27 April 2009


Since my first time blogging, four years ago, I have yet to have it together to write a birthday tribute post. I think April 27 is a good place to start:
(prepare for gushy-ness)

I am who I am because of Benjamin Clark Knudsen.
I began telling him that SEVEN years ago. I could list the things I did (and still do) because of him. From the way I dressed, to the way I spoke, to the way I thought--he influenced so much of it. From the beginning I wanted to be the very best Olivia I could be because of him.
I still want to do that for him.
Ben creates.
(Above, he created his name in the January snow at Utah Lake).
He creates BEAUTY. Just see for yourself:
I enjoyed Ben's creating abilities in the beginning too. But I have been exponentially impressed. Aside from breath-taking flower arrangements, Ben especially blew me away this past semester in our letterpress class. I loved when he sat by me in the design studio to learn the workings of Adobe Illustrator and created works that awed myself AND the rest of the graphic design classmates. They, and the teacher, all insisted he switch majors. If I can ever get those scanned, I will prove to you his incredible creative abilities.

Ben creates more:
Did you just smile? It's because that's what Ben does. (Even just when stretching his long body, as above, he gives a true smile that CREATES my smile.) He creates happiness. He is charming and humorous and entertaining and in-touch and understanding and sensitive---and he's so subtle about all of it that you hardly even realize he's so talented.

But when you realize it, he's created love.
That's why we love you, Ben.
That's why I love you!


Katy said...

YAY! Happy Birthday to Ben!

Anonymous said...

yes happy birthday to Ben! Happy Happy Ben! Have a happy day:)

Jenna said...

Happy Birthday to Benjamin!

Amie said...

That was an absolutely perfectly beautiful tribute. I'm so glad you two have each other. Happy Birthday Ben!

Kurt Knudsen said...

Happy B-day Stretch!
Glad you are blogging again Olivia.

Rebecca said...

Beautifully put! Happy birthday boy!

Devin Ann said...

You've had a Birthday shout Horray! You two are too perfect for each other. I'm glad I can know you both:)

Jane Hudd said...

Those flowers are amazing... That's some REAL talent. Happy Birthday Ben! --- (and nice tribute, O.)

I miss you!

Sue said...

So impressed by the flowers! And every thing else Ben does. You two are a very lucky perfect couple! Happy Birthday to Ben.