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-Quick Takes

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so I have been looking at breast cancer sites and trying to glean even more information about the disease. When I was reading the breast cancer
Survivor Profiles I thought it was stunning that every single one of those ladies (and one guy) found their lump on their own. There wasn't a single "I found mine on a mammogram" story.

2. I don't know what to think about mammograms. SLO found her cancer via mammogram, but it was no longer a stage I. Then I found this article that sort of freaked me out, and this one. I really need to discuss this with my doctor the next time I see her.

3. Which won't be too soon. Despite the "wonders" of Obama care, our premiums continue to rise and so are costs. Noah's 20 minute visit with the doctor for an inhaler was over $90. And to treat Mr. Pete's tennis elbow looks like it is going to come in at just under $1000 - and that's without surgery!

4. Today was Noah's last cross country event. I took him to the championships by myself since Mr. Pete had to work and the other kids had soccer games. I took Rosie too. Since I am the unofficial team photographer, I was thinking very hard about where I wanted to stand to get the best pictures. I was thinking about it so hard  that I totally forgot about Noah's inhaler in my pocket and the poor kid had to run without it.  He was a little upset at the end of the race and thought he had done a horrible job, but it turns out he was only 2 seconds off his personal record, which he set last week. That PR was an amazing 48 seconds faster than he had ever run before.  So I guess when it comes to his running times, most of the credit belongs to Noah himself and not to his inhaler - although that is still nice to have!

5.  I am really grieving the end of this cross country season. I enjoy watching the kids run so much.  Next year Izzy will be running 2 miles in division 1 too!  It will be my first year eve to not have multiple kids in multiple divisions.  I'm kind of sad about that too.

6. Last week, despite a lot of moaning and groaning and protests, I made Izzy and Noah go to our first ever kid's bell choir practice - and they loved it!  I knew they would. This is why I make them try new things sometimes, even if they don't think they'll like it because usually - they do.

7.  I am back to playing the flute again at church and for the vocal group I perform with. The busyness of that is helping to relieve some of my angst over cross country.

8.  I was starting to have some sad feelings over the logging that will be done on the property that my sister and I inherited.  I guess it is really quality wood; an untouched forest; every logger's dream.  I guess there is enough of an environmentalist in me to feel sad about spoiling such untouched beauty.  But then the forester told me that there were a few big trees that were past their prime and were losing their worth and would probably die within the next few years and that made me remember that either my family and I can profit from them now - or it will all just go to decay anyway.  Good stewardship to me says to go ahead and harvest.  And since we are going to be planting trees next spring I guess the cycle is starting all over again anyway.  In 50 years my kids can show their kids the trees they planted when they were young and maybe those trees will help their families.  I think that's really how it should be.
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