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

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

1. This year we decided NOT to do the typical Jesse tree. Having the decorative branchy tree out was nice, but it took up a lot of space and I got poked in the face a couple of times last year as did some of the kids, so I'm going with something uh... safer!

2. We're doing these Advent cubes instead. They're small, and you can line them up or stack them up. Right now I am enjoying just putting them around our Advent wreath.

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5. I am almost done with my Christmas concert marathon!! I have one big performance this weekend with my church. The whole family except for my oldest has a part in it. And it will be Rosie's first time, so we are super excited about it for her. Gabe will be performing as a percussionist the most! He has a part on the congas, one on the bongos and then one on this homemade drum that Mr. Pete made. Hopefully videos to follow!

6. I wanted Sam to learn that Advent Carol piece to play on the piano for the fourth Sunday of Advent but he sort of put it off and just didn't try very hard. So he's not ready to play it. He always has such a hard time learning something new on the piano and then performing it. He will have a chance to play the classical guitar on Christmas Eve though, so I am heartened by that.

7. Another Christmas selection from the concert I did a few weeks ago. Tonight this group will sing for some service people and I will play the flute part for The Father's Love.

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