Congratulations to our winners!!

The winner of the joint Sancta Nomina-Catholic All Year giveaway from the blog is JMV!! Congratulations!! Check your email JMV!!

I’ll post the Instagram winner over on Instagram! Happy Saturday y’all, day of Our Lady!!

My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!


We have a winner!! And Happy Mother’s Day!!

Congratulations to JODI who won the Massive Mother’s Day Giveaway!! 🎉🎉🎉

Thank you to all of you who entered! I have a couple more goodies for you this month, so keep your eyes peeled! (Check in tomorrow! 😉 )

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!! The Church teaches us that all women are called to motherhood, whether spiritual or physical, whether biological or through foster and adoption, so today is for all the ladies! 🌹🌹🌹 I know, too, that today is hard for some of you — please know that my prayers are with you in a special way, may Our Lady hold you all close. ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m so grateful for all of you!! Thank you for being your wonderful selves!!

My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

Massive Mother’s Day giveaway!!❤️

You guys: It’s the month of Our Lady (to whom this blog/social media is dedicated 💙), and the SSA 2018 baby name stats are coming out Friday, and Mother’s Day is Sunday, and next month is Sancta Nomina’s FIFTH anniversary!! I’m feeling so celebratory and thankful, and I wanted to do something a little bigger than usual for you all this year!

I’m so excited to announce a MASSIVE Mother’s Day giveaway!! I’m thinking of it as a “basket” of items, like what you might be given by all your sisters and best girlfriends for your baby shower or as a new mama gift, or like what you might bid on at a charity ball. I have an AMAZING assortment of items, including from some of my very favorite Catholic artisans, that will all go to ONE very lucky winner!! This Mama Basket contains:

Am I allowed to be jealous of the winner?? SO JEALOUS!!

Hop on over to Rafflecopter to enter — it’ll ask for your email address, which is all I need. One entry per person, please! It runs from now until midnight SATURDAY night, and the winner will be emailed on Sunday. SO EXCITED!! ❤ ❤ ❤

My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

Your generosity is needed

Our dear reader Charlotte has an emergency and needs your help, if you’re able! She writes,

I had to go to the hospital today after some blood work results came back elevated more than usual … They added a medication (bringing my total up to TWENTY daily meds) and two of my specialists squeezed me in for tomorrow … on the one hand, that’s great. On the other … that’s two $90 copays. I just can’t do it. Last week alone cost $400 in copays for appointments and prescriptions. The hope is that they can get my liver to stay stable — and then hopefully we can start doing the tests to get a diagnosis and see which autoimmune disease we’re dealing with. I’ve got more appointments later in the week, but at the  moment I’m just really freaking out about getting to tomorrow’s appointments.”

If you can help, Charlotte has a Go Fund Me, and she also has an Etsy shop called Charlotte’s Webbery. I know she’d be so grateful!

Name story: Oscar Thomas

A few years ago I did a private consultation for a mama pregnant with her sixth baby — a boy she and her husband named Oscar Thomas. (Oscar Thomas! I love it so much!) She recently wrote to tell me more of the story — specifically, how the name they chose for him ended up being so perfect for him in other ways:

You helped us out over three years ago with a name for our sixth child and fourth boy, Oscar Thomas.

Anyway, I have a story to share. Our Oscar began having seizures when he was five months old, and it turns out he has some profound, lifelong disabilities. (He is making good progress and he is an amazing, dear boy; we are in a great place as a family now but getting here was rocky.) But I am telling you this because I feel like Oscar is THE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT name for him, and one we would never have considered without your nudge. It is strong and determined and a little funky, just like him.

St. Oscar Romero was beatified while I was pregnant, but not canonized until after our “storm,” when we had really found our peace with Oscar’s medical issues. We prayed for his intercession on a daily basis and felt like he walked the whole journey with us, while he waited for his own reward. I am so grateful that our little boy has this tremendously powerful friend in heaven, and I am grateful to you by extension for making the introduction. 😉 We didn’t know at the time our Oscar was born how much we were going to need someone like that.

Anyway. You popped up in my Facebook feed today and I felt prompted to let you know that the work you do matters, sometimes maybe more than you know.”

How amazing is that?? What a wonderful story!! I love her description of both the name Oscar and her boy Oscar: “strong and determined and a little funky, just like him.”

There’s more! The mama, Christy, included Oscar’s name story and some more fun details in her amazing blog post entitled What’s in a name? How our kids got their Catholic saint names and why it matters. She said everything I always want to say, and she said it so well! There’s so much I want to quote from her post, but I don’t want to discourage you from going to read it in its entirety. Seriously, you’ll love it.

Thank you to Christy for sharing all this wonderful information!

I’m Sheenazed!

You guys! I won Best Kept Secret (Blog) in Bonnie’s 2018 Sheenazing Awards!! I absolutely cannot believe it and I’m so excited!!

[Insert super cute gif of an excited little girl at a baseball game that showed up perfectly in my preview and then showed up as just a link when I published. Grr!]

Bonnie self-deprecatingly calls them “inconsequential awards” but this sure brightened my day, and I’m sure it did for all the other winners and runners up — it’s so nice to be patted on the back! Thank you to all who voted!


You guys! Bonnie over at A Knotted Life has put up the ballots for her Sheenazing Awards and I can’t believe it — I’ve been nominated! Three times! I’m a candidate for Best Kept Secret (Blog), Smartest (Blog), and Favorite Catholic Artisan! I was shocked to discover this, and so honored!

Definitely head on over and vote for your favorites, whether they be me or someone else — so many of my own favorites have been nominated and I was excited to vote for them! Voting will end Thursday night and winners will be announced Friday. ❤