Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Brothers and a GIVEAWAY

Our brothers and sisters
are there with us from the
dawn of our personal stories
to the inevitable dusk.
~ Susan Scarf Merrell

Billy and Suzy

Little brothers run
in our family.

My mom had one.
My daughter has one.

And I've had my own
for four decades
and counting.

Sunshine through the storm door

Best pal
staunch ally
rough and tumble
animal lover
seriously smart

Even after we
were off to college,
the bond of our
early years were
ties that bound,
even thousands
of miles apart.

Billy and his little guy, today.

Married later in
life, he didn't become
a dad until four
years ago.  Now
I am auntie to three
cuties who range
in age from four years
to seven months.

With his youngest

Over Thanksgiving
when we visited, it
was fun to watch my
daddy-of-three in
action.  I loved seeing
bits of his personality
in each of my little
nieces and nephews.

Guess who brought her the hat : )

My sister-in-law is also
 an amazing mother.
She makes sure that
each of her kids is very
well-documented and
often shares her darling
shots with me via e-mail.

At two, my nephew is a gentle soul.

She once asked me if I
 knew of a good digital
scrapbooking program,
and now I can tell her 
{and you} that I have
found one for even the
busiest person.....and it's
super-simple to use.

rated the number one, 
best-selling scrapbook 
software on, 
sent me a copy of their 
superior product to try,
plus the opportunity for
one of you to win your
own, a $40 value.

After downloading the
software, I was up and
creating in no time.  In
less than 10 minutes I had
 completed three pages
for my sister-in-law.

In addition to creating
many different sizes 
of scrapbook pages, this
fun and easy software
can also guide you 
through making cards,
calendars, even audio
and video scrapbooks,
which I thought would be
 great for high school
graduation in 2013. 

{Instructions to 
enter the giveaway are 
at the end of this post.}

The dawn of our story as brother and sister.

Little brothers.  When 
you are growing up, there
are times when it seems
that you can't live with them.

Then one day, you 
aren't living with them
and you realize
oh, how you miss

See you on Monday for
{Monday} Moments!



The giveaway is open to
all Privet & Holly followers.
Simply pop over to the website,
browse the digital scrapbooking
kits, and then share your 
favorite with me in your
comment.  I especially liked the
 vintage styles, like this one
called Jane Austen Christmas.

For additional chances,

their blog,

for creative weekly

challenges and more prizes.

{Be sure to leave a 
separate comment
 for each!}

The giveaway will end at

Midnight, U.S. Central Time
on Thursday, December 8th
and is open to readers everywhere.

For your holiday shopping,
offering P&H readers $10 off the 
My Memories Suite software
as well as a $10 coupon for
the store ~
a $20 value!  Just copy and
paste this code at checkout:


Susan T said...

What gorgeous photos Susanne. I love the 'sunshine through the storm door'
you haven't changed a bit. I have a much older brother, I think he had something to put up with with me. I used to follow him around, he was very patient.

Julie said...

Oh SWEET! woot. I love the military category. I have been meaning to start a Marine scrapbook on Justin's journey for 3 I definitely would choose one of those if my name were picked out of the hat. How generous you are Suzanne. Hugs to you, and LOVE the Christmas pic in front of the tree with the beautiful smile you still wear today! see you Monday! xoxo

Terra said...

I like what you wrote about little brothers, and also all of your photos here today. Sweet flower hat/band on your niece that you gave her.

lisaroyhandbags said...

How fun! I love the Amy Tangerine.
My older brother and I are 12 years apart so we never really had that close bond that you two share. It's so lovely hearing about it. Xo

Stitchfork said...

I have a little brother too - altho my little brother towers over me at 6'1"! What a great site! And they have a Stitched Frame set!!
xo Cathy

Kat said...

Suzanne, you have the sweetest family! What a precious post!

A Vintage Chic said...

Such a sweet post to honor your dear brother, Suzanne...I love those photos of you both from your childhood days....they so remind me of the photos of me with my three brothers. I was also the oldest. I'm so proud of them all now...they turned into wonderful men & fathers. What lucky sisters we are!

Wishing you the most lovely beginning of December, dear friend...


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Aren't you lucky to have all those littel ones around! I have 4 brothers, all of them so different, keeps life interesting. A lovely giveaway. XO

Olive Cooper said...

What a wonderful relationship you have with your brother. His little ones are adorable too. I like the Christmas Flourishs kit. Do not be sad for me when I share with you that my wonderful brother was killed by a drunk driver in 1998. He was a joy to us while we had him and we will always be blessed to have known him.

Sherry said...

Little brothers are pretty special. I have two of them and they will always have a special place in our family, they are the "babies" with six sisters.

Faded Plains said...

What a cute way to save memories.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how I always wanted a BIG brother...I was an only child, but Ruben in some ways is that brother I never had....and then some!!!!!! I love my little boys in school and there is just something about BROTHERS that I always wanted...that rough and tumble, teasing and taunting..I just wanted a companion.

You are so blessed...Anita

Tricia said...

What cute photos of you two. I don't have a brother, only a sister. My little girl lately is absolutely obsessed with the idea of having a baby brother and sister. She seriously asks me at least ten times a day when I'm going to have a baby. Ummm...I'm not.

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Snowball Fun Pack is my favorite before I forget it. I love your photos of Thanksgiving but an sorry you were sick. Suzanne, that is a wonderful post about your brother.I have one, too, and he is precious to me. xo Jenny

Farmgirl Paints said...

i loved the one of him with the baby. so sweet girlie. i loved her hat too. can't believe he's got three in four years. busy boy;)

Rozmeen said...

Lovely pics Susan!

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
xoxo Rozmeen

traci said...

although i don't have a baby brother, i am always grateful that karlie does. they bond they share is so special. cute photos.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love your pictures. They are absolutely charming and precious. My brother and sister are 12 and 13years older than me so I don't have the same bond as you do. But it's nice to have an older brother too.
I just linked up to your last Monday Moments and will link it up again next Monday. I just didn't have time to get a post done earlier. Thanks so much for hosting your fun linky party.

Amy Arnaz said...

I love the photo of the chubby munchkin in the crocheted hat. xoxo Amy

pollydove said...

Okay, when I saw that first photo in front of the tree I grinned from ear to ear!!! What a treasure! It is soooooo adorable! I have just one little brother and I have always adored him too. He is one of the funniest people I know and has also turned out to be a wonderful husband and father and a GREAT brother to me. We live in the same small city and being a single mom, he remains my "go to" guy for lots of projects! And he finds the time to help me even when his own life and responsibilities are overwhelming!

I think I like the "All I want for Christmas" pack the most! Great giveaway!

Jeanie said...

How lovely to have a little brother. Or a big one, for that matter! I had neither (nor a sister) and so missed on that. I especially love the vintage photo of so long ago!

Tiffini Kilgore said...

hello friend:)
how was your weekend?
I LOVED reading about your brother and you...what neat pictures. reminds me of me and my siblings.
the time goes so fast and looking at the pictures is bittersweet.
hope your getting stronger and back to spinning;)
talk soon and happy monday

Lili said...

Oh my gosh that hat on your little niece is so precious! What a great way to capture all of these memories, it sounds like such a cool package. xoxo ~Lili