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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…

Hunting the White Cow by Tres Seymour- a review




Once in a while, as I'm rushing through the library trying to get everything I need and things that Rosie or the teens want, I see something displayed on one of the book cases and think, "That might be interesting.  Let's try it."

So I'll pick it up and throw it into the book basket and off we go.  Hunting the White Cow by Tres Seymour was such a book.

It's the story of one family's epic struggle to find their rennigade white cow and bring her back to the family farm.  But this cow isn't so easily caught, as all of the men folk, including the very experienced cow-caller grandpa, are soon to discover. The farmer's little girl has her own chance encounter with this awesome cow in a delightful war of wills.  Mama's cryptic remarks throughout the tale, trying to keep the menfolk real, are priceless.

The repeating phrases and use of sight words, make this a good one for developing readers, and the story is interesting enough that they'll want to keep practicing.

The book is captivating and enjoyable, the illustrations are precious and give a great feel to the overall story.  This is one picture book that parents won't mind reading over and over again and children will treasure.


Rosie read it for her assessment this year, and our assessor asked me to record it and send it to her.  So here it is.  Rosie reading Hunting the White Cow.

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