We had to wake him up from his nap to go to the chiropractor today.  T was front and center at wake up time so she could collect the warm, sleepy, snuggles.  He was pretty happy about that.



My baby girl turned 10 day.  She’s bright yet moody, fierce yet reserved, loud yet reflective, funny yet often not amused by us. She’s an artist and a book writer and an adventurer. She has big ideas, really, really big ideas. I often say she lacks a filter from her brain to her face, you always know what she’s thinking. She’s this amazing mix of a person that makes her both brilliantly energizing and exhausting all at the same time and even in the same minute. It’s been an adventure being her momma and I wouldn’t trade a single second of it. God is going to do something big with this one, we all feel it. She loves animals more than anyone I have ever met so we spent our day horseback riding. Happy birthday my baby girl!


Love these two. She’s been so brave and strong. She and Grandpa have been married for 70 years. I hope we can achieve their level of love and devotion. What wonderful examples we have. We will miss Grandpa so much. Hard to leave Corpus today but it was good to go and love on Grandma for a few days.


Someone chose the wrong shirt today.  Or face.  I’m not sure which.


Some days breakfast looks like this. Food, legos and toddlers climbing all over the table. I’m choosing my battles these days.


Cart dwellers. Costco is so boring. Ha! Jude always asks to get in the cart at Costco. I think it’s because its the only cart he can still fit in. I always say yes because he’s my kid who has to touch every.single.darn.thing he sees in a store. A chance to avoid that….yes please.


Bedtime. Yes, we are “still” nursing. I’m pretty darn proud of that. Thankfully, I don’t get very many negitive comments about it, probably because we live in a pretty crunchy town. It’s good for him. It works for us. And it’s totally normal. Yes, he still gets milk, yes, it still has nutritional value (that one always kills me, like breastmilk suddenly loses all nutritional content at a year old?!). He will wean when he is ready. This phase of nursing feels easy. I donated breastmilk for over a year and pumped a lot to accomplish that. I also pumped a lot to be able to leave Jonah to work. So to be in this phase, with no pump, feels easy. You know, other than wrangling the wiggly toddler and occasional kick to the face….that kind of easy. Photo Cred: Jason Stradtner


This photo is so him right now. Wearing Ty’s old Star Wars shirt, Harry Potter in the background, practicing his guitar.


These two heading out their father/son guitar lesson today.


Jonah and Maggie took turns going down the slide tonight. Crazy dog thinks she’s a people.


Who knew San Antonio to Austin traffic was bumper to bumper on a Sunday night? Blah.

Jul 18, 2015
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I am sad to say that Jason’s grandfather, John, has passed away at the age of 91. He had a beautiful, long life and we are so thankful to have had so much time with him. Yet, somehow, it still doesn’t feel like enough. Please pray for Jason’s grandmother, they have been married for 70 years. What wonderful examples of love we have in them. I will be closed for the next couple of days and out of the office to take time to mourn this tremendous loss with our family. I’ll likely return emails and voicemails on Wednesday.  Thanks for your patience.


This is one of my favorite photos.  It’s old, taken our first Christmas in Texas.  Taryn was around Jonah’s age and Jude was just a baby.  I love the connection, the love.  This family that I married in to, they have a lot of that.  I love the way Great Grandma has her arm around Great Grandpa.  And how he has his arm on Gary’s back.  And, my father-in-laws Christmas in Texas outfit makes me laugh.  I remember during this holiday that the Greats would hold hands and sit on the couch talking like two teenagers in love.  We’ve been so blessed to have them as a loving example.  Great grandpa will be deeply missed by all of us.