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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Jewish Proverb with a Side Order of Summer Flowers 🌺 

I came across a Jewish Proverb that says, “A mother understands what a child does not say.” Now that I’m a mother with a baby boy bouncing around inside of me (he woke me up this morning with his tap-dancing), I’m understanding this saying in a deeper way. I can sense a little of what my boy is feeling from his motions, kicks, and hickups; I’m excited to see his face and be able to read what is going on with him through his eyes and actions when he is outside the womb.

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Lily Pads and Water Lilies

Seeing these foot-wide lily pads made me want to be as light as a frog so that I could stand on them among the blooms! Today my family and I visited a botanical garden where we marveled at how God designed these magical water lilies.

Today I wished I could be a frog…what amphibian would you like to be? 🐸

Peace!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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Peaceful Focus


“Focusing is about saying No.” -Steve Jobs

Saying “No,” marks a boundary, making space for what you desire to create, and even though it hurts to reject a person or an idea, protecting that space will result in momentum toward your goal.

For example, this last year as I was teaching middle school English, I had to say “No,” to hanging out with friends on Sunday night because I had to mentally prepare to be ready to teach. In order to be focused, my No helped!

Being able to say no eliminates distractions.

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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Classic Book Review: Pride and Prejudice in Less Than 150 Words

Today I wrote a review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen using only 144 words; having to condense the story to its main points, like a movie trailer, is a great way to practice writing more concisely. Here’s what came out:

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Experiencing the World War II Memorial

During our recent road trip, we stopped by Washington DC to especially see the World War II Memorial. Seeing how big the memorial is, and especially seeing the stars of rememberance section, made me so thankful for all the people who sacrificed their lives, their mental health, and changed their lives because of that war. Here’s some snaps of the memorial: Continue reading


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Lilac Heaven! Lilacia Park

If you don’t get a chance to come to Chicago land and see Lilacia Park yourself, when my husband and I visited it last Sunday, I shot some photos to share with you:

This park, filled with dozens of different types of lilacs, shouts, “Spring is HERE!!” I loved stopping and smelling the flowers. Lilacs remind me of both of the farms I grew up on because we had huge lilac bushes that we would pick blooms from each spring. I wanted to pick some of Lilacia Park’s flowers, but… Continue reading