Tuesday, December 7, 2010


 Do you remember

Not yet driving ~
Too old for the kid's table
at Thanksgiving ~
Sometimes awkward,

Close your eyes.
Do you see

Ornament from here
Do you remember
being fifteen at 
Christmas time?
The scent of that
first peeled clementine,
the taste of that
first candy cane,
the first notes of
Emmanuel when
the advent candle
was lit?

How it took you
back to all the
anticipation of
the holidays....of
hopes and dreams
and Rudolph
and Frosty, the
Grinch and Charlie

....of butterflies in
your stomach as
you waited  for your
turn to sit on Santa's
lap and whisper your
wishes into his ear?

Even though you
had a grown-up's
exterior, at fifteen
there were still those
child-like feelings
swirling around inside
of you.

On Sunday my daughter's
friends were over for 
a Christmas gathering 
and in their smiles 
and laughter and
shining eyes, I didn't 
see sophomores in
high school.  Instead
I saw little girls in
Christmas nightgowns
or footie pajamas,
alight with holiday joy.

I LOVE this song!

I LOVE that little book!

I LOVE that stamp!

I LOVE that movie!

Apparently, they

And I LOVE that : )

They made
paper snowballs

and paper stars
{exacting revenge on
past tenses and participles
by using a vintage grammar book!}

Stamping gift tags
unleashed hidden creativity....

And tying blankets for
the Humane Society
while watching
The Holiday....

The candy bar
was a sweet ending
for these sweet girls,
who filled their bags
with goodies....

a rosette pin
 made by me....

and a little girl's
heart full of
Christmas cheer.

Look who even
made an appearance
in the yard!

Lovely fifteen
is only the

Yet still, 
there is some
longing, already,


Thanks for 
those days,
along with me!


PS:  I'm linking up
with Kathleen at Faded Charm
for White Wednesday.

PPS:  Crafts and favors:

Snow balls
Paper Stars

{And a special thank you
to my friend who made
the lovely Christmas bunting,
especially for me!}


Rene said...

Suzanne, I love that you love that they love everything. What a great day that must have been.


Sally@DivineDistractions said...

It's been a long time since I was 15 or even had a child that was 15, but I was right back there with you reading this post. You have a lovely gift of finding something special in the ordinary. Thanks for taking my back this morning...I think I'll have a lovely day!

Anonymous said...

I just remember that when I was 15 that I could hardly wait to be 16, and my birthday is in February, the month we always had our heaviest snows and so birthday parties were rare because the weather prevented anyone from arriving... oh boo hoo me. LOL

Cute post!

paige said...

& i LOVE this post!!
blankets for the humane sociey...love
paper stars & snow balls....love
gorgeous gift tags....love
15 year olds....love
reinder headbands...love
the deer ....love

you are an awesome mommy suzanne

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Happy birthday to your daughter, what a wonderful gathering!

You could start your own etsy shop with those paper stars, etc...!!!

Denni said...

What a nice party you had for the girls. They did a great job on those crafts! I do remember fifteen, feeling independent and yet not getting much independence.
It is a very creative and wonderful time as well.

Stitchfork said...

What a touching post Suzanne! I never tire of having children and friends here no matter what the age!
xo Cathy

traci said...

oh suzanne, what a wonderful day for the girls. although i don't want to be 15 again, i do want to come to your next girl gathering. such fun. i love the holiday. need to dig that dvd out soon. xo!

Low Tide High Style said...

It looks like your daughter had a very happy 15th Birthday... Surrounded by her friends, and with lots of fun things to do, thanks to her wonderful mom! When she turns 16 can I come to the party??, it looks like you all had a blast!

Kat :)

Kathysue said...

Suzanne, I love the music you are playing so pretty. I think I would fit right in with these girls. I love everything at Christmas time. I love that it brings out such warm fuzzy feelings in me. Sometimes happy sometimes a bit sad wishing for the Christmas of the past with my three little boys. I love coming here. I think you and I could talk all day over coffee or tea and not skip a beat, Love you,
Merry,Merry Christmas!

Party Resources said...

Ahh....15 again. What a sweet post and wonderful day with your daughter and her friends. Love it.

Blondie's Journal said...

15 was wonderful...everything was DRAMA!

I love the pictures of the girls smiling and working on their projects. What a lovely day they had and one they will remember when thinking of what 15 was like!


Morning T said...

They are precious girls and I 'love' all of their crafts and I especially 'love' that you gave us links for the tutorials.

pretty pink tulips said...

You are one amazing mom! It took a lot of planning and prep for those lovely teenage girls to enjoy the camaraderie as they made crafts!!!!!

If I could go back and talk to my 15 year old self, I would probably say....enjoy this age. You're not grown up yet. So you don't need to act as if you are. Savor the days.....as one day you'll be all grown up, forever more.

Lovely images and thoughts to carry with me today.
xoxo Elizabeth

Lisa said...

Suzanne, I LOVE your posts! I LOVE paper pom poms! I LOVE(d) being 15 and having a bunch of friends over to hang out, eat candy and snuggle on the couch to watch a movie. You are the best mom.

Linda said...

Oh Suzanne...what a special day...I want to be a girl at that party! They will carry those wonderful memories forever! XO

Beach House Living said...

I would have enjoyed a day like that myself and I'm far from 15!

What a wonderful afternoon you created for them all.

Grammy said...

What wonderful answer to my question, "How did E's Christmas party go?". Felt like I was there. It surely looks like everyone had great time. Did Gracie enjoy it? And you had snow for holiday back drop. I concur, you are a wonderful Mother.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, how wonderful, Suzanne! As the mother of beautiful 15 AND 14 year old girls, I completely understand what you mean. I should add, I suppose, that I still feel about that old inside, myself!

