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…

7 Quicktakes- the Saturday Edition

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1. We have a birthday to celebrate next week and swimming lessons start, and Mr. Pete and I are manning a table at the state homeschool convention - the lazy days of summer?

2. I couldn't figure out why my otherwise gorgeous daughter's hair was looking so dull and greasy even after a shower? I started thinking that maybe she was going into early puberty and her oil glands were going into overdrive. But I discovered that she was using the fancy conditioner I got at the hair cutting place as a shampoo!! So I gave her a good old fashioned shampoo in the kitchen sink - shampoo, lather, rinse, repeat and then applied a little conditioner just to the ends and her hair looks great! So now that I am positive she knows what to do maybe she can keep it going.

3. In the last month I have had the opportunity to share some of the tips I learned about childbearing to two pregnant young women who were very open to hearing them. I really enjoyed those conversations and wish I could figure out a way to share what I have learned over the years on a more regular basis to women who genuinely want to hear about them!

4. Next month is a big birthday for Calvin - he will be 21! And aside from the usual reasons young people like to turn 21, Calvin has a special one- at 21 he will finally be allowed to drive the ambulance at work with lights and sirens.

5. Last night, Izzy, Noah and Gabe sang in a concert to cap off the end of Choir Camp. They had a blast!

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I learned some things about my kids - Izzy has a wonderful stage presence! Gabe has a great sense of humor, and Noah is very serious - he enjoys the technical aspects of music I think more than the actual performance. Gabe was the biggest and the oldest kid at camp. Lots of other kids would have been shy and maybe withdrawn about that, but Gabe seemed to relish being the stand out. When they did hand motions, Gabe REALLY did the hand motions. When they danced Gabe danced his heart out.
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But the laugh-out-loud moment for me was when the kids in one number got to play these xylophones and Gabe sat down in front of the tiniest little xylophone on stage. It was hysterical, this big kid in front of this tiny instrument - but he played it and had fun with it too.

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6. After the performance a lady came up to Gabe and told him that he was so handsome and he very graciously smiled at her and said, "Why, thank you!" It was a nice moment.

7. Me to my 5-year-old daughter, "You should draw a picture for her Godfather for Father's Day."

Rosie to me, "Does he like butterflies and mermaids?"
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This is the picture she ended up drawing of herself with her Godfather. 
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