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…

Simple Woman

Outside my window...
just about right temperature wise!
This is how the little Cuyahoga River looked on Sunday.
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I am thinking...
how quickly the summer is passing.

The thrill of victory to the agony of defeat...well maybe not THAT dramatic.

Sunday I had a rehearsal with one of the groups I play for.  I was sight reading a piece of music and the end went up to a very slow, soft, beautiful high E and I absolutely nailed it.  My adrenaline was surging, my heart was pumping, everyone was quiet and the musical director was just standing there pointing at me as if to say, "That's how it's done!"  It was really great!!  Every musician should get a moment like that!

Reality check the next day when the groom for the wedding I was supposed to play for on September 4 called to fire me.  They are getting a string quartet instead.

It is good to remain humble.

I am thankful ...
for my family's good health.

From the learning rooms...
Everyone does math and reading.  Izzy, Noah and Rosie and I are reading next set of Melissa Wiley's Little house series. We have two more states to cover this week and some history.And I am pushing Sam hard on American History 2 for CLEP.We are also hitting the War of 1812 pretty hard this week with my other kids

From the kitchen...
I'm trying some recipes from the Campbell's Kitchen for summer recipes!

I am wearing...
Black capris, maroon T-shirt.

I am creating...
Turkey pasta salad! Yum!

I am going...
to continue exercising.  Did Complete Aerobics and Weight Training today
I am concentrating on a lot of heavy cardio and abs.

I have been downloading the Divine Office onto my MP3 player(and I'm super impressed with myself that I was able to figure THAT out!) and then Mr. Pete and I can pray the office together.  I'm learning to follow the actual prayer book pretty well.

What I have learned though is that if I am going to really get decent and exercise and prayer done in the morning. I am absolutely going to have to get out of bed earlier, which means going to bed earlier.  That's the challenge!

I am reading...
A Simple Guide to the Spiritual Life which is a good read by the way.

I am hoping...
to get to Lake Erie next weekend!

I am hearing...
the humm of the air conditioner.  Unfortunately the insect buzzing that happens around here during the summer is EXACTLY what I hear in my head most of the time.  The bugs just amplify it.  It's really annoying.

Around the house...
would it be possible to finish this last pile of stuff from Mom... sigh... Thinking I should blindfold myself and just put everything in a bag and pitch!

A picture I am sharing:  

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Gabe LOVED that musical birthday card!

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