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...

I am thinking...
about the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished."  That certainly tends to be true for Mr. Pete.  Last Sunday he was called by a single female friend of ours to come fix her basement pump.  Without hesitation Mr. Pete grabbed his tools and headed out.  When he came back a few hours later he was limping because her dog met him at the door with a vicious bite.  He was mad about it, but he went in and worked with the pipe anyway.

A few days later his bite turned a very angry red color, was swollen and warm - and he didn't tell me about it.  Turns out he was afraid to go to the emergency room because then his free good dead would end up costing over $100.  Instead he's been nursing it with a poultice and Neosporin and it actually looked and felt  better this morning, but what a souvenir for being a good guy!

I am thankful...
that Calvin has almost been cleared by the field training officers to be a full member of the Cleveland paramedic squad. They haven't totally signed off on him yet because they want him to work on a few issues, but overall they seem to want to keep him. He did get high marks for his driving and maneuvering the ambulance around the city.  I guess learning to drive on a 15 passenger van when he was 16 has paid some dividends!

In the kitchen...
Turkey, potatoes and salad.

I am wearing...
Black pants, black and gray knot top, and black sweater.

I am creating...
an updated speech to give to the 8th grade confirmation girls this week.  Wondering what to cut and what to keep, and wondering what the high school girls have planned. 

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  -

and I actually caught on to most of the choreography!! This one is a real challenge because of the choreography and tempo.  It's an exercise for body and mind!

    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 -  Physical 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. 

    Starting The Jungle 

    • 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.
    • Little House on the Prairie and Prairie Primer for Izzy. Starting The First Four Years.As in all of the later Little House books this one has its dark side.  We just came to the point where the Boasts wanted to trade their best horse for Baby Rose! 
    • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.
     Busy Times

    A few plans for the rest of the week:
    Give my speech and start getting the Lenten music up to par!

    A photo to share...
    Love this picture!