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THE COST OF KIDS
I have seen repeatedly, the breakdown of the cost of raising a kid, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice, really nice!!

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child 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 says don't have kids.

This is what 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 jam. A partner for blowing bubbles,flying kites, building sandcastles, skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain. 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. You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing 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 for 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 the bike,removing a splinter, filling 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'er lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called 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 with 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 counting the cost.

ENJOY YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS

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I BELIEVE

I believe in the power of a woman,
I have seen what she can do, can become!
I believe she has the power to become...
Whole...complete.
I believe this is possible...when...
She allows others who have been there...
Love her until she...
Has faith in herself again.
We can help one another...
As no one else can.
We can lend strength until...
Another can grasp our hands...
Together with one purpose...
To help the newcommer stand.
For once we were new...
Once we were full of fear...
And once we learned how to stand...
On our own two feet...
In this lies our power...
Grabbing the hand of another...
Sharing our strength...
Until she too, can stand.

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Amy Bio Mom to Phillip (11/30/90), Joey (5/11/93), and Emma (8/1/02).

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