Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Birthday "Buddy" Ben

On April 22, 1994, at 8:02 am, I heard Dr. Kelley say, "Yes it's a boy!" I wasn't surprised at all. We knew that we were having a boy. All of the many ultrasounds revealed that. What the ultrasound didn't reveal was how beautiful and strong he was going to be.

I was on bed rest for the last trimester of the my pregnancy with Benjamin. I wanted to go somewhere so bad that I talked a 16 year old young lady from church to take me to KMart. She was so scared. She said, "Sister King I'm going to get in trouble if I do." I promised her that no one will ever know and that it would be our secret.

I got up and put on this cute maternity outfit that I hadn't gotten a chance to wear. I had to wear my house slippers because my feet were swollen. Actually I hadn't feel my feet for some time now, but she told me that they were big. I was smiling the whole time. Everything looked so pretty outside.

We were back by the time Don and the other kids got home from church. He realized something had changed about me. I was way too happy. After the young lady left I confessed. I was knotty and when I went to the doctor on Tuesday they chewed me out. (I was glad when that appointment was over.)

When Benjamin was born, Don and I both couldn't stop crying. The nurses almost had to pry Ben out of Don's hand to continue with their testing. Don kept his face glued to the nursery window. Still crying. He said the nurses kept staring at him. Don must have cried for at least another hour. He had so much joy that he couldn't express it through words.

Ben has blessed our lives in so many ways. He's our athlete. He plays football, basketball, wrestle and runs track. It never fails that whenever we see him on the field or the mat, we get weepy. We weep because of what God has done in his life and how far God has brought him. If you would have asked us 10 years ago if Ben would ever play sports, we would have said no way. God has healed Ben. God has also healed our daughter Ruth whose birthday is tomorrow. One day I will write about their healings.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

Benjamin is a Hebrew name which means "Son of the right hand."

Ben & I having fun :)


Cheryl said...

Awesome birth story!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Congratulations to your son on his birthday!!

Civilla said...

What a handsome fellow! What a birth story!

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Well Watered Woman said...

Happy Birthday Ben!
Sandra - you have me sitting here broken down crying! I rmember the day the testing came back from the specialist about the kids and more importantly I remember the day you called me after you got the report of their healing, we laughed and cried and praise God. Oh He is so faithful, faithful, faithful!

Linda said...

Sandra,...God has blessed you abundantly,...and I rejoice with you!
Such a nice looking son. I am so glad that he is healthy.

I will look forward to reading more of your story of healing.

I think you read my post before I added pictures of my Victorian Room and the rest of my house. You should stop by again.

I love to be friends with all of these wonderful women who love the Lord! Hallelujah! God is so AWESOME!!!!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Melissa Norton said...

Ben was also born with a pretty good sense of humor! He is always saying just this random stuff that makes me bust a gut! It is so much fun driving him to school each day! Both of your boys are so cool! And how they bounce off of each other with these cool ideas or funny stories... or challenging each other in a playful way... It's so fun! I have really enjoyed my time around Ben and getting to know him a little bit as well!