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…

Remembering 2014 12 in 2014

12 in 2014
House Unseen

This is kind of fun. The House Unseen Blog  is inviting bloggers to link 12 photos from 2014 as a retrospective of the previous year.  So here goes.

In January, I finally bought a new cabinet to organize all of the music I had and that I inherited from my mother.  It housed the music nicely and matched the piano too!  Now a year later, I have to re-organize it, but at least it's in one spot!
January 2014 010

In February, Izzy took the last Wilton Cake Decorating Course and came home with this beautiful cake decorated with these amazing flowers!

Izzy's latest cake

In March Izzy had a congenital tumor removed from her foot.  To get ready for surgery, she reclaimed a bedroom that her brothers had trashed, cleaned  and painted it in one weekend!  She had a very nice place to recuperate, and her surgery went well too.
Izzy resting

In April I started having three girls around the house regularly!  My daughters and my baby granddaughter.
Girls and Grand on a hike beside the Cuyahoga River on a nice spring day.

In May, Izzy finished this beautiful piece in her art class.

In the summer of 2014, the family started watching Dr. Who on Netflix.  To celebrate her birthday, Izzy made a Tardis Cake!

The baby finally got baptized in August!

September saw the return of cross country and unexpectedly, Noah found himself running varsity!

A photo posted by Elena LaVictoire (@elliemom26) on

and in October, Calvin and Sarah FINALLY got engaged.

The fall brought regular hikes with the homeschoolers.  My three ladies went every week.

And we rounded out the year by getting another teen driver!  My life got a lot easier!
New drivers license!