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…

My Daily Domestic Clips 06/12/2011 (a.m.)

  • tags: diet menopause fitness

    • Cindy Groover, 54, of Palm City, Fla., who cut calories and  walked 3 miles a day to lose 15 pounds since late September, says: "When I was  young, I could drop 10 pounds in two weeks by going on a low-carb diet. These  days, it just doesn't happen fast."

    • Losing this much is the "sweet spot" for many people, but  if they "want to go beyond that 10% loss, there is going to be some pain and  suffering," says Tim Church, director of preventive medicine research at the  Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. "You are going to have to  limit your calorie intake without starving yourself."

    • The postmenopausal women in one study burned an average of  100 to 150 fewer calories a day just resting and doing their everyday  activities, and they were less physically active for a total drop of about 200  calories a day after menopause, says lead researcher Jennifer Lovejoy, who now  works for a health coaching company, Free & Clear in Seattle.

    • The lower metabolism appears to have to do with changing  levels of estrogen and not changes in muscle mass, she says. And there is  evidence that a lack of estrogen increases appetite and can cause specific  cravings for certain foods, especially carbohydrates and fats. That means women  need to be careful about consuming too many cookies, cakes, candy bars and  chips, she says.

    • One of her recent studies showed that middle-aged women lost an average of 21  pounds over several months if they did 45 minutes of aerobic exercise five days  a week and limited their calories to 1,200 to 1,800 a day. Those who were the  most successful wrote down what they ate, prepared food at home instead of  eating out and made weight loss a priority
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