I'm sure every parent has had moments when they realize just how much they love their kids...I know I've had so many moments like this. The most recent one was yesterday. Joe had such a hard night on Sunday. He woke up crying and was pretty disoriented. He ended up coming to sleep with us and was so restless, tossing and turning all night. I knew something was wrong, I thought he was getting sick. Well, in the morning he woke up saying his tooth was big. I looked and his whole jaw was swollen! I knew he had an abscessed tooth. I was so bummed because he was scheduled to have that tooth worked on Tuesday. I called the dentist and they got him in right away. While sitting in the waiting room I heard him scream out and then heard him yell "I don't want you guys to do that!!". That's my Joe! Well, the dentist came out to tell me that it was quite serious and with the swelling he had there was the worry that it could swell so much that it would cut off his airway!! I had no idea. She said they had to get the tooth out and that they would try to make him as comfortable as possible but that sometimes they are not able to get the area as numb as is should be because of the infection. I sat in the waiting room feeling so nervous and just kept praying and praying for him. I love him so much! He is such a sweet boy. Just the other day we were in the store and he said "mom, I love you all the love in whole planet!". He has many challenging moments but when it comes down to it...my heart is so full of love for him. I know we can't even imagine the love our Father in Heaven has for us...and in moments like these, that seems so astounding to me. Well, Joe did just fine during his tooth pulling. He was sad that he wouldn't have a silver tooth like the one on the other side of his mouth but was very excited about the tooth fairy coming. He recovered slowly at home...he didn't want me to come near him for a while...he just wanted to lay down on the fat sack and watch TV. I gave him his space and after a while he decided to come snuggle with me...which I was so thankful for. We started him on some heavy duty antibiotics, which he hates...*sigh*. Last night I went to check on him twice in the night, I just needed to make sure he was still breathing. It's times like these when I realize what really, really matters in life...our families and loved ones. I'm so thankful to have so many people to love and who love me...all the love in the planet!