Well the pups are 4 weeks old today and it’s time for their weekly portrait. Photographing them is getting more difficult every week. They have to have a full tummy, but not so much that they are too sleepy. It’s a tenuous line. I love it though.
I have to say this has been a rewarding yet difficult job for me. Very different from my photography job, but much like my mothering job I had when the kids were babies. Cleaning up messes is not so fun, but those snuggles are hard to beat. I will miss them so when they leave in 4 weeks. I told Chris he will have to hold onto me. I will definitely grieve these babies. However, they all have wonderful homes and that is such a blessing. I love sending their new owner’s images and videos of them as they are growing.
Once again I am listing them in their original birth order. You can see their original 1 day old pics at www.maryannemorganblog.com/goldendoodle-puppies/ to see how they have grown. The more straight coated ones are now beginning to get their waves and curls and the curly ones are getting curlier and curlier. Irresistible!
Here they are at 4 weeks.
Green collar boy is Murphy, named after Dale Murphy, so I had to include at least one Braves image. He has such a sweet personality. He loves everyone.
Blue collared boy is now Levi and has the prettiest face. He is very loving and always wants to snuggle with me if I am in the pen. So so sweet.
Orange Collar boy is now Curtis. I caught him reading Max Lucado’s God Thinks You’re Wonderful. I think he may have a future in ministry. He is the quietest, calmest boy. Sweet Curtis.
Yellow collar boy is aptly named Teddy. He looks just like a little bear cub. Teddy is another snuggler. He loves to lick faces and cuddle up to you. Good boy, Teddy.
White collar boy is now Duke. He is my smart boy. He has been the first to learn how to use the puppy litter tray. I am hoping he will teach the others to do the same. He is also a cuddle bug.
Pink collar girl is now Bella. I am always singing to her, “Bella, Bella, Bella!” When I go into the pen she always comes and sits at my feet and looks up at me. What a sweet, sweet girl. She is getting little curls in her ears now. Yes, she and the other two girls are princesses.
Purple collar girl is now London. Well, princess London around here. She has the sweetest face. She always looks so serious, but she really loves everyone. A princess has a lot to do, so I am not surprised by her serious expressions. Give it to Jesus, London.
Red collar girl is now Scarlet. She has found a wonderful family and I am so happy for her. I thought about keeping her, but she found such a good family, I could not keep her to myself. I look forward to seeing her grow up. She will be close by, thankfully! She is a little diva with a big heart. She is my most independent puppy. She is always stirring things up with the others, trying to get a game going. She and Murphy tend to be the social butterflies.
I have this handful of pictures of Katie that I took on a snowy day in February, barely two months before the accident that would take her life. These photos that I took of her that day will stay with me forever. I was photographing her and two other lovely young women in the snow for my 365 project. The title of that post was Spontaneity. I didn’t know Katie as well as I would have liked to, but it seems that word suited her. I had posted on Facebook that I needed a snow model for the incoming flurries we were receiving and she responded right away. The other young women also responded and instead of choosing just one, I decided to photograph them together. They did not know each other, but it wasn’t long before they were giggling in the back of my car as we headed to our location.
I was taken with Katie’s calm and confident demeanor. She had a way of making other people feel comfortable. She had assisted me on a session earlier in the fall and I loved spending time with her. We had plans for her to do that more often.
My heart squeezes tight as I write this post. I am so saddened by the loss of this beautiful young woman. I cannot seem to understand that she is gone. I remember her. I remember Katie that day in the snow, laughing and throwing her hat in the air for me again and again. There was a lonely road that curved around the pasture down the hill and she thought it was lovely. She asked if we could walk that way and take some images. She just loved the way it looked. I did too and of course complied. We walked that way as the other girls got into my car to warm up a bit. I had just a few moments alone with Katie on this quiet winter’s day. We walked silently together smiling about our adventure. These moments hang in my memory like stained glass windows now — beautiful and precious. She walked the path ahead of me and I photographed her as she walked away. Her figure was so peaceful moving away from me, her dark coat silhouetted against the snow. I think about that most of all. I want to ask her to turn around and come back one more time.
I have learned much about Katie since she passed away last week. She loved Jesus. Oh yes, she loved Jesus. I knew that about her, but I did not know until this happened that she had given him everything. She said in her testimony that is on a video “God didn’t save me because he wanted something of me, or wanted me to do something. He saved me because he thought I was worth dying for. He just wanted to watch me live life.” Katie knew some things that some of us as Christians struggle to understand. She knew she did not have to perform or do everything just right to receive his love. She knew that he had saved her and she was his, and this was enough. I am so glad she knew that.
Her mom and dad and family know these things too. This does not take the pain away, but I know it gives them hope. Their prayer is that many will come to faith in Jesus through the loss of their precious Katie. I pray that too.
Katie lost her life doing what she loved to do. She was playing with some kids, having fun. She was riding bikes with them and accidentally hit a tree. She spent just over a week in ICU but never recovered. Our community has been deeply impacted by the loss of this beautiful woman.
She is with Jesus now. I know that.
I can still see her on that snowy day. The flakes fall softly onto her black hair. She looks soulfully into my lens and I am struck by her depth and beauty. Then her face breaks into a big smile and the sun shines instantly.
You will be deeply missed, dear Katie. Walk on with your Jesus. We will be so grateful and happy to see you again someday.
Please join me in continuing to pray for the Klinect family. May they be held in God’s strong but gentle hands as they carry on.
1 Thessalonians 4:13,14 ~
“Christian brothers, we want you to know for sure about those who have died. You have no reason to have sorrow as those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and then came to life again. Because we believe this, we know that God will bring to life again all those who belong to Jesus.”
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Posted on 01. Apr, 2014 by maryanne.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in a new best friend for you or your family.
Posted on 29. Mar, 2014 by maryanne.
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.”