Trees of Transition

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Catalpa Tree Blooms!

Driving to work yesterday I noticed this catalpa tree when I was waiting at a stoplight. Catalpa blooms look like little orchids with their cream background and maroon specks; they are one of my favorite blooms that come from a tree.

Happy Friday, Everyone!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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2016–My Favorite Year Yet


Why is 2016 my favorite year when some people are moaning about how bad it was? Well, if you had to wait 34 years before getting married, wouldn’t you agree that the year you finally married your best friend is the best one so far? And if you had been trying to get your career started, but kept getting mediocre jobs until this year–wouldn’t this year be a great one?

My favorite events in 2016 include:
Marrying my Stephen on June 18th, traveling to Hawaii and then having a second reception in Napa, California. Having so many supportive family and friends around us has jump-started our marriage.
Changing my name to Mary Schuh, and getting a full-time teaching job helping junior high students learn to write has been exciting, exhausting, and satisfying. (Having students call me “Mrs. Schuh” multiple times a day helped me learn my new name!)
Finding out that my sister is having a baby girl in February, makes me grin! 
Watching the curse over the Cubs be broken made me cry, and my Grandma Winnie would have been so happy that the Cubs won the World Series.
Moving out of my postage stamp studio apartment into a wonderful home provided my husband has been satisfying. We love sitting by the fireplace, and this year is the first time Stephen had a Christmas tree in that house.
2016 had been the year where it feels like I’m getting on with my life, developing my skills deeper than I thought I would, and becoming more intricately connected with wonderful folks.
There is so much hope on the horizon for 2017 — choose to enter in and make the best of what God gives us.
Happy New Year!
-Mary Hope 
Copyright 2016


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I didn’t think the week before a wedding would be this crazy!

  
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had a blast wheeling around Mariano’s yesterday picking out my favorite foods (spaghetti, chocolate pudding, baby carrots…), and this beauty made me stop, and enjoy the moment. Wedding week is more stressful than I thought–it’s not all happy like the movies; however, the advice to stop and enjoy the joyful moments makes more sense too. Having a wedding and marriage makes your life even more life-y–double stress, sadness, anger, joy, happiness, hope, peace… I’m ready, with God’s help! Today is wedding reception bulk-flower pick up day. Stephen’s basement is going to beautiful over the next couple of days! 3 days to go!!
#-Mary Hope

Copyright 2016

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#weddingweek #treesoftransitionart #peace #purplerose #wedding #weddingprep #weddingthoughts #thankful


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Love Pushes You Farther

  
I learning that the most loving thing is sometimes painful, pushy, uncomfortable; however, it is the best thing for you, so that is why this person is pushing you. Love’s main goal is not to be comfortable, but to do what is best for the other people. True love is not completely focused on self-fulfillment, but on the big picture. I’m just taking baby steps into this kind of love; I’m sort of kicking myself for not learning it sooner, but at least I am now. Love well today!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2016


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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

Copyright 2016


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Refreshing Designs

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This birch tree trifecta’s shapes excited me yesterday–the flowing lines and shades of color. My Dad’s health has stabilized for now–and he is working on learning to walk again. Thank you all for your prayers, kind word, and support.
I had a wonderful run (that helped relieve the stress from what we are going through with my Dad) yesterday and saw these natural designs:
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