Thursday, October 02, 2008

Happy Birthday, Beautiful Boy!

On October 2nd, 1999 we welcomed our son and brother into the world. There were times we didn't think he would make it out of the NICU. Along the way there have been other frightening moments, times we thought we might lose him. But here is Ben Waddell - our hero, a source of never-ending strength and courage, and an individual who has taught us more about living than any other.

Today is bittersweet for me dear Ben. I am traveling to another show because my job requires it now. It is a job I love and it is only because of you that I'm living a dream. But know that I'd rather be with you than anywhere else in the world today.

When I return we will celebrate. We will laugh, smile, play, share our love as we do most days now. Thank you Ben for the treasures you have brought our home. We so very much love you!

Dad, Mom, & Jessie


Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Beaufitul Ben! Thank you for sharing this special boy with all of us!

kimmyk said...

What a special special lil' boy.

I am blessed to have found you all.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Sunshine Ben!
You are getting more handsome every day - and your smile really is a ray of sunshine!
Keep on being the smile-maker you are. You are more effective in changing your world for the better, than many, many others that don't face the health challenges you do.
Being able to spread smiles is a special gift - and you got the one with the ribbons, bells and whistles.
Thanks for sharing your smile with us!

Nurse Betty L. Boop said...

Happy Birthday Big Boy! I love you and miss you!!!!!

flutter said...

he is a sweet, sweet soul and you can see it all over his beautiful face. Happy Birthday Ben!

Anonymous said...

I'm late, as usual.

My apologies to Ben!

Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Love the picture of him painting.

Maggie, Dammit said...

Happy Birthday, Ben!

I love the art picture. What a force you've got there. Beautiful, beautiful post! :)

gwendomama said...

Happy Birthday, dear Ben.

You are amazing.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.

Mama Deb said...

Happy belated birthday, Ben! We have the same birthday...except I'm a whole heckuva lot older than you are :(
Hope you had a wonderful day. Seeing your smile always makes me smile too!

Kyla said...

Happy belated birthday, Ben!

Anonymous said...

Loved the photos...happy (belated) birthday sweet Ben!

moplans said...

Happy Birthday!! I am so sorry I missed it!
also great Work Jessie! I just noticed the post below too!

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

Gahh! Im late! (So what else is new).

Happy Birthday Ben! What an amazing boy you are.

Jason Roth said...

Happy Birthday (a few days late) little Ben! I hope his special day was a great one.