Friday, April 30, 2010

soul food friday ~ finding our place in the world, and a birthday

Please excuse the indulgence, but today's soul food friday is for my youngest child...makes me sound like I've got lots...but no...just the two!  The 'soon-to-be 22 year old' can no longer be called that, because today is my son's 22nd birthday. Crumbs, the 'long time until he turns 23 year old' just doesn't have the same ring to it! I chose this quote because it's sometimes been rough for this lovely and talented young man. But I've watched and quietly cheered as he's pulled himself up by the bootlaces and kept on trying...and while he would say he's still finding his way in the world...I say that he has all that is needed...compassion, kindness, and courage. With those things we will always have a place (even if it's back with your long did you say you were staying??) Joking, joking!

This is my all time favourite photo of my boy...hmmm, silver cleaning required I see...and so, unfortunately, can you. Never mind, just gaze at his cuteness.

We love you Ben. Happy Birthday xxx

image 1 from here; image 2 captured by me - twice!


  1. Those cheeks - I love those adorable, squeezable cheeks.

    He may not have everything figured out at 22, but you are so right if he has compassion, kindness, and courage he is well on his way in life. Happy Birthday Ben!

  2. That is a great photo of Ben. He often had that look in his eyes that he is gazing into the future with wonderment. I have a great one of him licking the spoon after 'we' made chocolate cake while I was babysitting him. Wish him a happy birthday! And Kerry, when he does leave again, you will notice him missing.

  3. Oh Happy Happy Birthday to your Ben! Hope you both have a wonderful day Kerry! I think birthdays are just as important for parents. Enjoy the day my lovely ~ Tina xx

  4. Beautiful photo of Ben. He really was a cute child. Give him a birthday hug from me!


  5. Happy Birthday Ben! And hey, who has it all worked out at 22 anyway? He already has the important qualities sorted, all the other stuff will fall into place in good time.
    And what a little cutie - I'll bet he has no problems in the girlfriend department!!
    Have a great day bloss, and enjoy the day with your special baby boy. K xx

  6. I read your post and was very touched by your loving comments about your son. Then I saw his sweet little face, then I saw his name - My youngest is also a Ben, it bought tears to my eyes. Happy Birthday Ben, I wish you loads of happiness, love and good times.

  7. What a sweet post. As a mother with two little ones (1 & 4) I get tears in my eyes just thinking about them getting older. Life is such a sweet journey with my little love bugs! It seems you are your son's number 1 cheerleader! Happy Birthday Ben!

  8. Happy Birthday to your son. His picture is adorable!

  9. Happy Birthday to your not so little man anymore :)

  10. Very cute photo of Ben, I hope has a lovely birthday, they grow up so fast!

    Have a fabulous weekend.

  11. Hi Kerry
    your Ben was sooo cute.. I bet he's now a very handsome young man and you are a very proud mum!
    Happy birthday Ben!! Enjoy the celebration !

  12. Hi Kerry
    I just popped over from Charlotta's blog to say congrats on your win.. and now say Happy Birthday to you dear boy too.. lovely sweet photo. Have a great weekend.. Julie

  13. Your beautiful, Ben shares his birthday with my beautiful baby girl Lily, who turned 5 today !!! Aren't beautiful creatures with amazing souls born on this perfect day!!!? We are so lucky to have our kids. Happy birthday -beautiful Ben, from Lily (5)!!!!

    Kerry - you must keep your eyes peeled for the next Country Style Magazine Event - I wrote a reply and a blurb to you on my blog. Truly - it was a miraculous day! Balmoral beach is divine and The Bathers' Pavilion is exquisite. Book some accom and head to Sydney! Your man would like it too. Make it your next sabbatical! Tracey x o x at Velvetine Lily

  14. Happy Birthday to Ben! Lovely post Kerry and congrats on winning the lamp! That's great :)

  15. Happy birthday to your 'little boy' and happy birth-day to you too. How was it the day he arrived? Tell us the story please. I'd love to hear.

    Lots of love,
    x Charlotta

  16. Happy Birthday to Ben! an have a great weekend, dear Kerry!


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