Hi, Ary here! I’m a wedding photographer (my new wedding photography website is dandypear.com, a collaboration with my talented husband Jacob!) I normally get to shoot diverse, happy couples who are very much looking forward to spending their life together… but on special occasions, I get to photograph kids and families too! This is my friend Jennifer. We met when I was in kindergarten, she was in 1st grade. As you can imagine, we’ve been through A LOT together. What an indescribable joy it is to see my friend as this fantastic mom to two amazing kids with this fantastic, loving man at her side. William is such an exemplary daddy to Sam and Addie.
When I was in kindergarten, my mother and I moved to a little townhome community in East Austin. I had just recently learned to ride my bike on two wheels (no training wheels! WOOHOO!) so I set off, a little over-confidently, to make friends the second day we were there. I rode along all alone, up and down the community for an hour. Just when I started feeling lonely and a bit afraid, I saw that beyond a big hill was another phase of the community that I had not yet explored. I took a deep breath and went for it. I lost control of my bike and completely wiped out. As I lay in pain with the wind knocked right out of me, I heard someone speed by me. A flash of lightning, shiny blonde hair, she threw her bike down next to me and (with bare feet) ran up to my side, placed her hand on me and asked if I was ok. I looked up to see the coolest girl; sure of herself, a little older than me, with a bigger bike and with a steady voice that made my troubles disappear. That was the first day of my bike-riding, roller-blading childhood with her up there, Jennifer Lynn Jordan! Friends, Jennifer has grown-up to be a wonderful mother with two amazing children and a loving husband, William. This week, they have shared with their friends that William has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Cancer. Jennifer is also currently facing medical concerns of her own. William’s sister has set-up the “GoFundMe” campaign link below to off-set medical costs while these two hard-working parents are battling Cancer AND building a beautiful life for their kids. If you have it in your heart to send the tiniest “F-you” to cancer, please consider helping this family out during this incredibly difficult time. Every dollar counts and will be accepted with overwhelming gratitude. Thank you so much. -Ary