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…

7-Quick Takes - the midsummer edition!

  Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. One of my friends at church had the great idea last year to start a cutting garden for the church. So she put in a great big flower garden of perennials and voila! they are providing us with lovely seasonal flowers for our side altars at church.

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2. So last year I asked my friend if there was any way that Izzy could help with the garden. I thought this might be a good niche for Izzy to fill because she loves flowers and she is also very artistic. My friend called about a month ago and gave Izzy the job of making sure the vases in on the side altars have fresh flowers in them every week. Izzy LOVES this job. It makes her feel responsible and she has a lot of fun doing it too. We have talked about having our own cutting garden at home next year and I think we're going to go for it!

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3. Calvin and Noah ran a 5K this morning for the Right to Life Group in our area. They were awesome.

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4. Noah beat Calvin by two minutes or so. There was a hill and Noah got the lead. I have been having Noah run a course that is actually one big hill in preparation for this race - consequently it was a piece of cake for him!
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5. My sister has a phobia about her mail box. I do too. When I was a kid I loved getting letters and cards in the mail. But now bills come in the mail, bad news comes in the mail, junk that I have to sort through and throw away comes in the mail. But I have been trying to face my mail phobia and pick it up every day and sort through it. A few weeks ago I got a certified letter that was a little scary, but that turned out to not be so bad, and lately I haven't notice my heart rate pick up when I see the mailman. But I am afaid I have had a big setback in my mailbox phobia - a certain letter from the IRS. More on that tomorrow!

6. Sometimes I miss Gabe's hair. One more video to show how long it was! He really whips it around starting at about 2:33!

7. If mom were alive, she would have gotten a big laugh out of this!

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  1. i made a deal with my partner on altar guild in my husband's first parish (elca lutheran). i'd deal with the altar and the banners if she could do the flowers. it worked out really well.

    on your mailbox phobia and the irs, take a deep breath. the irs *WILL* work with you if you are up front with them. i accidentally messed up our taxes to the tune of $1250 last year and they helped me work out a payment plan. (the irs letter also came a day after someone had t-boned my car.)

  2. Thanks Jen.

    I do have the money saved. Just transfer it into checking, write the check, send it off, and cry! :(


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