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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Benji

After Tim was born early and the scare that came with him we thought "for sure we are done having kids" I really had no intentions of having any more. I was happy with my three, and life was good.

Then Steve had the feeling that we should have another. After talking about it and a lot of prayer we decided to add to our family. After getting pregnant so easily with Tommy and Tim it was odd that it took us awhile to get pregnant with again. We trusted in the Lord and knew that it was right and that our baby would come when it was time.

We were blessed with another boy. He is named Benji after his uncle who died in a helicopter crash in 2007.

I know that each child comes with his or her own gifts and talents. Some take time to realize what they are and other gifts are shown right away. This is the case with Benji.

After Steve's brother died there was a lot of hurt and sadness among his family. We knew that if we were to have a boy that he would be named after the man that died.

The gift that our Benji has been blessed with is the gift of healing. Even as an infant he was able to heal people of the pain that they were feeling. He has healed people of doubt. 

I have seen it.

First it was among the family.

I watched members of Steve's family hold him when he was just an infant and cry for the man that passed, and it was like their burdens and sadness were lifted away as they snuggled this baby.

Benji has a way of connecting with people and helping them feel better. He has an individual relationship with everyone he meets.

Even at 3 he can see people and really see what they are feeling

To those who are sad or morning he will morn with them. He will quietly sit by a person and just be there.

When I was sick with this pregnancy and would lay on the couch he would cover me with his blanket, kiss my cheek, and rub my head. Then he would get a book and sit next to me and just look at it. He was taking care of me.

When people are happy he is happy with them. If someone looks sad he knows what to say or how to touch someone to help them feel better.

All of this done with a child like innocence.

I know the Lord has a plan for all of his children if they choose to follow him. But I also know that Benji is special. There is something special that awaits him.

He will lift and heal many. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy Birthday.... to you!!

Happy Birthday to the awesomest man I know!!!

This guy right here is 36 years old!!

He's pretty cool and I kinda like him.

Thanks for all the adventures we've been on. Thanks for being my rock. Thank you for holding me up as I felt like I was crumbling. Thank you  for believing in me. Thank you for being a wonderful father to our kids. Thank you for learning and adapting to our family needs. Thank you for honoring your Priesthood and blessing us with it. Thank you for working hard for us.

I love you  forever and am happy every day that I get to spend eternity with you. Happy Birthday!!!

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