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...
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The view of the sky from the pumpkin patch this weekend.

The pumpkin launcher.
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The van destroyed by the pumpkin launcher!
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I am thinking...
about the costumes I need to get ready for the All Saints Day Party we will be attending this weekend. Izzy is going as St. Veronica and Noah is thinking of G.K Chesterton!

I am thankful ...
that the busy sports season is just about over!  Sports is immediately followed by the busy music season, which leads us into the busy Christmas season - the cycles of the busy year.
From the learning rooms...
Sam started Pre-Calc and says it is amazingly difficult!. He will be taking the Analyzing literature CLEP test hopefully by the end of next week or the next.  Here's a sample. Gabe needs to put more time in his math program ALEKS and start Saxon Algebra 1/2 . Noah is plugging along in Saxon 67 and Izzy in 54.  Gabe and Noah are plugging away at reading Robinson Crusoe .  I finally broke down and got them the book on tape.  They were following along on Libra Vox but said the reader there was too slow.  And although I did point out that they could read it on their own, since they are 2/3 of the way done, I thought this might move it along a bit faster. They are also enjoying Rosetta Stone Latin.   More on to the pre-Civil war years in History and more DNA in science.

From the kitchen...
Still loving the the Campbell's Kitchen site a bit more  came upon their budget recipes - take a look!

I am wearing...
black pants and black shirt.

I am remembering:
Mama - always.  Raphael's 8th birthday is coming up too. 

I am creating...
All Saints Day costumes this week with Izzy. She wants to go as St. Veronica.  We have to get paint so that she can paint her veil of Christ's face.

I am going...
It's so hard to find time to exercise when I'm homeschooling.  It was so much easier over the summer! Epic fail again last week.
I am reading...
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of LearningA Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning

Architects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops themArchitects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops them

BOOBS. A Bunch of Outrageous Breast-Cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories of Courage.
I am hoping...
to get some practice time with my flute this week as well. 
I have to re-learn Riu Riu Chiu  and Celtic Advent Carol

I am hearing...
the air conditioner-actually turned it on again!
Around the house...
pumpkin carving with pictures to come

A picture I am sharing:  
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