TO BE THREE
on his BIG day, April 4, 2005
year, another milestone for my cute boy. As you can see,
Ben's happy to be three!!! I decided for this birthday
I would take him to a "real" professional photographer
to get some nice pictures done. Richard Shetler in Laconia
did a fabulous job with Ben and allowed me (very graciously
I might add) to put his picture up on Ben's website. The
funny story behind this picture is that when I originally talked
to Mr. Shetler over the phone, he asked me what kind of things
Ben was able to do and I told him not a lot. He asked
me if he could smile and I told him no (actually he does smile,
but just not on command so I didn't really explain that to him).
So...I went with no expectations and wouldn't you know, just
as I was placing Ben in the seat and fixing his clothes, Mr.
Shetler (behind the camera) exclaims, "What do you mean
he doesn't smile? Get out of the way!" and
at that I jumped back and he caught this beautiful smile on
the very first shot. That was the only smile of the day
but it made the whole experience worth it. I was grateful
that Mr. Shetler was on the ball!
Abby, Owen, Issac, Mike (Dad), Emily, Ben, Becky (Mom) and Seth
celebrate Ben's birthday this year we decided to keep it very
low key. For those who know Ben - planning anything big
could be dangerous (remember his first birthday bash???) so
Becky Billin offered to throw him a little party at her house.
Becky is Ben's second mom. She often will take Ben when
I need a babysitter for him. Usually about once a month
she takes him for an overnighter or two. She has been
with us from the beginning and has learned and trained with
me as needed. It's been such a blessing to have her in
our life and I know that Ben loves her just as much.
posing with the birthday boy, Ben front and center, Kaleb, Seth
Billin and Ben about to enjoy some cake!!!