BC: Loving prepared for Susan and Sheila's 50th Birthday. We know that a lot has been left out of your beautiful and busy lives - we love what we did capture and hope you enjoy it. The Editors hope that we did not name Sheila as Susan or Maggie as Sara, Jane as a twin or Nicholas as Susan and Sheila, except, of course when we did that on purpose! Many thanks to Jane for the computer skills and initiative!
FC: 100 Years of Love | Happy 50th Birthday Sheila Ann & Susan Elizabeth April 5, 1962
1: Riding the wave into the next 50 years! Happy Birthday From your loving family
2: The Sixties | Happy Birthday, Susan & Sheila, Love Paul
3: Santa with Jane,Gerald, Nick and Nick. Amazing!
4: Dear Susan, When I came home from the hospital with two baby girls and found out that Nana was away from a few days, I was worried. I had so much advise about caring for twins I wondered if it would be difficult. Ellen English came and helped until Nana was available. Nana used to say you and Sheila looked like two little ducks in a row as you crawled from dining room to kitchen via the front hall with your tails sticking up! Remember cooking time in the kitchen? Just as I would be taking a tray of cookies out of the oven you would say, "Wait, I have to get Sheila so that she can have cookies too". Taking care of twins was not difficult. You took care of each other. I am so happy that on your 50th birthday you are still taking care. Happy Birthday. I love you. Mom
5: S | Dear Sheila, When I found out I was going to have twins I thought I'd get a head start and knit two little sweaters. Little sweaters because twins would be little. When the nurse told me that one baby was 7.6 lbs and the other was 7.11 lbs, I thought, 'so much for the little sweaters'. That was probably the beginning influence on your love for style and good eye for decorating! I remember times when Susan would come down dressed for an occasion and you would run back to the closet for the same dress so, "people would know you were twins". That always made me happy because I knew then that you would always be proud of yourself and your twin sister. That was 50 years ago and I am proud to know you and Susan are just as together now as you were back then. I love you, Mom
6: The 70's and 80's
7: big hair!!!
8: Dear Susan and Shelia, It is great fun celebrating your 50th birthday. I remember the first rumblings of telephone wires between Milton and Nova Scotia announcing that, ""It's going to be twins"!. Your mother and I talked that one through! Nana of course, was delighted and ready for the blessing. When the birth day came you were the gifts for Margaret, Jerry and all the family. From then on it was a learning experience for all to know the things twins liked to share and to recognize twins need to be individuals. The latter probably happened when you were about 2 or 3 years old. I can't count the times I was told, "I'm not Sheila, I'm Susan". Happy Birthday. Love, Caleen
9: i r e l a n d
10: The Atlantic! | Love the Atlantic!
11: ITALY!! Shannon's semester in Florence Shannon, Sheila, Ali, Karen, LeeAnn 2011 | Mom "I want to thank you for everything you have done for us, you have always been there for us through thick and thin. You never let us down even when we tested your patience, and even now we like to keep you on your toes. Thanks for being our mom. Love Shannon"
12: beautiful women and their moms
13: we love the beach!
14: Friends and Neighbors Father Darcy, Degnans, Mannings, Lawsons, Hanlons, Villard, Nania
15: Holidays! Milton, Marshfield, Methuen
16: 63 Huntington Rd Milton, 1955 Margaret and Jerry Donovan Married at St. Margaret's Church Dorchester, Ma October 3, 1953
17: THERE THEY STAND HAND IN HAND, AND EXCHANGE WEDDING BANDS. TODAY IS THE DAY OF ALL THEIR DREAMS AND PLANS. AND ALL OF THEIR LOVED ONES ARE HERE TO SAY GOD BLESS THIS COUPLE WHO MARRY TODAY.
18: Happy 50th to Sheila and Susan! On a special day, hope the memories bring great and happy thoughts. May the years ahead bring laughter and smiles, and be as good as the last 50. Love,Nicky | The Driscoll's
19: The Patti's | Susan & Sheila, You both bring so much joy, happiness, and love to everyone you meet and know. You both deserve that and much more in return! Happy Birthday to two of the greatest friends a person could ever ask for. Love, Michael
20: Margaret came to pick me up at work and told me we were having twins. My first thoughts were - double trouble and poor Jane! Then I got lost 3 times on the way home from work. Happy Birthday Susan and Sheila. Love, Dad | P.S Dad admits getting lost?
