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…

25 bad things about

25 bad things about my kids or ranting of a slightly depressed housewife and mother.

1. They can’t spell. Must be genetic because Mr. Pete has a congenital spelling problem as well.
2. They’re slobs. Also genetic. Probably from my side though, although I’m sure my sister will say that that particular genetic mutation occurred solely at my conception.
3. They fight with each other over stupid things.
4. They couldn’t keep a quiet household if I paid them. They yell, bump, stomp, laugh, slam and are just generally noisy. Funny how I became more aware of that as I have been trying to keep the baby asleep.
5. They watch too much television and play too many video games for my taste.
6. They complain about their school work
7. I’ve caught them in lies.
8. When provoked, the older one can let out a string of obscenities that would make any saint blush.
9. None of them are forward thinkers. They all live for the moment and that drives me crazy.
10. Their handwriting also leaves much to be desired.
11. Left to their own devices they are sort of lazy too.
12. One of them wears his clothes so many days in a row that they become part of his molecular structure. I literally have to sneak them away to the washer when he’s in bed!
13. They don’t appreciate what they have enough.
14. They don’t pray enough
15. I feel like they have no clue how much things cost.
16. They act like I have to pay them for every little chore! “Mom you owe me 2 bucks for emptying the dishwasher!”
17. They eat all of their food for lunch before I even get a chance to sit down!
18. They’re kind of geeky.
19. One of them stutters and another one is literally indecipherable, although I’m hoping that will change when those front teeth come in!
20. They all have the innate ability to turn their ears off when my voice waves hit the tympanic membranes.
21. Some of them eat too much.
22. Some of them throw good food away.
23. All of them could walk over dog poop in the living room and never get a bag to pick it up and throw it out.
24. They know more about the current video games than they do about current events.
25. The only good songs they know they learned from Shrek and Shrek 2. The rest of their repertoire is crap.