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This little beauty rocked her session!  Could she be any cuter?!

She’s here!  And it was so amazing to watch their dreams become a reality!  They fought for so long to get her here and it was absolutely amazing to watch them become a family of 4!  As predicted, I totally cried.  I’m so happy for them!!

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My second (only to my own Taryn Elizabeth) favorite Taryn just turned 2!!  Time flies!!

I absolutely adore the way he’s looking at her…

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Mar 26, 2016
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Last night we went to Good Friday Service at the Frank Erwin Center.  Over 16,000 believers there to celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.  It was beautiful and inspiring and I absolutely loved seeing my children worship with such a big crowd.  Taryn and Jude sang.  One of them (duder) sang until he fell asleep on Jason’s shoulder.  And it turns out that Jonah is a throw your arms up in the air, praise Jesus, hallelujah, kind of worshipper!  Who knew?!  I loved it!

As wonderful as it was, I totally overdid it with my injured foot.  By the time we got back to the car it was incredibly swollen, I was in tears and Jason had to drive us home, I couldn’t drive.  He got me settled in them had to take Ty all the way back in to Austin to go get the other vehicle since we met there after work.  I felt so bad they had to do that, but the pain was just too much.  I guess I’m not healed enough to venture out.  I kept it up all day because I had a session tonight and really needed to be functional again.  I’m so ready to participate in life again, I miss going on adventures with my kids so much.

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I cried like a big baby when they told me about this pregnancy.  I didn’t just cry, I ugly cried.  It was not pretty lol!  I can’t imagine being any happier for a family with such wonderful news.  It’s been a journey to get this little one here and I absolutely cannot wait until the birth!  And every milestone after that.  I can already see so many wonderful photographs with Ethan, who, by the way, is going to be the best big brother EVER!

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Good Morning Sunshine.

Taryn has a new dental appliance that is helping her with sleep apnea.  It’s working.  She’s sleeping more than ever.  She would normally rise as early at 4:45 or 5 am.  Sleep disordered breathing is no fun and we are so thankful it’s working.  This is her “Good Morning Sunshine” face when she sleeps in until 9:45 am.  9:45 am yall!!  I can’t believe how much it has improved her sleep, mood and hormone regulation.  The fact that it’s straightening her teeth = total bonus!

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Somehow Texas skipped winter and we went straight to summer.  This kid is not complaining.  With my foot injury, he’s only getting outside time once Daddy gets home from work.  The second Jason walks in the door, Jonah is ready to head out!

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His preschool theme this week is boats.  He is obsessed with this lego boat my mom sent to him.

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Mar 22, 2016

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Ouch.  I took a bad fall at a newborn session.  I fell over a small, oddly placed, step.  It was a hard fall broken only by my camera, lens and concrete.  Jason had to come and get me and bring me straight to the ER because as soon as I got up I could feel the bones moving around inside my foot.  Thankfully, one of my dear photographer friends jumped in her car and rushed over to finish the session for me.  One split second and a fall has turned in to a painful, expensive, nightmare.  I could barely move, I hurt my foot, both knees, elbow, and my camera was shoved in to my wrist on impact.  A trip to the bathroom meant 30 minutes to get there and a lot of tears in pain.  Thankfully, I had a neighbor offer me some crutches and a sweet client offer me a knee rolling cart.  They both helped, plus this fancy new $500 boot.  But moving around was horrible.  I hate being stuck in a sitting position.  I have things to do!  Four children to chase and raise and care for, not to mention we are in the middle of our homeschool year, I need to be up teaching them.  I miss going on adventures with them, or even walking to the mailbox.  Trying to keep up with a 3 year, feels….impossible.  And because it is my right foot, I was unable to drive.  Jason had to work for home for over a week and really, it should have been much longer than that, it’s been a struggle.  I haven’t been able to work for weeks and my family relies heavily on my income.  I am tired of being in pain and am praying for healing daily.  It’s been a month and I’m trying to go back to work because bluebonnets bloomed early this year.  One day at a time.  I’m so thankful for understanding clients who don’t mind me being a little slower than usual.  So, I missed a month of my 365 project, I’m trying to pick it back up here and there, but I’m sure I’ll still miss some days until I’m all healed up.

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I absolutely love doing “Fresh 48” sessions!  They occur in the hospital after the birth but before the family heads home.  You’d be surprised how much babies change in those first few days!  They will look so different by the time a newborn sessions happens!  Ms. Ruby is my newest baby planner and I’m so excited to get to photograph her first year.  Unfortunately, I had to hire someone to cover her newborn session for me because I suffered a bad fall and foot injury during another newborn session the day after these photos were taken.  My photog friend Tara did a beautiful job, but it was so hard for me to not be able to be there to photograph Ruby as a newborn.  That hair and those eyes, she’s so dreamy and perfect!  I just love all of her facial expressions!