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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…

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Outside my window...
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Taking these down today to prepare for St. Joseph's feast tomorrow!

I am thinking...
that the Swiss Guards will find themselves to be much more active under the new pope!


I am thankful ...
for Pope Francis.  I find him to be down-to-earth, charming, and a very holy man.

From the learning rooms...





  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all four kids, who are all on Part B.  We had a mid-year spelling checkup test today!








  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2








  • American History at Homeschool Connections Recorded Courses. 








  • Apologia Science - Physical for Gabe and Noah.  Biology for Gabe . General for Izzy.








  • Saxon math for all with math tutor for Gabe (Geometry) and Noah (Algebra I.  Izzy is doing pre-algebra and 8th grade math. Rosie- second half of 2nd grade math. 








  • Rosetta Stone Latin 3 - for Noah and Gabe








  • Diane Craft reading program for Izzy.IncludingMerrill Reading Program - Lift Off Student Reader - Level F: Student Reader Level F








  • On the Banks of Plum Creek Boy with Izzy. The Little House books are very charming, but reading them as an adult I can see all of the heart ache and disaster in them!  Sometimes they are hard for me to read. 



  • We got to the part about the grasshopper invasion today.














  • I have also added The Prairie Primer: Literature Based Unit Studies Utilizing the "Little House" Series for the comprehension questions and enrichment.











  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.  She just started More Days Go By last week. 






  • From the kitchen...
    Chicken baked in Italian Dressing, rice and salad.  Tomorrow, pea soup and ham.

    I am wearing...
    Gray workout pants, purple shirt and pink hoodie

    I am creating...
    A St. Joseph's Day Altar 
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    I am reading...


    For Lent!
    Also got Scott Hahn's new Lenten book for my Kindle.


    I am hearing...
    the buzzing in my ears, the hum of the computer. I started Ear HealthPlus last Wednesday - I'm anxious to see if it makes a difference.


    A Picture to share...




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