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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…

Links of Interest



Lacy at Catholic Icing has a very nice way for kids to participate in the Litany of the Saints! A free printable!


Did you know MIT has all of its course work on line, for free!? Neither did I, but here's the link!



If I were giving my pre-cana speech this year, I would definitely take some quotes from this article, The Downside of Cohabitating Before Marriage.

But that belief is contradicted by experience. Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.
Researchers originally attributed the cohabitation effect to selection, or the idea that cohabitors were less conventional about marriage and thus more open to divorce. As cohabitation has become a norm, however, studies have shown that the effect is not entirely explained by individual characteristics like religion, education or politics. Research suggests that at least some of the risks may lie in cohabitation itself.


Made some awesome grain-free food this week!   Looking forward to trying this next week!.


Looks so delicious!   You should really follow the Against All grain Blog



Another new favorite hangout- The Shabby Charm Blog  - on Pinterest!

I don't know why I like this so much - something about the Blessed mother and the everyday life in such close contact - in the laundry room of all places!   This just really appeals to me!







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