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...

Really cool picture by Tim Fitzwater via the Ohio Group on Flickr. This is about what it looks like here in this unusual February winter - the plants and everything are still lifeless, brown and gray and yet we have no snow and the temperatures are more or less pretty mild!

I am thinking...
that I am going to bite the bullet and give up Diet Coke for Lent.

There I said it.

If Mr. Pete gives up Mountain Dew too we are going to be a grouchy household going through caffeine withdrawal!  Nonetheless I don't want to keep spending money for pop and I think I'm finally ready.  If you are supposed to give up something that will truly be a sacrifice - this will be a good one for me!

I am thankful for...
for the season of Lent. I love how we get to have this experience of 40 days of meditation, introspection and penance and I can't for the life of me figure out why other Christian Denominations ever thought it was a good idea to give it up!

I am also grateful for my two nieces, Natalie and Mallory. I spent four hours working the Chinese Food booth at the International Festival slinging rice and egg rolls and just generally having a good time.  They were fun when they were little kids, but they are a blast as beautiful, intelligent and fun young women. How lucky am I to be their aunt?

From the learning rooms...
 Gabe and Noah

  • Theology of the Body Course from Homeschool Connections .
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 2
  • Moby Dick - literature/English
  • Gabe finish Unit 7 in Apologia Physical Science and Noah Chapter 2 General Science. (I should mention that Noah already did the last 8 chapters in General Science so he really is just going back to do the chapters he skipped the first time. 
  • Saxon Math - Algebra I for Gabe, Pre-Algebra for Noah
Gabe Izzy and Noah - Finish French and Indian War and move on to the Revolution.

  • Daily reading exercises and curriculum via Diane Craft
  • Saxon 6/7
  • Anatomy and Physiology Creation Science
  • Pathway Reader and workbook
  • MCP Phonics
  • Saxon math 1
From the kitchen...

I still have quite a bit of General Tsao Chicken from the parish Sanctuary Society International Festival! Chili and Cheese potatoes tonight with a big dinner planned for tomorrow! and then Lenten meals for Wednesday and Friday - to be determined!

I am wearing...
Gray sweat pants, green shirt and hoodie.

I am creating...
pieces to perform - Irish flute on March 10, Lenten performances of flute with vocal music in March.  Also giving my talk to the confirmation candidate girls on Saturday!

I am going...
to get five workouts in this week if it kills me. Got in five in last week and was so thrilled!
Last week I did:

Monday- Wednesday


on Saturday!

I am reading...

I am hoping...
Noah and Gabe get Moby Dick done by next week.  They are indeed reading along with Libra Vox.

I am hearing...
The math tutor working with Gabe!

Around the house...
I have had a piece of drywall on my front porch for six months.  Mr. Pete bought it and put it there.  I  told him that one way or another, it's out of there this week!  Same goes for the old car in the driveway by the garage - move em or lose em!!

Picture I am Sharing
Mallory, Natalie and me at the Chinese Booth 2012
My nice nieces and me working the Chinese Booth!

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  1. Great post. Love the photo of you and the nieces. They are lucky to have you as their auntie.


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