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…

A funny homeschooling moment

For years I have used the Pathway Readers to teach my children how to read. These are delightful little books that focus on family and farm life with stories that have morals applicable to children of any time and place!

The Timberdoodles company describes them this way:

Here the children are expected to obey their parents, respect their teachers, ask forgiveness when they do wrong, and humbly submit to the discipline of those in authority! Yet they still enjoy life!! 

Because the Amish don't use electricity, you won't find stories dealing with the latest in films, computers, or TVs. Instead, the stories are centered around farm life, with horse auctions, harvests, and LARGE families.

 I have been in love with mine for years and am savoring each story this year since this will be my last time through  - at least until the grandchildren are ready for them!

Recently Rosie and I were reading a story in the More Days Go By Reader.  Peter and his friend Levi,  were going to be late to school because they had gone into Levi's barn to see the new born twin calves. Knowing that they had a few minutes left to make it to school, they were hurrying down a country road when an Amish buggy pulled up behind them and and a gentleman asked them if they wanted a ride to school.

Suddenly Rosie's eyes grew large and serious as she smacked her head and screamed out. "No, don't!! STRANGER DANGER!!!"

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Talk about two worlds colliding...

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