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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Baby Plants are Making Me More Happy then Usual While Being Pregnant

While being almost 36 weeks pregnant, nurturing my two garden pots of plants has become even more special than usual. Possibly because of the cuteness of the baby arugula or the baby basil leaves; however, it is mostly because of the joy of the baby boy who is kicking me from the inside every hour or two!

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Friday Introduction /// Thank You for Following Me

Hi! I'm Mary (or Mrs. Schuh if I was your Language Arts teacher). Here's some of my story…
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At age two I started filling notebooks with squiggles, and I have loved writing since then; my grandma and Mom also wrote and teach — I guess writing is in my blood! I started a blog, Trees of Transition, for fun four years ago, and have enjoyed sharing stories, photos, thoughts on transitions.
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I started snapping photos with a little film camera at about age 10, and I've enjoyed taking photos since then wherever I go — Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Southwest USA, and lots from my home area of the Midwest USA. About 2 1/2 years I started a card shop where I turn those photos into cards, Trees of Transition Art & Design, on Etsy selling photography and pressed flower cards. I desire to help support people going through life transitions, so 10% of business' profits goes to a ministry that is helping people going through life transitions, such as adoption or unexpected pregnancy.
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Currently I'm going through a huge life change of moving from being a classroom teacher to being a stay at home wife and mom with a small business. (I have a little boy sticking his foot in my ribs — he is due to arrive in November!)
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If you know someone who likes nature cards, please share my site with them, and thank you for stopping by!
-Mary H. Schuh

Photo credit to my wonderful sister-in-law, Lindsey of Triple Lux Photography

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!       ~Mary Hope


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Full Circle: Seeing Students from Over the Years

“Do you remember me? You used to teach at Hope, right? Your sister-in-law came and spoke to us…” The high school senior smiled at me as she paused while I went back a couple of years in my brain to remember her face, and I did. She used to be a bubbly freshman when I helped lead the girl’s camp and taught for a short stint at the private school in Chicago that she attends; now she stood next to her boyfriend at the carnival on the south side that the last school I taught at has every summer. Seeing her reminded me that I am glad I tried teaching at that school…I did influence a few students…

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Tips on Teaching at a Catholic or Private School (You are entering a new culture…)

After student teaching at a public school, I found I fit better into teaching at private schools, so over the last seven years I have worked at five different private schools; two Catholic schools and three private Christian schools — one international, one urban, and one suburban. Private schools have a different culture than public school that that takes time to learn.

Have you started teaching at a private school? Want some tips on how to transition even more strongly into that school’s culture? Here you go:

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Homemade Sushi Acceptable for Pregnant Women (without Raw Fish) 🍣

The first sushi I ate was handmade by a college friend and her mom back in 2005, and since then I have been hooked. Eating raw fish is not recommended for pregnant women, so I hadn’t eaten sushi since January until I made it last week!

Pregnant and craving sushi? Or trying to watch the budget and am not letting yourself go out for sushi? This is a recipe for people who desire tackling sushi rolling and saving money; feel free to experiment with which vegetables or canned fish to use. Check this out:

 

Sushi Rice:

1 cup. short grain white rice, cooked according to the directions, so it should be about 2 cups cooked rice

1 tsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

5 Tblsp. Rice vinegar

 

The rest of the ingredients:

4 sheets nori (toasted seaweed rolled out into paper)

1 small cucumber

1 avocado

2 leaves romaine lettuce

 

Tuna Cream Cheese:

1 (5 oz.) can  tuna in water, drained

5 oz. cream cheese

1 green onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

If you want this mixture spicier, try adding 1-2 tsp. wasabi powder and/or 1 tsp. soy sauce

Bamboo sushi mat, such as this: BambooWorx Sushi Making Kit – Includes 2 Sushi Rolling Mats, Rice Paddle, Rice Spreader |100% Bamboo Sushi Mats and Utensils.

Soy sauce and pickled ginger to serve with the sushi (some people also like wasabi).

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My First Time in Decades Without School on the Horizon: Transitioning Out of the School Calendar

The past two weeks I had more melt-downs than usual (Yes, I am 29-weeks pregnant and had to take two gestational diabetes tests to prove I’m NOT diabetic—and thank God, I am not); however, part of this has been from a grieving process of graduating from the school system without plans to return to it on the horizon. Ten years ago I graduated from undergraduate college, but I was planning on going to graduate school within the year. Today I realized that some of this sadness is coming from seeing many “Back to School” things here in the United States and not being part of it after either being a student or a teacher for the last 30 years.

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Free Prenatal Yoga Videos // Baby Books Recommendations //

With so many books and videos out there on the topic of pregnancy, which ones should a new Mom read and watch?

The book that I found at a thrift store after I found out I was pregnant that I have been reading every week is this:
You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

 

This book has a few photos, lots of diagrams, and a week-by-week update on how the baby is developing. I read it before bed, and sometimes I read ahead because I get so excited! I'm in week 27 now, feeling the baby kick a lot, and am feeling well.

There are many "Don't's" out there for pregnant mothers; for example, "Don't lie on your back after 20-weeks," "Don't eat cold cuts," and "Don't eat soft cheese." Emily Oster, in her book
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know

walks you through the nine months of pregnancy and shares all the research she did when she was pregnant about these "don't" and which ones are wise to pay attention to and which ones you have more of a choice than you thought. Stephen's cousin, Anni, gave me the book, and it is one of the first ones I have read. I enjoyed Emily's non-nonsense attitude and all the stories from her pregnancies. Check it out!

I've found several YouTube videos that have helped me start doing prenatal yoga; there are many free yoga routines to choose from, but I have three that I am enjoying using. The first one has peaceful music in the background and the narrator is encouraging (which is my favorite)! Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSFobwvQTg

The next routine is more strenuous, it has no music, but it makes you work harder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utINxvh-h9Q

A new video I found recently is a bit shorter, it is a quicker sequence, has a little music in the background, but is a more no-nonsense, get-to-business video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjwenVn2uQ

 

Mothers out there, what books and videos have you used that you enjoyed when pregnant? I would like to hear from you.

Have a peaceful day!

~Mary Hope

 

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

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

~Mary Hope