Monday, January 28, 2008

There's 3!!!

My friend at work has 3 new nephews!! They were born 3 weeks ago and hope to come home on Friday. Ben , Jax & Wes are their names. I would love to have just one of them but my friend said she didn't think they would let me!! :(

And, speaking of children look at this below and multiply it times three for this family - Blows your mind...
The Price of Children
I have seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It’s nice to remember……
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down.
It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year
* $741.38 a month or
* $171.08 a week.
*That’s a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is don’t have children if you want to be “rich.” Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day
* Giggles under the covers every night
* More love than your heart can hold
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks
performed that day.
For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to:
* finger-paint
* carve pumpkins
* play hide-and-seek
* catch lightning bugs and
* never stop believing in Santa Claus
* Read the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh
* watch Saturday morning cartoons
* go to Disney movies, and
* wish on stars
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray
painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay or Mother’s Day, and cards with
backward letters for Father’s Day.
For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof
* taking the training wheels off a bike
* removing a splinter
* filling a wading pool
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always
gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat to history to witness the:
* first step
* first word
* first bra
* first date, and
* first time behind the wheel

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits. So, one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.
That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!


Linda said...

What a great post!! The babies are just precious... Would love to just hug them. No matter the cost, What a child gives to you is priceless.... What a Grandchild gives is even more, as my little grandson said to me so innocently..I have to be good when i"m with you because you are my gramma.. Can you love them anymore??..Linda

Linda said...

What a great post!! the babies are so precious..I just want to hug them. the things children give you are priceless... you could never put a price on the innocent look a childs face when they look at you and tell you they love you. Linda