As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Friend Ben

There was once a baby named Benjamin who laid on my sofa. So tiny, so new, so sweet.

newborn Ben

I loved Ben, as I have loved all of my grandbabies.

But Ben wasn't so sure about me.

Whenever I held him, he screamed. Screamed.

He did not feel that way about everyone. He loved Aunt Kati. In fact, I may have been the only one who elicited such distrust. So I let Ben have his space, and smiled at him and talked with him from afar.
One-year-old Ben

Somewhere along the way, Ben decided that Gran could be trusted. Now we are fast friends. We sit beside one another at dinner each Sunday. We read stories together. He brings his pajamas to me so that I can dress him for bed before he leaves on Sunday evenings. And I can almost always get a hug or a cuddle or a big grin.

One-and-a-half-year-old Ben

Today Ben is two! He is a busy toddler who talks. a. lot. What a vocabulary this little boy has! He is funny, loves his Veggie Tales music, eats almost anything, and calls himself Benny.

I am blessed to be Ben's Gran...and his friend.

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!


  1. so precious...happy birthday to benny!

  2. I didn't know he called himself Benny. That is adorable Such a sweet little boy.

  3. Happy Birthday to Ben, Cheryl. My what a handsome boy he is, and I know you love having him sit by you at Sunday at dinner, I think that is so precious, I know that makes you feel special as it does me when we see ours.
    I had to smile at your comment, on my scar, I am fighting this age thing all the way home. I have even bought me some diaper rash ointment to try and heal the scar. lol. Because this dermatologist on tv said it helped your skin as you got older. I even tried it on my face when I went to bed, but it went on white, and I looked like a ghost, and smelled like medicine. But my skin did feel better, I think I just might have to try it again. lol Hubby will just have to look at the ghost. lol

    As always I enjoy my visits.
    Hugs, Sue

  4. Oh Cheryl .... how precious are your words and your photos of your Benny. Love shines so brightly whenever you write about your family. Happy second birthday (belatedly) to Benjamin.


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