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...

This was the scene of yesterday's Cross Country Meet - it was so pretty I had to get a shot of it.  If I had a zoom lens you could probably make out the cows in the field by the woods.

I am thinking...
about how mean women can be to each other.

A couple of weeks ago I had a project that I was working on that usually has a couple of local kids assigned to it. However, for this particular project I wasn't going to need those kids, and so I e-mailed the leader of this kids' ministry  ahead of time  and told her that for September 8, we wouldn't be needing their help. She e-mailed me back with the names of the kids assigned to the project.  I thought perhaps she had misunderstood me so once more I e-mailed her back and told her we didn't need them, but that we would in the future and I thanked her for her help.

The next e-mail back pretty much ripped me a new one about how I could call them myself, and I could find their names in the directory and then a litany of all of her other responsibilities and duties and how she couldn't possibly help me and how inconsiderate I was to even ask!

Holy cow- in the time it took her to write the e-mail she could have called both of the kids and told them not to come!

I called them and told them, and it wasn't a big deal.

But ever since then I've been wondering about it.  In hind sight, yea, maybe I should have just taken the hint and called the children myself- but on the other hand would I have been usurping her authority? - I mean she's in charge of them not me.  And why was our (previously very cordial and friendly) relationship worth sacrificing for something so trivial?

I am thankful that...
this weekend is in the past ... and in a few weeks I'll share that particular horror story.

    From the learning rooms...

    • Gabe and Noah are Reading the Scarlet Letter 
    • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga
    • Instacert for History
    • Apologia Science - Physical for Gabe and General for Noah  and Izzy although Gabe and Noah are almost done with their books.
    • Saxon math for all.
    • Reading Connecticut Catholic in King James's Court to Izzy as Confirmation Prep!

    From the kitchen...
    Pot roast and potatoes with salad again because we got two roasts at the BOGO sale at Giant Eagle last week.

    I am wearing...
    black pants and pink T.

    I am creating...
    the final touches on my classroom- because I have had no time to work on it the past few weeks!

    I am going...
    to get some great walks in with the cross country team this week, and probably some extra workouts as well. It's kind of hard now that school is back in spring, but I'll try to work it out.  I also want to work the Divine Office and the Rosary into my prayer life.  I didn't even try to get to confession this week because I knew we were down to 1 priest and I didn't want to feel rushed, nor did I want to stand in line for half an hour- although Lord knows I probably could have used the penance.

    I am reading...
    The Writer's Jungle by Julie Bogart

    I am hearing...
    the hum of the air conditioner - the menopausal woman's best friend.

    Pictures I am Sharing:
    Sam and Gabe's band playing at Square Fest of the weekend.
    2012-09-22 13.03.57 (1)

    and a picture I am considering as my new avatar- just about everywhere!
    Rosie reacts
    I love this picture!

    Gooseberry Patch - Celebrating 20 Years of Homestyle Cookbooks
    Add to Technorati Favorites


    1. The pasture and clouds are lovely in that shot. But the picture that really made me smile was the last one. LOVE that picture. It would be a great avatar.


    Post a Comment