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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Our Gender Reveal 

 

Soon after discovering I was pregnant, Stephen and I agreed that we would like to find out the gender of our baby. Our reasoning was, “Why not?! We would like to know in order to get ready, call him or her by name before he or she is born, and we are curious!”

We waited until our 20-week ultrasound in the middle of June, which was the day we started our big road trip. Since we didn’t have time to throw a big party a day or two later, we wanted to find out if our baby was a boy or girl at the doctor’s office and then tell people ourselves through cakes and signs.

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Season of Hope

Hope seems to be the theme for 2017–I’ve heard two sermons already, it the encouraging words spoken have been timely. Hope is having an expectation of good things ahead. Having hope is a choice that I am choosing for 2017. Join me!

-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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Easy Pie Crust (I mean it!!) Grandma Jane’s Pie Crust

20150712-192256-69776167.jpgCrafting pie crust scares some people, and I can see why: If it fails, you have a crumbly mess on your hands. I’ve only made lard pie crust a couple of times, and the other dozens of times, I’ve used an easy, almost fail-safe recipe from my Grandma Jane.

Grandma Jane would make mincemeat pies and tarts (Bambury tarts) at Christmas time. She taught my Mom how to make this recipe, and my Mom taught me. Someday I hope to teach my future daughter how to make this recipe. For now, I can teach you!

Easy Pie Crust Recipe for a two-crust pie:

2 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup oil

1/3 cup milk (it can be almond or regular)

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Transitioning

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The petals are transitioning from the tree to the ground…transitions cause tears during part of it, but then usually stabilize. I shot these photos yesterday, and these green images helped calm me. The water on the leaf reminds me of the tears of moving seasons and the green reminds me of the hope for growth!

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Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

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A few weeks ago this recipe came to my mind, and the refreshing citrus and salty textures are a winner!

Ingredients:

2 c. cooked quinoa

1 (15.5 oz) can cooked chickpeas

1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 c. chopped tomatoes

1/3 c. black olives

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Running to See My Honey and Thoughts on Home

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Yesterday summer did a trial run here in the Midwest, and we got 80 degree weather! I finally ran the 3.5 miles from my apartment to Stephen’s place, and I stopped and shot a few photos along the way. The sun slanted its ray across my path at points, many people were outside–mowing or just enjoying being outside after many frozen days. The apple blossoms made me so happy with their snowy grace and lingering scent. Come, run along with me:

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