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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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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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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Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing //// Orange Trees

 

Especially in the culture United States, it seems that if an artist would want to produce more paintings or poems, she would speed up and work faster. In reality, the creative process needs space, like making bread needs honey with the yeast and time to have the bread rise, so creativity needs air to breathe and grow. Continue reading


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Dreaming Together 

“When you agree on your spending, you are agreeing on your dreams!” -Dave Ramsey

Let me tell you, babies take money! I’ve always dreamed of becoming a mama, but I hadn’t realized how much money was needed or how much that you COULD spend on a baby. Now that it is happening, my husband and I are figuring out the money side of babies — second hand stores and coupons are amazing! Dreams take money, so when you and your spouse know where and what you are walking toward, you can focus the needed time and money at the dream. Happy dreaming!

~Mary Hope (37 weeks pregnant 🙂  ).

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

~Mary Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When you agree on your spending, you are agreeing on your dreams!” -Dave Ramsey