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…

My Daily Domestic Links

Diigo and Blogger had some kind of a technical falling out so my saves over to Diigo no longer post here automatically - darn it!!  So I'm going to have to figure an easier way to send my links over here but for now these were too good to not post.

Suri sobs over puppy, enrolls in Catholic school

And, did you know Tom spent a year at a seminary schoolbefore opting for Scientology? It has been reported that Holmes has gone back to her Catholic roots, and E! reports the actress has enrolled Suri in Manhattan's prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart school. The $38,000-a-year school boasts alums including Lady Gaga, Jordana Brewster, Nicky Hilton, Caroline Kennedy and more.
That kid is going to be a lot of things - practicing Catholic ain't one of them.

Suri's Burn Book - a guilty pleasure!

Mom Refuses abortion despite Cancer

Doctors continued to encourage Pitman to have an abortion, even up until the day before she underwent a double mastectomy 20 weeks into her pregnancy.The day of surgery, however, the doctors stopped asking Pitman if she wanted to abort, because “they realized we were not about to change our minds.”During that time, Pitman and her husband Jeff learned that, after one daughter and five boys in a row, they were having another girl.“Those were the only tears I cried that day; in joy that it was a girl,” she said.After the mastectomy, Pitman endured three rounds of chemotherapy, in between which she delivered her daughter Johannah at 36 weeks.Weighing in at seven pounds and four ounces, “she came out perfectly healthy.”Pitman faced one of her hardest trials when, after Johannah's birth, she and her family had to travel three hours from their home in Yarmouth to Halifax for six weeks of radiation therapy while still homeschooling four of her children.“I kind of figured things would be easier (since) I wasn't pregnant anymore,” Pitman explained, “but things got so much worse.”Pitman said she would ask God just “for strength to get out of bed and spend some time with the kids.”And God did support Pitman and her family, even during the toughest trial. “The Lord provided and orchestrated everything for us for the entire year,” especially by bringing “all the right people into our lives at the right time,” she said.Pitman found particular strength in the scripture passage Matthew 21:21-22, which says in part, “ ... but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” “God was able to move the 'cancer mountain' for our family,” she said.After her battle with breast cancer, Pitman's 17 year-old daughter, Jocelyn, nominated her for Walmart's “Mom of the Year” award, which is a “celebration of the 9.2 million Canadian Moms who work tirelessly every day to provide for their family.”The winner will receive $10,000 in cash and a $100,000 donation will be made to the charity of her choice. The top mom will also be honored with a “day of pampering,” a photo shoot and a “special red carpet gala” in Toronto.Should she win, Pitman will give her donation to Camp Peniel, a nearby Christian camp where her daughter Jocelyn works.“This camp is amazing and is doing a fabulous job of sharing Jesus Christ to so many each year,” Pitman said.Nominations closed July 8, but the judges will deliberate the 16,909 entries and announce a winner “around August 15.”
Unemployment Drops in Every State that Elected a Republican Governor
Imagine that!


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