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…

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Outside my window...

Ohio winter

Originally uploaded by DonaSite
Winter in Ohio.  This Flickr photographer managed to get this great picture of our Ohio state bird!

I am thinking...
how easy it is to fall from grief and sadness into bitterness and anger.  Yesterday the Beatitudes were the gospel reading at mass, and Father mentioned in his homily that when we aren't grateful, we are sad. I think that's true.  I feel so sad sometimes over the loss of mama, but when I think about the many good times we had and my wonderful memories I don't feel as bad.  Yesterday I played another concert and one of the pieces the choir sings is this song that I think I think is a very good reminder.


I am thankful ...
that Mr. Pete came back from his business trip safe and sound!
From the learning rooms...

Gabe and Noah are hitting Rosetta Stone Latin consistently, as well as General Science.
Sam is working on his next CLEP test in Science.  He is also working on Spanish II, pre-Calc and literature.  I have decided to have him graduate with the state-wide homeschool group at the convention in the spring and he will have to write an essay for that.
Izzy is working in language arts, spelling (Spelling Power) reading and is up to lesson 101 in Saxon math!
Noah is in lesson 101  as well.
Gabe is in lesson 37 with pre-Algebra (sigh)
Noah and Gabe are done with  Lord of the Flies and I am trying to figure out which book to try out next!

From the kitchen...
Ham and potatoes in white sauce for tonight!

I am wearing...
Gray hoodie, black shirt, black workout pants with pink piping.

I am remembering:
Mama - always and remembering to smile!
I am creating...
Videos from Christmas Eve and the kid's gig over Christmas - still on my camcorder.  Still!! I've got to get this done this week!

I am going...

to try the FIRM Bootcamp this week, but not looking forward to it!

I am also going to be giving a speech this week to a group of 8th grade girls getting ready for confirmation.  I AM looking forward to that!

I am reading...

I am hoping...
to gt my girl's speech out and go over it a few times before I give it on Saturday. Mr. Pete and I also have to review and go over our Pre-Cana speech for the following weekend!

I am hearing...
silence. Kids getting up slowly

Around the house...
We watched REDlast night with Bruce Willis

A picture I am sharing:  

Pete LaVictoire OMEA award

Mr. Pete standing in front of the OMEA booth with the award he and his partner won last week.  He is standing next to the trumpet/fountain he made for the show and that he hopes to start selling out of his shop.

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