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…

Works for Me Wednesday - jewelry from musical instrument parts

I have had two kids that have been behind grade level in their reading because of small learning disabilities. One of the most frustrating things about having an older child who is struggling with reading is finding them good reading material that isn't too babyish. For example, my 12-year-old daughter who is a struggling reader chose a book at the library to read called Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee (Pinky and Rex Ready-To-Read).

Mr. Pete is a band instrument repair technician - he fixes musical instruments. But he also has an artistic flare and interests outside of repairing instruments.

 As he was preparing to go to an upcoming band director convention, he got it into his head that jewelry items made from instrument parts, particularly flutes, could be good sales items. But he didn't have the time to get these prepared.

 Enter our little artist Izzy!

 On Saturday, Mr. Pete took Izzy to his shop. He bought her some safety glasses, work gloves and taught her how to solder. Then he gave her a box of old flute keys and had her go at it.

When she was done he polished the jewelry and the results are spectacular! (In my humble opinion of course!) See for your self.

  Izzy's Design 034Izzy's Design 030 Izzy's Design 028 Izzy's Design 026 Izzy's Design 020

 and some pins

Izzy's Design 036   Izzy's Design 024Izzy's Design 033

If these go well, this might be a nice little part-time job for Izzy.

Works for me!


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  1. I know we've had our differences, but I will be the first (of assuredly many) to say that these are lovely! I'd look into getting her an Etsy account. She could easily pay for university selling these lovely pieces.

  2. I was going to say the same thing. A university band. I have several friends with kids in university marching band. Once you have a place they can buy them, I will send it on to them. Fantastic!

  3. Thank you Linds and Janette.


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