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...

Mother's Day 5K

I am thinking...
about the things I got for Mother's Day - 
Noah ran the 5K I asked him to run with great results!

4th in ages 15-19  Noah LaVictoire age 15 over all place - 36  time of 24:27   pace of 7:53 minute miles.

Calvin bought me cheese cake.
Izzy made me a carrot cake - both are favorites of mine!
Sam bought me some golden chicken wings - also a favorite
and my god son bought me two diet cokes and a bagel.

So I got a lot of my favorite foods - which I shared of course!

I am thankful...
for the example of my mother and my grandmother, and that I had the opportunity to be a mother myself!

From the learning rooms...
Last week was very hard!  The schedule was packed.  The kids and Mr. Pete and I had to travel to Cleveland on Tuesday and Thursday evening for a choir competition.  Wednesday night was the normal art class/ drum lesson with a wedding rehearsal thrown in for good measure. Friday was a wedding rehearsal and a wedding right after with a different bride and groom!  So it was intense and we took Thursday and Friday off just to regroup.
  • Gabe and Noah are reading The Grapes of Wrath! 60 % of the way through!

  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all four kids. 
  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2
  • American History at Homeschool Connections Recorded Courses.  Listening to Michael Medved's recording on World War II
  • Apologia Science - Physical for Noah, Biology for Gabe, and  General for Izzy.
  • Saxon math for all with math tutor for Gabe and Noah.
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 3 - for Noah and Gabe
  • Diane Craft reading program for Izzy.  Ms. Craft is coming to Ohio next month and I definitely want to ask her what the next step should be for Izzy's improvement. 
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake.
  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.
  • Little House in the Highlands for Rosie

Gabe singing in the choir

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Izzy's dress is a discount store find!  I got it for $2 but the zipper was broken.  So I taught Izzy how to take out the zipper and put in a new one.  I thought she looked really cute in it~

From the kitchen...
Baked chicken with cheesy potatoes and salad.

I am wearing...
Gray pants and pink  T-shirt with pink hoodie.

I am creating...
a soccer league apparently.  The homeschool Saturday Soccer League has been in existence for many years.  Mr. Pete started to help the leaders by striping the fields every week and hauling the nets and goals back and forth to the field.  Well, the leaders resigned and an e-mail went out that we were the new leaders!!  a prospect that caused me to lose a bit of sleep Sunday night!

I am going...
work out in the morning- probably by getting Noah up and having him run/walk - since we are not going to be able to do that at night next week. Have to work in some abs and arm work though.  Last fall my left shoulder was almost frozen - it hurt so much to move!  and now since I have been actively working in  upper body work with weights it is almost 90%.  and absolutely no pain now at all at night.

I am reading...


I am wondering...
if I am making the best decision.  Calvins' graduation is the same day that Izzy and Noah leave for Franciscan University's youth conference - and I am going as a chaperone.  But I wonder if that's the right choice?  I really would love to see Calvin graduate and I was ready to - last year!! and then he didn't make the cut.  But we have always gone with the kids when they went to Steubenville for the first time - so... I guess I feel conflicted.

I am Hoping...
That now college is over for Sarah, that Calvin can graduate in a few short weeks - one major test away!

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(next - time for a ring and a date!)

I am Looking Forward To...
the homeschool dance this week - with Izzy and Noah going!

I am hearing...
the buzz in my left ear and Rosie playing outside with her friends.

A Picture I am Sharing...

One of my favorites from the First Communion photo shoot!
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  1. Could you drive to Stubenville and hit the graduation?

  2. I thought about it, but I'm really supposed to be there as a chaperone and I understand Friday night is pretty important as the start of the adventure.

  3. I was also going to say, "Run, boy, RUN!" If he decides to go to college- running scholarships are usually easier to get then any other because they are simply looking at times at meets.
    Can he run as an independent at a city school meet? We had homeschoolers do that.

  4. I don't know how Calvin feels, but my HS graduation was the real milestone. I felt my higher ed graduations were less organized and impersonal, and I regretted the expense and hassle of getting everyone to travel, etc. I just wanted to get a job am celebrate that!


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