Monday, January 4, 2016

Firsts and Bests for 2015!!

Proving that 45 may indeed be the new 35, the past year saw me doing a lot of things for the first time in my life. That's true of my husband as well. Bringing equal amounts of fun and fear, here are our firsts for 2015:

  • first time being vetted by the Secret Service for a press pass to a papal Mass
  • first vocal solo in a Cathedral
  • first asked to endorse a book
  • first asked to endorse a film
  • first child to enter high school
  • first child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • first time teaching pre-Cana for the Joy-Filled Marriage program of the Archdiocese of Newark
  • first attendance at the Catholic Marketing Network trade show
  • first filmed talk
  • first post to reach over 8,000 shares in five languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, & Vietnamese)

And here are the best Can We Cana? posts for 2015, according to you, dear readers!

Top 10 Most Popular Posts

1. Exciting New Resource for Brides-to-Be from Pauline Books!

2. Top 7 Online Resources for Divorced Catholics

3. Parochial School Girl Meets Public School World (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

4. HUGE NEWS: Chris West Will Write the Foreword to Our Marriage Advice Book!

5. Best Catholic Books I Read in 2014

6. 13 Resources on Sacramental Marriage for Everyone from Newbies to Catechists

7. What Pope Francis Meant by Divorced & Remarried Aren't Excommunicated (awarded Best in Catholic Blogging)

8. Your Marriage is a Pearl of Great Price

9. Top Tips for a Joy-Filled Marriage

10. Our Visit to the Only Carthusian Monastery in the U.S.

Top 3 Most Popular Guest Posts

1. How Learning NFP Led this Couple to Convert to Catholicism: Why NFP? by Alicia & Thomas Sanjurjo

2. How to Stay Married 10 Years & Then Some, Third Time Around: Divorce & Remarriage Edition by Marie Therese Kceif

3. Why NFP is Great for Men, Too by Daniel Stewart aka Daniel Bearman of Acts of Idiot Praise

Post with Most Likes & Shares on Social Media

Best Blogposts and Mileposts of 2014!!

Post with the Most Comments

Best & Worst of Bishops Behaving Badly, or Week 2 of the Family Synod

Many blessings on all of you for helping this Catholic marriage support community grow. If there are any topics you'd like to hear more about, please let me know in the comments!


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  1. Wow! What great achievements. Starting a new blog, I'm a in awe of such accomplishments. Here's to a wonderful 2016!

    1. I just started in 2012. Persevere and you'll do wonderful things in the blogosphere. Thanks so much for visiting!