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…

Works for Me Wednesday - coping with abdominal and back pain

When my first son was born in 1989, I found recovery from the Cesarean section to be one of the most difficult things I had ever done. How was it possible to hold my baby in one arm, and protect my aching abdomen and Cesarean scar with the other. I walked around hunched over for a few days, like an old woman until the healing started.

When my daughter was born by Cesarean in 1999 it occurred to me that I didn't need to use one of my arms to protect my body - why didn't I just ask for an abdominal binder??!! but more to the point, why didn't anyone at the hospital suggest one? That  Abdominal Binder (like this one)  provided comfort and made it possible for me to go with just plain Tylenol instead of a prescription narcotic for pain. When Rosie was born via Cesarean in 2005, I asked for one before I even got to the hospital. Wearing it as close after delivery as possible immediately helped control the pain and consequently, that was my best Cesarean birth.

Last week I had a little altercation with a marble stair (the stair won!) and at home I found myself bracing my backside with my hands whenever I wanted to standup, sit or move. It occurred to me that my body shaper like this one, might just do the same thing! And voila, it did! I have been wearing mine now since Saturday and it really helps me to do without the pain meds and gives me more mobility. In fact, I was feeling so good yesterday afternoon that I took it off - big mistake! I plan to wear it all day today. Again, this is something that was never mentioned at the emergency room, but that I have found to be extremely helpful.

Works for me!

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