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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Friday Introduction /// Thank You for Following Me

Hi! I'm Mary (or Mrs. Schuh if I was your Language Arts teacher). Here's some of my story…
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At age two I started filling notebooks with squiggles, and I have loved writing since then; my grandma and Mom also wrote and teach — I guess writing is in my blood! I started a blog, Trees of Transition, for fun four years ago, and have enjoyed sharing stories, photos, thoughts on transitions.
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I started snapping photos with a little film camera at about age 10, and I've enjoyed taking photos since then wherever I go — Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Southwest USA, and lots from my home area of the Midwest USA. About 2 1/2 years I started a card shop where I turn those photos into cards, Trees of Transition Art & Design, on Etsy selling photography and pressed flower cards. I desire to help support people going through life transitions, so 10% of business' profits goes to a ministry that is helping people going through life transitions, such as adoption or unexpected pregnancy.
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Currently I'm going through a huge life change of moving from being a classroom teacher to being a stay at home wife and mom with a small business. (I have a little boy sticking his foot in my ribs — he is due to arrive in November!)
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If you know someone who likes nature cards, please share my site with them, and thank you for stopping by!
-Mary H. Schuh

Photo credit to my wonderful sister-in-law, Lindsey of Triple Lux Photography

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

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Full Circle: Seeing Students from Over the Years

“Do you remember me? You used to teach at Hope, right? Your sister-in-law came and spoke to us…” The high school senior smiled at me as she paused while I went back a couple of years in my brain to remember her face, and I did. She used to be a bubbly freshman when I helped lead the girl’s camp and taught for a short stint at the private school in Chicago that she attends; now she stood next to her boyfriend at the carnival on the south side that the last school I taught at has every summer. Seeing her reminded me that I am glad I tried teaching at that school…I did influence a few students…

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Tips on Teaching at a Catholic or Private School (You are entering a new culture…)

After student teaching at a public school, I found I fit better into teaching at private schools, so over the last seven years I have worked at five different private schools; two Catholic schools and three private Christian schools — one international, one urban, and one suburban. Private schools have a different culture than public school that that takes time to learn.

Have you started teaching at a private school? Want some tips on how to transition even more strongly into that school’s culture? Here you go:

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Jewish Proverb with a Side Order of Summer Flowers 🌺 

I came across a Jewish Proverb that says, “A mother understands what a child does not say.” Now that I’m a mother with a baby boy bouncing around inside of me (he woke me up this morning with his tap-dancing), I’m understanding this saying in a deeper way. I can sense a little of what my boy is feeling from his motions, kicks, and hickups; I’m excited to see his face and be able to read what is going on with him through his eyes and actions when he is outside the womb.

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My First Time in Decades Without School on the Horizon: Transitioning Out of the School Calendar

The past two weeks I had more melt-downs than usual (Yes, I am 29-weeks pregnant and had to take two gestational diabetes tests to prove I’m NOT diabetic—and thank God, I am not); however, part of this has been from a grieving process of graduating from the school system without plans to return to it on the horizon. Ten years ago I graduated from undergraduate college, but I was planning on going to graduate school within the year. Today I realized that some of this sadness is coming from seeing many “Back to School” things here in the United States and not being part of it after either being a student or a teacher for the last 30 years.

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Book Review: Do You Love YOUR Life?

I LOVE my life right now: I’m a wife, homemaker, and mother. I’m a bit starry-eyed still because I was single for 34 years, and I’ve only had one year or less with all of these new, dreamed-for roles. The job I’ve always wanted is to be a wife and a Mom, now I have it–thanks to God and my husband.

You may be thinking, “Just wait until the baby is born…then you will NOT like your life very much.” Yes, I’ve heard that having a newborn is hard for a season, but I’ve been mentally preparing for it, so I hope that will help. What also is helping is reading books that encourage me to be content wherever I’m at, such as Rachel Cruze’s book,
Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want.


Rachel shares stories from her life to illustrate her points about being generous, living on a budget, not going into debt, and more. She keeps on encouraging you to love your life–not compare yourself to anyone else. This book is worth reading!

If you prefer videos, check out her show on YouTube:

 

We can choose to be content whatever is happening in our lives. What helps you choose contentment over dissatisfaction?

It will be great to hear what you have to say.

Peace!

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2017

 

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


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Four Years of This Blog, Trees of Transition

Four years ago my heart still felt pretty mangled from my first big breakup, but having more free time inspired me to start my blog. I'm so glad I did! Thank you for your readership and follows (which is over 500 followers now…WOW!)

My first blog post relates my vision for this blog: I write to encourage, give resources, and inspire people as they go through life transitions. Continue reading