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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Book Review: A New Way to View World War II 

Lilac Girls: A Novel pulls you in with its first lines of, “If I’d known I was about to meet the man who’d shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta, I would have slept in.” Author Martha Hall Kelly hooked me immediately, and she gave me three different angles on the two decades that span before, during, and after World War II that I had not read about before. The book felt authentic, and at the end, Mrs. Kelly describes her journey of researching the people she based her characters upon in this historical fiction book.

This book alternates between the stories of three women, Lilac Girls: A Novel, whose lives overlap during these twenty years. From the picture on the cover, of women walking arm in arm, I assumed that these three women were close friends; however, the opposite is true for one of them. Continue reading


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Be Bold Today!


I love taking photos of my work space as I’m cooking. This is how my workstation looked as I was cooking Thai Chicken Soup (see my recipes category for the recipe!)

Recently I’ve been reading an inspiring book, and here’s a quote from it that is very reassuring:

I am loving what @christybwright says: “Fear isn’t a sign that you’re doing something wrong. It is a sign that you are doing something new. It doesn’t mean you’re not capable, qualified, or ready. It just means you’re doing something that matters to you. And fear doesn’t mean you are doing something bad. It means you’re doing something bold.” -Christy Wright on page 14 of #businessboutique the book. 

Be bold today! 

#joy #treesoftransitionart 


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Memorial Day Heroes 

My grandpa Howard served in World War II as a doctor; he helped save people’s lives during any battles –including the Battle of the Bulge. My dad was in the Naval reserves and almost had to go to the Korean War, and he was proud that he got to serve his country. I remember playing in his old navy uniform as a child.

My cousin was in the Marines, and now his son just joined the Air Force. My uncle served in the Korean War, and so I have many people to be thankful for this Memorial Day.

I am thankful for our country and all the people that have risked their lives to protect it!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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Savoring Having a Mom

Having a mother that is alive is such a gift. 🎁 My Mom has struggled with depression and over the last month has come out of a recent dark season–thanks to God, my aunt, medicine, and counseling. I’m thankful I could hang out with her yesterday and celebrate motherhood with her!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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A Collage for Our Dad


My siblings started this collage, and then I finished it as we sat by my Dad’s bedside–waiting to see how he would be. We are still waiting to see if Dad’s health will improve greatly or if we have to continue letting him go.

Creating this collage of family photos brought me peace as I remembered so many positive times with my Dad. Many of the photos are of my nephews, for which I am thankful–new life in the family lightens the weight of grief of letting someone go.

This Saturday I got to see my Dad again, and the collage still was by his bed. We talked about his wedding to my Mom, and we celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary with cards and pumpkin pie. At the end of the visit, I gave Dad a hug and kiss good-bye with an “I love you” thrown in. 

Family is one of the things that matter most in this life, and I’m thankful for each member of my family that we have with us today.
-Mary Hope
Copyright 2017