I don't want to let the month pass by without sharing a few resources here on the blog.
~ Bonnie at A Knotted Life offers to pray for people who have lost babies, as a tribute to her son Peter who was miscarried . . .
~ Mandi at A Blog About Miscarriage has thoughts on naming a baby you've lost, some succinct responses to inappropriate questions, free miscarriage prayer printables (designed by me), and a whole page of pregnancy loss resources . . .
~ Mary at Better Than Eden has complied a list of scripture verses that gave her comfort after her loss, and shares the important distinction between angels and saints. . .
~ Molly at Molly Makes Do has a beautiful take on a mother's body as a reliquary for her lost saints, and a reminder about how easy it is to be corrupted by our desires, even if those desires are for good things . . .
~ The Giveaway
Because of some lovely artists who also happen to be readers of the blog, I get to offer a giveaway especially for those of you who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss. And because sometimes the best way to heal is to help comfort others, each giveaway includes two items . . . one for you to keep and one to give to a friend.
The first giveaway is from Katrina who blogs at Cedars and Tiny Flowers and peddles her hand-painted wares at Hatch Prints on Etsy.
One winner will receive one 8x10 print of each of these beautiful quotes by St. Zelie Martin . . .
One to keep and one to give away, plus FIFTY DOLLARS in shop credit!
Katrina's shop is full of really beautiful things.
She says . . .
I love finding quotes that speak to the everyday life and then putting them to watercolor and acrylic paint to create pieces that can hang on your wall and be seen hundreds of times a day. After I paint or hand letter the art, I digitize them and have them printed by a local printer on 100 lb white linen paper for an elegant and high quality finish.
The second giveaway is from Lindsay at Jasper + Jade.
It features a St. Catherine of Siena (patroness of miscarriage) birthstone necklace, which can be customized with baby's birthstone.
And a St. Gerard (patron of pregnancy) birthstone necklace. It can also be customized with baby's birthstone.
One winner will receive both beautiful necklaces, one to keep and one to give away.
And EVERYONE gets a 5% off coupon, to use in the shop! The code is CATHOLICALLYEAR
The giveaway is open ONLY to women who have personally experienced infant or pregnancy loss. Please enter by leaving a comment on this post sharing the name or due date (or whatever you feel comfortable sharing) of the baby you lost. We can all pray for each other, and I'll announce the winners of the giveaway next week.
There's also still time to enter the rosary resources giveaway, which is open to all.
Happy Feast of St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of hopeless causes . . .