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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…

My Daily Domestic Clips 10/20/2010 (a.m.)

  • Living a long and healthy life.

    tags: health

    • Faity Tuttle could serve as a model for that study’s findings. Each morning,
      she does an hour of yoga
      and other floor exercises, then dresses and goes out on the street or to the top
      of her Manhattan apartment building for a half-hour walk before breakfast. Her
      usual breakfast: orange juice, oatmeal, a banana and black coffee. Then she
      works at her desk, mostly corresponding with her 11 grandchildren, 21 great
      grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, now 3. “So many birthdays — one or
      two a month,” she said.


      Lunch may be soup or leftover meat, a “very thin” slice of rye toast, with
      tea and Jell-O or fruit for dessert. The afternoon includes an hour’s nap and
      another walk, often combined with grocery shopping.


      At 6:30 every evening, she enjoys a cocktail before a home-cooked dinner of
      perhaps lamb, pork chops, roast chicken or “a very good stew” she makes herself.
      Mrs. Tuttle, whose husband, Ben, died in 1988, lives with a dear friend, Allene
      Hatch, 84, an artist and author affectionately known as Squeaky, with whom she
      shares K.P. “Most days I do the cooking, and Squeaky cleans up afterward.”


      Stay-at-home evenings are spent reading or watching “a good movie” on
      television, she said.


      Mrs. Tuttle recently gave up a lifelong passion for horseback riding, but she
      still drives, though not on public roads, only on a 300-acre farm in upstate New
      York that the Tuttles had the wisdom to acquire when land was cheap. Her
      children built homes on the property and now live there in retirement, providing
      Mrs. Tuttle with nearby loving company all summer and during the spring and fall
      weekends she spends at the farm.

    • Faity Tuttle could serve as a model for that study’s findings. Each morning,
      she does an hour of yoga
      and other floor exercises, then dresses and goes out on the street or to the top
      of her Manhattan apartment building for a half-hour walk before breakfast. Her
      usual breakfast: orange juice, oatmeal, a banana and black coffee. Then she
      works at her desk, mostly corresponding with her 11 grandchildren, 21 great
      grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, now 3. “So many birthdays — one or
      two a month,” she said.


      Lunch may be soup or leftover meat, a “very thin” slice of rye toast, with
      tea and Jell-O or fruit for dessert. The afternoon includes an hour’s nap and
      another walk, often combined with grocery shopping.


      At 6:30 every evening, she enjoys a cocktail before a home-cooked dinner of
      perhaps lamb, pork chops, roast chicken or “a very good stew” she makes herself.
      Mrs. Tuttle, whose husband, Ben, died in 1988, lives with a dear friend, Allene
      Hatch, 84, an artist and author affectionately known as Squeaky, with whom she
      shares K.P. “Most days I do the cooking, and Squeaky cleans up afterward.”


      Stay-at-home evenings are spent reading or watching “a good movie” on
      television, she said.


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