Our Shining Light

Everyday as I walk up or down the stairs in our home, I see the little twinkle lights that KT brought home from her ninth grade party last week.  I’m amazed at how long they have lasted.  I’m sure that KT’s memories of that fun-filled night will stay with her forever.  As I chose not to chaperone (I can’t stand loud noise…even if they do call it music!) I’ll only be able to tell about KT getting ready for it. 

KT and her friends were amazed at how many girls had come to school with their nails already perfectly done in preparation for the dance.  They were amazed even more at how many were leaving school early to have their hair done.  (I can’t tell you how many other parents just shook their heads wondering what on earth they were going to do when it came time for the Prom)

Even if it had occurred to us to that we should go to a professional, I don’t think KT would have chosen that route.  She was perfectly content with a nice hot shower.  Mimi is the one that hauled out all of her nail polish and convinced KT to at least do her nails.  (Mimi had other plans or she would have done it for her.) I offered to help, but apparently I’m not quite as skilled at staying in the lines nails as KT would like. She also wouldn’t go for the sassy red I suggested, preferring to go with a barely-there pink.  Sigh…can this conservative girl really be my child?

KT had planned on all of her accessories being silver.  She just thought it would work better with the dress that I was making for her.  The only problem was that she couldn’t find the perfect silver shoes that she had envisioned.  Instead, she fell in love with a pair of gold heels.  I was thrilled to buy these shoes for her because they were seventy-five percent off.  (and you know how much I like to get things on sale!)

                                               Lucy decided that she should be the focus of this shot.

Of course, the silver jewelry she had planned on making would no longer work with the shoes.  So we had to make a quick stop at the craft store to replace the silver jewelry findings we had already purchased.  A couple hours later, KT had made herself the perfect necklace and earring set.

One of the moms had volunteered to take KT and a couple of her friends to the golf club where the dance was to be held.  We had a few quick moments to snap photos. 

                                                                                        I’m still amazed at how color coordinated they ended up being!

KT had a wonderful time at the party.  She danced and laughed with her friends all night long.  When she came home she was still glowing with excitement.   I hope the glow stays with her for a very long time, even longer than those little twinkle lights are glowing.

I can’t think of a better way for our little girl to say goodbye to Junior High…

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15 Responses to Our Shining Light

  1. TaunaLen says:

    Beautiful photos. Congratulations to your daughter on this milestone! I don’t blame you for not chaperoning. I love the fact that my kids have personal music players (ipod knockoffs) so that I don’t have to share their music!


  2. Patsy Ann says:

    What a lovely young lady we have in our family.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’m impressed by it all..the dress, jewelry, and sweetness of your daughter.

  4. Kell says:

    She and her friends look so beautiful. And the dress is gorgeous, as is the jewelry. I wish had those talents. Such wonderful memories for both of you.

  5. Betty says:

    She is pretty, Oh, so pretty. She is pretty and witty and bright……….Sounds better when you sing it. But, she IS a pretty girl!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Very pretty! I love the dress and her jewels to go with it. Great job for both mom and daughter!!!

  7. What a cutie pie! And what a major transition for her and you. Good luck and enjoy the ride!

  8. KT is so beautiful. Is that the dress that you’ve made for her? Awesome.

  9. Peggy says:

    The dress turned out very well! Congratulations! I love the shoes and jewelry that were selected to go with the dress. They’re perfect.

    That shade of blue is gorgeous on KT!!!

  10. Susan says:

    Taunalen~What would life have been like before MP3 Players? The girls have no idea that I love them more than they do!

    Patsy~We did good, huh?

    Cheryl~She does amaze us!

    Kell~don’t underestimate your talents. I could never make a quilt block!

    Betty~You have a lovely voice!


    Dreamer~I don’t think we realize what a big step this is yet….

    Pretty~Yep, I made that dress….it doesn’t look nearly as complicated as it turned out to be.

    Peggy~Thank you. KT made her jewelery, she had to have it match perfectly!

  11. gawilli says:

    It would be nice if we could just bottle up some of that “glow” and save it for a little later! Doesn’t it feel good to have your child look so beautiful in something that you crafted? I bet you were glowing too!

  12. mahesh sharma says:

    happy weekend

  13. elyouseewhy says:

    How sweet! KT seems like a really neat person, the kind of girl I would have wanted to be friends with at that age (Actually, I wish I had friends like her now!).
    That dress is beautiful! I’ve been sewing for nearly three years (my next class project is a corset-style formal top and a ballgown skirt), so I know what you mean about things being much more difficult than they look. It’s so special that you did all of that for her, and that she really appreciates it!

  14. Oh, Susan, KT is so pretty!! Love the dress and it is awesome that she made her own jewelry. What a lovely post. It made me get all teary-eyed.

  15. Mojokat says:

    The dress is gorgeous, as is KT in it! I’m glad she had such a magical evening!
    Oh, and the jewelry is amazing…such talent…wonder who she gets that from! =-)

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