When I started His Middle Name, I honestly didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what it was and couldn't glimpse what it would become. The only thing I knew was that it was an endeavor anchored deep in hope; the hope that maybe my experience would resonate with another mother, another family. I didn't expect the resounding response from so many women and parents that had braved their way through their own storm - pregnancy complications, infertility, loss and the premature birth of a child (or two!). There were so many of us! It was amazing to me that the strong and tested had found something true in His Middle Name, and in turn, were helping me heal as well. In almost two years time, His Middle Name has become a small family of support and promotion. And as 2012 gave way to a new year, I questioned myself about what would be the next step. How would I propel team His Middle Name forward?
With the passing of my grandfather just a few short days ago, the realization of just how precious our time is became apparent. My "Poppa" was the patriarch of our family: an honored soldier, a devoted friend, a loving husband of 66 years, a wonderful father to 11 children and a grandfather and great-grandfather to many. He set the standard in our family for what it meant to live a fulfilled and purposeful life, as he was a continuous example of how to give of oneself, work hard and be passionate about all aspects of life. As I reflected on such a genuine and beautiful life, I thought about how I spent my own time and what I could do better. His Middle Name is a true labor of love for me, but with that said, I've always been a bit intimidated by what taking the next step would actually mean. I'm still a little unsure about how I'm going to accomplish my vision for His Middle Name in 2013 while working full time, being a mommy to one brilliant (and incredibly fast two year old) and still have dinner on the table by 6PM. But here is my promise, my very first New Year's resolution: I am committing to giving you - the fans and friends of His Middle Name - my very best. That means more blog posts, more education initiatives, more give aways on Facebook and more reasons to celebrate! My plans are anything but small, but I believe that good things will come to pass if I have faith and work hard to make 2013 the most successful year yet. All I ask is for your continued support and to spread the word about His Middle Name. Here's to another year of advocating and educating!