Trees of Transition

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

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Lots of Phlegm? Here’s a Natural Way to Help!

Have that croupy cold going around that has lots of phlegm and coughing? We got it last week, and one thing that is helping us #recover is eating lots of #pineapple! Pineapple contains #bromelain which breaks up mucus in your #lungs and so you can cough it out.
Mom tip: I just discovered that I can cut the core of a pineapple into strips and give them to my one year old for him to gnaw on. The #fiber is strong in the core so that he does not bite off big chunks, but he can enjoy the #juiceand little bits break off. He then can breath better and the mucus isn’t so bad. Now I know my guy likes pineapple! 🍍

If you want to not have to eat pineapple, you can buy bromelain in capsule form. Check these out:

NOW Bromelain 500 mg,120 Veg Capsules

My favorite is to just eat lots of pineapple…so choose what you like best. What other foods do you eat when you are sick?

Copyright 2018

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

~Mary Hope

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Do What You Love, Even if it Scares You!

Here’s a scene from coming back from northern Wisconsin yesterday, and here’s a challenging quote that I found in Christy Wright’s book Business Boutique: “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Susy Kassem. 

Choose to do what you love even if you are scared sometimes! Teaching junior high students was one of the things I have done scared. What have you done–even though it gave you anxiety?
-Mary Hope

#greatquotes #businessboutique #christywright #naturephotography #treesoftransitionart 

Copyright 2017

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Fighting MS and Working to Find the Cure


What would it be like to have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as a teenager? My cousin, Lisa, was diagnosed with MS several decades ago, and she has fought the disease valiantly. There still isn’t a cure to this disease, but that doesn’t stop her.

Lisa still chooses to keep researching new treatments, to keep reaching out to others, and to still have hope. She has found a new treatment she is going to try, but she needs help gathering the funds to pay for it. Check out this GoFundMe page with more of her story and to help her out: Lisa’s GoFundMe

Her brother also has been having a football game the day after Thanksgiving for about 40 years now to raise money to help find a cure; if you want to find out more, check out this link: 2016 Turkey Bowl to fight MS

In light of all that Lisa and others like her have gone through, let’s stop and remember how many things we have to be thankful for, and let’s help them!

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2016




The Trilogy of Rings



“Mary, I have a question to ask you. Will you be my wife?” Stephen said as he held out the diamond ring. (I had always wondered how the guy would say it: “Mary, will you marry me?” seemed too repetitive; Stephen did it just right!) My smile deepened as I said, “Yes, yes, YES!!!!” as he slipped the solitaire diamond on a simple white gold band onto my finger. The diamond shone in the light, but I focused more on my brand new fiancé. We laughed, cried, and prayed together before going back to the houseboat to share the amazing news. That day, August 13th, 2015, my hands now had three rings distributed between the ten fingers, and there are stories behind each one of them. This is the story of the Celtic knot ring I’ve had for seven years, a ring I wore for two weeks, and the engagement ring I’ll wear the rest of my life.


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Thoughts on Paris and Prayer


Looking over my WordPress feed today is bittersweet because of all the talk of the tragedy in Paris.

People of Paris–many people are so sad about what you all are going through and are praying for you for comfort and hope.

My thoughts have turned to prayer because that’s what I first started doing when I heard the news yesterday.

Prayer works. Like a bridge from the spiritual world to this physical world, prayers create energy that passes between the realms. For example, over the last few weeks my fiancé and I have been praying for a friend to not lose her job in a merger. We prayed about this a few times a week; emotion wasn’t the driving force, we just knew God cared about our friend and this situation, and we could help it by praying. This Thursday our friend texted us that she still has her job! Seeing prayers answered still is a wondrous thing and brings a smile to my eyes.
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Full Circle


Recently I looked up when I heard a student call my name, “Miss Campbell!” The girl with light, flowing hair looked much more of an adult than when I last saw her in her school uniform as a Senior last year. There stood a graduated Senior from the class I taught for two months last fall! Continue reading


Friendship Failure? Part 2: God Even Uses Fortune Cookies!


Last night I opened the fortune cookies my parents and I had received at a Chinese restaurant earlier that day, and God used those silly slips of paper to encourage me! It’s time to strengthen the friendships I have and make more. There might even be some spicy conversations!

By M. H. Campbell

Copyright 2015