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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Picking Our Son’s Name

Just as our grilled octopus, tomato coconut curry soup, and marinated olives arrived at our table at the tapas restaurant, my husband said another name idea for our baby boy: “How about Joel Christopher?” I paused…

We had been thinking of names for days, ever since we found out we are having a son the Tuesday before. Driving through the South on our road trip, we had time to brainstorm for names, and the search was getting closer when we narrowed it down to Nolan, Joel, or Boaz. Continue reading

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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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Ginger Fried Rice — Comfort Food for Mama

What’s more comforting than eggs and bacon? This recipe mixes those with Asian flavors that make you want to eat the whole pan. Mothers tend to be the ones that comfort, but after having a baby, they need to be comforted as well as they heal and adjust to caring for the new little life in their family. This recipe is based on one in the wonderful book, The First Forty Days  — The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou; I added more vegetables.

2 Tblsp. coconut oil or sesame oil

5 green onions, sliced

¼ cup 1/16th cubed fresh ginger

3 cloves garlic, chopped

4 slices bacon, chopped into 1-inch lengths

2 cups chopped cabbage

1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms

2 eggs

3 cups cooked white or brown rice

Salt and pepper to taste

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Our Son’s Due Date! Thoughts on Being Productive…

Our son’s due date is November 7th, and we don’t know if he will arrive today…maybe…maybe not. Due dates are just guesses that land within the four weeks the baby will probably be born! I’m remembering that and holding this date lightly, but enjoying it. I love the number seven, and I’m happy that whatever day our baby boy is born, he will have a seven in his birthdate (through being born in 2017).

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Our Baby Showers /// Community Helping with the Transition to Parenthood

Transitions between different life stages sometimes need no physical items, but other transitions, like getting married or having a baby, take a lot more items! We have been blessed to have FOUR baby showers, and people have been giving us dozens of new and used items for our baby, and we are  SO thankful for their help with this huge life transition.

Our first shower was with Stephen’s Family in California last July:

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Only One week Until Forty Weeks! More Maternity Shoot Photos

38 weeks pregnant!

We have one week to go until we are 40 weeks pregnant! It feels like I have a basketball straped to my front that likes to move and sort of stretch and kick me periodically. 🙂 Overall I am feeling well; I take a lot of naps and am having warm up contractions.

We are finishing up taking out old carpet and replacing it with wood laminate in seven rooms in our house –we have about 1 1/2 rooms left, and we could use your prayers that we finish before our baby arrives! My Mom told me that my Dad was re-doing the floors in their house when I arrived…so there may be some sort of tradition going on.

I thought I would share a few more of the shots from our maternity shoot with our sister in law, Lindsey, back in July:

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Baby Plants are Making Me More Happy then Usual While Being Pregnant

While being almost 36 weeks pregnant, nurturing my two garden pots of plants has become even more special than usual. Possibly because of the cuteness of the baby arugula or the baby basil leaves; however, it is mostly because of the joy of the baby boy who is kicking me from the inside every hour or two!

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