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…

Simple woman

Outside my window...

I am thinking...

about this piece by Rachel Ann Ridge at the Home Sancturary blog. Rachel writes: 

The online world just sort of goes quiet for the moms of pre-teens, teenagers and young adults. Except for the scary stories of kids and families gone wrong. It's not real comforting.

 Sigh... it's probably not real comforting, but it is honest.

In the middle of all this chaos, you will learn that you are made of amazing stuff. You have a backbone made of steel. You can make great vats of chili like its nobody's business. You can whip up brownies for tomorrow's homeroom party.
You will discover that you can handle more than you ever thought you could. You will find that there is strength in quiet, that Facebook survives just fine without your photos, and that you have something incredible to offer this world.
YOU, mama, are raising kids that will take on life, and all it holds. They will become doctors and lawyers and nurses and teachers and mothers and fathers. They will remember how you loved them, how you helped them, how you sacrificed to give them a good start.
And they will thank you.
Well, maybe.  I think the part she left out is that the "thanks" won't really start rolling in until they hit about 30 or so. And they (meaning my kids ) might not, in fact probably won't, become doctors, lawyers, nurses or teachers.  Sometimes, kids just don't turn out right - at least at first.

I am thankful...
That my oldest son stopped by for a visit yesterday.  I hadn't heard from him in almost two weeks and he wasn't answering my texts.  So yea, I was feeling a little lonely for him and it was nice that he came by to visit with me and his siblings for a couple of hours.

In the kitchen...

I changed up this recipe a little bit. I used chicken breasts instead of nuggets. I also mixed the coconut flour with the coconut.  Then I dipped the chicken in the egg, then the coconut/flour mixture and cooked it on the George Foreman grill.  It turned out great!!  Very tasty with the honey mustard sauce.

I am wearing...
Grey yoga pants, a black shirt and pink hoodie.

I am creating...
Blog posts to last a few days because I have to also come up with a tax return.  I hate doing taxes!

I am going...
  • to get my medical transcription done
  • to get my taxes done. 
  • be diligent in my prayer time. 
  • practice my flute.
  • Write some blog posts.
  • Get in four workouts. Today I did  -

    I am reading...


    From the Learning Rooms...

    Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all three kids. We were pilot families for her program last year and it is finally going to be available to the public as Spelling U See.

    AP U.S. History and American History course from For Such a Time as This,

    American History
    Lectures in American History from the Great Courses.

    Noah  Excellence in Writing Course. 

    Runkle Geography for Izzy.  Learning the countries in Europe.

    Apologia Science -  Izzy. Creation science Botany for Rosie  Noah is finished with Physical Science and will be concentrating now on preparing for the AP History test.

    Noah and Izzy doing Geometry with Mr. D.  Rosie doing Saxon math with me. 

    About ready to start  

    • 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 First Four Years.
    • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.
     Busy Times
    A few plans for the rest of the week:
    Get started on my taxes!
    A photo to share...


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