Birth announcement: Abigail Violet!

I got the best email from a mama the other day! She wrote:

I just wanted to write and thank you for the part you played in naming our newest arrival. I’ve been reading your blog for several years hoping to someday have a third child but didn’t think it would ever happen. We were surprised to learn last fall that we were expecting again after 10 years, and I was so excited to get your new book to help me name this little one. You mentioned toward the end of the book the possibility of honoring Mary through a child’s initials, and when I saw that one of the options was AVE, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Our sweet Abigail Violet was born three months ago, and we love that we get to honor Mary in two ways with her name — through both her initials and her middle name.

Again, thank you for the work you do with your blog and your book, both of which have helped us give our precious Abby such a meaningful name.”

How great is that?!! What a hopeful, happy story!! Indeed this family’s last name starts with an E, and I’m so happy that little Abby’s parents found my book helpful in choosing a beautiful name with her with such wonderful Marian connections! I think using Marian initials is such a great way to work Our Lady into a name. I love it!

Congratulations to the whole family, and happy birthday Baby Abigail!!

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Abigail Violet, whose middle name and initials (AVE) honor Our Lady (as well as her amazing OL of Guadalupe swaddle from Be A Heart!)


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 expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady!

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Check out Radiant magazine!

Do any of you subscribe to the lovely Radiant Magazine? If so, you’ll find me in the current issue! There are other wonderful articles in there as well, but one of my favorites is about Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, a Sister of Life who’s also a twin — you’ll have to read to see what her sister’s name is! 😍😍😍 A beautiful magazine altogether, and I’m honored to be included in it!

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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!

A few not-to-miss things

Baby’s still snug inside, don’t get too excited! 😀 I’m 36 weeks 4 days today, so still a bit of time left (but not much! Woo!).

I’ve been off the computer as much as possible this past month, trying to focus on back-to-school and welcoming-baby, but there are a few things I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss:

My August CatholicMom column posted on the feast of the Assumption (perfect day for it!) — it’s the essay of the second-place winner of my St. Francis de Sales Writing Contest. The student, Anne, did such a great job! She wrote about her devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. ❤

I also received a great review of my book by fellow CatholicMom contributor Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur (author of her own name book, The Catholic Baby Name Book) — she posted it on her blog, as well as Today’s Catholic Homeschooling and Amazon. Thank you to her!!

And my book was also discussed in the current (September) issue of Catholic Digest! So exciting!

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I hope you’re all having a great summer!!

 

 

More endorsements for my book!

I posted recently with some of the endorsements I was fortunate enough to receive for my book (here and here), and wanted to add the last few! I also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that I have a new tab at the top of my page called, “My book of Marian names!” in which I put all the info you could possibly want about my book — description, where to buy it, and links to all the endorsements and reviews its received as well as any other bits of info (like my upcoming book signing!).

While most of the endorsements I received were from the Catholic world, and each one is such a treasure!, I love that these pages include endorsements from name experts Abby from Appellation Mountain, Linda Rosenkrantz from Nameberry, and Laura Wattenberg from Baby Name Wizard. I’m so pleased that they thought my effort was worth supporting. ❤

I was also thrilled to secure the endorsement of my bishop!

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Book endorsements and book signing! (I’d love to see you there!)

You guys! I’m doing a book signing! 😮🎉💃 It will be at my local Catholic book store, Giver of Life Gift Shoppe, and Marian Press will be there as well to do a little interview with me. So exciting! I know I’ve said it before, but I’ve wanted to be a writer of books my whole life, and that my first book is a book honoring Our Lady, and having to do with names, is such an amazing privilege. And a book signing! It’s like all my favorite things — babies, names, faith, and writing — all in one! I’d love to see any of you there that might be able to make it! It’ll be on Sunday, July 29 from 1-3, and not only will you be able to get your book signed in person, but you’ll also be able to see my enormous belly. I mean, it’s enormous. 🤰🤰🤰

Speaking of my book … a few weeks ago I shared the first two pages of the endorsements I received for my book, and I wanted to share the next couple pages’ worth! Check them out:

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I’m so honored by these amazing endorsements!! If you want your own copy of the best book of Marian names in existence 😉 , you can find it on the publisher’s site at ShopMercy.org or on Amazon.

