Trees of Transition

Comfort for people going through life transitions by sharing thoughts, photos, cards, and recipes.


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Remembering Aunty Tricia

 

My husband with Aunty Tricia at her son’s wedding.

 

She gave us big hugs, smiled at us as we said, “See you at Christmastime!” and waved as we pulled away to make our flight. I can see her smiling and waving in the sunshine with our other family members. We didn’t know that was the last time we got to see Aunt Tricia in person; she passed away from cancer at the end of August. We are so thankful we got to see her when we went in June to my husband’s 20th high school class reunion! She got to snuggle our son, try to get him to fall asleep, hold him while his Aunty Lindsey made him laugh. Continue reading

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Need Something Lovely to Read?

Need an artsy, relaxing book to read when you have a free minute? My brother (Aaron Campbell of Campby Designs) graphically designed the book, La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday, by Trina McNeilly, and the layout AND the words bring refreshment, hope, beauty to the reader.

Started as a blog, (so that part encourages me greatly that a blog can lead to so much more!), this book tells of her journey of recent years through her parents’ divorce, the loss of a grandmother, and how to look for beauty to show up throughout all of life. The book is like a long version of her lifestyle blog with chapters on interior design, family relationships, and even an art project or two with photographs and fonts that bring it to life.

Her chapters can be read individually, so they are great for when you just have a minute or two to read something. I read most of the book while I was breastfeeding my son or right before bed when I wanted to have something fun (but short) to read.

For example, Trina says, “Trees, I once heard, represent rest. And here, without realizing it, I’ve been neighboring with respite. I can never decide when I like them best. Every year, each season, I try to decide again and again. I judge what the woods wear, as if I’m a regular on Project Runway. Autumn is pushing for first place with all of its colors and crunch. Summer is a shoo-in for second with its wealth of green, stately and regal, emanating a fairy-tale feel…” (page 159-160 of La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday). Her words poetically paint pictures and draw you toward the beauty she wants to share.

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We Sold Our House!! (Good-bye Musings About 1064 Windsor Drive)

This morning my husband called me to say, “Everything is going through,” that means, our house is sold!! The relief that we won’t have to pay a mortgage payment and a rent payment in a couple days is still settling in…

What have we learned from this experience?

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The Transitions of Summer

This has been a summer full of transitions: Moving from Illinois to Minnesota, but still selling a house in Illinois (that should be wrapped up this month), my Dad passing away, traveling almost every weekend for a month and a half…

Taking a bit of time alone throughout this whole time and connecting with loved ones and God has helped me stay (mostly) steady throughout this time!

Oh, and lots of walks…

Here’s some peaceful images that have helped me transition well this summer:

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My Last Time with My Dad /// Thoughts about his Funeral

Dad holding me when I was just a day old!

One of the most comforting words shared with me during this time of grieving for my Dad was, “Your Dad was the first man who held you on his arms and said, ‘I love you.’ ” This first photo is the first photo I have of my Dad holding me. It is so comforting that Dad got to hold my son as well as me.

On June 6th, my son and I went to see my dad. He was dressed in a nice blue shirt and was sitting in his wheelchair in the living room with a lot of other folks who were dozing and quiet. He seemed sleepy, but he perked up when he saw us. His eyes crinkled into a smile and he knew who we were. I gave him a hug and then got Joel out of his car seat, and then Dad reached out to hold Joel!

Dad smiled at Joel And Joel smiled back. Dad held him for about five minutes until his arms got tired (Joel weighs around 25 lb. already), and then he handed him back.

Dad holding Joel 36 years later.

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Italian Beef Stew

My Dad passed away last week, so during this sad time of transition, I had been craving comfort food. Today’s craving was beef stew and mashed potatoes! Another comfort food I enjoy is spaghetti with tomato sauce, but my baby spits up if I eat tomatoes, so I should not eat them. (I tried eating them last night and he woke up screaming at 3am, so he is still not over it!) So as I figured out this stew recipe, I incorporated tomato spaghetti sauce elements without the tomato. Enjoy!

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