Monday, May 11, 2009

What’s in a Name?

Since I started my business I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the name and where it came from. Today is a fitting day to explain I think…

I named the business after my mom. Her middle name was Lillian, and ironically she really didn’t like it. In fact, I don’t think I knew it was her middle name until I was 11 or 12. She was always 110% supportive of me and my early thoughts that I wanted to do wedding & event planning. I can remember a specific conversation with her in early 2005 where she encouraged me to learn more and see where it goes, so I thought it was perfect and fitting to, in a way, name it after her. I also wanted to convey the personal side and personal care and attention I put into working with every client, thus love, lillian was created.

Well, I think she would be proud today—seeing the number of brides and families that I help each year, as well as coordinating other special events, working hard, yet doing what I love. My mom passed away in May 2005, and today would have been her 56th birthday…so today I remember her, a tear in my eye but also chuckling to myself about the laughs and memories.

This song has come to mean different things to me—but here are lyrics to “My Wish” that capture the support, encouragement, and love that my mom (and my dad) both always showed to me and my sister…I think this truly was her wish…

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
and each road leads you where you want to go,
and if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ ’til you find the window,
if it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,
more than anything, more than anything...

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
all the ones who love you, in the place you left.
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
and you help somebody every chance you get.
Oh, you find God’s grace, in every mistake,
and you always give more then you take.

But more than anything, Yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it,
to your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.
Yeah this is my wish I hope you know somebody loves you…
May all your dreams stay big.

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