Happy 17th Birthday!


Today my oldest turned 17. I almost cannot believe it. Seventeen years go, this little guy made his grand enterence and made me a first time Mama. The moment I held him I knew he and I would have a special connection. He changed my world for the absolute best! 

Ben, we are so proud of you! You are smart as a tack, and have a talent of fixing things that is rare to see. Seeing you take apart car motors, figuring out how to fix something - you are always trying to come up with the answer. 

You're interest in politics cracks me up. You know what you believe and where you stand on the issues. One thing there is no doubt about, you love your country and the Constitution. 

Son, you've  always done your own thing - not following the crowd. This is a gift. Reading has been a hobby of yours for as long as I can remember.  Comic books, the dictionary, every Harry Potter book. 

I know recently you've had some challenges. Its frustrating when you think you know your future and then something out of your control happens. Hold your head high.  God has a plan and you are just on the very beginning of your journey. We are excited for you & all the possibilities before you. 

We love you more than you could ever know. We will always be in your corner and here for whatever you need. 

Happy 17th Birthday, Ben! 

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living my baby you will be! 

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