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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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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One Year into Marriage 

Ten days ago Stephen and I celebrated one year of marriage on June 18th, and we honored that milestone by fulfilling a dream that both of us have had of eating at the Signature Room on the 95th floor the John Hancock Building in Chicago. We both have enjoyed drinks and desserts in the Signature Lounge, one floor up (which has an amazing view from the ladies bathroom); however, we had always looked down on the Signature Room with a bit of desire to try that expensive restaurant.

Since we have a baby on the way, we decided that this should be the year that we take the plunge and try the Signature Room. After driving downtown Chicago, parking, and getting our bearings, we walked over to the Original Cupcake bakery, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and both picked out our favorite cake. We hadn’t saved the top of our wedding cake (we ate it our first month! Check out this blog post: Why You Should Eat the Top of Your Wedding Cake the Month After Your Wedding ), so we tried their pineapple upside down cake and their chocolate marshmallow cupcakes!

 

Then it was time to head up to the Signature Room with the “rocket” elevator that takes you 95 floors in about a minute. We were seated by the northern view of Chicago:

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Hawaii Honeymoon Highlights

On the north side of Kawaii this lighthouse stands, and we enjoyed gazing at it and walking up around it. Here are more scenes from our trip to Kawaii, Hawaii last June:

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My Wedding Bouquet 

My wedding flowers mixed country wildflowers with sophisticated peonies and spray roses in an explosion of joy that lasted a whole month! My friend Bri works at Andrew’s Garden, and she created a beautiful bouquet for me.

M&S (3 of 30) Bouquet

The above photo is by Ryn Manby Photography. And here are some photos that I took:

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Returning Treasures

Have you ever lost something and thought you might never see it again? My husband gave me my wedding present a few months early, and I love it! The watch had crystals on it, so I could wear it to our wedding, and I love this photo that our photographer, Ryn Manby, captured of it:

 

M&S (6 of 30) M Getting ready

After I got my teaching job, I was quickly sorting and gathering things in our crawl space, and my wedding watch disappeared from my wrist! I looked all through the house, and I even called the movie theater where I thought I might have lost it. I started coming to grips with the realization that I lost the wedding present from my groom, and I cried. I had this hunch that I would find it someday, but I stopped looking.

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Two and a Half Years after My Article: “My Younger Sister is Getting Married, and I’m Still Single”

Is it harder for older sisters to get married? Yes, I think it is. Birth order does matter; older children just have different pressures and experiences than their younger siblings, and this can influence their love lives. Especially this holiday season I’ve seen more Google searches that lead older sisters to my article “My Younger Sister is Getting Married, and I’m Still Single” that I wrote two and a half years ago; now it is time to follow up that piece. What has happened with my love life? What have I learned since then?

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Captured Joy: A Few of Our Wedding Photos from Ryn Manby Photography

Two whole months have passed since Stephen and I said, “I do,” to each other, and it seems like the wedding was just a few weeks ago! We are still waiting for the whole batch of our wedding photos, but Ryn, our creative photographer sent us a sneak peak that have just whet our appetites. Here’s some more images of our wonderful wedding day:

M&S (1 of 30) Dress

M&S (2 of 30) M getting ready

M&S (3 of 30) Bouquet

The colors of this photo just make me want to laugh!

M&S (4 of 30) Prayer

I appreciate everyone who prayed for us–those prayers sure worked.

M&S (5 of 30) Getting ready with Mom

I’m so thankful my Mom could be there to help me into my dress.

M&S (6 of 30) M Getting ready

M&S (7 of 30) Bridal portrait at Kathys

This photo feels like it just came from a bridal magazine!

M&S (8 of 30) Bridesmaids!

I’m so thankful for all my beautiful ladies. 🙂

M&S (9 of 30) Groomsmen

And my handsome Man.

M&S (10 of 30) M & Dad

And that my Dad made it to the ceremony, and that I could have a special moment with him.

M&S (11 of 30)M looking out window

M&S (12 of 30) A & M walking down aisle

My brother escorted me down the aisle, and I felt so blessed to have him AND my Dad helping me.

M&S (13 of 30) S watching M come down aisle

M&S (14 of 30) Wedding in church

M&S (15 of 30) Married and walking downt the aisle!

We are so thankful to be married to each other!

M&S (16 of 30) Big family photo

And for all the support from our wonderful family.

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And friends.

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M&S (19 of 30) Laughing

M&S (20 of 30) Black and White laughing

M&S (21 of 30) By fountain

M&S (22 of 30) Walking together 1

M&S (23 of 30) Walking together 2

M&S (24 of 30) kissing forhead


M&S (26 of 30) Blue door heart

M&S (27 of 30) S leadning

M&S (28 of 30) Cutting cake

M&S (29 of 30) Toasting

M&S (30 of 30) Dancing

 

These photos by Ryn Manby (see more of her wonderful work at Ryn Manby Photography) just make me smile!! Stephen and I are SO HAPPY that we picked Ryn to capture our day, that we married each other, and we are so thankful for all the brilliant people that have been part of our lives.

Now, on to the next adventure!

~Mary Hope

P.S. We enjoyed using this as one of our registries:
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