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…

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1.  Last Saturday was Noah's last race for the season.  It was the first time anyone in our family has ever run in a cross country district meet.


This was really a F A S T race.  It's the kind of race that if you got there on time, dropped off folks to go park the car and then took your time getting to the course, you could easily miss half of it.

Noah did not PR, but he was a respectable 19:03.  He was also the last man on varsity to finish for his team - but when I checked with last year's stats, he was faster than half of last year's varsity team at districts - so clearly the team is getting faster and faster.   He will have to continue to train hard during the off season.


I think I mentioned that one of the two nurses to come down with Ebola was in my town last week.  It's weird to see my town having press conferences and closing businesses because of an exotic but deadly virus that we've been hearing about in Africa for so many years.

Yes, there is an Ebola hotline in the heartland of Ohio!
Never thought I'd see this I'm my back yard. .. literally!

The other big race was Rosie's.  She ran in our parish 5K and finished with a time of 24 minutes flat.

She even won the silver medal for her age group.

Running with the big boys...

4.  Noah passed the CLEP test in US History II with a comfortable margin!  He is now a 16 year old with 3 college credits banked! And I'm feeling good about that.  It makes me feel much better about this.

5.  Have to go for fasting blood work in a couple of weeks (made an appointment) so I'm going to see what I can do to make sure my numbers are in a good range.  To that end we had a great almond crusted tilapia for dinner tonight!  I might get used to fish after all.

6.  Tomorrow we are having a birthday party for the baby.  She will be one year old on Thursday.

It's kind of neat being the grandma - I get to sit back and watch while her parents do all of the planning, cleaning, shopping etc!

I remember the first birthday party I had for my first son, and remember thinking that actually being in labor was easier than getting that all together!   But maybe that's something that new moms have to learn on their own after time.  When I have parties now it's usually a nice dinner, presents and cake done in about 90 minutes!

7.  For her birthday, I decided to buy little classic books for her like The Run Away Bunny, and Goodnight Moon.

 I'm going to date and sign them too so that if they survive her infancy, they will become a keepsake. It's sort of a family tradition.