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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You Have a Choice

I love this quote because of the choice it reminds us of (and Gandalf is one of my favorite characters):

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J. R. R. Tolkien Continue reading

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First Seven Days of Parenthood

This photo shows how I feel about these first seven days of parenthood—wonder, thankfulness, joy, tiredness…

My days have been filled with nursing (it is my full-time job right now), changing diapers, holding our baby, eating and drinking a lot and resting. I love seeing Joel’s eyes look at me with curiosity when he has content times—he might have blue eyes!

Thankfulness and joy are the top two feelings I’m having right now because Joel is a gift I’ve waited and hoped for my whole life, and I’m so thankful for him! The joy of a dream fulfilled is a truckload of rejoicing and the joy of holding a little baby of my own helps the aches and fatigue melt away.

Joel arrived on November 14th at 2:20am; 9 lb 8 oz and 23 inches long after a 50 hour labor (the last 10 hours at the hospital). We are tired, but SO happy! We are so thankful for the love and help pouring in!!

-Mary Hope

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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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How to Get Free Dessert After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

Are you pregnant!? Do you want to celebrate with some free dessert? Here’s what we did: After we found out we were pregnant, last spring we went to two different nice restaurants and mentioned that we were celebrating having our first baby! I was not showing for either time (I was about three months along), but the servers surprised us with free dessert both times, and it made the meal even more special. The dessert above was a key lime tart, and the second dessert was a cream puff filled with ice cream… Why not spread the joy of your pregnancy!?

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My First Time in Decades Without School on the Horizon: Transitioning Out of the School Calendar

The past two weeks I had more melt-downs than usual (Yes, I am 29-weeks pregnant and had to take two gestational diabetes tests to prove I’m NOT diabetic—and thank God, I am not); however, part of this has been from a grieving process of graduating from the school system without plans to return to it on the horizon. Ten years ago I graduated from undergraduate college, but I was planning on going to graduate school within the year. Today I realized that some of this sadness is coming from seeing many “Back to School” things here in the United States and not being part of it after either being a student or a teacher for the last 30 years.

How am I transitioning out of this “school season” of my life? Continue reading


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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…

— 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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Standing Beside My Man (Book Talk)

Did you know that guys just want the woman that they love to be near them as they work, play a game, fix a truck, or just watch TV? Dr. Eggerichs, in his insightful book Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs, taught me this point again: When my husband says he just wants me near him, that is just what he wants! This winter Stephen was working on his truck, and he invited me to come sit out in the garage near him as he worked; I had lots of lessons to plan and grading to do because of teaching, so I balked for a while, Continue reading


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Peaceful Focus


“Focusing is about saying No.” -Steve Jobs

Saying “No,” marks a boundary, making space for what you desire to create, and even though it hurts to reject a person or an idea, protecting that space will result in momentum toward your goal.

For example, this last year as I was teaching middle school English, I had to say “No,” to hanging out with friends on Sunday night because I had to mentally prepare to be ready to teach. In order to be focused, my No helped!

Being able to say no eliminates distractions.

-Mary Hope

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