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…

Works for Me Wednesday - audio book Bull Run

My kids and I have been studying the Civil War and I have been trying to find ways to make it seem more real for them. On a recent long car trip we had the opportunity to listen to Bull Run by Paul Fleischman. Narrated by a variety of people of different ages, genders and race, Mr. Fleischman manages to tell the story of this Civil War battle from the outside in, giving a full "tapestry" of the event and the people it affected.

History can be dry and boring - a collection of facts and dates. But it shouldn't be this way. History is first and foremost a STORY full of comedy, drama, tragedy and romance. Good books like Bull Run help to bring the past to life, and this audio book held the attention of everyone in the car from my kindergartner, high schoolers and tweeners - up to and including my husband. I would highly recommend this audiobook to any homeschoolers or parents wishing to learn more about the battle of Bull Run, or to just spice up a civil war history lesson.

Works for Me.

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