ImageWhat do you give the man who has given YOU everything for HIS birthday?

For those of you who know my husband, Ben, please indulge me as I introduce the rest of you to the man who completes me and is the incredible father to our four beautiful children.

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I was introduced to Ben on the backstage stairwell at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.   If you’ve been following this blog, you already know that we have been married for nearly 20 years.  That being said, it’s safe to say that our courtship was a whirlwind.   I knew from the moment we met, I would spend the rest of my life with him.  Nine months later we were married. 

Fast forward two decades…

Today, we are beyond blessed.

The road has not always been easy, but we have faced each obstacle head on – together.  I’ve always told Ben that he is my “rock.”  He’s a man of solid character with great devotion to his family, faith and friends.   He makes me laugh.  He reminds me that life is in the “little moments.”  He’s a provider, protector and peace-maker all rolled into one.  He’s my best friend and my true love.

Ben has shown me a life that every little girl dreams of.  He has given me so much…friendship, encouragement, compassion, support and boundless love.

So what do I give this man who has given me everything?  Truth be told, all he really wants are more “little moments”… hugs from the kids when he comes home from work, riding the lawn mover with Beau on his lap, cooking with his girls in the kitchen, sitting around the camp fire with wonderful friends, dancing with Bitty in his arms, sharing a meal with his family gathered around the dinner table and counting our blessings as we fall asleep each night, grateful for another day.

Here’s wishing my “rock” a very happy birthday.   


7 responses

    • Thank you so much, David. I appreciate your message very much. A few months ago, we started a production company called Paradigm Productions, Ltd – – in order to produce projects that promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. It Starts With A Voice (Benefit Concert, song release and music video) are our first few projects. All proceeds from It Starts With A Voice benefit Special Olympics’ “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign.

    • Ah… I bet this beautiful blog post is the best birthday present for your wonderful husband! Happy Birthday, Ben!!!

  1. As I read this post, I was remembering moments with Ben from our childhood. It warms my heart to read your sentiments in regards to him. I also think about how challenging life and marriage can be ,so it is uplifting and encouraging to be able to glean from the life you two share together. Proof that before you were formed,God chose the two of you for each other and the journey you would walk. Blessings to you both,Happy Birthday Ben!

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