Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Weight and being heavy

Over at Summa Mamas they are having a sort of theological discussion on weight, being overweight, sin, obsession etc. It's kind of timely for me.

I only gained a lot of weight when I had a baby. With each baby I gained at least 50 pounds. After baby # 4 I was on the way to losing the weight when I became pregnant with baby #5 ( 6 months later). The birth of #5 was very traumatic, (race to the hospital, emergency C-section under general anesthetic etc. etc.) and although I lost 20 pounds or so, I think I kept some of that weight as a buffer, protection or whatever from another pregnancy. It's not getting a new baby that's the problem, but the trauma of pregnancy and delivery really messed with my mind after that one.

Of course I did get pregnant with baby #6 and gained those 20 pounds back plus a few more and when that baby died I didn't give a damn about the weight or much of anything else. As I blogged previously, 12 of those pounds came off last year and I have been holding that line since before Christmas. I always have been able to maintain very well. However I have more to lose and I just haven't been motivated to get started again.

My best friend turned 45 yesterday (Yea T!!) and she has been going to Jazzercise 3-4 times a week since October and lost 50 pounds! WOW!! I had such fun talking to her last night about all of this and hearing her motivation and excitement about her progress, I think some of it may have rubbed off on me too!! So maybe I can get that ever steady maintenance line to start heading downard again!

By the way, when I speak of a line, I literally mean a line. I have the Weight Commander downloaded on my computer and it literally tracks my weight for me. A nice little tool although brutally honest!

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