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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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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P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…< em>– shop on  Amazon< em>–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design< em>–keep on reading this blog.< em>Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!< em>~Mary Hope< img src=”https://treesoftransition.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/img_5051.jpg&#8221; height=”4032″ class=”wp-image-3169″ width=”3024″>

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How to Get Free Dessert After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

Are you pregnant!? Do you want to celebrate with some free dessert? Here’s what we did: After we found out we were pregnant, last spring we went to two different nice restaurants and mentioned that we were celebrating having our first baby! I was not showing for either time (I was about three months along), but the servers surprised us with free dessert both times, and it made the meal even more special. The dessert above was a key lime tart, and the second dessert was a cream puff filled with ice cream… Why not spread the joy of your pregnancy!?

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Ginger Fried Rice — Comfort Food for Mama

What’s more comforting than eggs and bacon? This recipe mixes those with Asian flavors that make you want to eat the whole pan. Mothers tend to be the ones that comfort, but after having a baby, they need to be comforted as well as they heal and adjust to caring for the new little life in their family. This recipe is based on one in the wonderful book, The First Forty Days  — The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou; I added more vegetables.

2 Tblsp. coconut oil or sesame oil

5 green onions, sliced

¼ cup 1/16th cubed fresh ginger

3 cloves garlic, chopped

4 slices bacon, chopped into 1-inch lengths

2 cups chopped cabbage

1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms

2 eggs

3 cups cooked white or brown rice

Salt and pepper to taste

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Our Son’s Due Date! Thoughts on Being Productive…

Our son’s due date is November 7th, and we don’t know if he will arrive today…maybe…maybe not. Due dates are just guesses that land within the four weeks the baby will probably be born! I’m remembering that and holding this date lightly, but enjoying it. I love the number seven, and I’m happy that whatever day our baby boy is born, he will have a seven in his birthdate (through being born in 2017).

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Our Baby Showers /// Community Helping with the Transition to Parenthood

Transitions between different life stages sometimes need no physical items, but other transitions, like getting married or having a baby, take a lot more items! We have been blessed to have FOUR baby showers, and people have been giving us dozens of new and used items for our baby, and we are  SO thankful for their help with this huge life transition.

Our first shower was with Stephen’s Family in California last July:

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Only One week Until Forty Weeks! More Maternity Shoot Photos

38 weeks pregnant!

We have one week to go until we are 40 weeks pregnant! It feels like I have a basketball straped to my front that likes to move and sort of stretch and kick me periodically. 🙂 Overall I am feeling well; I take a lot of naps and am having warm up contractions.

We are finishing up taking out old carpet and replacing it with wood laminate in seven rooms in our house –we have about 1 1/2 rooms left, and we could use your prayers that we finish before our baby arrives! My Mom told me that my Dad was re-doing the floors in their house when I arrived…so there may be some sort of tradition going on.

I thought I would share a few more of the shots from our maternity shoot with our sister in law, Lindsey, back in July:

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Dreaming Together 

“When you agree on your spending, you are agreeing on your dreams!” -Dave Ramsey

Let me tell you, babies take money! I’ve always dreamed of becoming a mama, but I hadn’t realized how much money was needed or how much that you COULD spend on a baby. Now that it is happening, my husband and I are figuring out the money side of babies — second hand stores and coupons are amazing! Dreams take money, so when you and your spouse know where and what you are walking toward, you can focus the needed time and money at the dream. Happy dreaming!

~Mary Hope (37 weeks pregnant 🙂  ).

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P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When you agree on your spending, you are agreeing on your dreams!” -Dave Ramsey