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…

Small Successes


1. Every time I start to doubt whether it was a good idea for me to try to homeschool high school, something like this happens -

Last week after Stations of the Cross, a friend of mine came up and asked me to pray in front of our local abortion clinic as part of the annual 40-Days for Life Campaign. It was our parish's day to help out and she was trying to have the entire day covered. So since Calvin and Sam and Mr. Pete were all working, I decided to accept and take Gabe with me. Gabe - my 15-year-old, long-haired, drummer/singer/songwriter, stood with me on the busy street and prayed four rosaries (yep, we got through Sorrowful, Luminous, Joyful and Glorious!) He didn't complain and he wasn't embarrassed.

It was actually quite awesome.


2. I picked up a nasty piece of malware on the web yesterday. And although my AVG virus protection alerted me to it and quarantined the threat, it did a a number on my registry. I didn't know this had happened until I turned no the computer today and couldn't access Word, iTunes or anything on my Control Panel. It did let me get on Internet Explorer though so I could research the problem. Long story short - I fixed it myself!!

3. It's official - Rosie is teaching herself to read. She recognizes color words, and family names. I'll tell ya - God really gave me the variety pack when it came to kids and their reading abilities!

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