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…

My Domestic Links of the Week

My latest article up at Catholicmom.com.

Some really nice Catholic Saint ornaments for this upcoming Advent season!  

Advent Saint Ornaments {8 Sparkly Images}

Also, Catholic Deals has an Etsy Shopping Guide for Christmas!

I had some lab work done a few weeks ago and was able to eek by with normal fasting blood sugar by about 8 points!  Yeah me!  But this article would have been helpful before hand and to keep in mind for keeping out of the pre-diabetic range! Except for the "whole grains" I agree with everything else on the list.

Another wedding vendor has gone out of business rather than shoot a same-sex wedding.
Urloved Photography, based in the Bay Area of Northern California, have announced they will no longer provide wedding photography after refusing service to a same-sex couple.According to Jezebel’s Mark Shrayber, a gay couple recently sought to hire Urloved owners Nang and Chris Mai, but the Mais responded, “Photographing a gay wedding is not the best match for us.” They offered the couple a referral to another photographer, wishing them “the very best!”

Because, you know, it's not enough that SSM is legal, but now everyone has to accept, condone and participate!  I still think my ideas for Christian wedding vendors on how to get around this nonsense would work.  

The HSLDA reports about a couple who were tasered and arrested in their own home - because CPS thought their house was messy?  Lord, if that's a crime I could be in some serious trouble.

A child protective services (CPS) caseworker had been inside the home several days earlier to investigate a report of a messy house and had returned for a follow-up visit. When Jason and Laura declined to allow her inside she summoned Glidden and White.
When Deputy Glidden arrived at the Hagans’ home he demanded to be allowed inside. Jason opened the door and told Glidden that he could not enter unless he had a court order.

As Jason turned to go back inside, Glidden sprayed him with pepper spray—first at the back of his head and then directly in his face. Glidden also sprayed Laura, who fell to the floor. Glidden then turned to Jason, who was still standing, and shot him in the back with his Taser. As Jason fell, Laura closed the front door. Glidden triggered the Taser three more times through the closed door.

The Huffington Post is reporting on the loss of history as part of the curriculum in Common Core. 

Fukuyama's shift, however, does not seem to have affected the New York State Board of Regents. The governing body regulating education in the state recently voted once again to de-emphasize the study of history in the state curriculum. On Monday October 20, 2014, the Regents, as part of their effort to promote new national Common Core standards and mystically prepare students for non-existing 21st century technological careers, voted unanimously that students did not have to pass both United States and Global History exams in order to graduate from high school and maintained that they were actually raising academic standards.
The Global History exam will also be modified so that students will only be tested on events after 1750, essentially eliminating topics like the early development of civilizations, ancient empires, the rise of universal religions, the Columbian Exchange, and trans-Atlantic Slave Trade from the test. A final vote will be taken in January after a period of public comment, but the change appears to be a forgone conclusion.Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the State Board of Regents, described the change as an effort to "back-fill opportunities for students with different interests, with different opportunities, with different choice."

Speaking of history- The British Museum is teaching history via 100 different objects.  Fascinating.

Thanks to Mr. Gruber for verifying everything I thought about Obamacare in the past was true!


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