Thanks to everyone who gave me input. I got Christy the Remington 870 for her birthday/Christmas. I wanted the Mossberg 500, but everyone was sold out till after Christmas, so the Remington it is.
Her birthday is tomorrow. I took Evelyn with me to get it and she couldn't wait to get home and tell her mom all about "Mommy's big gun."
So there ya have it. Thanks for the help.
PS - Consider this an open thread.