Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday





And how could we not celebrate in the flowers...

Happy birthday my darling boy! I'm so utterly proud of you, everything you are, everything you do, your beautiful mind, wit, laugh, smiles, endless courage and love.

You amaze me.


Words tbc...




Every birthday for every child is a wonderful celebration. This year for Reuben feels especially so. He's been given another chance at not only life, but thriving in it. Many people have touched our lives especially in these last few weeks. I want to move all the messages I have on Facebook, Blipfoto and elsewhere over to here as a permanent record. And excuse the indulgence, but I love making books for the boys for each birthday. If you'd like to add a message for his birthday book, that would be so lovely. I'd like to remember everyone in years to come who's shared this journey with us. With thanks.

35 comments:

Lisa Gleeson said...

Happy 5th Birthday Reuben. You are a brave and beautiful little boy who is obviously very loved by his family. I enjoy reading about you and even more, I enjoy seeing your Mommy's photos of you.
Lisa

dxeechick said...

I met you once and you touched my heart. I'm sure that happens with everyone you meet! Happy 5th birthday! You are such a tough little guy, and you probably don't even know it yet. I look forward to seeing you grow through this blog and pictures. XOXO Jaana & family

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday beautiful boy. Live, thrive, and love BIG.

Lisa W. said...

Dearest Reuben, There has always been something very special about you from the first moment I laid eyes on you - I think it's because you remind me so much of my precious Kennedy. I have so enjoyed reading about your life and seeing all of the wonderful pictures your mama takes.

Have a fabulous & wonderful 5th birthday lovely boy!
Love from Graeme, Lisa & Kennedy Weir (New Brunswick, Canada) xoxoxoxoxoxox

Niki said...

Happy Birthday to one of the most amazing 5 year old boys I have ever known. You are an inspiration to not only me but so many people who you have not even met. When I stumbled upon your video of you signing and used it in my presentation, every one that saw it was inspired and touched. May each birthday be more and more blessed as you grown into a fine young man. =) Hugs!

Trang Nghiem said...

Happy birthday to you, Reuben! You are amazing 5 years old boy whom I am a big fan of. You are such an amazing inspiration. I have been following your Mom's blogs about you and your little brother. You are tough and charming as the same time. Wishing you all the best! Have a fabulous birthday little fine young man!
Love,
Trang Nghiem (Alexis' mommy)

Polly York said...

Happy Birthday Reuben. You - and your lovely Mum - inspire and touch the lives of so many! You should be so very proud of yourself at what you have achieved and endured in just 5 years - I know that you will go on to very great things with the rest of your life. I wish I could have met you in person - but am sure I will do one day - and I feel that I know you pretty well anyway, thanks to your Mum's amazing words and pictures. Lots of love, Polly xxx

Crystal M. said...

Happy 5th Birthday Reuben, I have watched you grow since you were a baby and you have come such a long way and you are so smart and strong. We love you little man,
Crystal and Eva

PBJ Mommy said...

Happy Birthday Ruben!
Your 5th year is such an important one! There will be so many experiences and joys to be had and we are so blessed to get to be a part of them.
all our love,
Mason, Pierce, Amy, and George Lozano

Lynn Roylance said...

Happy Birthday Ruben!

Happy Birthday Ruben!

Happy Birthday Ruben!

Avena said...

Happy Birthday Reuben!! Lot's of giggles and hugs from Aayush and Rishabh.

MamasTulips said...

I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to gray
I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

Happy Birthday, beautiful, beautiful boy!

MamasTulips said...

I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to gray
I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand


Happy Birthday, beautiful, beautiful boy!

MamasTulips said...

I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to gray
I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead
Chorus:
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand


Happy birthday, beautiful, beautiful boy

Whitney said...

Happy Birthday Reuben! You are such a strong boy that inspires and touches so many of us. I hope to someday meet you and your wonderful family...we all love seeing the photos your talented Mama takes of you and Callum.

Sending birthday hugs your way.

Whitney, Mike, Bryn, Cole, Sam (your friends in Oregon)

Mirella said...

Happy happy birthday Reuben. Hope it's so much fun. I am hoping to finally meet you this weekend after seeing you in so many wonderful photos. My goodness you'll probably run a mile from a camera when you are all grown up just like I do as my daddy took soooo many photos of me when I was little just like your mama does but hopefully not as you are just too cute!!! Xxx

mog-aj said...

