On July 19th, 2001, at 7:35 AM, I delivered this happy little boy.
He surprised us by coming 2 1/2 weeks early.
The summer was much like this one, hot and humid, and with chasing a 1-year-old, I was ready to pop!
At 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches, I was glad he came early!
Bennett was always smiling....except for those first few months of colic.
That was a challenge, but since then he has and continues to be the happiest kid I know.
We call this picture, "Bennett in the Balls", and is one of my all-time favorite photos!
We had just told him it was time to go home and as you can imagine, he was not very happy with us.
Bennett was a bit sneaky and mischievous too.....as you can see here.
Bennett brings us joy every day. He is usually the first kid up in the house, always the first to offer a hug and say I love you, and cares about his family deeply.
He loves to swim and have water fights in our yard.
In the winter, he is the first to ask if we can play a game as a family.
Bennett is bright, talented, and brings a smile to my face every day.
He is the best worker too, offering to help with jobs and chores around the house.
Bennett has lots of favorite foods including supreme pizza and tacos.
I think he asks me at least once a week if we can have tacos for supper!
Happy Birthday Bennett! These 11 years have flown by.
I look forward to building many more memories
and enjoying lots of future laughs, hugs, and tacos with you!