The puppies are 3 weeks old today and I am trying to keep up the updates on their growth and general cuteness. Murphy (above) was green collar boy and he is Mr. social. He is always trying to get a wrestling match going with the other pups in the pen. He is going to be such a great dog. The puppies will be listed in their original birth order. You can see their 1 day old pics at www.maryannemorganblog.com/goldendoodle-puppies/. They have grown so much in 3 weeks!
Levi has such a pretty face! He was originally blue collar puppy. I love his new name. He will be a curly boy!
Curtis was the last to open his eyes. He was orange collared boy but now he has a new name. He is so sweet and makes sighing noises when he sleeps.
Oh my goodness Teddy! He used to be yellow collared boy, but now he is appropriately named Teddy. He has such beautiful markings and he is so sweet. He is also going to be a curly boy!
Precious Duke used to be white collared boy. He was so sleepy and did not want to do his weekly portrait. I took a few anyway. He is so precious.
Pink collar girl is now called Bella. So happy my puppies are going to such good homes. She is beautiful.
Miss London was purple collar girl. I love her name and her new home. She will also be a curly one. She was too sleepy to comment.
Okay this is red collar girl, and I gotta be honest. I cannot seem to let her go yet. We are praying about maybe keeping her or finding her an extra special home. Pray with me too? She has my heart.
The red tulips that I planted for my dad came up last week. A dear friend gave me the bulbs shortly after my dad passed away last summer. It was the perfect gift. Red was his favorite color. I bought him something in red nearly every birthday and Father’s Day. He was handsome in red.
Of course I didn’t need the tulips to remind me to think about my dad. He is on my mind daily. I miss him. I still want that last conversation with him. I have questions I need to ask him and things I want him to know. I know he is happy and at peace now in the presence of his Christ. I think it befitting that these flowers bloomed the week before Easter– the week before the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. He came to make all things new. He rose from the grave to deal death a final blow. Death can still hurt us, but it cannot hold those who believe in this Jesus. My dad believed. I believe.
But I still miss him.
In 2011 when I did my first 365 Project, I traveled to Virginia to see my dad alone. I just wanted to visit with him. It was a good time to see him. He was not ill, and we had some nice conversations in his den and at the local restaurant. I am grateful that I was able to do that. I took this photo during that visit. He loved his dog Daisy.
I wish I didn’t have so many regrets when it comes to my relationship with my dad, but I do. I moved away at 21 to marry my wonderful husband. I tried to stay connected with him over the years but it was difficult with small children and homeschooling. There are a million excuses it seems. None of them seem important now that he is gone. A girl only gets one daddy.
I know someday I will be able to walk with him again in his garden. How he loved planting things in the earth. I will be able to hold those hands that I loved so much. His crystal blue eyes will be sparkling with joy in the presence of his Savior.
There will be no more regret.
Love you dad. I planted tulips for you and my heart is every bloom.
Hosea 13:14 ~
“Shall I intervene and pull them into life?
Shall I snatch them from a certain death?
Who is afraid of you, Death?
Who cares about your threats, Tomb?
In the end I’m abolishing regret,
banishing sorrow” (The Message)
Okay, I can’t help it. These babies are adorable. I thought I would showcase the two girls who are still available. They are so sweet and I wanted everyone to see them. Of course, after they find their homes, I will continue to photograph all of these puppies until they go to their new homes. How could I resist. Who knows what’s next? Today we have some royalty on the blog.
Well the puppies are 2 weeks old today and they are changing so fast. Most of them have opened their eyes and they are beginning to attempt to walk, which is really adorable to watch. Photographing puppies is much harder than I would have thought, but here is my attempt to update you on their progress. The puppies below are pictured in the order of their birth. We still have two females who need loving homes and I am praying for those homes every day. This has been very good for me. I have been able to rest from the crazy pace of my life and just sit with these precious babies. It’s a lot like having a newborn baby. No place to be but here, and I love that.
If you want more puppy pictures and videos, be sure to follow me on instagram at http://instagram.com/magbug where it’s all puppies all the time.
