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…

Happy 18th Birthday Gabe

Today my third son becomes a legal adult.  This coming year is going to be full of challenges as we finish up high school, but also some joyful moments as well.

Here's a look back at some of Gabe's past birthdays and a few of them include a link to his birthstory - Gabe was my 10 pound - almost 11 pound VBAC baby born in the living room with a midwife!  And I'm still pretty proud of that accomplishment! And as I look back at these pictures, I'm pretty proud of the young man Gabe has become too.

Gabe at 17
Gabe at 16
Gabe at 15
Gabe at 13

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When kids hold the camera

Goofy Gabe
Gabe's soccer season 2005

Gabe as Father Damien

Gabe pondering his math book

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Gabe first meet of the year

Gabe May 1, 2010

Soccer gabe

Gabe drumming

Gabe singing in the choir

Gabe and Katie Prom 2013

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