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…

7-Quick takes

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. After a year or so away, I forgot how really, really vile a place the Huffington Post is.  (Click over and see the comment section).  This particular article is about the baker who lost her business and was fined $150,000 because she refused to make a cake for a SSM. The gang at Huff Po is all giddy with joy about this and about how everyone has to "follow the law." I've asked a couple of times how they felt about the folks who broke the law and refused to turn over fugitive slaves back in the pre-civil war days, but so far, no response.

2.  Speaking if vile- my old friend, Jill Filipovic (see here, here and here) is making the social media circuit.

This week, Jill decided to attack Jessa Duggar for her remarks about abortion on Instagram.  You can read Jessa's full remark there but the gist of it is:

We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS

That is a foreign idea for Ms. Filipovic who champions abortion for all, for any reason, at any time.

— Jessa had just walked out of the Holocaust museum, and instead of absorbing the scale of that atrocity, decided to make a point about abortion rights. That's not just tone-deaf; it's deranged. And it does bring to light just how extreme — and out of touch — the Duggar family values actually are. 

None so blind as those that will not see.

3.   FYI, I have a FB page for this blog just for the purposes of sharing more controversial things that I find on Facebook without upsetting or boring my Facebook family and friends.  It's here. 

4. The transcription company I was working for split in two and started offering contracts to the workers.  Transcriptionists are paid by the line.  When I started with this company about 8 or 9 years ago I was making  8 cents a line.  A few years back after the economy turned they dropped me down to 7 cents.  The contract with the new company is 6 cents - which makes me wonder if it isn't just time to do something else.

They seem to have a lot of clients though, so apparently the electronic medical record isn't a universal reality just yet.

5. I've mentioned recently that the kids and I accidentally fell into a co-op this year for science (and sign language and music for Rosie too!) What I love about it is that I can do all of the book work with them during the week and then at co-op they get to do the fun experiments with other kids.  It's great!  and the clean up isn't at my house- which is also great.
Rosie volcano

6. The Left-Behind Movie opens today. I was kind of surprised to find out that Nicolas Cage stars in it.

Interestingly, I was listening to Kresta in the Afternoon who did a segment on this movie.  Apparently, the idea of the Rapture is a fairly new idea, circa 1830, and not even the majority of Protestant Christians subscribe to it. You can listen to Kresta's interview with Carl Oleson here (hour 2 of October 2)

Still might want to go see this just to see Nicolas Cage in a religious movie!

7. My sister is going to see the Shroud of Turin this weekend - I wish I could go with her but that would leave Mr. Pete to do the single parent thing and he doesn't have as much experience with that as I do! (Tongue firmly implanted in cheek).  But it turns out it is there until October 12!  Maybe a field trip is in order.