Thursday, April 26, 2012

Drinking Cocoa

This is Ben's first time drinking out of a "real" coffee mug.  He thought he was pretty big stuff.  The video makes me think he is ready to join the guys at the coffee shop!

Hip Hop Holy

Taking out the trash!

We are putting him to work already!

Choo Choo Tracks

Benjamin and Daddy got creative in the living room.  Ben started building trains out of blocks and then Daddy was using tape to make a track around the living room.  It has kept Ben (and Daddy) well entertained!


Mishawaka Park

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Easter

 Showing off his new trucks that he got in his Easter basket.
 Yes... he is totally posing for the camera.  Watch out world!

Adventures at the Doctors Office

  Chilling in the recliner.
 Hiding under the chair in the waiting room... totally done.
 Tired out from waiting and playing with Lightning McQueen and Mater.

Texting Melvin


Ben quickly found out what fun sticks can be.  They work for drumsticks, cell phones, microphones, whales, and even sharks.  Love his creativity and imagination!

Cruising on my Motorcycle

Grandpa... where are you?  I am ready to go on a ride!

Playing Outside with his Trucks

Benj playing with his BIG truck in the dirt.  

Playing at the Park

First Popsicle

 Ben wasn't so sure about the popsicle at first because it was too cold.  Then he decided he really liked it.

Going to Work at Church...just like Daddy

Ben has on Daddy's shoes and a bag.  He informed me he was going to work at church.

Benjamin fishing in his boat.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Palm Sunday

Ben in a Boat

Ben's imagination is a fun thing to watch!  He found a shoe box, which quickly became his boat.

Ben and Daddy

Ben enjoying snuggle time with Daddy.

Riding the Dala Horse

Ben decided to try riding the Dala would help if it was a little bigger, but he was determined!

Ordering Cheeseburgers

Ice Cream

 The ice cream was too cold...but he loved the chocolate covered waffle!
The aftermath!

Saying Goodbye

 This was on Grandpa's bed at the nursing home after he passed away.  Seeing this picture was the first time I was able to truly grieve and yet rejoice at the same time.  

Psalm 91

 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a] 
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
   my God, in whom I trust.”
 3 Surely he will save you
   from the fowler’s snare
   and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
   nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
   nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked.
 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
   and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
   no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
   you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
 14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble,
   I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him my salvation.”

This past month we said goodbye to Grandpa.  I will miss the wink in his eye and him squeezing my hand.  I am thankful for the lessons he taught us about life and faith.  The memory of Grandpa and Grandma doing devotions together every morning is a true testimony of their faithfulness.  Psalm 91 was his favorite...he was truly satisfied with a long life.  The memorial service was a wonderful time with family and being able to share memories.  The memory of the funeral I will hold most dear is listening to the gun salute and the trumpet being played, which sent me to tears.  When I looked over to Ben who was being held by Ryan, he was the one who wiped my tears away.  I love that kid.  This picture was taken at Thanksgiving, which was the last time we saw Grandpa!  Love you are truly missed.

Yummy Doughnut