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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Memories of Sherpa

This is when our son first met Sherpa on March 20th with his Aunt. 

Sherpa, my brother and sister-in-law’s golden retriever, brought sunshine to the room (plus a lot of woofs!) She loved to greet anyone who came into the door with great barks and happy commotion—her joy of seeing you made you feel even more welcome.

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Is Motherhood a Let Down?

Is having a baby a let down in an adult’s life? Some people may think that staying home to take care of a child might be a let down compared to a fast-paced career… and thinking from this perspective sure made a hilarious series that is currently on Netflix!

The Let Down is a seven episode series made by Netflix to highlight common struggles that new parents have, such as sleep deprivation, communication problems with those close to you, and feeling lost among all the newness. Continue reading


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The Transition of Spring

A few weeks ago my sister and I, with our kids, explored a botanical garden in Illinois, and here are a few of the first flowers blooming there! The weather was nice and warm (I didn’t bring a sweater for myself), but then part way through our visit, the wind changed, and the temperature Continue reading


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When Do You Throw Away Old Journals?

You should only keep things that you want to enjoy and remember, right?  I learned this through a few years ago a family member paid me to read their old journals and pull out interesting tidbits about their life, then throw the journals away. I appreciated the money, but the emotional toll it took was not worth it. I read things I hadn’t wanted to read; some things should be written down and then THROWN AWAY! In light of that experience, it helped me to think about letting go of a bunch of old journals I had been keeping.

Well, for the past ten years with multiple moves, I kept lugging around these boxes of journals that I had written from age 13 to 23 while I was in junior high, high school, and college.  My husband encouraged me to scan the journals and then throw the hard copies away…when he first said that, I said, “No!” So I kept moving around those boxes a couple more years. We had space in the crawl space, so why not keep them…even though I didn’t want to read them…

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We are Moving to the Twin Cities!

A year ago my husband and I prayed that if God wanted us to move to Minnesota, He would open the doors very clearly and help Stephen get a job easily. A few weeks later in 2017 we found out we were pregnant, so my response was, “We are NOT moving! I have nesting to do…” I thought God didn’t answer that prayer or just said, “No.”… Continue reading


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Morning Light with Hot Air Balloons

The transition between land and sky is gentle and a bit bouncy (and quieter than expected) when in a hot air balloon! Over a year ago we took a hot air ballon ride above Napa Valley, and here are a few images: Continue reading


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Green Onion Cheddar Ham Quiche

Four days after our son was born a friend brought us a quiche — the cheese and egg melted in my mouth and was so comforting! Yesterday I got to take a meal to a family who just had their fourth boy, and I whipped up this quiche– to pass on comfort during a big time of transition.

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