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Help Me Please!

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I have an important decision to make.  The family picture on the blog is obviously outdated.  For example, the children are much bigger, bossier, and more opinionated at this stage in our life than their dear, sweet, little souls were four years ago.  I've embraced my roots, (as in hair) and I'm not as blond.  Ryan is looking more distinguished with the scattered gray specks which gracefully dot his head and facial hair these days. Last but not least, we have been incredibly blessed with another beautiful child, Annabelle Ryan, and she definitely needs to be given her rightful place on the blog. 

 I'm asking for help today.  I have six picture options from our fun/stressful/glad it's over picture day.  I would love for some thoughts on which photo is your favorite and/or best exemplifies jessplusthemess.  I love them all so I'd like some constructive feedback here. 

 Either shout out your favorite number in the comments/ Facebook / or Twitter - whatever, just help me please! 




















Just Keep Livin!

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    Cassidy Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    I just found your blog through Kidizen. I was too curious about 8 kids not to hear more! I love 4. The way you and your partner are looking at each other across all those beautiful babes is so sweet!! 6 is a really lovely photo too!

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    Sherri Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    I especially like #3 and #5 because you and Ryan are standing next to each other. You have a beautiful family!

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    Melissa Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Love 4 - it's a keeper!

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    Brandi Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    I love number 4!!!! It would be perfect at my house too! Lol!!

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    Donna Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    I like them ALL, but my favorites are 1 and 6, respectively. :)

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    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    I actually like all of them ~ you all are winners!
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    Danae Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    I like them all put I'd pic 4 for the blog. You and Ryan are the bookends of a big family that is tied together forever, yet each "piece" is their own person :)

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    Cindi Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    I like 3 the kids are intermingeled and you and Ryan are close to each other, not seperated by kids!! That happens enough in our lifetimes, doesn't need to be depicted in pictures.

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    Becci Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    I love #4. A picture says a thousand words and this one says a lot.

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    Judy Reed Jantzen Monday, October 19, 2015

    1 and 5

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    Rebecca Monday, October 19, 2015

    4 or 5!

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    Beverly Turner Monday, October 19, 2015

    I love 3, then 4!

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    Gwen Snoeyink Monday, October 19, 2015

    I like 5 because you and Ryan are touching each other. When looking back at the picture, you will kind of be able to feel it :)

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    Karri Monday, October 19, 2015

    3 or 5

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    Mary Monday, October 19, 2015

    4 then 3 but whatever you choose will be great

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    gaylia Monday, October 19, 2015

    1 or 6

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    Jen Monday, October 19, 2015

    Number 4 Jess!
    I think it has interest that the others lack. Not that they are bad, it's just it tells a story and it's interesting to look at. I also like 6 if you want a more "normal" family photo. If that's even a word. LOL. ;)
    Love ya!
    Jen Konyndyk

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    Brett Armstrong Monday, October 19, 2015

    I vote 4!

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    mary Monday, October 19, 2015


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    Linda Peterson Monday, October 19, 2015

    4 is my favorite----what awesome pictures of a wonderful family!!!

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    Valerie Monday, October 19, 2015

    Number 3

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    Rebecca Monday, October 19, 2015

    Love number 6

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    mary Monday, October 19, 2015

    #3 is very nice!! like #4 also...

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    Carmen Monday, October 19, 2015

    I like 4 or 5

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    Gretchen Monday, October 19, 2015

    4 and 5 are my faves!

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    Lorrie Monday, October 19, 2015

    I like pic 4---each one themselves yet part of your beautiful family! A little cute a little sass and a whole lot of love!

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