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…

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1. Thankfully my back and back side are feeling somewhat better. I can sit for longer periods of time and I can pretty much get in and out of the van without a lot of pain and I can almost make it to the top of the stairs without a lot of pain. So this is progress. A nice lady from the hospital called yesterday to see how I was doing. She relieved my worry about spinal damage. I guess the big signs of spinal cord injury would have been numbness, tingling, and incontinence. Another unrelated symptom that would require immediate care is shortness of breath - meaning a blood clot had traveled to my lungs or something. Luckily I have had none of those. Mr. Pete said it was more like taking a big slab of meat and smacking it down hard on the concrete (or in my case, marble), the meat is just tenderized a little bit. Anyway that made me laugh.

2. So next year Sam will be a Senior. I will have actually homeschooled through high school! There are some in my homeschool group that can say that, but I think I'd be safe to say that the majority either send their kids to public school or an online public school. So I feel pretty proud of Sam and me and of course I have to give some props to mom who helped me for so many years.

3. Now, it's probably true that Sam has missed out on some opportunities, just by virtue of being homeschooled. For example, Izzy's friend, T, is in some kind of program from the public school where if she can keep a high grade point average through jr. high and high school she is eligible for scholarships to OSU. To hear her tell it, it's some kind of partnership between the school and the university for inner city kids. But on the other hand, Sam is truly a sensitive, compassionate, industrious and kind young man. And yea... I know I'm his mom but, long time readers will know that I'm brutally honest about my kid's faults too so I think I'm being fair here.

4. I had to laugh when I re-read that link above from a few years back. I initially wrote it because SLO accused me of only saying nice things about my kids and not being objective about their faults. So to prove her wrong I wrote that - and I sure took on criticism for it!

5. So because I couldn't exercise all week, I feel like such a failure on the fitness front. I had been walking and working out in my basement and now doing nothing - I feel like I'll be starting all over again!

6. I'm feeling like a failure on the spirituality front too. Sometimes I feel as if I can't do EVERYTHING (rosary, Divine office, etc) that I ANYTHING. It's like being on a diet and falling of the wagon and so just giving up completely. Sort of like that. And I missed mass last weekend because of my injury and I really needed to go (although secretly, because it was Mother's day, I'm kind of glad I didn't. I don't think I could do it this year yet.)

7. Mr. Pete had to lay off an employee this week which was sad. He's been getting up every day at 6 and coming home at 8, which hasn't been very easy this week either. The odd thing is that he has the work, and he has a huge accounts receivable but the school systems are holding on to their cash.  Probably at the end of the school year he'll start getting it in, but it's sad that it takes two, three, four or more months to get paid for work that was already done.

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