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

Driver's ed, birthday party, convention - busy, busy life.  Here's a recap!

Outside my window...
Most mornings I walk two or  more miles on the tow path while I am waiting for Noah to run with the cross country team.  Many mornings I can hear the frog in the water, but I could never see him, until yesterday!

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I am thinking...
Mama died five years ago last week.  At the time I had no idea how I would be able to live a life without her in it.  Time has healed a lot of the sorrow, but I still miss her very much.  I wonder what she would have thought about us now, and how  much she would love her great granddaughter.

Izzy's 15th birthday was Monday!   There's been a lot of healing from that too. She is such a beautiful and sweet girl and I am blessed that she is my daughter.

I am thankful...
that I was able to attend the very last CHEO convention - ever as it turns out.  They are collaborating with another group next year and moving the convention to Sandusky in May.  It will be at the Kalahari Resort, so that's something to look forward to!

This year's keynote speaker was Steve Scheiber, who was the pilot signed up to fly the first plane that crashed on 9/11/2001.  He had a wonderful message of not being a someday saint, but instead a borrowed time believer.  Here is a short, award winning film done by Dr. Scheiber's son.

In the kitchen...
Some more recipes from this gem!!

Thinking of an orange fish recipe!

I am wearing...
black pants, pink knit shell top.

I am wondering...
how long it will take us to watch all of the Dr. Who episodes?   We started watching the new Dr. Who on Netflix at the beginning of the summer.  We are currently up to season 4 after watching one or two episodes a night as a family.  This is really a fun family thing we are doing together and I think it will make quite a memory for the summer of 2014.

I am going...
  • to walk Monday - Thursday and try get some arm workouts in too.  
  • I'm also going to upload the kid's piano recital but of course since I am now on Windows 7 I have to figure out how to do all of that. 
  • Take Rosie to swim classes. 
  • Pray for my math tutor and his family who will welcome twins this fall.
  • Really double down on my prayer time this summer - making morning prayer with divine office. com a habit!

I have the app on my Kindle and my cell phone.
I am pondering...

I am thinking of making my prayer corner a place in my room - but I need to clean a space for it first!

I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...
Noah took a practice test for CLEP US History 2 and is in striking distance of passing!!!

Noah also got a 21 on his practice ACT exam.

Izzy was accepted as one of 70 students into the art program for the City of Akron.  She will be working on a mosaic!  She is reading To Kill a Mocking Bird.

The three of us are reading Farewell to Arms.

Rosie has swimming lessons.

One of my favorite things...

Sitting around the fire pit my oldest and his girlfriend gave us for Christmas, and just talking into the evening.

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and these grasshopper parfaits for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist!

I am hoping...
  • Get some flute practice done.
  • Start pondering my curriculum choices for next year and get ready for the big convention this weekend. 
  • That Noah will be ready for the CLEP in American History 2 within the next few weeks. 
  • Get the classroom cleaned up. 

I am looking forward to...

Reunions with family members this summer.

A photo to share
Izzy and her TARDIS birthday cake!
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  1. Hi, Elena.
    I have come here via The Simple Woman Daybook, and enjoyed reading your thoughtful post.
    Have a blessed rest of the week.

    Romi @ In the Way Everlasting


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