You always make me smile and think when I visit--such a gift to give!

I hope your day is filled with all the good things of the season, my friend...


Beatnheart said...

What a lovely mommy you are to provide such a creative and wonderful time for your daughter and her friends...So sweet, creative...lucky, lucky them...

Blooming Rose Musings said...

As always, a beautiful post from you, sweet Suzanne.
I am far from 15 now but I do remember that age. Your daughter is beautiful and you provided a wonderful day for her and all of her friends. When she becomes a mama she will look back on days like this with a sweet smile and be inspired to give her own children very special memories too...all with love in her heart for you.

Carol Bass @ A Bird in Hand said...

What a lovely post. Sounds like you had the best time! Made me wish I was 15 so I could have come join the fun. I hope they all stay as sweet as they are today!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Suzanne, This is the best. I hope you are making books of your blog. Great memories. As you get older you forget these. Please save them. xxoo

isleofswitzerland.blogspot.com said...

This is beautiful and so "lovely" to read! Thank you.

pollydove said...

I wish my 15 year old knew your 15 year old and could have come to her party. Everything looks so fabulous! Wow! You did a wonderful job of organizing such a fun night for those girls! You were the kind of mom I LOVED when I was 15! Hugs to you!

Farmgirl Paints said...

I remember 15 very well. A boy was in the picture. Hopefully my girls won't discover them until they are much much older. LOVE the Holiday. One of my all-time favorite movies. Looks like a really fun time.

Nanniepannie said...

It looks like the happiest of days, I wish I had been there. Cold outside, but warm inside.

LuLu said...

beautiful post!! i watch my 14 yr old and see how she is growing, changing right before my eyes... and then i catch that child like wonder and want to hold tight a bit longer to that!

AuroraSuzette said...

What a wonderful post. My younger son is 15, for a couple more weeks until Christmas day when he'll turn 16. He's tall, 6'1, and so thin. It is so bittersweet for me to watch him, to remember myself as well as my 2 older kids at his age. He's still so much little boy, yet becoming such a marvelous man. Funny, his English class is tying blankets too.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Sounds like the perfect girls gathering! I remember that age well and sometimes I feel like I'm right back there around Christmastime! Love your rosette pins and the paper snowballs are so pretty :) xo

Zaira said...

Oh my fifteens have never been like this! How fun! I was all Shakespeare and reading and isolating....not good and I live a bit of my lost fifteens right now...


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DEAR, I AM UNFASHIONABLY LATE!! Suzanne, you have provided a rare opportunity for you little girl to stay a little girl for at least one day here with her pals....what a cozy setting, what a great idea and I KNOW that these lovely ladies are going to remember this and maybe one of them will also write something one day saying, "I remember when I went to Suzanne's house and we made...." THIS WAS MOVING AND SO PERFECT!!!!! LOVE YOU! Anita

Linda in AZ * said...

* There is alot of love in your heart... and your home, dear one.

Thank you for so beautifully sharing it w/ all of us this morning... my heart is singing...

Linda in AZ *

Hampton said...

I just loved this post! My daughter is 15 soon to be 16 next week and yest there is this push and pull-independence and the longing for home. It all goes by too quickly-so beautiful that you were able to capture a moment in photos and words!

koralee said...

Now that my friend is Heartwarming...filled my heart with JOY right down to the toes!!!
A day to remember...a day those sweet girls will have in their hearts forever!!!
Such sweet touches...oh I soooo want to come play too.
Your little pins are adorable in everyway.
Thank you for sharing this today.

xoxoxoxo love and hugs.

Maggie B said...

What a lovely & loving post, it looks as if they LOVED everything about it.

La Dolfina said...

That was awesome, you made me feel like 15 again and like I was there.
What a perfect holiday party for your very special 15 year old, one she will surely never forget!!
You are the best Mom Suzanne.
Thank you for sharing this lovely occasion with us. It warmed my heart.
Love you!!!!!!!!!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

That was a beautiful post. I think I can remember back to tender 15, and all was well with the world. I loved my purple and white canopy bed and I would practice my cartwheels and handsprings for hours with my best friend. Your daughter is lovely and has a great mom.

Kat said...

What a gorgeous post! Your lovely words made me cry. I have two little girls who are four and five and I know they will be fourteen and fifteen in the blink of an eye.

Jennifer said...

One of my favorite posts by you - it made me think of so many special times with my sons growing up and I like to do things like this with my cousins and have for quite a few years .... sniff sniff, they are now 15 and 17. I have my students help me in the Health Room of the high school I work in and I work with special needs adults at my second job - fun, holiday fun! Love your ideas! Jennifer stop in jennsthreegraces

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! I'm new here, and this was a wonderful introduction. My daughter was that age, not too long ago, and yes, it has a magic all its own. They grow up so fast...so let's not forget!

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

Hi Sweetie
I love this post. I'm thinking I might try to tackle some of those stars over the winter break with my 8 and 10 year old.

I love this post because it takes out some of my fears of raising teenagers... Keep those positive teenage posts coming - I'll be there soon :)


Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

what a great mom. ;)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an event! I was wishing I was fifteen! My daughter and her two besties were over last night helping with the Christmas cookie baking.
I have lost my Fa La La this year and being around these sweet gems was just wonderful. Ah to be young....

You did watch the video that proceeded the hot mama dress image right? The one where I showed my greasy unwashed self in a horribly dirty house made after pulling an all nighter?
Yeah, that's how I'm truly rollin these days. :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm just catching up on your posts...every one of them just as wonderful as the next. Each one packed with so much emotion I can relate too! Thank you!

Biz said...

What a beautiful group of young ladies!
You seem to be the kind of Mom I hope to be someday!
I love the rosette pins...how do you make them? OR do you sell them?