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…

My Dearest Daughter

In 1958 my mother got married and moved across the country. These are the letters written to her, mainly by her mother, between 1958 and 1960. Others in the series are in my del.icio.us file.

February 4, 1959

Dearest Maryrose:

Happy Birthday Darling. We couldn't find a sewing basket like the one you saw with Calvin, but we saw a lovely singer portable, so we bought that. It is going out today and you may not get it before your birthday, but it is supposed to come right to your house as singer said they would send it by truck. Now it may come from Santa Fe or Espaniola and therefore be delivered by their regular truck. Of course we are anxious about how and when it gets there. You'll let us know eh?

It is a brand new machine not one with a log of stuff on it, but it does have attachments and does sew back and forth. It also sews over pins. One thing I liked especially, the bobbin is reached from the top instead of having to get it after lifting the head. I'm hoping you like it.

I looked at used ones and there was only one that looked good for $159.95 but it was so big and heavy. This one was $40 chaper and brand new and so neat! Hope you like it.

How are you feeling? Mrs. Lang called this morning asking about you. Everything is fine here. Dad has about two more weeks of work. Out of paper so I" close and write more a little later.

God love you both.


The delightful thing about this letter is that I don't remember my mother ever ever ever sewing a stitch when I was growing up! Grandma was the sewer!!?? Funny thing that.

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