21: Sheila and Susan, I never liked being called the 3rd twin, but I didn't realize at the time how lucky I was to have 2 very special sisters. We have shared a lot over the years, whether it be long nights laughing at Kelly's antics at Hendries' or just hanging out at your houses for the many occasions you host. You are both generous, selfless, loving women and I am proud to be the 'other twin'. Happy Birthday and many more. Love Jane
22: Sheila, Mary Annemarie, Moira and Susan | Nicky's Mom, Mary Driscoll and Dad
24: The Driscolls
26: "Mom, I can't even find the words to say what I want to. You're my inspiration to stay strong through whatever life throws my way and the best mom that anyone could ever ask for. You are always there for Shannon, Holly and I and there is no way to thank you for that. Love you forever, Nicholas"
27: Dear Mom, I am the luckiest daughter in the world to have a mother like you. Thank you for being my best friend, and for never failing to make me smile. Happy Birthday! Love you! Holly
28: Sheila, your home in Marshfield has been my home away from home for many years. Any time we come to Boston, you welcome us with open arms and loving care. You make it look effortless to have 5 extra people staying for days on end. The kids have a great time together and I treasure our time to catch up, share our dreams and memories, and just relax and laugh. Time with you reminds me to look at life through rose colored glasses. After years of battling cancer and neck surgery you remain a courageous, optimistic, selfless, loving, generous, supportive mother, daughter, wife, aunt, friend and sister. .. for life. Happy 50th birthday my dear sister and friend. Love Ellen
29: Susan, When I think about you, I see a kaleidoscope. You have a great sense of humor and can tell a story or share a joke with wonderful spirit and animation. You love a party and have created many wonderful family memories at your home. At the same time, your commitment to the important people in your life is intense and you go to great lengths to support and love your family and friends. I recall several times when you talked me through a tough time when I felt overwhelmed. We’ve set all time records for longest phone calls! (We both tend to perseverate a bit!) If I need a laugh or a shoulder to cry on, I can count on you to be there for me. Happy 50th birthday, my dear sister and friend. Love, Ellen
30: Sheila, you have been a huge influence in my life, and I thank you for all that you have done for me through the years. Whether you are being the life of the party or the strong, positive woman who kicked cancer in the teeth. Your energy is a force to be reckoned with. May your next 50 years be as exciting as the last. Much love and respect. Ann
31: Susan, I have wonderful memories of the years when your children were young and I spent many a night at your house doing the “Elaine” or telling them stories about our childhood. They’re such fun to be around and I feel privileged to be a part of their lives and yours. It’s amazing to see what beautiful young ladies they’ve grown up to be. Happy Birthday, Love, Ann
34: The Patti's
36: Mama, Everyday I become a little bit more like you and I couldn't be more proud. You are always willing to put others before yourself, even if it isn't best for you. You are the perfect example of the kind of mother I aspire to be one day. I love you for being the best mom a girl could ask for. Happy 50th birthday Mom! Thank you for everything you do for me and for being my best friend. I love you to the moon and back Sara Rose
37: Mom, There is no way I could possibly ever thank you for all that you do for me. You always drop what you're doing to make sure I'm happy and I want you to know how much I appreciate that even though I don't always show it. We've had our fair share of fights over the years. Whether it be who has to do the dishes that night or who gets to score the front seat. But we've always worked through our differences and at the end of the day I know you'll always be there for me. I hope that one day I can be half the mother you are. Happy 50th Birthday! I love you to the moon and back Maggie
38: To Sheila and Susan, I think LeeAnn's birth and the years in Beverly were really the start as our life as friends. We had such fun then - I don't know what I would have done without you - I didn't even really like kids! We have grown so much over the years - becoming friends with each other's friends, family with each other's families, and sisters who know that sisters are the best kind of friends. Happy Birthday! Love, Karen
39: Susan, I remember when you were born.... where have the years gone ??? I want you to know I love you and I am so proud of you for keeping us all entertained. I have always loved visiting your beautiful home and family. Here is to another 50 years of good health and much happiness. Love Mary | Sheila, I can't believe it has been 50 years since Mom came home from the hospital with twins. I remember how cute you were and when you took your first steps in the front hall. Thank you for all you have done over the years. All the entertaining sewing and decorating. You make it all look so easy because you are such a special and talented person. I pray for 50 more years of health and happiness. Love Mary
41: Susan and Sheila, Thinking about this picture reminded me of how much I felt like your little brother when we were at St. Agatha’s. Although a lot of us had passed through there by the time I came along, I always felt most identified in connection to the two of you and was always proud that you were my older sisters. You guys have been so generous to all of us over the years. Your party planning and hosting has done much to define who we are as a family. Thank you for the enormous amount of work that you have done to make those events go so well and for the warm kindness that you have shown in doing it. | I hope that the start of your sixth decade has been a joyful time for you both. With love, Gerald
42: As you can see, I love my family and my friends but most of all, I love my cleaning products.
44: Many more kisses, successes, and good times to come!