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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Maternity Photo Shoot

 

Celebrating the coming of a new baby is the point of a maternity photo shoot, so when my sister-in-law, Lindsey, of Triple Lux Photography, offered to work with us to take photos of my pregnancy, I delightedly agreed! On Friday, July 14th, we were racing against the sunset to find a location to shoot the photos in Napa Valley, and when we saw an open spot by a vineyard, we pulled over and Lindsey started working her magic:

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Book Review: Do You Love YOUR Life?

I LOVE my life right now: I’m a wife, homemaker, and mother. I’m a bit starry-eyed still because I was single for 34 years, and I’ve only had one year or less with all of these new, dreamed-for roles. The job I’ve always wanted is to be a wife and a Mom, now I have it–thanks to God and my husband.

You may be thinking, “Just wait until the baby is born…then you will NOT like your life very much.” Yes, I’ve heard that having a newborn is hard for a season, but I’ve been mentally preparing for it, so I hope that will help. What also is helping is reading books that encourage me to be content wherever I’m at, such as Rachel Cruze’s book,
Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want.


Rachel shares stories from her life to illustrate her points about being generous, living on a budget, not going into debt, and more. She keeps on encouraging you to love your life–not compare yourself to anyone else. This book is worth reading!

If you prefer videos, check out her show on YouTube:

 

We can choose to be content whatever is happening in our lives. What helps you choose contentment over dissatisfaction?

It will be great to hear what you have to say.

Peace!

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2017

 

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

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

~Mary Hope


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Free Prenatal Yoga Videos // Baby Books Recommendations //

With so many books and videos out there on the topic of pregnancy, which ones should a new Mom read and watch?

The book that I found at a thrift store after I found out I was pregnant that I have been reading every week is this:
You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

 

This book has a few photos, lots of diagrams, and a week-by-week update on how the baby is developing. I read it before bed, and sometimes I read ahead because I get so excited! I'm in week 27 now, feeling the baby kick a lot, and am feeling well.

There are many "Don't's" out there for pregnant mothers; for example, "Don't lie on your back after 20-weeks," "Don't eat cold cuts," and "Don't eat soft cheese." Emily Oster, in her book
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know

walks you through the nine months of pregnancy and shares all the research she did when she was pregnant about these "don't" and which ones are wise to pay attention to and which ones you have more of a choice than you thought. Stephen's cousin, Anni, gave me the book, and it is one of the first ones I have read. I enjoyed Emily's non-nonsense attitude and all the stories from her pregnancies. Check it out!

I've found several YouTube videos that have helped me start doing prenatal yoga; there are many free yoga routines to choose from, but I have three that I am enjoying using. The first one has peaceful music in the background and the narrator is encouraging (which is my favorite)! Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSFobwvQTg

The next routine is more strenuous, it has no music, but it makes you work harder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utINxvh-h9Q

A new video I found recently is a bit shorter, it is a quicker sequence, has a little music in the background, but is a more no-nonsense, get-to-business video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjwenVn2uQ

 

Mothers out there, what books and videos have you used that you enjoyed when pregnant? I would like to hear from you.

Have a peaceful day!

~Mary Hope

 

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

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

~Mary Hope

 


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Four Years of This Blog, Trees of Transitions

Four years ago my heart still felt pretty mangled from my first big breakup, but having more free time inspired me to start my blog. I’m so glad I did! Thank you for your readership and follows (which is over 500 followers now…WOW!)

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Our Gender Reveal 

 

Soon after discovering I was pregnant, Stephen and I agreed that we would like to find out the gender of our baby. Our reasoning was, “Why not?! We would like to know in order to get ready, call him or her by name before he or she is born, and we are curious!”

We waited until our 20-week ultrasound in the middle of June, which was the day we started our big road trip. Since we didn’t have time to throw a big party a day or two later, we wanted to find out if our baby was a boy or girl at the doctor’s office and then tell people ourselves through cakes and signs.

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Remembering Uncle Chris

 

I only knew my husband’s Uncle Chris for 2 ½ years, but I remember his leathery cheeks pulled up into a smile that burst with kindness. I first met him at Christmastime when Stephen took me to California to meet his family in 2014. Uncle Chris was Stephen’s Dad’s older brother who lived nearby and loved helping out and driving with us to the airport when we had to fly home.

A year after I met Uncle Chris, Stephen and I were engaged and the family put together a surprise bridal shower for us on New Years Day in 2016. That day we received the only card from him while I knew him, but I am so glad we kept it. He gave us an Amazon gift card (that we used to buy a Tiffany lamp), and he wrote us this message:

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Stewed Zucchini and Tomatoes with Italian Sausage 

Zucchini season is upon us. Once our family planted our zucchini vines too close to the cucumber vines, and we got some weird vegetables! The two vines cross-pollinated, and we got a bad hybrid of huge cucumber-like with zucchini-like insides. We couldn’t eat any of them, but they were funny to see. If you need another way to use up your bummer crop of zucchini, here is an Italian-style way to fix it.

 

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