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…

7-Quick Takes

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary

1. The St. Thomas Day Cookies in the "apostles bowl" on July 3
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2. Izzy's yummy cake for the 4th of July!
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3.  A Fourth of July Table in the back yard!
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4. Mr. Pete and Izzy created some outdoor lighting from old bugle bells!
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Gabe has been taking a class at Akron Digital Academy this summer in government.  He says it's pretty easy and he has enjoyed it.  The class also looks like it is covering much of the same ground the Abecka class Sam took a few years ago did (with a secular bent of course).  The class is 1/2 credit in eight weeks and now that Gabe has had a taste of that, he is asking me to turn some of his other classes into accelerated courses - my new homework is trying to figure out how to do that!

I bought this book in Steubenville  a few weeks ago and this part really spoke to me!

Before being too harsh on yourself, ask, "Who is the best parent in the universe?"  It's the heavenly Father.  Now look at how messed up all of his kids are down here!  It's not because he's a defective dad.  It's because his children have the gift of free will, and they sometimes don't make the best choices.  The same is true of our own children.  It is well know that many wayward teens have saintly parents and many saintly teens have wayward parents!  It would be wonderful if the sanctity of a parent automatically transferred to his children.  Unfortunately, it isn't that simple.  But scripture reassures us, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it"  (Prv 22:6).  that doesn't necessarily mean the child won't depart from it before he gets old, but rather that the seeds you plant will come to fruition in time.