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…

Simple Woman


Outside my window...
Clear skies and cold.

I am thinking...
about the Duggar Family show premier on television last night, mainly because it reminded me of a discussion I had here where some insisted that because of extremely high blood pressure, having a cesarean to deliver a pre-term baby was too dangerous and only the abortion procedure could/should be utilized. I had a lot of questions about that then.  However while watching this scenario play out for the Duggars, there was never a question of the surgery being anything but lifesaving for Michelle. In fact they showed her a few days later and she looked so much better! I think the difference isn't really risk to the mother, but whether or not an effort wants to be made to deliver the child alive, and of course the Duggars did.


I am thankful for...
the return of Mr. Pete! I really missed him while he was away. Now my household feels complete again.

From the learning rooms...
We continue with The Screwtape Letters and A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court with Gabe in preparation for confirmation. I am moving Gabe to the end of General Science so that he can study anatomy with us. I added the assignment of reading through the Bravewriter Help for High School Course and we are going to pick up American History from 1877.  I also picked up Gettysburg / Gods and Generals for the older kids and movie day this week.

From the kitchen...
trying a bunch of new things from Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love.  Quite a few goodies in there!

I am wearing...
Gray Sweat paints and a white sweatshirt 

I am creating...
a candel light dinner for Candlemas tomorrow

I am going...
to try out all the FIRM tapes I got on ebay last week.  Yesterday Izzy and Rosie and I did The Firm: Body Sculpting System - Cardio Sculpt together.  I don't know what was more aerobic- the actual workout or trying to get out of the way of Rosie's enthusiastic  upper extremities holding on to 2 pound weights!

I can remember when I was a little girl exercising with my mom while she worked out with the  Jack LaLane show back in the 60s. I have come full circle!

I am reading...

The Divine Office for Dodos: A Step-By-Step Guide to Praying the Liturgy of the Hours


Going Rogue: An American Life

I am hoping...
to get to mass twice this week, once for Candlemas and one for St. Blaze. I am also wishing my good friend Twana a very happy birthday!


I am hearing...
The Printer.



Around the house...

quiet - time to get everyone up!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
finish cleaning my office, hit my goal for my typing and getting a lot of laundry done!

A picture I am sharing:
 I watched this fascinating PBS special last night about the American Sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Towards the end of his life he was commissioned to do a cemetery piece for a friend whose wife had committed suicide.  He was asked to look at some Buddhist art for inspiration.  The best picture I could find of this beautiful piece was on Flickr. 

Adams Memorial 1925
Originally uploaded by NCinDC




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