Reading round-up

Just a couple quick things that I enjoyed recently:

I Love My Kid’s Unusual Name, about a Mary Cecilia nicked Mamie and her parents’ struggle over the naming process. I guess it’s true that I don’t hear Mamie too much, but I’m not sure I would have classified it as “unusual” until reading this. I guess it is, though “Mary Cecilia” has high-powered Sancta Nomina style. 🙂

And two things from the Twitter-verse:

  • Check out #HipsterConfirmationSaint courtesy of The Catholic Hipster (and fellow CatholicMom.com writer) Tommy Tighe, in which he calls for you to share your Confirmation name with him, if it’s the name of a Hipster Saint (and even if it’s not). Don’t know what the qualifications for “hipster” are? Me neither! But I do love a good name convo so head on over to his Twitter or his blog and share your Confirmation name if you think it might be what he’s looking for!
  • I was cracking up over #CelebBoatNames — I love clever punny names, some of them were really funny.

That’s what I got for you today! Happy Thursday!

A few things before we *gasp* leave on vacation

I’m terribly sorry for neglecting you all yesterday! I meant to post and the day just got away from me. If you can believe it, especially after my St. Anne’s Shrine post in which I emphatically declared that traveling with little ones is very low on my list of things that I’m willing to do, I am getting us all ready to go away for a week with my parents, siblings, their spouses, and their kiddos. We leave tomorrow. I know.

We’ve never done anything like this before, but the opportunity to be all together for a whole week — which hasn’t happened in at least … seven years? I think? Maybe longer? was certainly not something to be passed up. My boys will be seeing the ocean for the first time, which we’re all excited about, and hanging out with their cousins (also all boys), which we’re all excited about too. We’re staying in one big house (all twenty of us) that has a washer and dryer and kitchen, so I’m actually not stressing too much about it at all. I feel like I really don’t have to do much more than I had to do for the overnight we did at my mother-in-law’s house last weekend. Maybe a few more clothes? I’ll let you know next week if I was right. 😉

In the meantime, I wanted to assure you that I will have a consultation posted on Monday — WordPress has the handy feature of deciding when posts post, so I’ll write it up before I leave and schedule it to post Monday morning. I don’t know if I’ll have internet access or not — I’m assuming I will, at least occasionally — which only means that I might not be able to approve comments from people who have never commented before, and that I’m not planning any posts for next week.

But I’ll be back with a vengeance after that! Hopefully I’ll have spotted some great names or had some great name conversations (my sisters and sisters-in-law are good like that) that I can tell you about, and there are some upcoming births I’m excited about (Jenny Uebbing I’m looking at you!), and a couple other things I want to blog about, so August will be fun.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! And I’ll leave you with this, which is exactly the kind of thing I thought I’d find when I was writing my middle names article for CatholicMom.com (I didn’t find it though, and Barb only tweeted this to me after my article posted). I’m fascinated by this — have any of you had this experience or know someone who has?

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Find me on Instagram (the celebration continues!)

My sister, who is eleven years younger than me (=more up on what’s up), keeps telling me “it’s all about social media!” which is why I’ve got Sancta Nomina on Facebook and Twitter, and now — tah dah! — on Instagram! She’s been telling me for a while that I should, and the blogiversary seemed a good time to bite the bullet.

I’m not totally sure what a name blogger puts on Instagram? I thought maybe any names I spot while out and about? But I started with the pics from my trip to St. Anne’s that I’d posted here, and added a couple more from the trip that I hadn’t posted to the blog.

AND — I was determined to go to the gift shop while at the Shrine, specifically because I wanted to get a little something for you all, so I picked up several different holy cards of St. Anne, and I just now posted a picture of all of them and I put descriptions of them in the caption. (And even though I tried reeeeeaaally hard to have a nice-ish picture [I’m not a photographer], somehow my final cropping took out almost all of one of the cards, and none of the crumbs above, and I didn’t realize until after I’d posted it with the looong caption, and I felt like throwing my hands up and taking a nap at the thought of re-doing it all. So — it is what it is.)

I would love to send a holy card to whomever wants one! But since I have so many different ones, I thought the best way to do it would be to have you all see the descriptions of them that I posted today, so you know what all there is, and then starting tomorrow I’ll post a picture of just one, front and back, each day, and if you like that one, email me with your mailing address. (You’ll be able to see better the card that got cut off when I post the picture of just it.) I only have four or five of each, so unfortunately it’ll be first come, first served, and only one per person (one total, not one of each). Does that sound okay? (And please be patient with Instagramming me … I’ve had a personal account for a while and it continues to confound me, and totally irritate me that I can only post pics from my phone. Whyyyy not directly from the computer?? My sister rolls her eyes every time I ask these questions.)

And lest you think I’ve changed from a name blogger to a first-blogiversary-travel-photography blogger, fear not: I do actually have a name question for you all, but I’ll post it separately a little later. 🙂