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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Transition to Motherhood: Who Throws a Mother a Birthday Party?

Last week I had a couple crying sessions partly because the baby has started teething and is screaming more and partly I got anxious as I got close to my birthday. I planned a gathering of a few friends for cake, tea, and talk; the day before I became nervous about how it would be, and I just wanted to have someone else throw the party for me.

Who plans and celebrates a mother’s birthday? Don’t mother’s plan and lead the celebration of the birthdays in her home? Is it okay that she plans her own celebration or should she wait for her husband to do something? Continue reading


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California Love

I feel loved when people feed me; the love that arrived yesterday was in the form of California citrus!

My mother in law sent us a box of lemons and tangerines that she picked from her backyard in California, and it was waiting on our snowy doorstep yesterday when I arrived home. The tangerines have a tang and sweetness that only tree-ripened fruit has, and the peel almost falls off. I’m about to start zesting lemons for a lemon cake, but first I had to share these photos with you.

Happy Friday!

-Mary Hope

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~Mary Hope


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Cousin Love

My four-year-old nephew, Jack said, “Can I see him!?” as he scooted his way over toward me, and I had to shove our baby’s presents out of the way and have him climb up next to me.

At first he had noticed the baby’s feet sticking out from under the nursing cover where I was feeding the baby. He asked, “Did you have the baby before you came here today?” I responded, “No, it was about five weeks ago.”

Jack was looking at those whale stockinged feet, and then he asked me to pull off the cover so he can see Joel. So I pulled the cover off and then he asked, “Can I hold him?” I answered, “Sure!” And I handed the baby over to Jack to hold. Joel had been fussy, but then when Jack started holding him, Joel snuggled into his arms and went back to sleep!

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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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Baby Bump and Our Boy —A Journey in Photos

Our son is a month old, and I love being his Mom; he is even starting to smile! Here’s some of our pregnancy journey in photos!

February 11th — We had a great visit to Minnesota and didn’t know yet that our baby was on the way, but he was there!

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Our Little Blondie Has Arrived!

Joel was born yesterday the 14th of November at 2:20am!!! He is a blondie, weighed 9 lb 8 oz at birth and is 23” long. He has Stephen’s forehead and my chin. 👶

We labored at home from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon so that we were 7cm dilated when we checked into the hospital on Monday; after 10 hours of hospital labor, we got to see our baby boy, Joel Christopher Schuh. Then we got to celebrate him the rest of his birthday day!!

I love being a mama!! Joel is a good eater and sleeping pretty well for a newborn; we are so thankful for this gift!

-Mary Hope

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