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- Really Good Salsa Recipe!

Rich is a friend of Mr. Pete's and he shared this recipe with us years ago. It is now a family favorite! With tomatoes still out on the vine this is a great way to use them up in place of the canned diced tomatoes.

(a work in progress)

4–14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes –– drain the juice (generic brands work
––––(I use a mini food processor to further chop up the tomatoes)
1/2 to 2/3 medium Red Onion, finely chopped
3/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper (no more, maybe less)
4 tsp. cumin
4 tsp. chopped garlic (about four big cloves, finely chopped)
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
5 to 8 drops tobasco sauce, depending on desired heat
One batch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped (mostly leaves, fewer stems)
Juice from one fresh lime and one fresh lemon
Four jalapeƱo peppers, finely chopped (no seeds unless you want the

Mix above ingredients together in a medium bowl, let chill for about an
hour, and serve with white corn tortilla chips. No fat, no
cholesterol, good taste, lots 'o heat!!!
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