• Benjamin’s 4th Birthday

    Date: 2012.09.02 | Category: Benjamin | Tags:

    Thomas the Train


    It was a Thomas the Train party at Mema’s house in Fort Dodge.  We actually had his birthday on the 2nd because we weren’t sure what he would think about having a birthday two days in a row.  We were told that they didn’t have cake or presents at the orphanage, therefore, we are pretty sure that Benjamin has never had a birthday party and we weren’t sure he would understand what it meant.  There were plenty of birthdays in between to get him ready for his birthday.  Maisey, Grace, Hope, Codey, Cassie, Dan and Zach all had their birthdays with cakes and presents. He was as ready as he could be.

    Benjamin was so sweet and so happy with his presents.  He said a couple “cools” when opening his presents.  He loved his cake and couldn’t wait to blow out the candles.  When we got home and I got ready to take him out of the car, I asked him if he had a nice birthday.  Benjamin grabbed me around the neck and in his most joyous, energetic voice he yelled, “Yes mama!  Thank you God!”  He even signed thank you and God as he was doing it.  It was a very sweet moment.

    Benjamin is very observant.  He watches things and seems to just be taking everything in.  He often just stops whatever he is doing and runs over to hug me and tell me that he loves me.  He starts or ends everyone of his sentences with mama when he is talking to me.  It’s like he is just so happy to get to say mama.  He is a very bright little boy.  He is very compassionate and sensitive.  He is a joy to get to mother.  He is curious about how things work.  He loves to put things together and build.  He loves cars, trains, and airplanes.  He is just joy and love.  Benjamin is just a sweet, sweet soul.  He is Maisey’s protector.  Whenever he gets anything he makes sure there is another one for Maisey.  If we get in the car, he makes sure Maisey is buckled.  If Maisey is doing something she shouldn’t be, he corrects her in the sweetest way possible.  He is a great big, little brother.  He laughs so easily, which just shocks me considering where he came from.  He has the best laugh.  You can’t help but laugh when you hear it.

    He has blessed all of our lives so much with his sweet presence.  No one knows, except God, the number of days we will get to have with Benjamin but every single one of those days will be lived to the fullest because that is how Benjamin lives.  He is just so happy to be alive!