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The Cost of Love

We are thoroughly enjoying our week with Jim, Megan, and Drew. The last time we saw him in person, he was still hooked up to all kinds of things in the NICU. Now he's a strong, constantly wiggling, newborn-size baby boy. He goes to the doctor's office today for a well-baby check up and to get four shots. We hope to hear that he's grown a lot since his last check up. Below is a picture of Drew with Megan holding up to him the smallest of his preemie clothes - something he fit into just a couple of weeks ago. He's already into newborn diapers and the largest of his preemie outfits are beginning to be too small.

picture of our growing boy

Now that he's big enough to use the baby bathtub, he is actually enjoying his bathtime....

picture of bath time

We went to Ohio a few days ago to see my mom. She really enjoyed meeting her newest great-grandchild. Below is a four generation picture from that visit. As of right now, I was the only one in the picture whose eyes aren't blue.

picture of four generations

Yesterday Megan took us to a store we'd never been to before - IKEA - and within five minutes Becka commented, "Well, I've found my new favorite store." As I said, this has been a great week for us!

It's been fun to watch our oldest child parenting this week. We are quickly reminded of how much time and work goes into caring for a newborn. It brought to mind this final Mother's Day post for this year. All you moms out there enjoy your special day this Sunday. All you kids out there, spoil your mom!

The Cost of Love

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing dinner and handed her a piece of paper. After his mom dried her hands on her apron, she read what he had written.

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00

Total owed: $14.75

As the mother looked at her son, he could see that she was thinking. She picked up the pen and turned over the paper he'd written on. She wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge.
For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored you, and prayed for you: No Charge.
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years: No Charge.
For all the time that I've pondered what I knew was ahead in life for you: No Charge.
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge, Son.

When you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight up at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you."

And then he took the pen and on his side of the "bill" wrote in great big letters, "PAID IN FULL ".

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Children will soon forget your presents; they will always remember your presence.

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8 Comments on “The Cost of Love”

  1. #1 David
    on May 11th, 2007 at 8:22 am

    You know what IKEA stands for don’t you? Idioten Kaufen Einfach Alles. (Idiots buy simply everything.) 🙂
    On a more serious note, it’s a fun store to walk through and occasionally buy something.

  2. #2 David McGuire
    on May 11th, 2007 at 8:33 am

    All I can say is being a parent gives you the perspective that you need to become a grandparent. Ain’t it wonderful!

  3. #3 Linda
    on May 11th, 2007 at 9:09 am

    A mothers love is at no charge. She is repaid many times over by the love she gets from her children, and later grandchildren. There is no more wonderful job than being a mother. Happy mothers day to all of you wonderful mothers.

  4. #4 Zina
    on May 11th, 2007 at 9:14 am

    We have Ikea here in Germany too! It is great! Sometimes Michael and I go there as a date…..I’m serious!
    Glad to “see” how much Drew has grown!

  5. #5 Marilyn Donnell
    on May 11th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Oh, Oh! Look out, just thinking about IKEA makes me want to head in that direction. Fair warning: sadly, nothing we have bought there has lasted too long and Marvin refuses to buy flat-pack furniture ever again!

  6. #6 mels
    on May 12th, 2007 at 2:16 am

    glad to see you’re ikea fans. my apartment could easily be photographed for use for their magazines. practically every piece of furniture i have is from ikea! you know there’s one in atlanta, right? and i thought that i read that there’s one coming to the carolinas in the near future…

  7. #7 Heather
    on May 14th, 2007 at 6:46 am

    IKEA is awesome! So much so that when my best friend and I head back to Greenville in July, we are stopping in Chicago just for that. There is also on in Atlanta area too.

    Drew is absolutely adorable! I am thrilled to hear how much he has grown!

  8. #8 Buck
    on May 30th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    try ordering something from them through their cat. b/c of their customer service, IKEA is off limits for my wife–and she doesn’t mind. Pottery Barn is off limits for other reasons–and she does mind that (just teasing, don’t tell anyone but i like PB too).