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

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1. Hard to believe but my granddaughter had her very first birthday party!

Her mama made pretty decorations!

There was plenty of food and lots of family

Izzy made the cake.



Which the baby thought was delicious!

A photo of Miss C's daddy and mama when they were about one.

2.  Soccer is almost over.  A couple of weeks ago Sam even came in to sub for his brother as a ref.

because that's what brothers do!

And Noah got a chance to play now that cross country is done!

3.  Rosie is loving our co-op experience.  This week we learned about the phases of the moon with oreo cookies!


A delicious way to do it!

4. Since our son is getting married I thought I better look up the mother of the groom etiquette!  Seems like I won't have too much to do, but we are getting together with the bride's parents this weekend and I am certainly looking forward to that!

5. I have to have some blood work done next week as part of my yearly physical exam. I am taking it very seriously.  I haven't had any work done since I went gluten free and lost 30 pounds last year, so I am looking forward to seeing what the numbers will be. I'm doing a lot of walking and absolutely no sugar this week except for authentic dark chocolate, which is supposed to be good for triglycerides.  We'll see.

6. So apparently carrying my 25 pound grand daughter around can have some unexpected consequences!   I carried Miss C. around last week and over the weekend I noticed a tightness in my back and sometimes in my chest.  I was a little afraid that I might possibly be having a heart attack because heart attacks present much differently in women than they do for men.

So I went in, passed the Ebola screening, and then had an EKG and a back x-ray.  Apparently my heart "looks great" according to the doctor. Just knowing that made me feel much better!

7. I had a chance to hear the wonderful Jason Evert  talk to parents and also teens last night.

I sat behind Izzy and four of her very charming friends from the co-op.

Mr. Evert talked about a young woman who received a lovely purity ring from her parents when she was 16 years old.

She wore it through high school and college.  When she finally met the right guy and became his fiance, she took the ring off and gave it to him. He took her ring, had it melted down and turned it into part of his wedding band.   Those young girls in front of me sighed a collective "Awwww!!!!"   They apparently loved the idea!

I think I know what Izzy is getting for her next birthday!