Happy Birthday Reuben, gorgeous brave boy and Alfie's twin in the making ( literally 'made' at the same time on the same day). We hope you had a wonderful day. All our love, Sarah, Stuart & Alfie xx

Emely said...

Lot's of huge birthday hugs for you Reu, strongest of the strong! You know, you're the closest thing I know to a superhero, and to my delight I actually found they made a little Lego man in your image. I can't think who else it could be! Here he is: http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/robin_newpose.jpg

Now go enjoy your birthday to the fullest, and have some cake for me too!
Love and hugs from Emely in Sweden

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Reuben! So proud of how far you have come, especially after your operation. You're amazing, little champ.

Love Katie and Karen, in England xxx

Catherine said...

Hi Reuben, Happy 5th birthday! I haven't met you Reuben but I have read all about you and your adventures over the last couple of years. I went to school with you mum in England - I thought you might like to know what she was like at school! Well...she always studied hard and was polite and well mannered with the teachers, one of the nice girls at school. She was also very beautiful(and still is)and won a modelling competition at school. We had a lot of fun at school and I hear that you do too. Have a lovely birthday and one day I would love to meet you and your brother too, love Catherinexx

Sharon Hasty said...

You're 5 you're 5 you're 5!

There are few people in this world who touch the hearts of others so profoundly yet you have managed this with your stoicism and seemingly endless bravery.

I look forward to following your story as you continue to deal with whatever life throws at you, good or bad

Happy Birthday Reuben!

Kristina said...

Reuben,

I had the most wonderful day today with you, Mama, Daddy, and Callum. You are the smartest, sweetest, funniest little boy in the world and I'm so grateful to be a part of your life. I love you so much, my little friend. And yes, today you "be five." <3

Lesley Tulley said...

Wishing you the very smiliest of birthdays! 5 is such a good age! Yet again your mommy has taken a gorgeous picture of you and I love the one of you and your mommy together. Happy birthday from London, Lesley x

Lesley Tulley said...

Wishing you the smiliest of birthdays! 5th is such a great age! Yet again your mommy has taken a gorgeous picture of you and I love the one of the two of you together. Big birthday greetings from London, Lesley x

jax & co said...

Happy 5th birthday Reuben. Do you know how inspiring you are to us who follow your extraordinary life? Well you are! As is your Mother who provides and captures you with so much love and your wonderful brother who is so there for you. My little girl is exactly the same age as you and I think of the world that you both inhabit and how lucky she is that you are part of it - even if many, many, miles away. Enjoy your 6th year and grow and thrive. Love Jacqui and family x (indusriver blipper)

Hollowspy said...

Happy Birthday little guy - from a stranger in the UK who follows your life on Blipfoto. You amaze me, bless you.

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday, Reu!!! Xoxo.

Jeri said...

Sending birthday wishes and hugs your way. So glad I found your Blipfoto journal. I love following you and Callum and your mom through your many adventures in life. All my best, Jeri

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday dear Reuben. I'm so glad I found your Blipfoto journal. I love following you, Callum and your mom on your adventures. My best to you, Jeri

Minxy said...

Happy Birthday Rueben, you very brave and sweet little man xXx

Minxy said...

Happy 5th Birthday Reuben, you very brave, sweet little man xXx

Anonymous said...

Happy 5th Birthday Reuben :)
Love reading your journal and seeing all the wonderful photos of you and your family. You are a true hero :)

Love from Iceland :)
Hrund

David said...

Reu, I'm two days late for your birthday but still wanted to say a big "HELLO" and an even bigger "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to you on this special occasiopn. You are such a wonderful inspiration to so many people, and you have fans who love you all over the world. I am one of the lucky fans since I have actually met you, but it was very brief and I hope we will meet again soon.

Annie's Cottage Living said...

Reuben, you've stolen our hearts and you give so much more than you could know. Your wonderful mommy has shared so perfectly with us, about you and your awesome brother, that you have become a part of our families. We cheer for you, we pray for you, we laugh and cry with you. Stay forever as sweet as you are! Happy Birthday big boy!
From Annie's Cottage in Oregon

carrie mcnitt said...

Reuben, you have been an ispiration to us all--from the time you first started to hold your head up on your mummy's birthday at the Getty, to your first steps in the front room of your home, I have been privileged to be a part of your amazing journey and have learned about bravery, courage and strength from you to fight the odds and persevere.....happy 5th birthday to a very special little boy and kudos to his parents for all their love and devotion in getting him here.....love always, Carrie, Reuben's first physical therapist :)