June 1, 2016

Her Sweet Sixteen

Somehow, perhaps as I blinked my eyes, my Peyton Rose became sixteen. She is and has always been the sweetest. Peyton is my right hand. She is my organizer, baker, cook, laundry folder, and all around caretaker of our home. When she isn't doing that, or caring for and playing with Flynn, Peyton likes to read and watch Fox News. She is wise beyond her years, and enjoys all things political, medical, scientific, and Japanese. Peyton is happy being Peyton. I admire and envy her strong sense of self, and her desire to be and do exactly what she wants, without any pressure from others to conform to the norm. I have no idea what the future holds for my beautiful second born...As of now...considerations include becoming an astronaut, attorney, physician's assistant, or bakery owner... I do know that she will be happy being Peyton. And that makes me happy.

This is how we celebrated our Peyton Rose turning Sweet Sixteen...

Flynn, Madison and I decorated her table on Saturday for her party.

For her party, she chose the one dessert she doesn't make!
Junior's Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake. : )

My Peyton Rose...

Pictures on a beautiful afternoon before Mass..

My bestie Marian was so happy to help us celebrate, and we were so happy she could!

Me and my girl. : )

After Mass, we took our Peyton out to dinner.
You know...so she didn't have to cook for her own party. ; )

Grandma, Aunt Margie and Uncle Chris rounded out the guest list...
Missing from the photo?
Steve. Taking the pic. : )

After dinner, we headed home for presents...



And Sweet Sixteen wishes. : )

Her actual birthday began with not-quite-homemade cinnamon rolls...

And included deliveries of beautiful flowers...

And balloons.
We took the day off of school.
Because. Birthday. : )
And relaxed and watched favorite shows and sat on the porch...

Before wishing our girl a Happy Sweet Sixteen one more time.
(And yes...she made her own cake. Because she insisted.)

As I sat down to type this post, I heard her say, "I am so happy!"
And that made me as happy as the day they placed her in my arms...
Sixteen sweet years ago today.

Happy Birthday, Peyton Rose!


  1. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen! I will have that song in my head all day long and thing lovingly of your Peyton while I do. I am so glad she had a wonderful celebration of her!

  2. Happy, Happy Birthday Peyton!!! Wishes for many more...smiles

  3. This is the sweetest post ever! What a wonderful tribute to her. She really is such a great young lady. She reminds me a lot of my Mary (who also requested cheesecake on her birthday)
    Happy Birthday, Peyton! Many blessings for wonderful year.

  4. A beautiful tribute. Happy Birthday wishes, you have certainly created a lovely day for her to remember.

  5. Beauties...all of you! Especially that sweet Peyton. I am so grateful for the example you set of peace and calm. I love your uncluttered, unhurried, tranquil, happy life. And apparently it has trickled down to your happy, confident kids. Thanks for sharing this today. Hope Peyton had a wonderful day! Much love to her as she turns 16.

  6. Happy sweet sixteen Peyton! It looks like a wonderful celebration. Hugs Juli

  7. What a wonderful celebration! I love that she wanted to make her own cake! And that cheesecake looked awesome too! Happy Sweet 16, Peyton!

  8. She is a beautiful young lady! Her party looks so fun. And my mom always made the not-quite-homemade cinnamon rolls for my birthday, and they are still my favorite. ;) Happy Wednesday!

  9. I can't imagine a better way to spend a sweet 16! It all looks wonderful! So happy for Peyton on her special day (and all of you too : ). She is a beautiful young lady! xo

  10. Oh my gosh... I'm gonna cry... can I tell everyone reading this post... it's true... I've met her... she is the SWEETEST girl ever! And Billie Jo, you made her birthday so very special. Sixteen, sigh...

    I can't wait to find out how God is going to unfold His plan in her life... it's gonna be amazing!

    Hugs to you sweet girl. Happy, happy birthday!

  11. Happy Birthday to your sweet Peyton! What a wonderful daughter -- such a blessing to you and your family!

  12. Absolutely beautiful! Happy birthday Peyton! Such an inspiration and I hope she had an amazing Sweet 26, which I'm sure she did! Billie Jo, thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Happy Birthday Peyton Rose! Sweet Sixteen sounds so lovely and I just know you will make some beautiful memories this year!

  14. Happy bday to sweet Peyton!! I remember sweet 16 being the best (long LONG ago) Lol My Aaron will be 16 this summer too. Where does the time fly?
    Blessings. xoxo

  15. Happy Birthday Peyton! Beautiful young lady!

  16. I have been away from blogging for a while, but so glad to be back and catch up on you and your family. Seems they have grown up right before my eyes on here. I know Peyton had a wonderful birthday, being part of a very special family. Have a great Thursday my friend. Linda

  17. Billie Jo, sweet, sweet family! Keep up the good work!

  18. Happy 16th, Peyton. You are a beautiful young lady.

  19. Hi Billie Jo!
    Happy late birthday to Payton! What a beautiful young woman, and I can tell she is just as sweet and sincere as she is beautiful! She looks so much like you . . . until I saw her with her daddy, then I thought she looked just like him! She's just a gorgeous combination!

    I love that she made her own birthday cake . . . that just made me smile. It looks like she had an amazing day!

    You have such a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing those precious moments with us!!


  20. Awe! Happy Sweet 16 to Peyton!! What a beautiful young lady and has so much to offer her family and the world. Wishing her abundant blessings throughout the year!


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