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...

A hint of fall in the air.  My marigolds seem to be done for the most part, as are a few of the other annuals.  My Morning Glories are keeping on though!
I am thinking...
about a friend of mine who told me she is seeing a divorce.  I know quite a few couples about my age who have gotten divorced, so that isn't the surprising part.  What did surprise me was that this was a couple that sort of mentored Mr. Pete and me as we reverted back to our Catholic Faith and as we started our homeschooling journey.  It is hard to see marital role models fall.

I am thankful ...
for my Mr. Pete.  But I told him that this turn of events has made me a little scared for us.  At which point me smacked me on the back of the head and said, "Get real!"  which made me feel a lot better!

From the learning rooms...
Our computer in the learning room no longer picks up internet.  A week or so ago, I was upstairs working when the cat knocked our wireless router off my desk.  That apparently was enough to do it in and I decided to go with Time Warner Wireless.  They set it all up (which frankly wasn't that big of a deal - I set our wireless up myself a year ago and even used Netgear - the same hardware they are using!) and it works fine upstairs on my computer, and on all of our wireless devices - except in the learning room.  Turns out there is something in the registry of that computer that is blocking the new Netgear - and I have to decide whether I want to get in there and mess with it or not.

But as that computer is about 7 years old or so, I think what I want to do is have the kids finish up their Rosetta Stone Latin 1 and then perhaps I'll get a newer computer for that room for their studies.

Noah and Gabe also started an Early Church History course from Homeschool Connections last week, that I think is sailing over their heads, but I intend to persevere through it. 

From the kitchen...
Busy week this week - spaghetti tonight, chili tomorrow, angel hair pasta on Wednesday, chili cheese potatoes on Thursday and tuna casserole Friday!

I am wearing...
Wearing my night gown right now but hope to wear one of my new tops from Woman Within after I get dressed.

I am creating...
a weekday celebration for the Feast of the Archangels.  I hate that it falls on a Thursday this year - the busiest night of the week!  So we are going to celebrate on Wednesday instead. 
I am going...
to try to work some extra prayer time into my days.  Praying for:
  • Calvin as he navigates these waters of early adulthood - with some successes but also some troubling turbulance in his spiritual life.
  • Gabe - who informed me he wants to be a drummer and that's all he wants to do.
  • Noah who is preparing for confirmation.
  • Izzy - who felt a little like an oursider at the youth group bon fire because she does not attend the day school.
  • Rosie- who has no fear - and that scares me.
  • Mr. Pete - who is always working.  

I am reading...
Abe Lincoln Grows Up

I am hoping...
to keep up with typing, school work and keeping the house up this week, working in some exercise and surviving the wedding I am working on Friday!

I am looking forward to...
the end of the wedding season - I have three to do this fall (missing two cross country meets because of rehearsals - drat!!) and two in December.  I will have to re-evaluate if I want to continue after that.

Around the house...
getting my  clean classroom in order and organizing my books.

Pictures I am sharing:

Noah Crossing the finish line
Noah Setting a Personal Record last week.

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