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...
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I am thinking...
about the  talks I heard over the weekend at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Homeschool Conference. One was about how the Book of Tobit is really an overview of all of salvation history.  Another was about the existence of hell (which has been a big topic on this blog before!)  I also got a chance to meet author Regina Doman and even bought an autographed book!

I am thankful for...
Church's teaching on purgatory, redemption and mercy.

From the learning rooms...
More Swimming lessons

Noah and Izzy swimming class

Gabe and Noah

  • Old Testament  Survey  from Homeschool Connections. 
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 2.  
  • Saxon math for Noah (almost done with pre-algebra!), Geometry for Gabe.  
  • Apologia Science General for Noah and Physical for Gabe.  Big push now to get it done. 
  • William Bennett America: American History.  Which is hands down the best history book I've ever read for my kids! I'm signing up for Instacert to be ready for the CLEP test in American History by the end of the summer.  A

  • Writing Institute assignments, Spelling Power. 
  • Gabe is  done with his Vocab book!  Time to look at English from the roots up!
  • 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

Farmer Boy with Prairie Primer

I failed to mention this before, but Izzy will be starting her third week of the Wilton Cake Decorating Class!  


  • Pathway Readers
  • Saxon Math
  • MCP Phonics

From the kitchen...
I don't know but it will be something grilled!

I am wearing...
Black shorts, and Danceskin workout top.

I am going...
make St. Thomas Day cookies for the feast day tomorrow!

I am reading...

I am hoping...
The weather cools down a bit.

I am hearing...
the hum of the air conditioner

Picture I am Sharing Izzy Art
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