Surrender 119: Happy Birthday Nicole

Another birthday to celebrate arrived today, of another dear family member. Nicole is the wife of my nephew Scott, mommy to Weston and Lola, daughter-in-law to my sister Linda. And although she fulfills all those roles lovingly and well, Nicole is very much her own delightful person. 

I discovered recently, while writing Tosh’s birthday blog, the value of looking up the name of each person as I think about her or him throughout the day. Nicole’s name is of Greek origin, and literally means, “victory of the people.” From the Seven Reflections site:

Nicole, you have a vivid imagination and can bring inspired messages to the world. You are intuitive and might be interested in the arts, drama or science.

Dependable, very down-to-earth and well grounded, you are always looking for meaningful work, a career where you can take pride in your work and do the best job you are capable of. Your prime desire is to build a protected and secure environment at home and at work. You can be very persuasive in achieving goals and gaining objectives. You can be very detailed and well-organized and you possess great organizational skills. At times you may appear stubborn and overly critical to others, but your practical approach to life and productivity makes you one of the most beneficent members of community.

True words, about Nicole. Thinking about this determined young woman today, feeling gratitude for her, the words that came to mind echo the characteristics listed above…dependable, down to earth, grounded. Nicole is one of the most grounded and reliable people that I know, always willing to offer her help.  

She does desire to create a protected environment at home for her family, and a fun one as well. She is a supportive wife to Scott, allowing him to be who he is, while she grows as her own beautiful self. And as mommy to three year old Weston and one year old Lola, she provides a balance of nurturing love and freedom, letting her kids experience independence as they are growing into their personalities. 

And while Nicole posssses all of the other traits listed…being capable and hardworking, detailed and organized…she does not sacrifice her creative or intuitive sides. I’ve had the pleasure of watching those areas in her life blossom in recent years, and I’m excited to see where Nicole’s journey takes her as she continues to explore who she is and all that she has to offer to the world. 

Nicole’s practical approach to life makes her not only “one of the most beneficial members of the community”, but one of the most beneficial members of our family. I’m thankful she said yes to Scott 10 years ago. Happiest of birthdays, sweet Nicole, do something that you enjoy. I love you!