Brennan Milo Ruch, Born 5-12-94 @ 1:32 PM My son turned 14 yesterday. 14!!! Hard to believe isn't it? To coin an old phrase...it seems like yesterday...he was still my little baby. As a boy, he has always amazed me. Even from the second he was born, you could tell he was a boy. He had little boy shoulders and a little boy chest. I remember saying the second he was born...look at his little shoulders! And marveling at how amazing he was. I am so blessed with this child. He is a challenge. Autism is a challenge, but one I wouldn't trade for anything. I connect with him. I understand his soft heart. I understand how he desperately wants to fit in, and how he wants to have friends, and how we wants to be liked. I understand his joy after playing with his friends last Friday and sighing, "This is the happiest day of my life!" I understand when he cries when someone has hurt his feelings, and my heart breaks for him. I understand when he is bullied and doesn't understand why. I understand why he stands and looks at flowers, or the sky, or a bird on her nest and says, "Nice work, God!" Or when he sees the sun peak through the clouds and says, "Mom, look at God's Glory shining down." I understand when his Dad is tough with him and I have to bite my tongue, because I know he needs this too. Believe me my son I understand, because in my heart...you will always be my precious baby boy. Now as he is on his way to manhood and whatever the future may hold, I continue to understand and I continue to love him with my whole heart. He still amazes me. Happy Birthday Brennan!