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 - Jazzercise Dancin Abs and my daughter

In my effort to really get fit this year before summertime, I have been expanding my video exercise tapes and DVD collection. Yesterday for the first time I tried out Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise.Up until my pregnancy with Rosie, I was an avid Jazzerciser, going to class three to four or more times a week, and I have really missed it. So I bought this DVD with the idea of seeing what was new with Jazzercise and trying to get back into the groove.

This workout is lead by Shanna Missett Nelson, daughter of Jazzercise founder Judy Shephard Missett. I remember when she was a Jr. Jazzerciser in all of her mother's catalogues, but I digress. She is the new face of the company and this video showed it!  It was fast paced, challenging, I definitely worked up a sweat and I think, true to it's title, got a bit of an ab workout too, although my back is what's really feelin it this morning. The choreography was fun, contemporary, challenging and yet had the familiar Jazzercise moves too.

What was fun for me though, was that my 10 1/2 year old daughter wanted to do it with me.  So just like my old days in Jazzercise class, she stayed in her spot and I stayed in mine and we worked through the DVD together.  Although Izzy has been a runner and swimmer with only a little dance training, she was able to do most of the choreography in her own way and she said she could feel it working in her arms and thighs.  We laughed together when the intensity  got a little tough or when the moves got more complicated.  (I think today I'll have to show her some of the some of the more basic moves like heel hops so that it goes easier next time.)

But overall we had fun!  This might actually be memory making! 

And as we were walking out of the basement, all sweaty and tired my 11-year-old Noah said, "Wow, looks like if I want to get in shape for cross country, I better work out with you Izzy!"   If he does I absolutely will have to take a picture.

Works for Me!

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