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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Transition to Motherhood: Who Throws a Mother a Birthday Party?

Last week I had a couple crying sessions partly because the baby has started teething and is screaming more and partly I got anxious as I got close to my birthday. I planned a gathering of a few friends for cake, tea, and talk; the day before I became nervous about how it would be, and I just wanted to have someone else throw the party for me.

Who plans and celebrates a mother’s birthday? Don’t mother’s plan and lead the celebration of the birthdays in her home? Is it okay that she plans her own celebration or should she wait for her husband to do something? 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


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Perfection is Not the Goal…Just Set a Goal!

I find some great quotes from LinkedIn’s idea of the day, and a few days ago, they shared this one about what to focus on:

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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.”

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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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~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