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...

Outside my window...

I am thinking...

About something really funny that happened in our homeschool today.

Rosie and I were reading out of her second grade Pathway Reader. We were reading the story where the little boy Peter wants to learn how to milk cows. In fact, he is so excited about learning to milk cows, he tells his father that he will have to buy four more cows, so that Peter will have as many cows to milk as the adults do!

Peter's dad smiled at him and told him that it will be a while before he can handle four cows on his own, and that for his first time he would milk Bossy the cow, because she is older and because she isn't giving very much milk these days.

Rosie looked at me quizzically, "Mama, how come the cow isn't giving as much milk?"

So I explained to her that after mamas have their babies, they have lots of milk. But as the baby grows up and doesn't need to drink as much and starts eating other things, their need for milk diminishes and the mama's milk supply decreases accordingly. Rosie took that explanation well, but after she started thinking about it, she asked me, "Mama, will Bossy the cow ever give more milk again?"

To which I replied, "Yes Rosie. She can give more milk once she has another baby."

"Well how can she have another baby?" inquired Rosie.

Well this was a little bit of a rabbit trail I hadn't intended to go down, but I told Rosie that they would have to put the cow with a bull until she was bred, and then she would have another baby.

"Bread?!" Rosie was astonished.

"No sweetie. A baby calf has to have a mommy and a daddy," I said. Rosie nodded understanding.

"They'll put Bossy in the field with a daddy bull", (under my breath) "play a little Barry White, and voila! A baby calf in few months later!"

At this point the teens raised their heads and said in unison, "Who's Barry White?"

Which lead us to this youtube vide, and an explanation about the 70s, costuming, and how Barry always sang with a full orchestra!

It took a few minutes for all of this to sink in, but as Noah was going back to his seat he said, "We went from a sweet Amish book about milking cows, to Barry White and the 80s. This is Herman Melville Homeschooling!"


I am thankful...

For fun loving kids who indulge my need to impart cultural literacy from my perspective to them when the opportunity presents itself.

I am reading...

Unlike most of today's young women, I really long for an older woman to be my Titus 2 role model.  I think I found one in Penny Lord.   When she passed away last week I ordered her autobiography that she wrote with her husband Bob and it has been so wonderful for me to read about her triumphs and tragedies and how she held on to her faith through it all.  Really an important read.  If you are a middled age - ish Catholic woman looking for some inspiration from another down-to-earth Catholic woman, this might be the book for you!

I am looking forward to...
The end of winter!

I am going...

  • to get my medical transcription done
  • be diligent in my prayer time. 
  • practice my flute.
  • Write some blog posts
  • work out every day.  Did Karie Anderson Fitness Formula this morning. 
  • Get ready to get my taxes done.  I'm taking them to a preparer this year, but I have a lot of stuff to get ready first.

From the Learning Rooms...

  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all three kids. 

  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2 for Noah.   American History course from For Such a Time as This,   

  •  Lectures in American History from the Great Courses.  Preparing for the AP exam in American History this spring.


  •  American History

  • Noah  Excellence in Writing Course. 

  • Runkle Geography for Izzy.  Learning the countries in Europe. 

  • Apologia Science - Physical for Noah and  Izzy. Creation science Botany for Rosie

  • Noah doing Geometry with Mr. D.  Izzy and Rosie doing Saxon math with me.  Rosie 3rd grade math book and Izzy at lesson 21 in Algebra I. .

  • Billy Budd for literature with Izzy and Noah.  Hopefully we will be done this week!

    • Latin for Homeschoolers for Noah
    • English from the Roots Up for Izzy.
    •  Diane Craft reading program for Izzy.  She is about to start the very last Merrill Reader.  I am so happy with the improvement that she has made since we started this program.
    • Little House on the Prairie and Prairie Primer for Izzy.  Starting the Happy Golden Years.
    • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts. Rosie too has graduated to Busy Times!
     Busy Times

    I am Learning...
    How to rock this grain free cooking!

    I made my own yogurt!

    And then used that yogurt to make cinnamon and honey muffins with coconut flour!

    and honey mustard chicken!

    A few plans for the rest of the week:

    My granddaughter will be coming over a few afternoons a week.  I need to make transitioning her into our homeschool day a smooth one.  Also keeping fingers crossed that piano will NOT be cancelled this week.

    A photo to share

    Photo: My favorite grand daughter!