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...
After Friday's snowstorm and then the bit of weekend thaw, it's kind messy outside.

Winter Wonderland

Courtesy of NE Ohio Flickr Group.
I am thinking...
What a difference a year makes! Last year I bit my lip, and watched my firstborn leave the home for his new apartment. For the first six months, we barely saw him. But bit, by bit, as he became secure in his status as an adult, he started coming around and doing things with his siblings. This past weekend, citing difficulty in keeping a paying roommate, a busy schedule and more schooling this fall, I watched him move back home with his stuff. And I cried then too...

I am thankful ...
I was able to - record some songs for the first time ever in a real recording studio.
Give a speech to RCIA
Pull together a dinner meeting that was very well received.
Attend my Godson's confirmation.
Play a big concert at church!

I am very thankful last week is over!

From the learning rooms...

Gabe and Noah are hitting Rosetta Stone Latin consistently, as well as General Science although Noah just pulled ahead on both those fronts.
Sam is working on his next CLEP test in Science. He's supposed to take it this week but I am not paying  for it unless he really feels confident.  He is also working on Spanish II, pre-Calc and literature.
Izzy is working in language arts, spelling (Spelling Power) reading and is up to lesson 118 in Saxon math!
Noah is in lesson 116  as well.
Gabe is in lesson 50 with pre-Algebra.  
Noah and Gabe are reading Animal Farm.

For movie day last week theny watched -

The Reluctant Saint

The Vanderbilts

Frederick Douglas

From the kitchen...
Crock Pot Roast with veggies.

I am wearing...
Black concert skirt, white knit shirt, knee stabilizer brace.  

I am remembering:
Mama - always! Also praying for my friend Marianne who is dying from cancer.

I am creating...
a new normalcy with Calvin back and after such a busy week last week.
I am going...

My knee still hurts and I started wearing a knee support.  i can't tell if it is helping or not.  If it doesn't get better soon I'm going to have to breakdown and go see the sports medicine doctor. My wrist doesn't hurt at all!. In addition to s Jiggle Free Abs, The Firm Lower Body Sculpt which is done sitting down, and possibly some Stability Ball, I tried some Walk Away the Pounds and Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds - 5-Day Fit Walk.  They were OK.  Definitely better than nothing, but not as fun and challenging as the other DVD's I am use to.
I am reading...

I am hoping...
I can get something cleared up this week.  I had recorded the Lord's Prayer in the upper octaves for flute, but when TPTB heard it, they asked me to play it down as written.  Bummer.  I want then to realize tha was my first time recording EVER in a studio and they shouldn't judge my ability to play in a concert on my lack of recording experience.

I am hearing...
nothing but the buzz in my ears.

Around the house...
is a mess. Calvin's stuff is everywhere!

A picture I am sharing:  

Video from yesterday's concert.

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  1. The concert was great - better than I had expected. Well done.

    I didn't know that you were having knee problems!

    God bless,

    Fr. V

  2. Glad you enjoyed it Father. I think we were all surprised with the standing O! They are a nice group of very talented people and I'm glad I got a chance to work with them.

    The long skirt hides a lot of problems but I'm hoping that I can have this knee thing solved before summer! Thanks for dropping by.


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