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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The Juicy California Smell

When I want to buy nectarines in Illinois, Stephen says, “Those nectarines are like cardboard! You cannot beat the nectarines my parents grow.” We planned our visit to California this summer partly because to be here when the nectarines are ripe. We succeeded!!
The dusty smell of nectarines fills the beck yard of my in-laws–I love how California smells. My husband was right when he said, “These California nectarines are the BEST….you have to eat them over the sink because the juice just runs down your hand.” Today my husband found one of those nectarines, and he shared it with me over the kitchen sink. We might have to come back every summer from here on out!
-Mary Hope
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Have the Courage to Ask for What You Want

Jump in and take a risk you are thinking about– even if it makes you quake in your boots. I love this quote from Oprah Winfrey: 

  • “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” 

For example, yesterday a local flower shop was giving away roses to people named Mary (they pick a different name every Friday for free rose Friday.) I was making notecards at home, but when I saw that it was my name they picked, I had to decide if I wanted to drive ten minutes to receive a free rose. I pondered the situation and then decided to go for it! I walked into the shop, asked for a rose, and they let me have this beautiful peachy/maroon bloom.
I’m glad I took that little risk because I have a rose that smells like honey on my counter. 🌹 Take that risk today!

-Mary Hope

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Grandpa Karl’s Grave

This morning my husband, Stephen, and I crossed the mountains to Johnson City, Tennesee to find Stephen’s Grandpa Karl’s grave  in the Veteran’s Cemetery. I didn’t have the honor of meeting any of Stephen’s grandparents, but this was the next closet thing to meeting Grandpa Karl. Stephen had only been to this cemetery once, for the funeral back in 2007, so we had to look up the grave using the computer at the main building, then we headed over to the SS section.

We had stopped by Trader Joe’s and bought a bouquet including a sunflower and this salmon-faded red rose for us to place on the grave. I pulled the flowers out of the back seat, Stephen cut down the stems, and we set out to find Grandpa Karl’s gravestone.

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Rhubarb Time

Rhubarb’s tang makes me feel like it is fully spring. I whipped up this pie last week and have been enjoying it ever since! I used strawberry jam in place of fresh strawberries, and that worked out just fine.

Happy Monday!

-Mary Hope

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Dyed Mum Explosion!


My boss gave me these mums in honor of teacher appreciation day! The color of these flowers made me remember what I learned in my floral design class that these used to be white mums and were dyed all these brilliant colors through having the flowers suck up dyed water.

These flowers have made my week brighter! Happy Thursday. 

-Mary Hope

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