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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...
Winter's Shadow
Winter has finally come


I am thinking...
about Izzy and how she is still struggling with her reading. So last week I started using Dianne Craft's reading program, hoping that the right brain/left brain exercises will help her to read with more ease.  Ms. Craft suggests the Merrill Reading books, but I have had a tough time finding them.  After getting level A on e-bay  I found another buyer who wanted $183 for level C!!  I finally found level B at Christianbook.com, although it seems that D, E and F are going to be easier to find at discount prices.  I may have to pay $20 for level C but that's a far cry from $183.

I am thankful for...
for good health and a happy family.


From the learning rooms....
I am going to try to mold my homeschool day to look something like this:
Gabe and Noah get up around 7 a.m. , eat breakfast, walk the dog etc. then do an hour of math and and hour of science. Then they settle down for their classes on Homeschool Connections  in Apologetics, Latin Boot Camp and eventually History. While they are doing that, I go through all of Izzy and Rosie's work and then we come together at the end of the day for History.  That would be an awesome day!

From the kitchen...
Potato soup -(a special request from Mr. Pete)
Shepherd's pie.
Chili
Three way chili
Tuna casserole

I am wearing...
Black skirt, black shirt, black sweater and boots.

I am creating...
Some art projects for Rosie - stay tuned!

I am going...
 I am doing this one at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow... ugh!
 
I am reading...

Homeschooling with Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling

I am hoping...
to have a good school week, particularly with Izzy and her right brain retraining and reading remediation. I am also hoping that Sam writes his check to College Plus.  I want him to have full responsibility for his own education. I would also love it if he would take the Analyzing Literature test over again!

I am hearing...
Stirrings in the kitchen...

Around the house...
Hoping to get started on my taxes and be a better manager of my money for 2012!  Also need to pull up and dust off the old Pre-Cana speech.  Need to present it again next month.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Just to get homeschooling back on track, keep the house up and try to get four workouts in this week to meet the weight goal I have for the end of January!
    A Picture I am Sharing:
My creation
My daughter and my great-grandmother. Resemblance?


 




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