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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Fruit Juice Jello

img_5956Do you enjoy jello, but do not want all the artificial flavoring and colorings? I’m right there with you. Since my baby arrived, I’ve been craving jello. Sometimes I eat the artificial kind, but I also like to make a healthier version using fruit juice! My Mom would make us this kind of jello as we grew up. I still love that bright red traditional jello, but making jello out of your favorite juice is fun as well.

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First Seven Days of Parenthood

This photo shows how I feel about these first seven days of parenthood—wonder, thankfulness, joy, tiredness…

My days have been filled with nursing (it is my full-time job right now), changing diapers, holding our baby, eating and drinking a lot and resting. I love seeing Joel’s eyes look at me with curiosity when he has content times—he might have blue eyes!

Thankfulness and joy are the top two feelings I’m having right now because Joel is a gift I’ve waited and hoped for my whole life, and I’m so thankful for him! The joy of a dream fulfilled is a truckload of rejoicing and the joy of holding a little baby of my own helps the aches and fatigue melt away.

Joel arrived on November 14th at 2:20am; 9 lb 8 oz and 23 inches long after a 50 hour labor (the last 10 hours at the hospital). We are tired, but SO happy! We are so thankful for the love and help pouring in!!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017

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~Mary Hope


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Unintentional Matching

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I love marching with people. (Colors make me happy and when we have on the same colors, it just makes more happiness.) It happened today with my nephew, so we had to get a photo together at the park!
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Nurturing A Little Tree Hugger

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This afternoon my 22-month old nephew and I were hugging the maple tree out back! I just touched the tree, then started hugging it and showed my nephew how, and he did it several times. (He loves hugging his dog, so why not the tree too?!?)

How can we help kids enjoy nature from the time they start walking:
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A Mother-Hen Hug

The students looked back and smiled when they saw me sitting in the back of Friday chapel time. Yesterday I attended worship at the school where I teacher assisted last year, and when I walked into the room where last years’ students were writing, I got mobbed! “Miss Campbell!!”

A red-headed girl got up first, threw her arms around my waist, then a boy, and in the end probably 17 kids were all around me hugging me and each other. Arms interlocked, jumping, hugging happiness expressed through smiles and saying the words, “Miss Campbell!!” with such joy. This brought more healing to my heart. I have taught students well, and will teach them again.

Picture a mother hen surrounded by her many chicks. The teacher soon had the kids back in their seats, writing again, and I stopped and talked with the kids at each table. Their bright eyes bring happiness, and it was so satisfying to see the progress they are making. Investing in children’s lives is SO worth it!

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This is an example of an Aunty hug 🙂

By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2014