If you are interested in pink or red collar girl, email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Green collared puppy is now named Murphy by his new family. He was very sleepy and declined comment, but I think he loves his new name. He is named after Dale Murphy of the Braves.
Blue collared puppy is now named Levi by his new owner. He is a very lucky boy. I love his little whiskers and bright eyes.
Orange collared puppy’s new name is Curtis. He is the sweetest boy. He also preferred sleep over a portrait session.
Mr. yellow collared boy’s new name is Teddy. I think it suits him. He looks like a little teddy bear to me.
White collared boy is now named Baby Duke by his new owner. What a cuddle bug he is!
Pink collared girl is still waiting for her happy family. I know someone will scoop her up any day now. She is going to be a beautiful girl.
Purple collar girl is now Miss London. I couldn’t be happier about her new home. I know she will have a lot of love around her.
Red collared girl is also still available. Johnny and I love this girl. She is his favorite. She is soft and sweet and snuggly. She is also independent and often sleeps apart from the group. I love her two white back feet.
If you are interested in pink or red collared girl, email me at email@example.com
Another update in a week!
As some may know, I am at home on puppy duty this month. Janey had a lovely litter and I am enjoying staying home for a change to look after them. My sweet friend Denise who does flowers for weddings brought these lovelies by to me a couple days ago. I was ecstatic. I have missed photographing beautiful things during puppy duty. (Not that puppies aren’t beautiful. Just a different kind of beauty.)
Included in this gorgeous group of flowers were some David Austin roses. These are the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. They resemble my most favorite flower, the Peony. They have a classic beauty about them. I just had to share them here.
I love wedding flowers. They don’t have to be fancy. I just love what they represent. From the humble daisy to the stately peony, they all seem to embody the joy and celebration of love and marriage. They are held tightly by a joyful bride, pinned lovingly on a proud father, and tossed sweetly to a hopeful bridesmaid. They encircle the lovers like watchmen saying, “This will be honored. This is sacred. Come and see.” They lend their sweet scents to lure all into the bliss of love and commitment.
Jeremiah 33:10,11 ~”… there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying ’Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.’”
I fell in love with these sweet dandelion seedlings soaked in rain. The raindrops are held closely and sweetly deep within the flower, as if they are being gathered like treasure. Each little drop turns light into color and gives it back to all who will gaze upon them. Beauty. I swoon at the glory that God scatters at our feet. He asks, ” Do you see?” He beckons us to him with beauty. Extravagant beauty everywhere. He shines in the smallest details and in the vast overarching skies. He is God. He is always good.
Do you see?
Psalm 23:6 ~”Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.” ( The Message)
“nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands”
~ an excerpt from “somewhere i have never traveled,gladly beyond” by e.e. cummings
The puppies are growing quickly. They are 6 days old now. They have all gained weight well and seem happy. It won’t be long until their eyes are open. They are keeping me and Janey pretty busy. I don’t have time to do anything but take care of them right now. My 365 will have to wait. (Who are we kidding? It’s officially no longer a 365.)
Enjoy some pics of the our precious puppies.
These puppies are for sale.
The boys are 1200.00 and the girls are 1400.00
You can see more about their parents here at http://www.maryannemorganblog.com/goldendoodle-puppies/
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a new best friend for you or your family.
I love this flower. Ranunculus as been one of my favorites for some time now. It is lovely to photograph, but also nice arrange and play with in different settings. They have a vintage heirloom quality that feels special and sweet. My friend Denise knows I love them and brought them to me last week. I had just barely finished photographing them before Janey decided to have her puppies. She was 3 days early so I wasn’t quite ready.
My world has been at a complete stand still ever since. All work, all coming and going has come to a temporary halt as I care for my Janey dog and her pups. She will not stay in her box with them if I leave the basement (she is very attached to me) and so I have been camping out down there. I even sleep down there to help her at night in case she or the puppies get into trouble. I am feeling a bit closed in and lonely. I don’t expect this stage to last very long and soon I will be working away again, so I am trying to be patient and just enjoy the sweetness of her tiny puppies.
