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...

This view around here over the weekend.
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I am thinking...
There is a myth about taking care of children. The myth is that taking care of babies and toddlers is harder than taking care of older children. I know because I bought into that myth for a long time - until my chidren were no longer babies and toddlers! But now that they are older and especially now that their school work is tougher, I find myself busier than ever!!

And I don't think it's just homeschool moms either! I remember all the driving around my mom did when we were little, and all of the endless hours working on math problems that I spent with my grandma - I think I have just discovered a well kept secret - it gets much harder before it they finally leave the home!!

I am thankful ...
that my mother and grandmother invested the time in effort in me during my pre-teen and teenage years.

From the learning rooms...
Sam:  Pre-Calc.
Still studying for the Analyzing literature CLEP test.

Gabe:    The big news for Gabe this week is that I finally enrolled him in the Kolbe Academy program.  More on that later this week.   He continues to work on Saxon Algebra 1/2 .

Noah:  Saxon 6/7.   Gabe and Noah are finishing up the study guide from  Robinson Cruso .  They are also doing chapter 9 in Apologia Exploring Creation Science and  Rosetta Stone Latin.   

Izzy is doing amazingly well in reading.  I read a story to her yesterday. She stumbled through it herself right afterwards. After a night of sleeping on it- she nailed it today!  It's amazing how the brain makes those connections over night.

From the kitchen...
A Duggar favorite- Tater Tot Casserole!
I am wearing...
Deep purle pans, black T- gray hoodie!
I am remembering:
Mama - always.  Raphael's 8th birthday is coming up too.  I worked on four indulgences last week and attended the cemetery mass.  Remembering the dead during the month of November is off to a good start for  me!

I am creating...
pictures for the athletic case at the parish school.  They asked for a couple of my photographs to be displayed!  I was thrilled.  Here are the two they specifically asked for:

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I am going...
try to get at least four workouts in this week. As it is Tuesday and I've already done two - I think I can make it!  I admit that I was a bit of a snob when it came to the "older" Firm tapes, the ones done in the 80s and 90s.  They looked so dated to me with the high hip leotards and the leg warmers.  But last week I did Firm Strength The Firm - The Firm Cross Trainers: Firm Strength [VHS]and I have been feeling it ever since!  It was a very good workout.

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

Yes I know that I have been reading these for weeks, but I am a thorough reader and there are things in Architects of Ruin that are just too important to gloss over. I am trying to understand the whole thing.

I am hoping...
that Glenn Beck's predictions about the falling dollar and the hyperinflation are not true, but I have started hearing other people say the same thing.  When bread gets to $24/loaf, I wonder how anyone will be able to manage?

I am hearing...
silence downstairs - big kids are gone/ little kids watching t.v.

Around the house...
I am trying to get super organized! My next five weeks are not my own but belong to various concerts and other responsibilities.

On a positive note- I do have two Christmas presents already bought!! yea me!
A picture I am sharing:  

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Best friends and brothers.

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A bird in the hand... Noah's hand specifically

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