Happy Valentine Birthday

It’s no secret I go overboard for my children’s birthdays. And Ben’s Valentine birthday has always been a source of delight. When he was little I used to write on his party invitations, “Please wear red or pink to the party.” Slightly obnoxious, I know. But everyone usually indulged me and wore their Valentine best.

Once again, our friends and family indulged us as we made this birthday video for Ben– we ended up with sixty-four participants wishing Ben a glorious day. How I wish I could talk to him today! But I take comfort in the fact all of Italy is decorated for Ben’s birthday and maybe, probably, a few people will wear red or pink.

Happy Birthday Ben! 2012 from Michelle Lehnardt on Vimeo.

February 10, 2012



  1. Mitchell Family

    February 14, 2012

    This made me cry big crocodile tears. Mainly happy tears and a few bittersweet.

  2. Tracy

    February 14, 2012

    Oh my word. Love. Love. Love. Happy Birthday, Ben. xo

  3. Judi

    February 14, 2012

    Darling! I’ve been thinking about him today! I hope they sang to him at their training! xoxo Can’t wait to meet him!!!

  4. Reluctant Nomad

    February 14, 2012

    ok, so I cried a little. very very sweet.

  5. Ang

    February 14, 2012


  6. jen

    February 14, 2012

    if i didn’t have a wonderful mom already, i’d ask if you would adopt me.

  7. Adri

    February 14, 2012

    I celebrated my 20th birthday in Italy, too! I’m sure his day is much happier because of your loving birthday wishes!

  8. Lisa

    February 14, 2012

    I’m 100% sure that Birthday Ben should be feeling tons of love from this video. Such a wonderful mom you are! And I’m not going to lie…little joyful tears here.

  9. JDaniel4's Mom

    February 15, 2012

    What an amazing video! I am sure he felt your love!

  10. Rachelle

    February 15, 2012

    What fun! Ben is very loved. You are such a special mother.

  11. Cath

    February 15, 2012

    Why is this one making me cry more than any of the others?? So so happy. No doubt you made his special day! love you and your sweet fam.

  12. Life Trekking Mama

    February 16, 2012

    Happy Birthday Ben!!

    Cuz’n A. & Family

    P.S. Awesome video!!!!

  13. Tina

    February 16, 2012

    It was so nice to meet you this weekend!


  14. Linn

    February 17, 2012

    Add me to the list of those that cried. Love, love, love this so much. I hope his day was absolutely wonderful!

  15. Tifani

    February 17, 2012

    Tracy made it in the video? That is awesome! Know what is more awesome? your family! Happy birthday, Ben!

  16. k. novella

    February 17, 2012

    this made me cry too. he’s a very loved son. too sweet.

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