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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…

7-quick takes- the early bird edition

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. So yesterday I went to church because SLO was going to receive the anointing of the sick before she goes into surgery today. Father met me in the church about five minutes or so before SLO was supposed to show up. And something mysterious came over me. I simply couldn't shut up. I chattered away for probably a good five to ten minutes until SLO came, which I'll bet was a welcome relief for Father! I don't know what came over me except I was just - well nervous. This is the second anointing I've attended this year, with this priest for someone I love with cancer and I guess to keep from talking about that I talked about everything else. He must think I am a complete nut case.

2. So tomorrow is SLO's surgery and also joining us in the waiting room will be a guy named Bob. So if you're playing at home I will be sitting there with Bill, Bob and Dick, or as I like to call them, William, Robert and Richard. Eegad it's going to be a long day.

3. SLO does not want any of us to know anything about her medical status until she knows it first and although I tried to explain that sometimes it takes a second set of ears or simply another person to help get the gist of what the medical professionals are saying, she will have none of it. A quick Google search shows that many people think it's a good idea to have someone around to take notes and listen for/with you. So basically tomorrow I guess after hours of waiting they're just going to come and tell us she's out of surgery. period.

4. I remember coming out from anesthesia after the emergency cesarean with my daughter. A doctor came and told me my daughter had holes in her lungs - which my brain coming out of general anesthetic took to mean she had tuberculosis. I also remember Mr. Pete sitting there eating a ham sandwich in front of me. Of course he really wasn't, he was filling out the hospital paper work, but my post-anesthesia brain misinterpreted it.

5. Mr. Pete is going to homeschool the kids today since I will be out. I have been putting the fear of God into them all week too, "Just wait till your Dad is here on Friday! You're gonna wish you had memorized those spelling words then!" So they're a little nervous. Mr. Pete though is giddy with excitement about being the homeschooling Dad.

6. So in trying to learn a little bit about being a caregiver for postmastectomy I found the best information came from postmastectomy patients. This gal is one of my favorites! Very down to earth but full of good information and tips.

7. I don't really have a 7. Just asking for prayer to get us through the next couple of days would really be appreciated.

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