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…

Works for Me Wednesday - Computer back up!

On September 13, 2006 I walked by my office and noticed the blue screen of death on my computer monitor with some ominous wording at the top. I can't remember the exact computer phrase but it basically meant my hard drive was no longer spinning, in fact it would never spin again and all of the data on that hard drive was buried within it for ever. It was all gone.

I went through the five stages of grief with a particularly long stay over in the anger and bargaining phase, but eventually I had to pull it together and get another computer.

Luckily I had a lot of my photos stored here and there throughout the internet, but most of my documents were gone including one very important one for work. I VOWED to never let that happen again.

Since they I have found an online computer backup system that backs up and stores my data effortlessly and for free. In fact I don't have to tell the backups to happen, they back up my data continuously throughout the day.

I use a2GB totally free online backup compliments of Mozy. It backs up 2 Gs of data for free. But if I ever decide that I need it to backup more I can sign up for unlimited backups for under $5.00 per month! If I sign up for a year I can get a free month; three months free for a two year commitment. I've been running the free backup for over six months now and it's been effortless and it certainly gives me piece of mind.

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