Crickie turns five years old today.
She’s the one we like to call “the wild mustang.”
She never walks anywhere, only RUNS, and most times she follows Kemper around like a little shadow. If she gets put to bed before Kemper, she’ll usually stay awake until her closest older sister comes to bed and demand Kempies tuck her in. It’s really adorable.
Crickie is one of our children that has the “Bliss Factor.” She’s a strong-willed, yet sensitive child who will give her opinion on the spot and usually her first assumption about people is right on. She’s a flirt and a half but she only likes blondes over 6’5″ so her field is pretty narrow. One young man who was smitten with one of my older girls found himself wrapped around Crickie’s little finger…and when we recently had dinner with a very handsome NFL player who happened to have dark hair, Crickie was disappointed. “Yeah, but where’s Cody Parkey?” was all she could muster while her older brothers were all hyperventilating and fan-girling over the guest of honor.
Not Crix. She just wanted the blond.
[bctt tweet=”Having a strong will is a gift. Having a strong will as a girl is a golden gift.”]
But one of the greatest things a girl like Crickie can teach you is that having a strong will is a gift. Having a strong will as a girl is a golden gift. Yes, moms, I know…it’s a real challenge when they are small and bent on getting that Barbie or bent on testing your limits, but as they mature, that strong-will trained up in the right direction is a thing of beauty. I wrote about it extensively in Crickie’s chapter of my book, titled, “The Gift Of A Strong Willed Girl.” If you have a child with an iron will and especially if said child is a girl, you must read my book and get a perspective that can save your sanity…and maybe even your relationship with that child as a teenager and young adult.
So Happy Birthday to my wild little mustang! May the wind always be at your back and may you ever grow in courage and strength! You’re a blessing and a joy to our entire family!