Wednesday, January 23, 2013

For Nicole on her 6th Birthday

More than 6 months late, but here it is nonetheless.  Nicole's 6th birthday was filled with splashing, friends, food and games in the pool.  She had a wonderful time getting to be large and in charge!  She has the boys basically wrapped around her little finger anyway, but on days when she is the one with the "Big Day," she eats it up!

Nicole is a kid who knows what she wants and generally how to get it.  Jake is expected (and willing) to carry her on his shoulders at her will.  Luke caters to her whim, and Joseph is delighted not to be the youngest anymore.

Yet as large and in charge as Nicole likes to be, she is also a kid who wants to do the right thing.  She gets very worried if she thinks she made a mistake.  She tries very hard to follow the rules, even when she's not quite sure what the rules are.  And when a boy got in trouble at school for cheating at dodge ball, she was not unhappy at the sight of him being punished.

While she can be sensitive, especially in times of uncertainty, Nicole seems to always know her place in the family and her place in life.  She has a sense of who she is and that she belongs wherever she is at the time.  She readily accepts our new family and actively engages with each sibling.

There is no doubt that Nicole will get what she wants in life.  She will think there is no other option.  Gotta love a girl with attitude!  Happy Birthday Nicole!

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