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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The Transition of Spring

A few weeks ago my sister and I, with our kids, explored a botanical garden in Illinois, and here are a few of the first flowers blooming there! The weather was nice and warm (I didn’t bring a sweater for myself), but then part way through our visit, the wind changed, and the temperature Continue reading

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When Do You Throw Away Old Journals?

You should only keep things that you want to enjoy and remember, right?  I learned this through a few years ago a family member paid me to read their old journals and pull out interesting tidbits about their life, then throw the journals away. I appreciated the money, but the emotional toll it took was not worth it. I read things I hadn’t wanted to read; some things should be written down and then THROWN AWAY! In light of that experience, it helped me to think about letting go of a bunch of old journals I had been keeping.

Well, for the past ten years with multiple moves, I kept lugging around these boxes of journals that I had written from age 13 to 23 while I was in junior high, high school, and college.  My husband encouraged me to scan the journals and then throw the hard copies away…when he first said that, I said, “No!” So I kept moving around those boxes a couple more years. We had space in the crawl space, so why not keep them…even though I didn’t want to read them…

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Being In the Sandwich Generation

I have a vibrant three month old son, and my Dad is 80 and living in a nursing home with declining health. I’m in the middle of these extremes; most of the time I’m happy about it, but today I have been sad. Continue reading


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What is Meaningful Enough to Spend a Small Inheritance On?

The Story of my inheritance from Grandma Jane goes like this:

My baby boy screeched from the bed because he had slumped over to one side, so I scooped him onto my lap. When him in my lap I wrote out the check and sealed the envelope with the form starting up a 529 College Savings fund for him. Most of the money came from a small inheritance I had received from my Mom after my Grandma Jane had passed away almost four years ago. Continue reading


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Inspiration from My Baby’s Confidence

The baby boy just latched on to get the milk for his lunch, eyes closed, mouth working, fish lips; he knows he will get food! Seeing his confidence inspires me — he knows that he will be taken care of; I can choose to believe that I will be taken care of too by my husband and, most importantly, by my Heavenly Father! Continue reading


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How Becoming Pregnant Helped Me Become a More Calm Teacher

Junior high students have a reputation of showing disrespect and being hard to handle, and many adults don’t want to work with them. I started working the junior high students accidentally in a way because my college professors thought I couldn’t handle high school students, so when they placed me for practicums and student teaching they put me with junior high students!

I had positive experiences with junior high students throughout my teacher training — I saw they are funny, awkward and need encouragement just like the rest of us. One student made me cupcakes when I finished student teaching!

Jump ahead to last year; after I started being the lead teacher, I learned how vicious and mean junior high students can be. It hurt to have them not like me at times and show it in their actions and words; those actions made me more anxious about work. I also wanted to do well at my job, so that I could come back the next year if possible.

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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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