I wanted to share these images of the ranunculus before they got lost in the puppy shuffle though. Aren’t they lovely? Don’t fret, this blog will be filled with puppy pictures before you know it. If I can get back to shooting and working again that is.
For now it is back to the sofa by Janey’s puppy box. I will fall to sleep to the sweet sound of puppy cooing again tonight. (I am glamorizing it a bit. I would really like 8 hours of sleep soon.)
Blessings, and I hope to back here very soon. Who knows if I will even break 100 on this 365 project? I am letting that worry go now.
I am counting gifts again tonight, from the perfectly layered ranunculus petals to the soft squeals of puppies in my house. It is all wonderful and I am grateful the great giver of all good things.
James 1:17~ “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Posted on 27. Mar, 2014 by maryanne.
So Janey finally had her pups.
You can see pics of all the new babies on this page in my blog.
She was a few days early so I was a bit unprepared. I still had things to get from the store. Thankfully, Katie came home and brought me things I needed. She cooked an amazing meal for us too. My friend Kelly who is a vet came for a while, as well my friends Amy and Lindsay. It was so wonderful to have people around who knew what to do. According to the x-ray we were only supposed to have 5, and 5 boys were born first. I was disappointed not to have a girl, and then 13 minutes later she delivered surprise puppy number 6, then 7, then 8! The last three were girls and I was so happy.
Janey and I are completely exhausted. I am so proud of her though. She knew exactly what to do. Last night I slept in the basement with her, making sure she was staying hydrated and taking her out when she needed it. She doesn’t want to be left alone at all right now so I guess my hangout will be the basement until she finds her feet.
Thanks to everyone who wished us well and prayed for my sweet Janey.
Got to this page to see more info.
Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by maryanne.
This is Storie. She was the flower girl at the wedding I got to photograph yesterday. As I watched her throughout the course of the day, I realized that Storie knows a few secrets that we as women often grow up and forget. I thought it might be nice to learn a few lessons from this gorgeous and graceful flower girl.
1. You are beautiful just because you are a girl and that is an incredibly wonderful thing. Storie knew she was beautiful and she held it close to her heart like treasure. She didn’t shy away when people told her she was pretty. She opened up like a flower with each kind comment and drank in her day as a princess with delight. She relished every moment, every kind word, every happy glance.
2. Enjoy the moment. It’s okay to rest and really enjoy life. We don’t have to try so hard. Every time I saw Storie she was smiling or laughing. She took in the day like it was a gift from heaven. And it was. Her job was very important to her, but she did not let the pressure steal her joy. She knew she was laying down petals for the bride, and it made her very happy. Important doesn’t have to mean stressful.
3. Dancing can be a key to experiencing new levels of joy and happiness. Storie didn’t let the fact that she was a very tired princess get in the way of some amazing dance floor time. She and her mommy danced and giggled to their hearts content. A girl has to get her dance on to find her happy place sometimes. I know I do. (Okay I danced with the bridal party too.)
4. There is no such thing as too many compliments. This one gets me going a bit. I overheard a stranger ask Storie’s mommy if it was okay to tell her she looked lovely for fear of making her think too much of herself. To this I say, there can never be too many kind things spoken to a little girl! Most (if not all) of us will hear the opposite for the rest of our lives, if not from people we know then from the media, our culture or the internet. We will be told or we will tell ourselves that we are too thin or too fat. We will think we are not pretty enough or tall enough, outgoing enough, or quiet enough. Enough, enough, enough. Enough! No, you can never fill her little tank too much because someday there will be a draw on that tank and it may already happening. So do this, tell a little girt she is beautiful today. I make it my mission as part of my job and my calling to tell every little girl and every woman as much as I can that she is beautiful. BEAUTIFUL! Because God made you, and you are feminine and lovely and straight from heaven.
Thank you Storie, for showing us how to find our way back to resting in the beauty God gave us as women. You carried yourself with the elegance and grace of a real princess.
Because you are.