Happy New Year to anyone out there who still reads my updates! It is my hope to start blogging a little more often than every 2 months this year. Three young kids, homeschooling and a mini-farm sure do keep me busy! We are so blessed and I am so thankful for my life, my family, my homestead, my friends and everything that God has provided for us. He is so good.
It is hard to believe that it will soon be a year since I was in the hospital with my last pregnancy that ended in February. I've been thinking about Francis Marie more often these days and the ache in my heart for another baby has already started as we have been blessed to cuddle lots of new bundles of joy in the last month! Our prayer is that the Lord will bless us with our own new bundle sometime in the next year.
During Advent I used the Saint Name Generator (courtesy of blogger/author Jennifer Fulwiler) to pick a saint for me for 2015. Why choose a saint? Well, it is a new person of God to study and learn about, a new intercessor in heaven whom I can ask to pray for me....the question is why not choose a saint for the year? We are all striving to become saints! Surely I could use some tips from someone who has gone before me!
So who did I get???
Drum roll, please.......
Blessed Angela of Foligno! She is actually Saint Angela now, declared a saint on October 9, 2013 by Pope Francis. So why did she pop up as "Blessed" under the saint generator? I can only guess it is because she was declared "Blessed" (or beatified) on July 11th, 1701. Mine and Robert's wedding anniversary is also July 11th. Had she popped up as "Saint Angela" (Canonization is when one is declared a saint), I might have never seen her beatification date and made the connection...and so I leave that as a special, mystical reminder from Our Lord that He wanted me to know of this connection. Saint Angela had no shortage of sorrow as her mother, husband and children all died within a close period of each other. It will be interesting to see what I will learn from this saint this year, and how she intercedes in prayer for me before the throne of God.
I certainly recommend that you try the Saint Name Generator and see who you get! If nothing else but to read up a little on a person who might draw you closer to Christ!