Mere hours Ben’s second birthday, I’m filled with so many
feelings. Ben’s short life has just been filled with alllll the things. If you
had told me just two short years ago that we would have gone on this journey
with the babe about to be born, I wouldn’t have believed it.
From the moment he was born, I was in love. He was a
beautiful, healthy, sweet baby. We were so happy with our two boys.
When Ben and Jeff’s accident happened, I saw in the blink of
an eye how an entire life could change. You hear about these things happening-
an accident, an illness… where your
entire world is flip-turned upside down, but you truly never think it will
happen to YOU.
We were in the hospital for a relatively brief period of
time, but it changed us. His accident was the worst thing I have ever
experienced, but it has turned out to be the best. As a Mom to a child with
unique needs, you have the experience of viewing life through a slightly
different lens, and I am so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned. If I could
take away the pain he experienced in those first few weeks of life of course I
would. But I wouldn’t take away a minute of our journey. I am honored that God
gave me Ben as my son- through every piece of his journey.
Today, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and thank
everyone who has been on this ride with us as we get ready to start another
year of this miraculous life of Ben.
To every nurse and doctor who took care of Benny & I… I
meant it when I said you are stuck with us. I want you to see this beautiful
boy as he grows and know that you played a part in the miracle that is Ben. I
am eternally grateful for the care you took with our family. You helped me to
feel like a Mom when Ben didn’t even look like my baby.
To the B team- Erika, Judy, Melissa, Kristy and everyone who
has been a part of our experience with Imagine!- you have made Ben the boys he
To our friends and family who have loved us through it all.
To Jeff- for being the best dad to both boys… there are days I didn’t think we would make
it, but here we are. Looking a whole
hell of a lot older, not really any wiser, but more blessed than ever.
And to Ben. The
strongest tiny human I have ever known.
My love, my heart, my inspiration. I am so proud to be your Mom. Happy Birthday.