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...
Great soccer weekend!!

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I am thinking...

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I can't help it - I just love watching Gabe's long hair flow behind him when he runs.

I'm also thinking about this speech I have to give in two weeks about Catholic Home Education - I have no idea how many people will show up and I have no idea how receptive to home schooling they are going to be. I already had a mom ask me if I was going to speak about other online schools like OHDELA or K12... sigh - no I am only speaking about actual homeschooling.

Interestingly, Mr. Pete and I have a disagreement about that. He thinks any education done at home is homeschooling. I keep trying to talk philosophy and tell him about Charlotte Mason and Raymond Moore - but he is convinced that it is home education - even if all the parent provides is the electricity to plug in the computer!!

Still, those schools have great presentations that they give themselves and I'm sure I wouldn't be doing them any favors by trying to cover them too. I'm sticking with what I know.

I am thankful ...
that my oldest son started work today.  In six weeks he will receive all of his unemployment pay too - so I'm very happy for him.
I am also happy we made it through another busy weekend! It went something like this.

Soccer playoffs on Saturday morning.

Gabe and Sam get over to church to practice music for mass.

Noah shows up 20 minutes before mass to serve.

Get everyone home after mass to get ready for the dance.


Dance until 11:00.




Izzy and a dance partner

Sunday attend the last PSR class for the year. Woot!!

Piano recital at 2:00

Plant Garden


From the learning rooms...
Gabe and Noah

  • New Testament Survey  from Homeschool Connections  was completed - now on to an Old Testament Survey also with Homeschool Connections
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 2.  
  • Saxon math for Noah, Algebra I Gabe.  Gabe is ALMOST DONE with Algebra I - on to Geometry probably in the next month. 
  • Apologia Science General for Noah and Physical for Gabe.  Noah took a test yesterday and moves on to Chapter 5 (noting that he already did the end of that book last year).  Gabe will hopefully take a test today after he wakes up from last night's gig. 
  • William Bennett America: American History.  Which is hands down the best history book I've ever read for my kids!
  • Writing Institute assignments, Spelling Power. 
  • Gabe is almost done with his Vocab book!
  • Also reading 


  • Saxon Math 67
  • Apologia Creation Science Anatomy and Physiology - nervous system.
  • Diane Craft right- brain training for language arts and reading. 
  • History with Gabe and Noah

But we will probably finish that and start Farmer Boy this week!


  • Pathway Readers
  • Saxon Math
  • MCP Phonics

I am reading...

The Righteous Mind - Why Good People are Divided on Politics and Religion

    From the kitchen...
    Chicken Pasta Salad
    Meat Loaf
    Hamburger Helper

    I'm stumped for the rest of the week!  I'll come up with something though - hopefully some grilling?

    I am wearing...
    Blue Shorts that I actually had to go out and buy on Saturday because my laundry didn't get done in time- $10 bucks on sale though at Walmart!  Pink work shirt!

    I am creating...
    a cute craft idea I have for Pentecost Sunday!!

    I am going...
    I am going to do this




    Plus some Calorie Killer and maybe Karen Voight - That should make for a great week of workouts!

    I am hoping....
    To be faithful to workouts the next two weeks - because I have a birthday goal!

    I am hearing...
    Humm of the air conditioner

    Around the house...
    Laundry, plant some kind of ground cover that likes a lot of light because all of that ivy died!

    Picture I am Sharing

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    Izzy the soccer player turns into
    Isadora ready for the ball!

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