Sunday, June 3, 2012

So Proud of My Girl! Raising a Strong Willed Child


On Thursday night we attended an award's dinner for this girl. Our #1. First born. Oldest.
She is graduating next week but the ceremony was for an award for top of her class in registered nursing. I already told you all that but I just wanted to do a post for her. Sweetie dad and I are so proud of you. You have worked so hard. Youngest ever to be admitted to the program, never taking a semester or break off. You pushed yourself hard and it has shown. Always carrying a full load at the hospital, volunteering and working sometimes two jobs while keeping those grades high. You are awesome. We love you and are so over the moon for your future. We know you will succeed no matter where you land.

Here is this girl her first day of clinical in her stiff blue scrubs. So cute. I think people thought some kid was going to be working on them at the hospital.


This girl was the typical first born. In charge and bossy from day one. She was so head strong and strong willed, that I often wondered what kind of trouble she would be getting into when she grew up. It really worried me. Take a strong willed child and a strong willed mother and you can imagine the battles we had. I was far from the perfect mother with her and just did not know what to do with her sometimes. Her first year of homeschooling, she was always sent to her room for refusing to do her work. Well looking back I would have done a lot of things different but she was my first born and what did I know.

I remember driving to work one day and hearing Dr. Dobson speak on the radio about "The Strong Willed Child." I had a glimmer of hope. He said that often the strong willed child, with good raisin', would turn out to be strong willed for the right things when they grew up. Well ,I am here to tell you, if you have one too, that this is so true. Forever the champion of the underdog, this girl has been such a blessing. When my mother was dying of cancer ten years ago, and you know what that does to a person, she never shied away from her. She was always there for my mom comforting her. She has paved her own way. If she wanted something, she went for it. Never afraid to confront a professor or take on what would make most of us cry. She is indeed strong. She is named after my mother, the strongest woman I know.

Thankfully she has always been a daddy's girl and he has settled many a dispute between us strong willed gals. I always defer to him when we have needed to make decisions for her future. He has been the perfect balance in our parenting.



She is my pride and joy and I just wanted her to know how much we love her and are so very excited for her future. Nursing is not an easy major and she has witnessed some things that I would crumble over but she has found her niche and her strength will be used for good and the health care field will be lucky to have her. I have a new found respect for nurses. Often they are the line between life and death for many patients. I have heard this from my daughter many a time as she has done her clinicals. They are the advocate for the patient who cannot fight for themselves. Congrats baby. Make is so #1.


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22 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh congratulations to her. Such an extraordinary accomplishment. You have every reason to be proud. She is also stunningly beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Bonnie said...

Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. It takes a special person to be an RN. Your post shows the love and pride you have in your heart. Bonnie

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

As a RN for 32years please give her my congratulations for all her hard work. It has it days, but it genuinely makes me happy and you will always have a job.
I just hope she takes some time off to study for boards.
You have so much to be proud of, she is a beautiful young woman.

acorn hollow said...

CONGRATS TO HER!It is so nice to see the accomplishments that your children have there is not other way to make you feel that proud.
Cathy

Sam I Am...... said...

Congratulations to all of you...it takes a village! She's a very accomplished young woman and if more were "strong willed" the world would be a better place!

Cozy Little House said...

She is a beautiful girl! Has her mother's features. I could never be a nurse, but I SO respect them. Like you mention, I know I made a lot of mistakes with my girls. But just did what I knew.
Brenda

laurie said...

what a beautiful post, she's a beauty, inside and out! Its wonderful to hear a mum say such beautiful things about their daughters, I enjoyed this so much,

NanaDiana said...

Congratulations to your beautiful, strong-willed daughter. That strong will can stand her in good stead in the nursing profession. Blessings to her-a good nurse is one of God's angels on Earth- xo Diana

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Congratulations! You must be so proud. My strong willed is our 2nd. Lots of luck to her in her career. I'm sure she will be one great nurse!

Diane Writes said...

Congratulations to the both of you Elaine :) I always believe that behind the success of every child is a mother who have sacrificed and exhausted all means to make one person happy, fulfilled and successful.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Congratulations to you,
Congratulations to you!
Congratulations, you're *awesome*.....
Congratulations to you!!! :D

Elaine, I know you are so very proud of #1. What an amazing accomplishment! I don't think most people realize how hard nursing school is, but some programs are harder than pre-med!

BTW....she looks like Mr. Sunny! ;P

xo,
RJ

Cranberry Morning said...

What a beautiful girl! And it sounds like you have so many reasons to be proud of her! :-)

Vickie said...

Congrats to you all. She's a beautiful girl, inside and out, I'm sure to have chosen nursing as her profession and ministry to others. My girl in nursing is also very strong-willed, altho she is my youngest. I think they must be alot alike! Best wishes to your daughter and her future! Yes, these dads are SO important!

The Boston Lady said...

Elaine this post hit home for me in many ways. First of all my hat is off to your daughter and you her parents. She through you learner to channel her strengths. What better way than to take on such a demanding and often emotionally exhausting profession.

My firstborn is a son. He was such a challenge! But I was equally strongwilled with a supportive husband. l remember his preschool teacher telling us to always challenge him. Good advice to young parents.

He excelled in school and is happily married and working at a dream job for him in CA.

Strong willed children are a challenge but with the right guidance they are strong and successful adults.

Confraternity to u all. Ann

The Boston Lady said...

That was congrats! Weird spellcheck!

It's All Connected said...

The world needs more strong willed people like your daughter, who live what they believe and believe what they live! You and your husband must have done a great job for her to achieve her goals. ~ Maureen

Suffia said...

Such a sweet post. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and to you too. God bless you and your family.

Cindy said...

Congrats to your daughter and to you and your husband too! It does take a lot to raise up these kids and when they grow up to make us proud we deserve a pat on the back!

marejohn said...

What a beauty..congratulations to all of you..her hard work and perseverance and Mom AND Dad's guidance and love and sacrifices!

Rachel Lloyd said...

Oh Elaine,thank you for sharing her with us! Amazing! xoxoxoxoxox From San Diego!

Debbiedoo's said...

Congrats to your beautiful daughter and family. You sure have every reason to be proud!

Audrey Lewis said...

Hey Mom,

I've read this post before, but I was reading back through your blog and wanted to say thank you. I can never repay you for all you do for me. You are the best Mother in the whole world, and I really mean that. It makes me really happy to know that you and Daddy are proud of me.

I love you.

~Audrey

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