I also had the brilliant idea that I would figure out who her patron saint for 2011 was and pray a novena to that saint. I was so proud of this little inspiration, but my super-sleuthing was unsuccessful - I'm not sure whether she signed up for a patron saint. But since she had named her baby Mary Grace, I thought a novena to Our Lady of Grace might be in order. Fr. Google is more impressive than Dr. Google, it turns out - I found out about Padre Pio's devotion to a beautiful image of Our Lady (although I think that looks like a pair of wings in the picture, not milk), and a novena associated with the image. (I screwed up and forgot on Palm Sunday, of all days, but I prayed it twice the next day and also tacked on an extra day at the end. I figure it counts one way or another.) Since Karen has just lost her grandmother and she didn't have her own mother around as an example of motherhood while she was growing up, I offered the novena for the intention that Karen become a mother like Our Lady (minus the crucifixion part. I was very specific).
Anyway, since I hadn't "met" Karen before the prayer buddy draw, and I now no longer have to be sneaky, I am adding her to my "with babies" blogroll. Go over and say hi!
And, I have to share one thing from the Easter Mass readings (at the Vigil we attended, they read all seven readings, not counting the Epistle and the Gospel!). This is the fourth reading, from Isaiah 54:
O afflicted one, storm-battered and unconsoled,
I lay your pavements in carnelians,
and your foundations in sapphires;
I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of carbuncles,
and all your walls of precious stones.