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

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1. It is late summer - and my sunflowers have come in!


2. I had a really weird thing happen to me this week. My tongue started to hurt - a lot. To the point where I could not ignore it and I was Googling for the symptoms of tongue cancer. This is the second time this has happened to me. The last time was about a month ago before I went up north with my family and about the same time I started menstruating again. Then it hit me that maybe this was hormonal! Turns out the tongue can be affected during perimenopause and it's called burning tongue. Who knew!!!

3. I am actually the first woman in three generations of my immediate family to go through a natural menopause. My grandmother had a hysterectomy in her 40s or so, my mom had a hysterectomy in her 30s (although they left the ovary that roared apparently), and so I am sort of re-paving the way for my daughters and possibly my nieces. Kind of wish I had moms and grandma's past experiences to remember though.

4. I have not heard from Calvin all week. I am dying to know how his working full time, volunteering one day, going to school routine worked out. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to get a cell phone so that I could text him. Even though I have a phone, e-mail, facebook and twitter, it is apparently only the text that he is active on.

5. Today I took Izzy, Noah and Rosie to a little private lake swim party with some folks that are new to our homeschool group. It is deja vu to sit with these ladies and talk about pregnancy, birth, getting started with homeschooling and all of that! It was also fascinating to hear their faith journies. So interesting to just sit and listen, but also as the leader of our homeschool group it was helpful for me in deciding how to help the group to grow!

6. It's time for cross country.

Aday in August 2011 247

7. Izzy does not like to run.
Aday in August 2011 292

She used to, but her heart is not in it now. I think mainly because the girl she loved to run with did not take up cross country this year because she wanted to do soccer instead. I want Izzy to keep running next year, just to finish out her CYO career, but then I wonder what is next for her? Maybe a biking club? Maybe Jazzercise? Maybe indoor soccer? I'll have to find something for her to do in high school for fitness, but that she will also love. It's a shame CYO only goes up to 8th grade.

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  1. #2 & #3...I too am the first in a couple of generations plus my sister {who had an early hysterectormy} to go through menopause, or in my case most likely perimenopause. I have had the burning tongue, flushed face, heart palpitations, etc.


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