March, 2008 browsing by month


Hip-Hip Hooray!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Stage 1 of Spring Cleaning 2008 agenda has been accomplished!!!!!!!!!!! After five days (a few hours each day and one big push today), the whole attic is neatly organized into categories along the eaves with giant spaces by the dormers and a wide aisle down the center. I made a little spot for some previously started projects for me to work on and another area where I’ve gather our “memorabilia” containers…two areas that need worked upon. I’ve personally got five containers too many full of life history stuff. I really think I’m going to scan much of it and then trash it. Electronic bits and bytes take up a whole lot less space than 35 gallon plastic containers.

So after I start dinner, I think I’ve still got energy to maybe tackle the hallway on this level and begin Stage 2 of Spring Cleaning 2008. I’m dreading the work that needs to be accomplished in our office/guest room…blah! But the attic accomplishment made me feel good and I know having the office clean & organized will also do us good.

Papal Visit

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

As most everyone knows by now, the Holy Father is visiting the USA in April. I found a great website devoted to his visit. It has all sorts of information, including a blog.

Dave and I have not told too many people yet, but we were amazingly blessed and are both being allowed to attend the Yankees Stadium mass with the Pope. Dave’s parent’s asked if we would like to attend so they entered our names in their parish “pool” and we were chosen. Our own parish was not so fortunate as to be granted any tickets to the event so we really are blessed.

A Few Thoughts on Marriage

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

It is a rainy, dreary morning in New England. I’ve been catching up on my blog reading this morning. There are several blogs I really enjoy reading by women who stay home, mother’s of small & large families, homeschoolers, Catholic wives, and some who just have awesome hearts & minds.

I was reading on one site today about a woman whose husband left her with three young children after 12 years of marriage. Ack! My heart absolutely breaks for a marriage that ends. Dave & I entered marriage with the assumption that we would live the rest of this life out together. Assumption can make a person complacent. I must remember to pray daily for our marriage to always grow stronger, healthier and wiser. As it is already, after only 16 months of marriage, I can not imagine life without Dave by my side. God bonds two as one spiritually with the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, but I see now that over time God makes this incredible gift blossom so that each spouse literally cannot see themselves as whole anymore without the other.

I have some general prayers for Dave that I try to remember daily regarding his work, safety and happiness, but I must also remember to pray for our marriage. I prayed for God to grant me this wonderful husband, so it makes sense that I remember to pray for our marriage to become greater and greater everyday.

Thank you dear Heavenly Father for this miracle of Dave and an awesome marriage!

Resurrection of the Brock Bragger Newsletter

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I’ve allowed our extended family newletter to lay dormant for a couple of years now because of the fact that the two editor’s lives got crazy. My aunt’s with growing kids and a job. Me with falling in love, quitting my job, getting married and moving across the country to begin a new life with my husband. But with the recent passing of my Grandmother, ’tis time to bring back the Brock Bragger.

So I am going to try sending out e-mails to the family member’s whose e-mail addresses I posses and see if I can round up some interest. I need new addresses, dates of new baby arrivals, new weddings, news about kids, new jobs and just about anything else to write up a few articles.

Dave might be able to even make a password protected area on our blog so Brock folks could be the only ones to enter and read the latest issue of the newsletter. Would certainly save on postage!!

Spring Cleaning, but Not Yet Organizing

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I’m starting in the attic. That is where everything that did not find an immediate home elsewhere in the house when we moved in was relocated. It was not horridly messy, just needed fine tuning.

So last week and this week, I’ve been working at moving things around into categories. I even made little signs and tacked them to the roof-line so that I would know where things are for now. After encountering about 37 sets of twin sheets from our previous single lives, I decided that I would de-clutter and organize AFTER I had categorized everything.

Today I made some major headway and have a wide aisle in the front half of the attic. Plus, I found all sorts of stuff I had lost track of and technically, probably do not need.

I should have taken “before” photos, but I’ll try remembering to take “after” photos.

Why Do Catholics Cross Themselves before Prayer?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

While attending the Memorial Service recently for my friend’s sister, Dave asked me why no one “crossed themselves” before praying. The service was not Catholic and Dave’s exposure to most Protestant customs is limited. Since I didn’t know the answer to that question either, I later asked my friend why they don’t cross themselves. She retorted, “why do Catholics?” Hmmm, ahhh, duh…I’d forgotten. Not being a cradle Catholic, having come to the faith well into adulthood, and being one who frequently can’t remember these things right off the top of my head, I blanked.

Later while offering my friend’s retort back to my husband, he reminded me that we cross ourselves before prayer to invoke & call upon the One to whom we are praying. We also cross ourselves to remind us of the sealed sign of the cross made on our foreheads with Holy Chrism (oils) during the Sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation. It is a Catholic’s sign of belief, something of a creed of our belief in the Triune God. And Satan does not like it. Catholics can also make this sign during times of temptation or need with great spiritual benefit…makes those demons scamper!!

I was just online looking at what others have said about the sign of the cross and one young person said their religious instruction teacher told them this: In the Name of the Father (you are asking God to be in your thoughts while touching your forehead), And of the Son (you are asking God to be in your heart while touching your chest), And of the Holy Spirit ( you are asking God to be in all your actions while touching each shoulder). Very sweet and very poignant, for me at least.

So Dave’s question still remains unanswered, why don’t non-Catholic Christians cross themselves before prayer? At least now I hope I remember the reason why we do!! Makes me wonder how many other things I do out of habit and can’t remember why it’s done.