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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…

Lives of Loveliness - Pick Me Ups for the Homeschooling Mom - Redux

I got a recent request for anold posting of mine for a homeschooling news letter. I was very surprised and flattered! When I went back to look at what I wrote I thought this would also be perfect for this month's Lives of Loveliness topic Short Circuiting Winter Burnout. I've added a little bit more to the end:

Midwinter got you down? Are you feeling overworked, over stressed but the possibiity of getting away for a little vacation is remote? Here are some ideas that work for me that might help you rejunvinate your mind and body and hand on until springtime!

1. Make time for prayer time! Just those few minutes in the day or the evening to get yourself right with the Lord can do wonders for your mental attitude!

2. Read something inspiring, challenging or interesting! I'm looking through my Arts and Crafts for Lent: From Mardi Gras to Passiontide, With Prayers and Blessings for Family, School, and Church and getting great ideas to do with the kids in the coming weeks. I'm also looking at catalogues for next summer and reading over on the 4RealLearning forums for inspiration and encouragement. "A Mother's Rule of Life" is a good read during this time of year. Real life books like the "Prizewinner from Defiance Ohio" also entertain and inspire!

3. Get back to exercising!! Even as little as 30 minutes a day can just make your whole body - well ache, but before the pain sets in it's envigorating. I find that the aches I get the next day are eliminated when I exercise again!

4. Try some new recipes. There are tons of good recipes on line. Maybe play around with Mastercook to save your favorite recipes and learn some new ones.

5. Get away from the academics for a while. Do a big art or nature project instead, or find something that one of the kids is really interested in and emmerse yourself in that for a week. It's fun and educational.

6. Do home economics aka - spring cleaning! Have the kids help you get your house back in order and give them some incentives to do it!

7. Take some field trips. This probably isn't very practical if you have very little kids, but if it is possible to get out of the house for something special with your older children, you make a memory with them and a change of pace for you.

8. Go through the family photos. Start organizing them with the kids and tell them the family stories you know! Have the kids start writing or typing some of these down so that they can remember them later. This is the perfect time to organize all of your photos and you can count it as art, history of an intro to geneology.

9. Have a movie day. We just had several! The Brave Writer program recommends movies once a week. One time I got the entire Roots series out from the library and we watched that, coming and going as necessary for food and bathroom breaks. My older kids still remember that and it gave them a good framework for the chronology of American History.

10. Plan something nice for Dad and keep it a secret. It will kill the little ones to keep it quiet and that's always fun to watch! It just makes everyone a little giddy to know that they are planning something special and the big guy hasn't a clue! Maybe it's earning money to get him something special, or planning a Thank You Dad party, or maybe just a dinner with all of his favorite foods that the kids helped with. Be creative! and have fun!

NEW: This year especially with thoughts of my mom and her death still tender on my mind, I decided that I needed to be just be with people more. I needed to get outside of my own head. So far this month, we have had one family over to join us in a Mexican Fiesta! They brought some of the food and we fixed up the meat and some sides and we had a great time with all of our kids around the same table! It was just what I needed. We also asked a couple we haven't seen in a while to go out to dinner with us a week or so later and that was fun too. We picked a family type restaurant and for a reasonable cost had some good adult conversation with friends. I think it's a good thing to take good cheer and socialization we had over the holidays and extend it into the new year, and getting together with friends needn't be expensive or complicated. In fact relaxed and informal was the best! So good in fact, I hope we can have a few more get togethers through the dreary months of February and March.

lives of loveliness 2010

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