Courtney has always been a rough-and-tumble girl. From the minute she was born weighing in at 8 lbs 15 oz. the nurses described her as "sturdy". She has lived up to that name in every way. She towers over her peers, she is sticky sweet if it suits her, and down right ornery if it doesn't. It was immediately apparent that she was a strong-willed, spitfire that wouldn't let anything get in the way of whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. Even at 20 months, she tests the limits of my patience and intellect as I try creative, non-violent ways to reign in her semi-devious, stubborn, and precocious personality.
Many a night have I sat up wondering what I can do better to teach her to use her super powers for good rather than evil. I worried even more when Jacob was in my tummy waiting to be born. Knowing what I know about Courtney I often wondered how she would react to going from "Princess" to "Middle Child". I worried about how she would handle having so much of our time diverted from her to Jacob and if she would become even more of a handful just to get more of our attention.
KC and I have often wondered for what purpose Courtney was brought into our home at such a time in our lives - 10 years after the birth of Nathan, especially when we were so sure that we could have no more kids. Then, to have not one miracle babies but TWO? Just spend a few minutes in the presence of Courtney and Jacob and it won't take you long to realize that she is here to pave the way for her brother, to protect him, and care for him during his journey through life. And for a job as important and demanding as that one, she has just the PERFECT personality and mindset for the task.