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...

Winter in Ohio

I am thinking...
about St. Anthony from Egypt, the saint of today. What strikes me about his life is that he was active and engaged with the people and his church until he died - and he died at 105! I think sometimes older people get it into their heads that because they worked, or raised children, or whatever, that they have a right to a retirement that focuses inwards on themselved. Yet if we look at the example of St. Anthony, the work really continues, until the very end. Incidentally, I heard in a talk ercently that there is no word in the bible (Greek or Hebrew) for retirement! I think that is very telling.

I am thankful ...
my Catholic faith, and for the liturgical calendars that goes round every year and continues to teach us new (to us) things each time.

From the learning rooms...

Gabe and Noah are hitting Rosetta Stone Latin consistently, as well as General Science.
Sam is getting ready for the CLEP test in College Math this week.  Keeping fingers crossed that he finally passes one!
Izzy is working in language arts, spelling (Spelling Power) reading and is up to lesson 96 in Saxon math!
Noah is in lesson 96  as well.
Gabe is in lesson 33 with pre-Algebra (sigh)
Noah and Gabe continue in Lord of the Flies

From the kitchen...
Sweet and Sour Chicken tonight.  Meatloaf tomorrow.

I am wearing...
The maroon colored sweat suit I got off of eBay.  I'm loving it!

I am remembering:
Mama - always.  And also apparently my great, great grandmother Emmeline who must need my prayers because she is on my mind a lot.

I am creating...
Videos from Christmas Eve and the kid's gig over Christmas - still on my camcorder.  Stil!!

I am going...
My absolute new favorite is
The FIRM Express Cardio

The choreography for that one is super challenging and I love exercise moves that I have to think about.

Also doing Aerobic Body Shaping

I am reading...

I am hoping...
to have a nice birthday party planned for Sam's 18th Birthday on Saturday.  I can't believe baby Sam is going to be a legal adult! 
I am hearing...
silence. Kids at a music practice, with the little ones watching t.v.
Around the house...
trying to decide if I want to get the house ready for a big open house for Sam's graduation OR rent a spot.  Both ideas are very tempting.
A picture I am sharing:  

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Me and my little boys - in the not all that distant past.

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