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…

Homeschooling High School - senior pictures

A few years ago before my oldest was a senior, I asked my sister about senior pictures. She told me that to get a nice package with lots of variety, was around $600 in her experience. That was definitely out of the question for us!

When I mentioned it to Mr. Pete, he said, "We could buy a nice camera for that" and the thought clicked with me. So before Calvin Graduated we bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS70S 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Image Stabilized Zoom. It was a great little point and shoot and I took Calvin's Senior picture with it!

Not perfect, but it served our needs and Calvin liked it.  I got a 5 x 10 for our house and then wallet sizes from Walgreen's Photo.

A few years later I was able to make a bigger investment and I bought a Pentax K200 and have been using it ever since.  I blogged about that here.

I had been bugging Sam all year to get a hair cut so that I could get a nice senior picture. So last week when he got a hair cut and picked up his tux for the prom, I got him dressed and set out for a site that I thought would be beautiful for pictures. Then I clicked away.
Sam's Senior Picture Shoot

Here is the one I picked.  After a little editing in Picnic it was just the way I wanted.
Sam Senior Picture

I also ordered his announcements from Walgreens!

All told with the Picnic subscription and the announcments, my costs were still less than $100 dollars! For us it's an economical and unique way to get homeschool high school senior pictures!

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  1. Great photos, Elena! And what a handsome young man! Praying for him and his future education and vocation!

    May God bless Him and keep Him in His loving care!


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