Trees of Transition

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

Giving and Receiving Help and Hope



One weekend in November, I had grading piling up like toys after a two year old, and I thought I would finally catch up on grading since I had multiple choice tests to grade, but my optimism turned to disappointment when I realized those tests were too long to get done quickly; I got pretty moapy. Then I thought I would finish it the next day, but it didn’t happen. On Tuesday, I realized I needed help, and so I reached out to a friend who has lots of time right now (and I have way too much work to do and not enough time). I picked up fried chicken for dinner, arrived at my friend’s door, we caught up, and then she helped me check the multiple choice questions. A couple hours into working together she let me know that helping me really helped her; she really blessed me by helping lift the burden of grading a bit.

I used to think that as a teacher I had to create original content to teach for every lesson and complete all the work myself; however, with this job, since I have seven preps and 115 students that I’m teaching how to write, I have to ask for help. Asking for help has been stretching me, but I see that is also blesses other people to assist; I have a team surrounding me! Working with my friend made me feel supported, and being able to help me increased my friend’s hope.

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2016


Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

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