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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…

Small Successes!

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1. My kids and I finished reading about the Donner Party. We had some good discussions about planning ahead, and knowing who to trust. Most people think of the Donner Party as synonymous with cannibalism, but really they are the poster children for poor planning and bad leadership. It was good to have such discussions with my kids though. They really felt a lot of empathy and did a lot of, "what would I do if I were lost in the desert or stranded in the mountains" type of thinking.

2. My efforts to get back in shape via exercise videos have rubbed off on Izzy and her friend T, who are as we speak over at T's house doing Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise

3. My two son's Sam and Gabe are not ONLY performing in Battle of the Bands in June, but they lined themselves up another "gig" at a local coffee house! Sam says, "we're living the dream." They're more like living the cat nap, but it's a start and I'm proud of them for being so persistent.




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