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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Maternity Photo Shoot

 

Celebrating the coming of a new baby is the point of a maternity photo shoot, so when my sister-in-law, Lindsey, of Triple Lux Photography, offered to work with us to take photos of my pregnancy, I delightedly agreed! On Friday, July 14th, we were racing against the sunset to find a location to shoot the photos in Napa Valley, and when we saw an open spot by a vineyard, we pulled over and Lindsey started working her magic:

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Peaceful Focus


“Focusing is about saying No.” -Steve Jobs

Saying “No,” marks a boundary, making space for what you desire to create, and even though it hurts to reject a person or an idea, protecting that space will result in momentum toward your goal.

For example, this last year as I was teaching middle school English, I had to say “No,” to hanging out with friends on Sunday night because I had to mentally prepare to be ready to teach. In order to be focused, my No helped!

Being able to say no eliminates distractions.

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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Classic Book Review: Pride and Prejudice in Less Than 150 Words

Today I wrote a review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen using only 144 words; having to condense the story to its main points, like a movie trailer, is a great way to practice writing more concisely. Here’s what came out:

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Hawaii Honeymoon Highlights

On the north side of Kawaii this lighthouse stands, and we enjoyed gazing at it and walking up around it. Here are more scenes from our trip to Kawaii, Hawaii last June:

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Hope’s Light 


Have hope! This light coming through the bloom just relaxes me. My Mom’s new temporary place has amazing flowers that she helps her landlady with, and we got to see in the setting sun last night on a quick stop through Rockford. It is wonderful to be married and at home! More stories to come of the wedding. 🙂
-Mary Hope Schuh 🙂

Copyright 2016 by Mary H. Schuh


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Screaming Helps 

  
Sometimes screaming is just the right way to process something. For example, last night I saw a hairy caterpillar (which I vacuumed up), and it was just so ugly (it had some of the featheriness of this flower) screaming made me feel so much better! Try it. 🙂 

-Mary Hope

#screaminghelps #treesoftransitionart #etsyshop #etsyseller #whiteflower

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Ideas for Celery (Thoughts on Vegetables!)

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Vegetables should make you smile–look at them! The peppers are sunny yellow and October orange. The cauliflower’s texture looks like a moon surface (or at least something that might be on the moon). My Dad hated hearing the crunch of celery, but that is one thing I love about celery. And when you pop some peanut butter and raisins on that celery, you have a great snack. Or as my Dad and brother did one Valentine’s Day… Continue reading