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…

Small Successes


1. My oldest son, the first child that we loved and cared for, fretted over and worried about - the one we agonized over whether to homeschool or not, and the one who struggled to read, and to be on the local high school swim team, has been gainfully employed as an EMT for a year AND has made his own arrangements to move out. He found an apartment, has his utilities lined up, signed a contract and has a nice roommate. So I guess if this is a measure of successful homeschooling, we have to some degree been successful!

2. Sam the second son, a high school junior, successfully passed both of the soccer ref courses (two Saturdays - six to seven hours each!) and is now qualified to ref any soccer games this spring. This pooper scooping gig is going to be a regular weekly event as well - so he can pay for his own guitar lessons - it's all good!

3. A few weeks ago I got a request to put one of my blog articles in a homeschooling newspaper. The kind lady sent me a copy of the newsletter yesterday and it was fun to see my article on the front page. Thanks Catholic Homeschool Association of Omaha!
Catholic homeschool newsletter

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