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One year . . . already?!?

Posted by Liz on April 25, 2010 in Benjamin |

One year ago, we were anxiously anticipating the arrival of Benjamin. I remember spending Friday night watching the clock and timing contractions. I remember a sleepless night between the bed and the couch. (I realize now that night was only preparation for the year to come.) I remember that Saturday was the hottest day in April last year. Honestly, it was 85 degrees!! And once Benjamin arrived, all of our anticipation immediately changed to love.

He has changed our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We eat at home more regularly. We have a more rigid bedtime because we know when the rooster will crow early. Because of our rooster, we’ve become morning people. (I’ve never watched Mr. Ed before but I’ve seen it many times in the last year because of our early riser.) We’ve slowed down to watch squirrels because that’s what our son is fascinated with. He has challenged us to appreciate the small things in life. But the thing I love most about Ben is his joyful spirit. He squeals and smiles at a lot of different things. He has an infectious laugh. He talks to strangers which forces us to do the same thing.

I have learned more in the last year about our heavenly Father than I have learned my whole life. In the last year, I have gained a better understanding of His patience for me. I am truly glad that He always listens. No matter how I am feeling or how many times I have whined about the same thing, my Father is always there. He never tells me, “Go to bed. I’ve already handled that.” And I’m very grateful that he never tells me that he’s “too tired to listen”. My daily prayer is that I am able to use God’s grace to be the best mother possible.

I’m sure that God has many more lessons in store for me but I am thankful for the lessons I have been able to experience because His blessing, Benjamin!! What a wonderful first year we have had.

I will post birthday party pictures in our photo gallery later this week. We had a fun weekend celebrating with family. Ben doesn’t seem interested in cake but he does like ice cream! Enjoy this video of him walking. He’s getting braver. He will go about 8 to 10 steps between people now. (I think he just wants to walk with someone else because he doesn’t want to be alone.) video of Ben walking

First haircut

Posted by Liz on April 2, 2010 in Benjamin |

I gave Ben his first haircut today. (In the last month, his hair has gotten thicker, as well as longer. He even had some curls that would show up after a really solid nap.) So with all of that said, I got out the clippers today. I put him in his highchair with some Gerber […]



Posted by Liz on March 16, 2010 in Benjamin |

The next tooth has arrived!!! Ben’s first top tooth has surfaced and he loves to show it off. It came through about 2 weeks ago. He now smiles a little bigger with his top lip moving back as if to say, “look up here at my new tooth”. He’s still walking with one hand of […]


Unplanned days at home

Posted by Liz on February 21, 2010 in Benjamin |

So Ohio’s winter has allowed Ben and I some extra time at home. So far, we’ve been at school for 8 1/2 days this month. (We were scheduled for 14 days so far.) Once the roads were cleared this past week, we returned to school for only 1 day before sickness struck. Another round of […]


Ear plugs . . .Please

Posted by Liz on February 12, 2010 in Benjamin |

Recently our household has been anything but quiet!!! No matter what is happening, Ben talks about it at the top of his lungs!!! Sometimes I think he’s loud enough to guide a ship in from sea. Now don’t get me wrong, there are still moments of silence in our house. He still has times of […]

I love to laugh . . .

Posted by Liz on January 24, 2010 in Benjamin |

So our new daily ritual after dinner is laughter. Aaron and I try crazy stuff to get Ben laughing. Of course it always makes us laugh, sometimes even bringing tears. (You know, the uncontrollable laugh that ends in tears and ab pains.) Here’s a video of Ben laughing. He is definitely a great reminder to […]



Posted by Liz on January 14, 2010 in Benjamin |

So along with snow in January, the winter bug has found our house. It hit Aaron and I earlier this week. And now Ben has it. His attitude doesn’t seem too out of character. So, I think he’s handling it pretty well. The extra time off work was unexpected. However, I’ve had an opportunity today […]


It snowed so we are going SLEDDING!

Posted by Liz on December 29, 2009 in Benjamin |

Three inches of snow was a perfect time to get the sled out!


All I want for Christmas . . .

Posted by Liz on December 24, 2009 in Benjamin |

is my two front teeth. Benjamin’s two front teeth have finally made their debut!!!! The bottom two teeth broke through the gum about a week ago. He has been continuing to chew on everything since their arrival. We’ve been enjoying some days home together as a family since we are all on Christmas break. Ben’s […]


Cruising . . .

Posted by Liz on December 13, 2009 in Benjamin |

Ben has been crawling for three weeks now. Within a week of crawling, he began pulling himself up on everything. He quickly figured out that things like table legs and chair legs had NO support. He has also begun to cruise furniture. Here’s a link to a video of him from the weekend. Cruising the […]

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