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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…

1 Corinthians for Homeschooling Moms

I found this a long time ago in a Konos book that I owned. I'm reading it at our homeschool support group meeting this evening and thought it was appropriate to put here once again.


1 Corinthians 13 for Homeschool Moms




Though I teach my children how to multiply, divide, and diagram a sentence, but fail to show them love, I have taught them nothing.




And though I take them on numerous field trips, to basketball practice and flute lessons; and though I involve them in every church activity but fail to give them love, I profit nothing.




And though I scrub my house relentlessly, run countless errands, and serve three nutritious meals every day but fail to be an example of love, I have done nothing.




Love is patient with misspelled words and is kind to three-year-old interrupters.


Love does not envy the high SAT scores of other homeschool families. Love does not claim to have better teaching methods than anyone else, is not rude to the fourth telephone caller during a science lesson, does not seek perfectly behaved geniuses,


It does not turn into a drill sergeant, thinks no evil about friends' educational choices.




Love bears all my children's challenges, believes all my children are God's precious gifts, hopes all my children establish permanent relationships with Christ, and endures all things to demonstrate God's love.




Love never fails. Where there are college degrees, they will fail; where there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we teach in part. But when the trials of life come to our children, the history, math, and science will be done away and faith, hope, and love will remain; but the greatest of these is love.



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