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…

Why Michelle Obama is no Jackie Kennedy

I got to watch a bit of the Obama Christmas Special with Oprah last night. Oprah had Michelle Obama talk to her about the Christmas ornaments on the tree and I was simply stunned by what I heard.

Mrs. Obama started off by saying they had taken ornaments from previous administrations for the tree. So far so good - I thought it was great that they were giving a nod to past administrations and history. Turns out it was far from it. As Mrs. Obama put it, they sent these old bulbs out and asked communities to decorate over them - that's right. They sent them off to be defaced...

How hard would it have been to just ask people to make a Christmas decoration and send it in? That way the old bulbs would have been spared. And now that I think about it, the white house paid the postage for these to be sent out and returned? The spending just never lets up does it.

Anyway, there has been so much comparison between Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy I wanted to point out that Mrs. Kennedy NEVER would have sent out bulbs from past administrations to be "decorated over." She would have preserved them. I think the clips below illustrate that point. Mrs. Kennedy had a sense of history that seems to be lost on Mrs. Obama who apparently is under the impression that only her husband's administration is the one that matters.

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