Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Our middle child and first son, Ben, was born 26 years ago today.  He was such a fun child to raise!  Ben was all about adventure and there were NO dull moments in his childhood!

Ben was a quaint little kid.  Once, after falling down outside when running, he asked me to make a "no running" rule.  I declined and he cried, "Then this sort of thing is going to just keep happening!"  This picture was taken after he'd broken his arm falling from a piece of playground equipment.  I guess I should have made a rule about that.



Ben's first dog was Chloe.  They were so cute together!


I always thought he was a particularly handsome little boy!



This was an adventure that went askew.  He was stuck in the roll-away!  Although I was horrified when I found him, realizing he could've slipped further and suffocated, I still stopped long enough to snap a photo.  What kind of mother does that?!



Ben LIVED to climb.  At age 2 he asked me, during church, if he could climb the walls after the service as they had some interesting indentations and such.  At age 6 he got into some trouble for climbing on top of a library!  Yikes!



Ben loved his siblings.  I especially liked watching him teach Sam (8 years younger) how to do things such as play Nintendo.  And Ben always deferred to Maria (4 years older) on important issues.  He sometimes referred to her as his other mother.


Ben grew up into a nice looking young man as well.  He has a grown-up job...


grown-up responsibilities...


and a beautiful wife...
...Who made a 2 day drive with him to surprise me when I was in the hospital last summer.


But he's still my sweet little boy!

I thank God I am Ben's mother!  He has enhanced our lives more than he knows!

10 comments:

EJN said...

Congrats on Ben's B-day and Happy B-day to him! Love the pix.
Have a great one, proud Mom, you have every right!
Jojo

Susan S said...

Thanks Jojo! He's a fun son for sure!

Pam Brewer said...

Watching children grow to be adults is one of life's greatest joys!

Maria Rose said...

Ben is awesome!

Teresa said...

What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to Ben!

AKM said...

What a cool guy! Happy birthday to Ben! My brother was a climber too! Ha ha, boys...

Kate Ware said...

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Anna said...

Sweet post! Hope he has a Happy Birthday! :)

Mama King said...

They grow so fast!! :-) Reminds me to enjoy every minute of the journey. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

Susan S said...

Thanks everyone! I'm really missing Ben as he lives far from us. Nevertheless, this is a celebration of a very happy day for us!

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