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!

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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!

Sheenazing!

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. ❤

Please pray for the family of Zita Marie-Catherine <3

A mama that I’d emailed with regarding the name for her baby girl, due later this summer, has let me know that her baby was stillborn a week ago today.

She writes,

Hi, Kate,

I just wanted to let you know that sadly our sweet Zita was stillborn last Friday, June 8th, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. On Thursday morning I woke up and realized she wasn’t moving. By 9:30 an ultrasound confirmed our worst fears, that her heart had stopped beating. I was 29 weeks. It appears my placenta partially abrupted — enough to cut off her oxygen and nutrient supply. For her middle name we chose Marie-Catherine. Labor took almost 24 hours and she wasn’t born until 7:29 pm on the 8th, so it was also the vigil of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is one of the reasons for Marie. Marie is also my middle name and I wanted to give her a piece of me. We hyphenated the name to make it even more French-like in order to connect her to her sisters who also have French middle names.

I think you’ll appreciate how our naming of Zita really shows how often our children’s names weren’t necessarily chosen by us, but by God. In Italian it means “little girl.” A couple of nights ago I was also reading up on [Bl. Karl and his wife, Servant of God Zita] again and was floored to realize Karl had a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart — so much so he slept with an image of the Sacred Heart under his pillow and on his deathbed he said to Zita: “We will always be together in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” Of course this knowledge only made my tears flow again. My husband and I have actually talked about putting this quote on our Zita’s gravestone.

Thank you for all of your suggestions regarding Zita’s name. We know we (or I should say God) has chosen a good one for our precious daughter.”

Please keep Zita’s beautiful family in your prayers as they go through this terribly hard time. Bl. Karl, SOG Zita, Mother Mary, and St. Anne, please pray for them!

Baby Zita with her family ❤ ❤ ❤

“God said to march”

Charlotte, who has been a longtime and dear member of this community, wrote the most beautiful post the other day, which I wanted to share with you all: God said to march.

In it, you’ll read about her struggles, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share her Go Fund Me again. She’s trying so hard to get back on her feet and keeps facing challenges at every turn — asking for help is mortifying for her, so I’m asking for her. Even a little bit would help, and also your prayers! Thank you all! ❤ ❤ ❤

We have some winners!!

You guys! You blew me away with your entries to the Mother’s Day giveaway! I loved reading each one!

The first three people to email me with the most complete list of names from the 2017 top 100 that also appear in my book are: Carrollann, Christina, and Katie! Congratulations to them all!

One of the best things to come out of this giveaway was all the new ideas I got from your emails! As I was telling Jon Leonetti when I was on his show the other morning, despite having spent nearly ten years of my life — including the last four (!) with all of you sharing your ideas — digging into every nook and cranny of the internet and books I have and compiling the names that ended up in my book, I’m STILL finding new Marian names and titles that I never came across/thought of/heard of. You all have provided several new ones, and I’ve added them to the list I’ve started for the book’s second edition! 😉

I haven’t responded to anyone’s entries but those of the winners, so don’t get concerned if you didn’t hear from me … I plan to and want to reply to each of you, as I truly loved each one of your emails. Hopefully today! I hope you all have a great Sunday!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady, is now available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon! It’s a perfect for expectant mamas, baby showers, and just because. 🙂 If you feel moved to leave a review on Amazon, it would be greatly appreciated!