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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What is Meaningful Enough to Spend a Small Inheritance On?

The Story of my inheritance from Grandma Jane goes like this:

My baby boy screeched from the bed because he had slumped over to one side, so I scooped him onto my lap. When him in my lap I wrote out the check and sealed the envelope with the form starting up a 529 College Savings fund for him. Most of the money came from a small inheritance I had received from my Mom after my Grandma Jane had passed away almost four years ago. Continue reading

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Transition to Motherhood: Who Throws a Mother a Birthday Party?

Last week I had a couple crying sessions partly because the baby has started teething and is screaming more and partly I got anxious as I got close to my birthday. I planned a gathering of a few friends for cake, tea, and talk; the day before I became nervous about how it would be, and I just wanted to have someone else throw the party for me.

Who plans and celebrates a mother’s birthday? Don’t mother’s plan and lead the celebration of the birthdays in her home? Is it okay that she plans her own celebration or should she wait for her husband to do something? Continue reading


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California Love

I feel loved when people feed me; the love that arrived yesterday was in the form of California citrus!

My mother in law sent us a box of lemons and tangerines that she picked from her backyard in California, and it was waiting on our snowy doorstep yesterday when I arrived home. The tangerines have a tang and sweetness that only tree-ripened fruit has, and the peel almost falls off. I’m about to start zesting lemons for a lemon cake, but first I had to share these photos with you.

Happy Friday!

-Mary Hope

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~Mary Hope


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Inspiration from My Baby’s Confidence

The baby boy just latched on to get the milk for his lunch, eyes closed, mouth working, fish lips; he knows he will get food! Seeing his confidence inspires me — he knows that he will be taken care of; I can choose to believe that I will be taken care of too by my husband and, most importantly, by my Heavenly Father! Continue reading


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Celebrating 40 Years of Marriage

On January 14th my parents celebrated 40 years of marriage! My Dad didn’t talk much, but he knew who we were, and he ate a chocolate eclair to celebrate and shared it with Mom. Then he fell asleep.

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Cousin Love

My four-year-old nephew, Jack said, “Can I see him!?” as he scooted his way over toward me, and I had to shove our baby’s presents out of the way and have him climb up next to me.

At first he had noticed the baby’s feet sticking out from under the nursing cover where I was feeding the baby. He asked, “Did you have the baby before you came here today?” I responded, “No, it was about five weeks ago.”

Jack was looking at those whale stockinged feet, and then he asked me to pull off the cover so he can see Joel. So I pulled the cover off and then he asked, “Can I hold him?” I answered, “Sure!” And I handed the baby over to Jack to hold. Joel had been fussy, but then when Jack started holding him, Joel snuggled into his arms and went back to sleep!

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