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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…

7-Quick Takes - Saturday Edition

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

1. What is the best thing to do after Thanksgiving Day - Start Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred of course!Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred

2. That DVD has actually been sitting on my shelf for months because I was afraid to try it. But I did it for the first time yesterday and although it was really, really tough, I got through the first work out and in retrospect, it wasn't half as bad as I thought it was. Can I do it for 30 days though during the busy Christmas season? I dunno. Especially since my arms feel like spaghetti noodles 24 hours after the first workout! (and I have been using weights regularly for workouts since August, so that surprised me.)

3. The Run for the Homeless that Calvin, Noah and Izzy participated in was a lot of fun. They had around 3000 people running. The entry fees go to help the homeless all year round. I saw so many people that I knew in the race and a lot of those folks were older than Mr. Pete and I. I might be inspired to join them for next year? The run was through a historic cemetery which had a lot of rolling hills. It was a beautiful setting for the run and I'm so glad that venue is getting so much activity. The cemetery also hosted some free dance concerts during the summertime.

4. I think my biggest inspiration for a while will be the lovely Jennifer Grey- who won Dancing with the Stars this week at the age of 50, despite battling several injuries.  She is also a cancer survivor.



6.  I am preparing my home for ADVENT today.  Not Christmas - ADVENT!!  So many of my friends and family seem to skip right over the ADVENT part and go straight to Christmas complete with tree and trimmings.  But I like to savor that time of waiting and preparation. 

7.  Tomorrow Mr. Pete and I participate in a Christmas Concert with a wonderful choir.  I leave you with one of the new pieces that we have learned and enjoy very much!
http://www.lorenz.com/med/sample/10_3576L.mp3



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