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 actually is the front of my house.  The mum I was so anxious to bloom finally exploded full reddish/orange blooms.  It's so beautiful!  My little ivy plant has grown a great dealt this year as well as you can see in the picture it even wants to climb up the stairs!

I am thinking...
that being the mother of sons isn't always the great gift it's cracked up to be. Boys want to assert their manhood, and part of being manly I guess is making sure your mother knows her place. And I've had just about enough of it.

So here are some clues - guys, if you want to borrow a large sum of money from me, it's probably not a good idea to tell me that I'm annoying you when I call to see how you doing - considering I only make that call once a week.

If you announce in the kitchen that  you had a fight with your girlfriend, don't yell at me when the whole family knows about it.

And, if I get upset because you throw an important notebook of mine out when you were cleaning the car, don't act like you were doing me some big favor- because fellas, that was your mess in MY car.  And you just lost the privilege of eating and drinking in it!

I am thankful ...
that I had some examples of a healthy mother/son adult relationship in the way my grandfather treated his mother as an adult.  Because if I didn't have that, I would seriously be wondering if this was normal or not?

From the learning rooms...

  • Gabe and Noah are Reading the Autobiography of Frederick Douglas - perhaps watch the Crucible if I can find it. 
  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all four kids. 
  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2
  • 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 with math tutor for Gabe, Izzy and Rosie- considering Teaching Textbooks for Noah, although Mr. Pete wants to stick with Saxon Algebra with the math tutor. 
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 2 - only one unit left for Noah and Gabe
  • Diane Craft reading program for Izzy.
  • Complete The Philadelphia Catholic in King James' Court with Izzy for confirmation prep

  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.

From the kitchen...
Meat loaf for tonight.

I am wearing...
Black pants and grey T shirt

I am creating...
the final touches on my classroom today.

I am going...
keep the kids running this week on our own in preparation for the Thanksgiving Day Race. Hoping to start up my video workouts this week too.  Probably should start playing my flute again in preparation for the heavy Christmas season.

I am reading...
The autobiography of Frederick Douglas with Gabe and Noah this week and of course the continuation of the Philadelphia Catholic with Izzy and the Golly Sisters with Rosie!

I am hearing...
the buzzing in my ears and the hum of the computer.

Photo I am Sharing
This is from the 5K at church on Saturday.  Noah set a personal record of 23:09 - almost a minute off from a month ago.

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But the big surprise was Rosie- who ran the one-mile Fun Run and was the second female to cross the finish line.  The girl that beat her was 12!
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  1. Great daybook - thanks for sharing. Love the running pics!


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