Year in review: 2015 (confetti and champagne!)

{Warning: Action-packed post ahead. Also very long.}

You guys. I just can’t quit you! 😀 ❤

I told you I would be off the blog from Christmas Eve until Jan. 4, excepting my normal Monday consultation, but then this week’s family offered the fun opportunity to guess the name they’ve chosen, and then there was a birth announcement, and then I realized that, of course, I can’t not do a year in review post! And I won’t even tell you how many times I thought Oh! I need to blog about this! and had to remind myself that I’m taking a short sabbatical. So all in all, I’m delighted to have lots of reasons to post today!

First off: no one guessed the name Tara and her husband have chosen! It’s often hard to predict what a couple will choose — no matter how much of a certain style or taste in names is revealed by the names on their list and parameters that they say they’d like to follow, many times a name just pops up in an unexpected way and it’s clearly the name. It’s happened with so many of the families I’ve done consultations for, and it’s happened for my husband and I, and it happened for Tara and her husband.

Tara wrote,

We LOVED your name choices…and then decided to go with something different. We couldn’t agree on Stella Maris as a first or Stella as a first and Maris as a middle so we started talking other Marian names and landed on Rosemary “Rory” Valentine. We like Rosemary because the rosary has become a prayer devotion for us more recently and there was no arguing over whether it should be one or two names. Valentine is a family name on both sides of our family.”

How wonderful is that name?!! It’s clearly Marian, and while it’s not as “a little on the unusual side” as Tara said they’d like, the nickname Rory pulls it back into the “little unusual” category. I just love it.

I have no prize for the winner, since there wasn’t a winner, but you all had such wonderful suggestions! So I’m delighted to share a little gift for you all from one of you wonderful readers:

Natalie from At the Post Paperie & Gifts (that’s the link to her Etsy shop, and you can also find her on Instagram) has enjoyed the blog for a while and said she’s “found much comfort & grace in blogs like yours as I’ve grown in my faith, so I wanted to give a little something in return.” She’s offering to all of you a free download of some nursery prints for little girls featuring quotes from St. Catherine of Siena, St. Therese of Lisieux, and Blessed Mother Teresa on a ballet slipper pink background accented with nature watercolors. Here’s the three of them displayed together:

Display of 3 Nursery Prints

And here’s the link to download the high-quality 8 x 10 jpegs to print at home, your local print shop or an online retailer. Natalie says best results are achieved if they’re printed on thick, matte paper. Aren’t they lovely? If we ever have a little girl, I will be hanging these on her wall. 🙂

As for the year in review: I took some time yesterday going through my inbox and old posts and writing down notable things I remember from this year in regards to our fun little community here and it’s all just so fun, so amazing, so a-twinkle with blessings from heaven. What a joy to be a part of something so wonderful!

I thought you’d enjoy seeing this, from my blog stats — it’s my page views and visitors for this time last year:

2014stats

I started the blog in June, and by the end of the year I’d had 160 page views by 38 people. I suspect those 38 people were my mom and one of my dearest friends from college logging on and off.

Then I posted the consultation for Simcha on January 8, and thanks to her kindness in sharing the link on her blog, you all started to find me! I’ve told my mom on more than one occasion, regarding all of you, “I knew there were others like me out there!” 😀 This is how 2015 ended up looking (next to 2014, for comparison):

2015stats

It makes me laugh every time I look at it! What fun!

Some other fun facts, statistics, and notable happenings include:

How amazing is this church?? And that a candle was lit for us??

Whew! What a year! I can’t imagine any year could be as fabulous as this past one has been, but I’m excited to see what God has in store for 2016. Cheers to you all, prayers and blessings for the New Year, and happy tomorrow’s Feast of Mary, the Mother of God!

19 thoughts on “Year in review: 2015 (confetti and champagne!)

  1. WOW!!! Such a wonderful blessing for us ALL! Thank you so very much…Sacred Heart of Jesus, please bless you, yours, and each of us and ours! Dear Blessed Mother Mary and all the Angels and the Saints, please pray for us and with us!

    A Blessed New Year of 2016 A.D. to all!

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  2. Wow! Rosemary Valentine!! So perfect! Rosemary is SO beautiful! Love seeing it used!

    Forget waiting for a nursery to hang those signs, I might hang them in my dorm!!

    I love that I was able to find this blog this year. I feel so very blessed to be a part of this community 🙂 It makes me very happy to see how much this blog has grown in just a year, can’t even imagine what God has in store for it in 2016!

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  3. Thank you!! Happy New Years! I had the same feeling when I found this blog. I knew there had to be people like me out there!! So glad to find this community.

    Rosemary Valentine is gorgeous! Congratulations!

    My mom is a teacher at a Catholic school. I sent her those prints to decorate her classroom. She loves them!!

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  4. Congrats on all your (major!!!) achievements in 2015!! It’s so great when folks can make a pet hobby into so much more! Can’t wait to follow along and see what 2016 holds for Sancta Nomina. God bless you and all your thoughtful, prayerful work that goes into this space.

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  5. This is an awesome post! I am so excited for all your blog has brought and become(!) in 2015. Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

    God bless you and thank you for bringing your talents to the web. Baby names(ing) is so fun, especially in Catholic circles! 🙂

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  6. Such a happy post! I’m so thankful to have found your blog this year – it helps me grow in the faith!! (Which is great because that’s what I want to do but I’m a total novice, despite being baptized, making my communion, being confirmed lol.) I just got done writing my own post like this – reflecting on the last year and laying down hopes for the new year – and it occurred to me that this blog has led a lot of readers to my blog, helping me to become a better writer since I try harder if I know people are reading haha. My saint of 2016 is Saint Joan of Arc, but I like to think of it like I’m just adding to my close circle of saintly friends instead of replacing my saint of 2015, St. Anne! The more the merrier!

    Happy New Year!

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    • The more the merrier indeed! I think of it the same way — “adding to my close circle of saintly friends instead of replacing” any, lovely! I’m so glad we connected Charlotte! 🙂

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