Trees of Transition

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


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Teaching the Christmas Story to Our Son

img_0991Three days ago, Stephen held our 13-month old, Joel, as I pulled out the Nativity stable and set it on the top of a bookshelf. Then we got to unwrap the characters in the story! First we pulled out the angel to hang on top of the stable: Joel liked touching her wings. Next we unwrapped Mary. As I showed the figure to Joel, I said, “This is Jesus’ mother!” Then we found baby Jesus lying in his manger—Joel was interested because he likes babies. And then we unwrapped Joseph, as I said, “This is Jesus’ earthly father!” We enjoyed looking at it for a minute more before he wanted to get down and play.

Yesterday I picked up Joel so he could see the Nativity scene again and I told him more of the story, “Jesus came down to earth as a baby because He loves us!” He looked at the figures thoughtfully—it felt like he understood what I was saying. Then he smiled and wanted down so he could play.

It is such an honor to teach him this beautiful true story!

I don’t remember when I first heard the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2 in the Bible, but it was early like we are teaching Joel. He is enjoying the colored lights, music, and seeing friends; I’m glad we get to share with him whose birthday celebration this day is in honor of!

We aren’t the only one teaching him the Christmas story; a couple of weeks ago at church we came back to the nursery to pick up Joel and he had colored his first picture at church! I love seeing those colored marks–his coloring skills consist of making dashes and sometimes dots.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! May your 2019 be amazing and full of delightful transitions.

Love, Mary Hope and the guys

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P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as from  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income (at no extra cost to you!), for which I am thankful. So…..

— Use this link to 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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Spicy Beef Crockpot Chili

I cooked up this chili to celebrate that I can eat tomatoes again!! After realizing last winter that my breast milk made my son spit up and have burps when I ate tomatoes, I stopped eating tomatoes for 11 months. (I sure missed chili, pizza, and spaghetti). Now that Joel is one, he seems to handle tomato-y milk better. He even had a couple of bites of the chili, but isn’t a fan yet.

Yay for tomatoes!!!

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Teaching Babies to Love the Bible // Children’s Bible Recommendations

Stephen and I take turns reading the Bible to Joel before bed.

One day a couple of months ago, after Joel woke up from his morning nap, in his still-sleepy state, he cuddled with me for a bit. I keep books on the dresser near his chair, and on this day he reached for his children’s Bible, so I brought it over for him to hold.

He studied the cover intently; his eyes scrunched into a smile as he looked down at the picture of Jesus. There was love in his eyes.

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What Can Be Done to Make Momma Happy?

My son was looking at my copy of this book a few weeks ago…he wanted to chew the corners.

As a child, when my Mom was happy, I knew it—her face relaxed, she smiled, and she talked a lot more; I could relax then. When she was perturbed, I got nervous and scared. At breakfast, I remember looking at my Mom’s face to see how she was doing that day.

A mother at peace is like a bright lighthouse shining across the waves. What makes mothers happy? Is there a secret to staying peaceful? I don’t think there’s just one secret, there’s actually a bunch of habits mothers can do to grow peace in their hearts, which comes out of their eyes, into their children, and everyone who walks by.

A book that has helped me grow in peace and confidence as a Mom is The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity by Dr. Meg Meeker. Dr. Meeker, as a pediatrician, has met hundreds of moms and has distilled traits she has seen in happy mothers. Continue reading


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Making Music with Baby

Music helps transitions go easier. My son’s eyes brighten, he zeros in, and calms down when we turn on music for him! When I brought out his Baby Einstein Discover and Play Piano last week, he reached for it and then played with it for over twenty minutes. He picked it up, would roll onto it, and it would play music…the buttons are easily pushed, so while he was figuring it out, he was alreay making it play. When he pushed the keys for the first time and made music on his own, it made my heart so glad! I play the piano and am excited to teach him to play, if he desires. I was fixing dinner in the kitchen while he figured it out–he would lose his grasp on it, roll on it, then hang on to it again, and it played music the whole time–single notes or snatches of classical songs.

Here are some recommendations for some musical baby toys that aren’t annoying:

The first one is the Baby Einstein Discover and Play Piano. A six-month old, like my son, can easly push the buttons, and it plays little snatches of songs, it meows, and it says the names of the instruments and numbers in English, Spanish, and French. My Mom bought it for my son, and he loves it!

Another great toy that I let my son hold while changing his diaper or on long car rides when he is getting fussy:
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Stephen’s cousin gave us this handy musical toy, and sometimes when Joel is cranky while on the changing table or screaming on a long car ride, this toy, that plays four different classical tunes and lights up to the rythum of the music, is a life-saver.

I sing with my baby–as we do exercises, to calm him down…whenever I feel like it. If you don’t feel like singing, here’s some calming music that has helped my baby sleep:

Enjoy making music with your baby!

 

~Mary Hope

P.S. If you are going to a baby shower soon or just want some music for your baby: Here’s a link so that you can get both of these plus a bendy ball (that I haven’t tried yet, but it looks like my son would love it!) check out this combo deal:
Baby Einstein Discover and Play Piano with Take Along Tunes & Bendy Ball

 

Copyright 2018

P. 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 (at no extra cost to you!), for which I am thankful. So….

— Use this link to 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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How It Feels to Have a Baby Inside of You

Having a little human inside of you was one of the parts of pregnancy I looked forward to; it is currently one of my favorite things about being pregnant! Our little guy has been pretty gentle (like his Papa), and my placenta is in front, so that cushioned his movements until he grew past that in the last few months. Continue reading


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Inspiration from My Baby’s Confidence

The baby boy just latched on to get the milk for his lunch, eyes closed, mouth working, fish lips; he knows he will get food! Seeing his confidence inspires me — he knows that he will be taken care of; I can choose to believe that I will be taken care of too by my husband and, most importantly, by my Heavenly Father! Continue reading