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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A More Tender Way to Eat Kale: Lemony Kale Salad

Do you need a hearty salad that goes well with fish? Then this is it! A friend brought over a version of this salad one night, and it is so refreshing! I took the directions she gave me and made them my own. Feel free to do the same by adjusting how much lemon you like on the salad.

8 cups chopped kale, stems removed

5 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice

1 Tblsp. lemon zest (use it only if you like it really lemony)

Salt and pepper to taste (start out with ½ tsp. each)

½ cup parmesan cheese

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When Do You Throw Away Old Journals?

You should only keep things that you want to enjoy and remember, right?  I learned this through a few years ago a family member paid me to read their old journals and pull out interesting tidbits about their life, then throw the journals away. I appreciated the money, but the emotional toll it took was not worth it. I read things I hadn’t wanted to read; some things should be written down and then THROWN AWAY! In light of that experience, it helped me to think about letting go of a bunch of old journals I had been keeping.

Well, for the past ten years with multiple moves, I kept lugging around these boxes of journals that I had written from age 13 to 23 while I was in junior high, high school, and college.  My husband encouraged me to scan the journals and then throw the hard copies away…when he first said that, I said, “No!” So I kept moving around those boxes a couple more years. We had space in the crawl space, so why not keep them…even though I didn’t want to read them…

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Living in a Staged 🏡 House

Have you wanted to live in one of those houses that look perfect, like in Fixer Upper or another decorating show? Well, I thought it would be interesting, but I didn’t think it would happen.

Enter: New job, moving to a new state, selling our house, SO in order to help our house sell, our realtor introduced us to a stager that came in last Wednesday and made our house look like a model house! We saw how it looked, and then took off to our new home for a few days. Seeing our home so clean and pretty brought a peace to my mind that I had not had for a while.

Now, how is it living in this beautiful home? Well, it is harder than it looks! Since our house is on the market, we have to make sure everything is all in its exact place that the stager placed it when we leave. It is like living in a hotel. I’m enjoying how beautiful the pillows look on the bed, but it holds me back from just flopping on the bed to rest…it is harder to just live in.

I’m thankful for this experience and that it will help our house sell. I’m thankful we only have to live in this kind of house for a few days and then we can get back to living in a not perfect place.

~Mary Hope

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

~Mary Hope


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Green and Gray in the Midwest

This spring has been sputtering to gain warmth, so here are some late springtime photos I took last year to insprire us here in the midwestern United States that spring will really blossom again!

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Happy Easter! He is Risen🌿🌿🌿🌿

New life…new hope…beginning afresh into new seasons of life. I’m so thankful that Jesus Christ loved us so much he was willing to die for our sins, and then three days later rise again! Continue reading