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…

Simple Woman

Outside my window...

via Rob Vaughn on Flickr - Ohio Group

I am thinking...
how proud I am of my older son and his on-line debate skills.  He is really taking after me on his love of the online debate.  His medium is Twitter.  Look who debated with him last week!
Calvin and gruber

Calvina nd gruber 2

I am thankful...
That Mr. Pete got to spend some time with our oldest, Calvin, at the Brown's game yesterday - even if they lost big time!  And even if he had to miss Lessons and Carols and church to do so.  It was the kind of event that they'll both remember in the years to come - a real "Make a Memory kind of thing.  Calvin had been asking Mr. Pete to go all fall, but there was always something going on, and since yesterday was the last chance to do it, he just did.  Sometimes you just have to.

I am Pondering...

How did we ever let it get to this?

In the kitchen...
Spicy pork chops and potatoes with salad for tonight. Meatloaf tomorrow.

I am wearing...
Black workout pants, black T-, pink hoodie and my blue Christmas Jacket that I bought at a second-hand store last year!  It features stars, reindeer and a cabin with an evergreen - that is NOT a Christmas tree -so technically I can wear this thing all winter!

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day but Thursday. 
  • Plan my Christmas menu   
  • Finish wrapping presents
  • Get those Christmas cards sent!
  • Practice for my last flute gig- Midnight mass!
From the Learning Rooms...

Truth be told- I'm ready to be done with school for the year!  But we are trudging onward for one more week.
  Noah working on: 
·       Algebra II with our new tutor.
·       British Lit and British History - currently reading Great Expectations.

We also watched the Beowulf movie and laughed about how it is NOTHING like the great epic poem!

·       Biology at home and with co-op.
·       Latin 2
·       Private piano lessons.  Last lesson is this Friday for the year!

Izzy working on:
·       Geometry.
·       American History - Reading the Scarlet Letter 
·       American Literature-
·       Also continuing Diane Craft reading program, spelling and writing.
·       Biology with the co-op and at home.
·       American Sign Language.   
·       Art class.
Rosie working on:
·       Math
·       Reading - Reading Bud No Buddy and also Witch of Blackbird Pondh
·       Spelling
·       Map skills
·       History and
·       Astronomy with the co-op.
·       Also sign language, bible and vocal music with the co-op.
·       Private piano and art
Izzy and Noah doing the Dave Ramsey course to meet their finance requirement for high school.  We are almost done with this course and I have to say it has been excellent- would highly recommend!

One of my favorite things...


Noah performing with the bell choir.

I am hoping to ...
  • Get lots of flute practice done.
  • Getting most of my Christmas shopping done!
  • Getting my Christmas cards out!

I am looking forward to...

  • Getting the last week of homeschooling done before the holidays.
  • Getting the Christmas Tree
  • Midnight mass
A quote to share...
Mark this, you who never think of God,
lest I seize you and you cannot escape;
a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me
and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.” Psalm 50

 A picture to share...
The four kids who participated in Lessons and Carols at church today!
lessons and carols 2014


  1. I enjoyed reading your lovely daybook today.

    Love your pondering...there are a lot of people pondering the same thing. ;)

  2. Your "outside my window" pic would make a great background for photo ops!

  3. Thanks for sharing your Simple Woman day! Love the pictures!

  4. Thanks Dianna - yea, it's kind of scary this whole financial mess isn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I loved that photo Jodi - I might ask the photographer where in Ohio he took it? If it's in my neck of the woods I'd love to see it. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Thanks for your kind words Barbara!

  7. You are a busy woman!


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