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…

Mother's Day at the Cemetery and the Hospital - in that order!

I promise I have plans for regular blogging this week!!  but that will have to wait a bit until my sister gets home from the hospital!

I had a restful Mother's Day planned  - I went to mass Saturday night and then Mr. Pete and I went out to dinner with sis and her husband, Mr. Bill.

The next morning I took the kids to the early mass so that they could sing with the choir and while I got my walking in.  Then I had Noah, my student driver, drive me out to the cemetery so that I could put a decoration in front of Mama's niche, to commemorate her on Mother's Day.

Mr. Pete grilled up some of his super burgers and the family ate, and then Rosie and I sat down to watch a movie on the Roku when the phone rang.  It was Mr. Bill calling me from the ambulance on the way to the hospital.   My sister and Mr. Bill were riding their bikes when sis got hit from behind and thrown from her bike.

I immediately sprang into action - rousing Mr. Pete from the nap he tries to enjoy on Sunday afternoons, and jumping into the car for the 45 minute ride to the hospital.

Sis suffered a pretty significant concussion  She was out of it for a few minutes and her short term memory was on some sort of a loop - she asked the same questions over, and over, and over again.

I was proud of my family.  Calvin was able to get a hold of his cousins to let them know their mom had been in an accident, and then he brought pizza over to feed them all that night. My nephew was able to contact our pastor so that she could get annointed - not that she was near death's door but with a head injury you want to be safe and not sorry!  Finally they got her into a room last night around 10 p.m.

So I'm a bit behind on all of the mother's day dishes that are in the sink and some of the other little chores around here - plus I need to be with my brother -in-law until they discharge my sister hopefully today - and somehow try to get her phone away from her so that her brain has a chance to recover!!

Blogging will resume after this brief post-Mother's Day recovery!!