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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My First Friday Introduction of 2018 /// A New Mother Report

Thank you for stopping by! Here’s a bit about me for those of you who have just followed me recently (and a new mother update for those of you who know me already.)

Here’s three important things about me:

1. I enjoy writing. I have been scribbling words since I was two years old and now I get to write while nursing my baby boy, and a little bit when he is napping.

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Quiet Streams and Misty Mountains /// Helpful Quote

The potential of 2018 is like the open road — I can drive down it as a wonderful adventure, or crash off the side of the road and have to recover for months… it is up to me and my choices. Here’s a helpful quote about using time wisely:

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Our 50-Hour Birth Story /// The Bradley Method Works

The transition from having a baby inside your belly to having a baby on top of your belly is an amazing and exhausting experience. My mom had four natural births, and I grew up on a farm around sheep giving birth to lambs every spring, so I assumed that I would do natural birth as well.

When I was six months pregnant, I came across more information about the Bradley method of natural childbirth (see more at: The Bradley Method Website), and my husband and I signed up for a class that ended on November 14. The empowerment I felt from learning how labor functions and how my body works during labor gave me strength to not hardly be afraid of the pain of giving birth to a child. Dr. Bradley believed that women can give birth naturally most of the time if they’re given support and good coaching; he designated the coach to be the baby’s father.

The Bradley Method gives you a lot more homework than most birthing classes. I had to watch my diet and eat lots of protein. I had to do daily exercises, such as Kegel exercises and pelvic rocks. My husband and I were supposed to practice relaxation techniques and labor rehearsals (these were harder to fit in because we were finishing up the floors in our home—going from old beige carpet to maple laminate floors; we did some almost every day.) We attended seven weeks of classes, up until our due date of November 7. Having to do all this homework gave me the mindset that I owned my birthing experience and could greatly influence it by my actions and attitudes instead of it being something done to me. Having to work together to prepare for the labor brought my husband and I closer together. We describe the labor as “our labor” not just “my labor.”

This was on Joel’s Due Date — November 7th — but he waited another week to show up. 🙂

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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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Merry Christmas 🎄 /// Our Son’s Newborn Photos

Merry Christmas from our house (filled with bouncers, burp cloths, and one cute baby) to yours! May your celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ be full of peace, food, and fun. Having a baby this time of year makes it special because I’m connecting to Mary more than before. I’m going to share with you the newborn photos we had taken in the hospital two days after our son was born (and then a few photos from the last week or so): Continue reading


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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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