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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…

Obama 7.13.2012: If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. - YouTube

When Mr. Pete and I heard this we doubled over in laughter - because Mr. Pete has built his own business but he doesn't recall anyone else getting up with him at 5 in the morning to fix instruments, or anyone else making his deliveries, or calling up schools for payment or any of it. Mr. Pete built his business. That the president could even say something so stupid proves to me that he has no understanding of what it takes to build and run a business because he has never built or run his own business. Obama 7.13.2012: If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. - YouTube

But likewise, when we see the panhandlers out on the corner, or all the young men walking the streets of Akron in packs who haven't been successful at getting a job let alone building a business - should we then be blaming teachers for their un success? Or do we blame the roads and infrastructure for that?

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