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This kid.  He has a lot of names.  Taryn still calls him Teagan.  The rest of us call him Jude or Duder.  But Jonah has taken to calling him “Juder” and it is the cutest thing ever.  I smile every single time I hear it.

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My buddy E in the bluebonnets. So much fun with one of my favorite families tonight.

PS – E, Princess Leia’s middle name is Organa!

 

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We put her in charge of watering all the new plants, flowers and veggies at my mom’s house next door.

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He likes to help her with her long multiplication problems. Homeschool perk? Homeschool prob? Or both lol.

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April showers.  A few more….

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Apr 14, 2015

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It was so difficult to say goodbye.  At 18, she lived a long, full, life.  She was the best dog and we loved her so much.  Our family is sad and our house feels a huge void without her.  We told the kids Friday afternoon, so they would have some time to process it and spend some extra time with her.  We loved on her, gave her a bath, a few extra blankets, I cooked her a large, juicy, steak.  We chose to have the vet come to our home on Saturday.  When the time came and she arrived, we gathered around Kylie as a family, prayed over her and said our goodbyes.  Jase and I stayed with her and loved her until the end.  I still can’t believe she’s gone.  We’ve never been a family without her and we will miss her tremendously.

I’m counting this photo in my 365 even though it wasn’t taken on Saturday.  I just couldn’t pick up my camera on this day.

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Tomorrow we will say goodbye. I simply cannot imagine our family without her. She was here before we even were a family. She’s 18 years old, yet it’s still so hard to let go. We just won’t be the same without her. I saved this poem some time ago because I knew someday we’d need it. Today is that day…..If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this–the last battle–can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close–we two–these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown

 

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Warmer weather means dessert outside while doing yardwork.

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She was posing for me when he jumped on her back and joined in. One of the big blessings of adding him to our family has seeing this new side of her flourish. She adores him and has a place for him in her heart like no other.

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This is so funny, I laughed so hard. Taryn and Jude were teaching Jonah how to play Go Fish when this happened:

Jonah: Taryn, does you have any Queens?
Taryn: Jonah, that’s a Jack, say….do you have any Jacks?
Jonah: ((((shocked)))) WHY YES MY DOES HAVE A JACK!

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He’s at that cute phase where everything he says is new and funny and adorable. I could almost convince myself to have 10 more like him if I wasn’t turning 40 soon.

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This girl is smart and curious and such a joy to be around. I love all the questions she asks and all the cool stuff she knows. She’s wise and fun, all rolled in to one. I love strong, smart kids. I’ve been photographing their family for over 6 years now and it’s been an absolute joy!