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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I am thinking...

about how blessed we have been this fall to have such lovely weather! 

I am thankful...

for my life.

In the kitchen...
Pot Roast for dinner tomorrow with veggies.  

I am wearing...
My favorite raspberry colored sweat suit that I love, but only wear around the house.

I am creating...
a halloween costume for Rosie, although Calvin's girlfriend Sarah is helping her shop for that.  I also have a saint costume for her so she will have Trick Or Treating and All Saints Day both covered!

I am going...
to try to walk when my girls, (Rosie, Izzy, Sarah) and Noah are running in training for the Thanksgiving Run.  Other than that I will be digging out the workout videos and starting up in the basement again during the cold weather. Which is probably a good thing because I need to do more arm and core work.

I am reading...

I am hoping...
  • That I can be on good terms with all of my sons.
  • That the young women my sons give their hearts to won't break them. 
  • That I have the strength to manage a homeschool group and a soccer league. 
  • that all my children make good choices going forward.
  • To finally get this UC flare finished and in the past. 
  • that I can get through the next few weeks of soccer.
  • coming up with something to do for All Saints Day  
  • that I can endure all of the things I am called to endure - through Christ who strengthens me. 

I am looking forward to...
  • A week without any mandatory sports practices.
  • Practicing my flute again.
  • A new family member.
  • All Saints Day!

From the Learning Rooms

  • American Literature short stories for Noah via Bob Jones Press


  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all three kids. 
  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2 for Noah.  Also starting the American History course from For Such a Time as This. American History
  • Noah finishing up Easy Grammar so we can start the Literature portion of For Such a Time as This.
  • Runkle Geography for Izzy
  • Apologia Science - Physical for Noah and  Izzy. Creation science Botany for Rosie
  • Noah got an A for his Algebra I!  Now on to Geometry with the math tutor, Mr. D!
  • Finishing The Pearl by Steinbeck with Izzy and Noah 
  • Latin for Homeschoolers for Noah
  • English from the Roots Up for Izzy.
  •  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. 
  • The Long Winter and Prairie Primer for Izzy.
  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.

for Rosie.

I am learning...

All about this weird world of ulcerative colitis.  It seems to me that my symptoms are very, very mild compared to some of the stuff I have been reading online.  Which further makes me question why I need to take such heavy hitting medications. 

I've added some interesting links on the topic in my Delicious files. 

I am pondering...

something that happened on facebook this week.  A kid that I was FB friends with, called his mother a bitch because she took away his video games.  Seriously. And both my son and my godson rode to his mother's defense.  I was very, very proud of both of them for taking the time and trouble to take him to task for this, in a friendly but firm manner.

Of course he de-friended both of them, but at least he had to read their thoughts first!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

A young friend of mine that I have been trying to share helpful hints about labor and childbirth, is due this week.  I'm soooo excited for her and can't wait to meet this wee little one.
A photo I am sharing...

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