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…

Works for Me Wednesday - eye glass holder

I had perfect vision all of my life until my mid 40s.  I never had to worry about eyeglasses or contacts or any of that. But I vividly remember one day, sitting down to read something and the print was blurry!  I blinked and squinted but just couldn't quite get everything to come into focus - until I held the book way, way out there.  That only worked for so long and eventually I had to break down and get some drug store reading glasses. And while that also worked for a time, eventually I had to bite the bullet and get a real eye exam and my first pair of prescription reading glasses.

This was quite a lifestyle change for someone that never needed to ever worry about having an apparatus to read with! And because I only needed them to read I was forever looking for them!  Eventually I started wearing my glasses around my neck

This had other problems.  Since the glasses hung around my neck all the time, they collected bits of food or water or dirt, or anything else that I was around throughout the day.  When I needed to actually look through them, I found I had to clean them off first!  I also didn't like the old-lady look of the chain and glasses.

So I started going with something like this:

The glasses didn't get as dirty and they were always near - but they always got tangled up with any other necklace I wanted to wear.  It still seemed to be in the way.

Then over Christmas, my smart son got me and Mr. Pete a few pair of these ReadeRest Magnetic Eyeglass Holders. I love them!  First of all, I am not required to have my glasses hanging around my neck - instead I can clip this older to the side of my shirt or blouse and keep it away from the midline of my outfit. The glasses stay put and don't get in my way when I'm not wearing them, especially when I am leaning over to do laundry or cleaning.  This video explains how they work.

The big magnet is kind of fun to play with too when I'm just watching t.v. at night. They come in a number of styles.  My kids got me one that had the fake rhinestones, but Mr. Pete's Magnetic Eyeglass Holder is plain black. I just think this is a much nicer solution than the eyeglass cords or necklaces and they don't look as dated.

Works for Me!

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