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 11/05/2010 (a.m.)

  • tags: history homeschooling

  • Bless her - may she rest in peace.

    tags: aging

    • GUSTAVIA, St. Barts — Eugenie Blanchard, a nun who was considered the world's
      oldest person, died in the French Caribbean island of St. Barts on Thursday. She
      was 114.

      Bruyn Hospital director Pierre Nuty said she died early Thursday at the
      hospital, where she had lived in the geriatric ward since 1980.

      Cousin Armelle Blanchard told The Associated Press that while Blanchard could
      no longer talk, she had seemed to be in relatively good health.

      "When you talked to her, she would smile," she said. "We don't know if she
      understood us."

    • Blanchard was born in St. Barts on Feb. 16, 1896, and lived much of her life
      in a convent in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao before returning home in
      the 1950s. She was the last survivor of a family of 13 brothers and sisters.

      Blanchard had earned the nickname "Sweets" because of how she treated others,
      said Victorin Lurel, who represents St. Barts in France's lower house of
      parliament, the National Assembly

  • tags: aging

  • tags: aging

    • Barzilai believes his super agers were born with a genetic code that got them
      long past 80, but that living a healthy life is important for everyone --
      regardless of whether they have those magic genes. "If you want to get above 80,
      you have to not smoke, you have to exercise, and you have to watch your diet,"
      Barzilai says.

    • Exercise your mind, too. You don't see many easy chairs and
      remote controls in the videos of Barzilai's centenarians. These people are
      constantly on the go--traveling, visiting their grandkids, even working. At age
      104, Irving Kahn was still working five days a week as an investment advisor. "I
      enjoy debating with him about business subjects," his son says in the video.
      (Incredibly, Kahn also had a 108-year-old sister.)

    • As for me, I'm inspired by the video of 96-year-old Port, walking the
      treadmill in her purple, velour sweatsuit. "You have to be active," she says.
      Good advice from someone who's truly qualified to advise us all on how to age

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