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...
Gayle's Wedding 010

I am thinking...
that mother's day is going to be one of those events to dread every year - full of memories,tinged with sadness and not really living up to happy expectations (even low ones).  

From the kitchen...
I got some Church's Fried Chicken yesterday for Mother's Day (a guilty pleasure).  I took the left over chicken, cut it up and put it in a bed of spinach and different greens with some cheese and croutons - a yummy crispy chicken salad!

I am wearing...
Black paints, purple knit shirt

I am remembering:
trying not to.

I am creating...
an apologetics argument.  Got a request to help in a discussion to rebut an agnostic/atheist type with  all kinds of scientific and other arguments against faith.  Won't bore you with the details but in response to this:
I am simply asking people to voluntarily think - with an open mind - about different possibilities.

I wrote: 
Open mindedness goes two ways.  We just celebrated Easter. 2000 years or so 12 simple men, left their lives as they knew it to go spread the news about this man Jesus who was humiliated and executed as a common criminal.  These men could not be stopped and without a lot of education, without weapons, without anything other than renewed enthusiasm they faced ridicule and even death to travel miles from home to tell everyone about this man.  All but one of them was savagely killed for doing so.  The one that survived was tortured several times, even as an elderly man, but would not recant, and would not back down. And more amazingly they all got people to believe in what they were saying -and many of these people faced cruel and tortuous deaths but would not turn away.  Were they all insane? part of a cult? or... maybe, just maybe this Jesus Christ was who he said he was and these very early Christians knew it because of the way the apostles lived their lives and told their stories. Perhaps you can open your mind to the possibility of that?

I am reading...

Two excellent audio books I heard this weekend
Into the Dust

Bull Run

A picture I am sharing:  
Gayle's Wedding 038
My niece's wedding
Gayle's Wedding 023
My wonderful family at the wedding (extended family too!)

A video I'm sharing:
From Sam and Gabe's gig on Friday.

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  1. Anonymous10:32 AM

    This Mother's Day was kind of hard for my husband and his siblings. Even though we know our dear mother is celebrating in heaven they struggle with feelings of regret and longing to back and do some things over. It is only the first Mother's day since she has gone home. I pray it will get easier for them.

  2. I do too Monica.

    Last year was hard. This year I guess I was struggling to find a new normal.

    I guess it didn't help that we were coming back from a wedding, my husband got sick, and apparently my children are unable to pick out a card by themselves (heavy dose of sarcasm there!)


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