A couple of days ago I asked for suggestions for a nickname for Sky’s new foal. I ended up getting a lot of suggestions. Here are a few of my favorites:
Fergie – suggested by Sean Feld; Fergie is the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, the group that performed at halftime of this year’s Super Bowl.
Aurie – suggested by Valerie; Aurie would be short for Aurora, the Latin goddess of the dawn who led the Sun across the Sky each day. The Observer suggested Eos, who is the Greek goddess of the dawn.
Skittle – suggested by JemMox; He came up with the name by combining Sky and little. Personally, I think it’s a great nickname…especially if the “i” was changed to a “y” for Skyttle.
Float – suggested by Chris; A nickname that plays off the foal’s sire, Parading. I bet many of Parading’s registered names will include the word float.
There were many other name suggestions, but those were just a few of my favorites. All of the name suggestions were great; however, none of the ones suggested will be used as the foal’s nickname. Instead, I will use a name that I came up with. Please don’t be too hard on me for not using a name suggested by one of the readers. I never had more than a goldfish growing up and so I’m taking advantage of being able to name an animal. Perhaps someday I’ll own a big stable of horses and every reader of the blog can name one. Which reminds me…I need to go buy a lottery ticket soon.
Anyway, back to the name of this foal. The filly was born on Super Bowl Sunday and I wanted to try to incorporate that into her name. I also wanted a short name, preferably just one word and only one or two syllables. Finally, I wanted something meaningful to me. I came up with a name that met all of those requirements.
The new filly will be nicknamed Faith.
After the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, Packers’ wide receiver Greg Jennings was interviewed on the field. During the interview he repeated the phrase, “To God be the glory.” I remember watching it live and thought it was really cool that Jennings remembered to give praise to God. Many athletes say, “I’m going to Disney World,” after winning a championship, but not Jennings. His words inspired me to go with a name that had a Biblical connection.
I began to think about some of my favorite Bible verses. One that came to mind was 1 Corinthians 13:13. It states, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Faith, hope, and love. They were all finalists for the nickname of the new foal. Then I began to think about each one a little more.
I have a lot of hope in my life. I wrote a blog post a couple of months ago about the entire Thoroughbred industry being built on hope. I have hopes and dreams for my personal life and my career.
I have a ton of love in my life. I have the most supportive family in the entire world that loves me more than I can even understand. I have many close friends that love me. I also have a God that loves me and looks after me.
Now we move on to faith. I am less than three months from graduating and my future is still uncertain. Sometimes I lose sleep at night thinking about where I will be in a year. I have three horses that I have very high hopes for, but I know that this sport is one of the toughest in the world. It has the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I can hope all I want, but that doesn’t mean my hopes will come true. What I need most in my life is faith.
I need faith that I’ll be okay when I graduate. I need faith to remember that God has a plan for my life and He will direct my paths. I need faith that whether Skype and Faith go on to be Grade 1 winners or low-level claimers that I’ll be okay. I need faith that my life is only slightly affected by things that I can control. The rest is up to the Big Guy. By nicknaming the foal Faith, I will constantly remember that I just need to “keep the faith.”
So…the nickname of the foal will be Faith. Thank you to everyone for all the support and kind words and a special thank you to the readers that suggested a nickname.
I’ll leave you with a picture of Faith taking a nap. Perhaps someday this little one will have a registered name like “MyFaithsintheSky.”