Trees of Transition

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Four Books that are Helping Me Learn How to be a Mother

Pregnant with your first baby or just want to know of some knowledgeable books to have on hand while parenting? Four that I have been dipping into recently include one on breastfeeding (that I read before the baby arrived and now have been looking up different sections for reassurance about different topics), a step-by-step developmental guidebook, a book about sleeping (that I read while my baby was just a couple of months old) and a book about eating. Continue reading

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Sweet Times with My Dad

My Dad will be 81 on June 4th, and I’m pondering my favorite memories of him…here are a few:

Let’s start with some food memories (since Dad and I both love our food!) We had a huge hickory tree next to our driveway, and each fall it would drop thousands of nuts—at first they we insulated in 1/2inch thick covering, that would fall off in quarters as they dried, then leaving the small (about the size of a blackberry) nut that also had 1/8-inch of shell. My dad made me a “Hickory nut cracker” –a strong contraption that would break through that heavy shell. Once when I was around 10, I took the time to crack a lot of hickory nuts and then I baked them into cookies. They had a strong, pecan-like flavor. I took some out to Dad working in his shop, and he liked them. Continue reading


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Is Motherhood a Let Down?

Is having a baby a let down in an adult’s life? Some people may think that staying home to take care of a child might be a let down compared to a fast-paced career… and thinking from this perspective sure made a hilarious series that is currently on Netflix!

The Let Down is a seven episode series made by Netflix to highlight common struggles that new parents have, such as sleep deprivation, communication problems with those close to you, and feeling lost among all the newness. Continue reading


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How It Feels to Have a Baby Inside of You

Having a little human inside of you was one of the parts of pregnancy I looked forward to; it is currently one of my favorite things about being pregnant! Our little guy has been pretty gentle (like his Papa), and my placenta is in front, so that cushioned his movements until he grew past that in the last few months. Continue reading


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Weird Noises in Church (No Less!)

The four month baby boy in his plaid shirt smiled and then let out a huge, “Shurrrrrrrrtttttt,” –a big pooping sounds mixed with the sputter of a fart in the quietness of the church’s sanctuary. His parents, my husband, and I just bent over, with our hands in front of our mouths in started silent laughter Continue reading


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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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Our Little Blondie Has Arrived!

Joel was born yesterday the 14th of November at 2:20am!!! He is a blondie, weighed 9 lb 8 oz at birth and is 23” long. He has Stephen’s forehead and my chin. 👶

We labored at home from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon so that we were 7cm dilated when we checked into the hospital on Monday; after 10 hours of hospital labor, we got to see our baby boy, Joel Christopher Schuh. Then we got to celebrate him the rest of his birthday day!!

I love being a mama!! Joel is a good eater and sleeping pretty well for a newborn; we are so thankful for this gift!

-Mary Hope

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