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...

via Lost in the Hills on Flickr

I am thinking...
about the things we learned on Ancestry. Com last night.  I had heard that you could check out records from Ireland for free on St. Patrick's day, and since Mr. Pete's mother's maiden name was "McGuirk" I thought I'd like to dive in and see what I could discover.  We found out that Mr. Pete is only four generations from his Irish roots, that his grandfather worked as a farmer, and a carpenter and died at age 28.  One his great grandmother's was actually German!  So Mr. Pete's claim to be 1/2 French and 1/2 Irish will have to be altered to allow for a little German ancestry as well!  We also found that his great x3 grandfather was a private in the Ohio company B during the civil war!  I swear I could spend all day just researching this stuff!

I am thankful...
for the ability to discover our roots and pass them on to our own children.

In the kitchen...
Paleo meatloaf tonight

I am wearing...
Gray yoga pants, brown shirt and black cover up.

I am creating...
soccer schedules for the upcoming soccer season.

I am going...
  • to get my medical transcription done
  • be diligent in my prayer time. 
  • practice my flute -two concerts coming up. 
  • Write some blog posts.
  • Get in four workouts. I did this yesterday and I am now totally in love with it!   I have all the choreography nailed and have even added some of my own choreography to it.  It was kind of tough to master, but now that I have it I want to do it all the time - although of course I know I have to vary my workouts. 

Here's a sample!

    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 and Kahn Academy!

    Noah  Excellence in Writing Course. 

    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. 

    50% through  The Jungle 

    • Latin for Homeschoolers for Noah
    • English from the Roots Up for Izzy.
    • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.
     Busy Times

    Since Izzy is supposed to be laying with her foot elevated, she has been reading along with books on CD. She finished Tom Sawyer last week and is doing Huck Finn this week.  I also give her a little bit of Algebra.  I don't know if she will go to choir this week or not.  We'll see.

    A few plans for the rest of the week:

    • Lead our homeschool support group meeting.
    • Get soccer schedules out.
    • Prepare for two concerts. 
    • Drive kids to track practice, piano lessons and art class. 

    A photo to share...
    Olive Stack Eavy photo OliveSlackEavey1876-1918age41_zpsea2e7de5.jpg
    Mr. Pete's great x3 grandmother Olive!