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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You Have a Choice

I love this quote because of the choice it reminds us of (and Gandalf is one of my favorite characters):

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends and Family!


I’m thankful for you — I sure enjoy sharing thoughts, recipes, photos…life…with you! I’m thankful for God, my husband, my baby, home, community, trees, flowers, photography…

Today we are having a small Thanksgiving, but we are full of gratitude!

Have a wonderful holiday.

~Mary Hope


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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

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Napa Valley Gold

California contains distinct colors — such as its golden hills — and smells — such as the earthy smell that reaches me when I get off the plane. Last July I snapped these photos in Napa, and I’m so thankful that these hills did not burn in the fires that they had recently.



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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? 🐸


-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

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