P. S. If you want to read Joel’s Birth Story, check it out here: Our 50-Hour Birth Story /// The Bradley Method Works

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Savory Crockpot Beef Stew

We need comfort food especially during this time the whole world is in transition. Beef stewed together with grape juice, vegetables and spices for hours creates a dish that I kept making over and over this winter and spring! It is what I wanted to eat after giving birth to our daughter on Christmas Day (along with turkey pot pie), and every few weeks since then. Adding wine or cooking sherry adds depth to the sauce that brings you back wanting more. If you pop it in the crockpot in the morning, it will be ready for dinner. Serve it with mashed potatoes and enjoy this rich stew.

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How to Have Hope During This Pandemic

“Water!” demanded my two year old son yesterday morning as I was talking with my Mom on FaceTime. He said it five times, then started almost crying because he wanted to water our geraniums so much. I set the phone down facing my three month old daughter, so my Mom could talk with her while I filled our yellow watering can with water. Then my son and I put water on the dying daffodil leaves (I need to plant those outside), the tiny succulent, the big jungle plant, and then the two pink geraniums with eleven bunches of blossoms. Then my son was happy and started playing with other things, and I could continue my talk with my Mom. Just like watering those flowers consistently (because my son reminds me every day!) brings on blossoms, so choosing to do actions that give hope (even when we don’t feel like it), will grow the hopeful expectations of good in our lives.

I wish I could give you a cup of tea that would immediately fill your heart with hope; alas, there is no such tea (yet!), but I can offer you some thoughts on ways to build up the hope capacity in your heart. We are in hard times right now, and we need to develop our hope muscle more than ever to help our mental health. Here are three ways that can help you build more hope: Continue reading


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2019 Family Christmas Letter

Thanksgiving 2019

Dear Friends and Family,

Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!

As I looked out our window, I saw the women come out of their homes into the street, heading down our cul-de-sac on a cold, bright December day a few weeks ago. As they greeted each other, they headed toward our home with their arms full of cookies. These were our great neighbors coming over for our first cookie exchange! God has placed us in another wonderful neighborhood full of kind and generous people. 2019 has been a year of settling in and connecting.

In February we found a four bedroom, three bathroom home on a 1/3 of an acer lot at the end of a cul-de-sac that we love, and we bought it in March. Our apartment lease wasn’t up until the end of April, so it worked out great that we could move in slowly, have our oak wood floors refinished (they glow now!), paint the Viking purple basement white, and paint some other rooms as well before we moved in at the end of April.

Then we found out we were pregnant again (just after I painted the room I had dubbed the nursery, light yellow!), and in August we found out that we are having a baby girl that is due on December 16th. She feels like she is a little more lively than Joel (from what I can tell by how she kicks and moves inside me). I can’t wait to see her face and see her and Joel interact.

Stephen turned 40 in September and celebrated by going on a houseboat trip to Lake Powell. He got to see where we got engaged four years ago! Joel and I went to Illinois to visit friends and family because taking a one-year old on a houseboat for a week while pregnant did not sound fun. Stephen’s civil engineering job is moving along well. He has been connecting with guys in our neighborhood, at church, and at Bible Study Fellowship. Currently, he is figuring out how to put a new clutch in his truck.

I (Mary) love being home with Joel, and I’m so happy to be having a daughter. Our yellow nursery has lots of pink accents now! I enjoy being a children’s leader in an infant class at Bible Study Fellowship; being part of a team is so satisfying. I occasionally keep on writing and making cards (see:  ), but have been focusing more on Joel and learning how to take care of a  big house and yard. The pink and purple flowers that grow around our home make me so happy! I’m also learning how to cook gluten and dairy free, so if you have any great recipes, please pass them on to me!

Joel has blossomed this year! He just turned two years old on November 14th, and then we decided to take the leap and do potty training, and he has been picking it up like a champ. It’s nice to have a few weeks without diapers. He loves to run, play chase, read books, help us cook (today I had him come to the kitchen to help me make breakfast cookies, and he started the food processor without me telling him to—he knew what to do. He will be cooking in no time.), and create/build things. He talks more and has been singing too. He loves his Bible Study Fellowship classes and being out and about. It’s great that there are some kids in our neighborhood that he can play with.

May you have the merriest of Christmases and an amazing 2020. May God with even more hope, joy, and love than ever before.

Love, Mary, Stephen, Joel & Baby Girl Schuh

Copyright 2019

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope


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Falling Dots 🍃 

Since today the leaves are falling in loads, I’m reposting a poem I wrote one fall day when I was going to graduate school:

Specks of yellow — fall.

The wind levered them down,

Or sprung them loose,

Or let them go.

Like little cares — falling– golden in their time —

Locust leaves that

Symbolizes hope and freedom.

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2019

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope