Thursday, August 30, 2018

{pretty, happy, funny, real} :: Fifteen

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~


Our beautiful girl turned 15 today!!



Most of our focus lately has been on selling the house and getting ready to move, but we took the day off and I was so happy to get to spend some one-on-one time with just the birthday girl.  Dutch Bros for coffee and tea, shopping for new clothes including a pretty new cardigan from Grandma, then lunch at Mod Pizza... It was such a nice day! 

Grandpa also stopped by for a little visit and brought us all dinner!
(Mexican take-out including flan for the birthday girl) 



She loved all of her birthday gifts! We had hoped to buy her a set of golf clubs (she is still using borrowed clubs from the high school which will need to be returned when we move) but that will have to wait for now... Instead, in addition to some new clothing from our shopping trip, she received a leather tote, pink wristlet, a journal and a water bottle. She also received a box of Reece's Pieces from her 8 year old sister, a lovely hand-embroider handkerchief made by her 13 year old sister, a new golf shirt from her dad (we all miss him so much but he was able to FaceTime from fire camp!), and lots of cards and phone calls from friends! She also received a card from Fr. Gordon (Uncle Jim) who said he'd be offering his Mass for her today ♥ God bless all of our holy and faithful priests!


Fourteen month old "Grace" was such a distraction during our family rosary... 😘🤗😘
(please excuse her pre-bath lack of pjs, this was just too cute not to share) 


Don't you think real flowers look so pretty on top of cakes?! 
I decorated a Chocolate Ganache Cake (Chocolate Cake, Dobash Fudge Filling, Espresso Butter Cream, and Chocolate Ganache) from the bakery with some pink roses for the birthday girl! 


Happy 15th Birthday! 


  1. She has had some amazing birthday cakes over the years!!! Happy, happy birthday to your darling 15 year old girl 🎂

    2018-08-31 10:15:32

  2. What a beautiful birthday video! Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter.

    2018-08-31 10:20:15

  3. Happy Birthday from Canada eh! What a lovely birthday girl. the world needs more "distractions" like Grace while saying the rosary......It just might be the start of world peace.

    2018-08-31 12:28:59

  4. Watching you grow up over the years with little glimpses at celebrations and Mass has been such a joy! Your grace and sweetness honors not only your family, but all who know you. Happy Birthday, and a joyful entry into adulthood!

    2018-08-31 16:29:00

  5. Beautiful young lady! They are all growing up so fast!

    2018-08-31 18:43:29

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWINKLE TOES. Wishing you a day of joy and a year of happiness and blessings. Marion

    2018-08-31 20:57:23

  7. Thank You for sharing . HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWINKLE TOES Have a blessed year. Joan

    2018-08-31 20:58:31

  8. What a beautiful young lady. Glad you had a nice birthday. Wishing you a year of joy,happiness and blessings. God Bless you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWINKLE TOES. Marilyn

    2018-08-31 23:25:51

  9. JMJ Happiest of birthdays! Love in Christ, Mr. & Mrs. McDowell and family

    2018-09-01 07:22:22

  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! And that precious, funny and sweet Family Rosary clip! How do you stand so much ADORABLE?!!

    2018-09-01 23:28:05

  11. Thank you for sharing these photos of this happy occasion. The best of everything in the year ahead to the birthday girl and all of you.

    2018-09-02 06:09:26

  12. Happy Birthday from our family! I can't believe how fast she's grown up. My own are growing like flowers in a summer garden, and it's so hard to absorb that as I've gone from a full house to a different life with our three youngest this past year. It is such a strange change to no longer require the van or the things that have been a part of life for over a decade! Thank you, Jessica, for all of the things you share and the help it gives to other Catholic Moms. I pour over your home school posts trying to find answers to my questions and solutions for our 8th grader next year. We, too, are in the middle of moving! We are making huge changes. After living most of my life in Southern California, we are heading to Indiana to a small town, a full-time Latin church not too far away and the slower, less secular life I hope it will hold for our family. I have had my own significant health challenges, so I really feel a kindred spirit in you. God Bless all of you and I will keep all of you in my prayers!

    2018-09-03 10:59:31

  13. Birthday Blessings to your lovely daughter. Such a special birthday celebration for your daughter who is growing into a beautiful young woman. Each of your birthday photos are so nice. I especially like the one of Twinkle Toes holding baby Grace. Your oldest daughter appears to have the heart of a mother. Happy Sweet September to you and your dear family Jessica.

    2018-09-03 21:01:44

  14. Happy birthday!!

    2018-09-06 02:21:05

  15. Good bless you pretty 15 girl!

    2018-09-06 15:23:36


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