(Several of you have asked for a compilation of the names to honor St. Anne in a boy’s name as resulted from the blogiversary giveaway, which I intended to put up last week while we were away on vacation, but the Wi-Fi situation didn’t work out the way I hoped. Then I thought it would be better to post it on St. Anne’s feast day, which is two weeks from Thursday (July 26), so that’s what I’m planning!)

It’s my blogiversary! I have some goodies for you!

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Even WordPress is excited for me! 😀

You guys! Four years ago yesterday I posted my very first post! (I actually started writing this post yesterday on the actual day, but then had to make an unexpected run to the dr for an unexpected diagnosis of strep in my 11yo, so here we are! A day late!)

Each year on the anniversary of the beginning of the blog, I’m newly blown away by how amazing this all has been, and especially how amazing you all have been! I’m forever grateful for you and our little community here, and all that God’s allowed through it. Thank you thank you!!

In celebration of my blogiversary and as a thank you to you all, I started a St. Anne novena last night for all of you, with a special mention of those of you who are mothers or who want to be, and those who are hoping for a baby or are suffering from the loss of a baby or from infertility, as well as for all of your children, both living and deceased. St. Anne is the patroness of the blog, and I’ve felt her close by so many times in the last four years. She’s a loving and holy mother and grandmother and a great intercessor!

I’m also doing a giveaway! Yippee!! 😀

I have a few things to give away, so I’m going to pick five (5) winners. The first two will receive:

— A copy of my book (signed or not as you like, and I absolutely won’t be offended if you don’t want them signed!)

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(Best name book you’ll ever own! Just sayin! 😉 )

— This beautiful book of prayers and novenas to St. Annestannebook

— One (1) sheet of these amazing temporary tattoos that have “Be not afraid!” in St. John Paul II’s own handwriting! Each sheet has two (2) tattoos, and they come courtesy of Lindsay at Just Love Prints (she has the coolest things!). Consider the possibilities! Labor and delivery would be a great time to wear one (that’s my plan!), or during finals or job interviews, or medical procedures … these babies could really give you some peace of mind just when you need it! You can put them somewhere discreet, or show them off, whatever you like!

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Image from Lindsay’s Etsy shop

Again, the first two winners will receive the three things listed above: my book, the St. Anne book, and a sheet of temporary tattoos.

I wish I could give you all a copy of my book! But since I only have two to give away, I’m going to choose three (3) additional winners, who will receive the St. Anne prayer book and a sheet of the temporary tattoos.

To enter the giveaway, click here! It’ll direct you to answer today’s burning question: what’s your favorite way to honor St. Anne in a boy’s name? It will be open through tomorrow (Friday) night at midnight eastern, and I’ll announce the winners on Saturday!

Thank you again for all the fun name talk over the last four years, and for how we pray for each other, such a blessing. Happy Thursday! ❤ ❤ ❤


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!

Talking naming at Nameberry, and book endorsements

screenshot-06.26.18I have a fun, chatty piece up at Nameberry on naming this baby! Baby Name Challenge: Naming a 7th boy!

Man! It is a challenge! We haven’t made a huge amount of progress since Abby’s consultation for us! I’m 27 weeks today, so we still have time, but I know how fast that time’s going to fly! I think the deadline of, you know, BIRTH will really help us choose … I’ve always worked better with a deadline … I think I’m hung up on trying to find the *perfect* name, which just looks different to my husband than it does to me. It’s not any different than it was with the other boys, but I admit I do feel extra pressure to get it exactly right this time. As if we didn’t the other times! (We did!)

In book news, I wanted to share some of the endorsements it received with you — I think they sell the book as well as or better than I ever could. I’m so grateful for them and humbled by them! Here are the first two pages:

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I’ll share the rest of them with you in subsequent posts, a couple pages at a time. If I could also prevail upon any of you who have bought the book to leave a review on Amazon, I would be ever so grateful! Have a great Tuesday!


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. 🙂