Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


Some of Our Silly Engagement Photos

Last October, we had only gotten a few hours of sleep because we had been babysitting for a friend, so we were maybe a little sillier than usual when we took our sunrise and beyond engagement photos. I’m glad Ryn Manby, our brilliant photographer gave us some of the silly proofs as well!

Mary: "I LOVE being with you!" Stephen: "I know..."

Mary: “I LOVE being with you!” Stephen: “I know…”


Mary (13)

Stephen: “What IS that smell?” Mary (keep smiling) “What smell?”


Nose to nose is the best.

Nose to nose is best.

Mary: "Stephen, your pull is SO strong!" Stephen: "Uhh...actually it's a train."

Mary: “Stephen, your pull is SO strong!” Stephen: “Uhh…actually it’s a train.”

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Exercising My Trust Muscle

Walking to my work from that parking lot would take 27 minutes and I only had 24 minutes. This was my first day. I had to trust that the shuttle would come or I needed to run.

I wanted to just do it myself and run, but it was nine degrees (Fahrenheit) out, and I would be late for sure.

I chose to trust, and three minutes later the shuttle came, and I got to work early. Helping students register for college classes filled my day, so I had a blast.

This experience brought up my insecurities with trusting people: Can I depend on people to come through? Should I just do it myself?
My family growing up was a “do it yourself” mentality where we made our own candles, bread, and even maple syrup from the sap from our maple trees. Those were good things, but this feeling I was feeling had hurt me in other situations by not opening up, just trusting people, and relaxing.

I used to think I just had to depend on myself, and if I wanted things to happen, I had to, for example, walk to work.

My beliefs have been changing from letting love in and relaxing more. This situation helped me practice trusting more, and I’m glad I did because, man, it was cold outside.

By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2015