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Posted 2018-09-13T17:51:00Z

Positive Thinking and Determination

Ben reminds us about the power of positive thinking and determination!  I felt inspired to show him off.

Yesterday Ben decided he wanted to get Spike up into the fort WITHOUT any help.  He said “Dad, I can put him in his back pack and climb up the pole.”   This was at 5pm, and mostly towards the end of the day Ben is tired.  I told him, “Awesome idea Ben, it might be hard right now, but I’m sure you got it in the morning.”   Honestly, I wasn’t sure about the success of this either way.  

Ben was determined to give it a try.  He tried twice and couldn't get it.  I was worried he was going to be frustrated and dissapointed and spiral into negativity.  I went over to water the grass and turned around and he was halfway up the pole! This is why in the link below to the video, it only shows him just getting to the top.  “Just not quick enough with my phone.”  

I felt inspired to share his words.  He has so much that he has to go through every day and his perspective is motivating to me (be determined and think positive).  I also love that he wants to show his mom! When she got home he successfully did it again!

Interestingly, Spike weighs 15lbs which is 23% of Ben’s weight so that would mean I need to try it with a 35lb weight........stay tuned on that!



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Comments (19)

  • Tina Peek
    Tina Peek

    incredible! Great Job Ben :-)

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Hannah Lerman
    Hannah Lerman

    Ben has some good coaches! “Think positive.”

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Jackie Peacock
    Jackie Peacock

    His words to himself are spot on and so inspiring. I think I can I think I can I know I can... 💗

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Katie Louvat
    Katie Louvat

    Love this so much!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Lora

    Love you Ben & Matt!!! You rock my amazing nephew. 💪🏼

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Nancy Smith
    Nancy Smith

    You are an absolutely amazing boy!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Janis Sherwood
    Janis Sherwood

    We bring our children into this world thinking we will teach them everything we know. What we find out is that they teach us things we never dreamed we'd come to know.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Michelle Aikin
    Michelle Aikin


    5 years ago · Reply
  • Grandi

    Ah Ben your spirit and go get’em are inspiring,! 👍💙😍 God made you very you to the moon and back! 🌜🌛🌕💙😍

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa craner
    Lisa craner

    Just WOW!!! Ben, you are AMAZING.❤️ Thanks for inspiring me and reminding me to keep going when things get tough and to never give up.🙏

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Susan poggione
    Susan poggione

    1 wish we could all be like Ben. He (all of you) are amazing.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Buchanan
    Cindy Buchanan


    5 years ago · Reply
  • Nancy Kimball
    Nancy Kimball

    Ben is awesome! Spike was a great team mate!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Leigh A Rasmussen
    Leigh A Rasmussen

    Words to live by, thank you Ben. I am going to think of you every I run into tough situations❤️. I think I can, I KNOW I can!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • michelle kinnaman
    michelle kinnaman

    He has a great example in you Matt.. What you have done for him and allowed him to do is beyond incredible.. Making forever memories.. God hold you all daily is my prayer...

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Judy Loveall
    Judy Loveall

    Ben and all of you are inspiring me to be positive and hold on to each moment.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Gray Familiy
    Gray Familiy

    Thanks for sharing this with us. So impressed with Ben's indomitable spirit! 💕💗

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Jane Lauer
    Jane Lauer

    Ben you truly inspire me. Love you all from Colorado

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Susan Wilkinson
    Susan Wilkinson

    What an amazing young man. He was determined to climb that pole with his pet on his back and he did it. Apparently giving up is not something he does. What a proud moment.

    5 years ago · Reply