Happy New Year to you all!! And happy Feast of Mary, Mother of God!!
What a year 2018 was! I’m calling it the Year of Big News because I can’t think of any bigger news than a baby and a book — and I had both in 2018!
Starting with the baby: it was so fun to announce to you all that he was on the way, to have Abby from Appellation Mountain do a name consultation for me, to articulate the challenges that come with naming a seventh boy, and then to announce his birth and naming (on Instagram first, then here)! He’s a dream and a prayer come true. ❤
Then, my book — my non-baby magnum opus: I can’t think of a greater onomastic honor than to write a book of Marian names, a book for Our Lady. From finally being able to share the news with you all that the book was being published — and by a publisher that has impeccable Marian ties and has published so many authors I admire! — to all the amazing endorsements and reviews I received, to the book signing I did at my local Catholic book shop, to the other ways the names for Our Lady were shared (articles by me [here, here] and others), my foray into the world of I-wrote-a-book-that-got-published has been thrilling. Thank you all for the ideas, inspiration, and encouragement you gave me along the way!
As with past years, I also wanted to share some of the 2018 Sancta Nomina stats with you — even with being mostly absent from here for nearly half the year because of the baby, I’m still pretty pleased with what was accomplished:
- 55 consultations done (a mix of public and private), including 29 posted on the blog. These included ideas for a couple of our favorite public personalities — Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas and Sharon from Baby My Love — as well as ideas for a repeat customer (so fun!) and twins (double the fun!), and one that helped back into a patron saint for an already-named baby (so cool).
- 27 birth announcements posted, including four repeat families (here, here, here, here — this one is our girl Lindsay from My Child I Love You, she’s had such a hard time since her little guy was born — please keep them both in your prayers!); twins (different from the ones mentioned above); our friends Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas, Blythe from The Fike Life, and Amy from Our Family Fiat; the nationally famous all-boy Schwandt family (boy no. 14!) and Campos-Duffy family, and the internationally famous prince (which included my name prediction — the actual name announcement followed a few days later [spoiler: my prediction was wrong]).
- 4 name spotlights: Cecilia, Faustina, Helena, and Shepherd.
- 1 celebrity guest.
- 9 CatholicMom articles.
- 2 Nameberry articles.
- 1 Writing Contest (second annual).
- 1 St. Anne pilgrimage (fourth annual), to thank her for her patronage and prayers.
- 2 giveaways (here and here).
- 3 stories of St. Gerard’s intercession in having a baby (here, here, and here).
- 3 name stories (here, here, and here).
- 1 Sheenazing Award for Best Kept Secret (Blog)! (I’m still amazed!)
- 2 radio show appearances: Mater Dei Radio (aired on both Coffee & Donuts with John & Mary and Morning Drive), and Jon Leonetti in the Morning on Iowa Catholic Radio.
- 1 article about the “poetry and pro-life power of baby names” that mentioned yours truly and appeared in diocesan publications across the country.
What a year! 2019’s got some big shoes to fill! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s and Marian feast day (giving birth today? There’s a book for that 😉 )!
My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!
6 thoughts on “Year in review: 2018 (the Year of Big News)”
Congratulations on your incredible year, Kate!
January 1 is the feast day of St. Vasilios in the Greek Orthodox Church and my second daughter’s nameday. Idk if he is a saint in the Catholic Church as well.
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Thank you Evangelia!! Vasilios is a form of Basil, and we have St. Basil of Ancyra (aka Basilius) with a feast of Jan 1 (died fourth century). Is he the same as your St. Vasilios? If so, how cool! Happy nameday to your daughter! What is the feminine form?
Probably the same saint, very cool. Her name is Vasilia, after my MIL Vasilki.
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