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…

Childbirth thoughts

One aspect of being a "work at home" Medical Transcriptionist, that the "Work at Home" ads never mention, is that when you work alone at home, you have to get the work done before you go anywhere or do anything! SO...I am spending my last day before the baby comes furiously transcribing away so that I can deliver my work around 5:00 tonight. Then I will pick up MORE work, and try to get most of IT done before I go to bed. Then Mr. Pete will be able to deliver it on Monday. If I have to, I'll be able to type a little next week, but my remembrance of trying to transcribe after a Cesarean is not pleasant and, does anyone really want a transcriptionist on heavy narcotics typing their medical reports? I think not!! So very little blogging - lot's of other typing though!!

For other births, an image that sustained me was that of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. I had this thought that while Christ was in the garden, he knew what suffering he was going to endure, and He knew that He alone would have to go through that special suffering and carry that cross. It was His alone to do.

That same holds true for mothers, particularly for mothers who have already labored and birthed one child for they KNOW what's ahead, they know the pain and the hardships, and it's really clear that no one else can do that for them!! There was also that sense of just waiting for that to happen and not knowing exactly when the labor would start and how that was somewhat like Christ waiting for his passion to start. I felt closer to Christ thinking about that. Like I really could put my head on His chest and He knew the thoughts and fears that I was having.

This is my very first scheduled childbirth. All of the others have involved labor, even the C-sections did not happen until I had reached the pushing stage and then it became clear that a vaginal birth wasn't going to happen. So this birth tomorrow is different because I know the day and the time. The image for me this time has been one of Christ laying down upon His cross of His own free will. He chose that and all that went with it.

Tomorrow, in my own small way, I'll be accepting my own cross. I enter as a healthy pregnant woman and will become a postop patient with a wound to tend and pain to deal with, for the sake of this little daughter I haven't met yet! And again I feel very close to Christ, but this time the crucified Christ and His example. It is a small death for me, in a way, to give up my mobility, my body, my free will in many ways, to do this. In that way it's kind of scary. It's kind of a small death for Mr. Pete too as he takes over the household of 5 active children, a new baby, and a wife who won't be operational for a while. But in a way it's our submission that brings us closer to Christ and He can teach us things through this that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

So your prayers for us would be truly appreciated. As soon as I can I'll put out pictures and a birth story. Have a wonderful weekend!

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