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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The better-late-than-never edition!
Outside my window...

Ohio winter panorama 1
Steve Wall via Flickr, licensed cc

I am thinking...
about what an odd time of year this is.  Winter is holding on strong, but track and field started this week! We're looking forward to spring, but still shoveling snow and slipping on ice.  And to add insult to injury, we lose an hour of sleep this weekend with the return to daylight savings time!

I am thankful...
for the season of Lent and hoping to make the most of it this year.

I am Pondering...
how good God is to me, and I'm sure my guardian angel has a hand in it too.  My sister and I have two different ways of viewing the world, and I'm sure they are just variations of learning to cope with the way we were raised. Sis takes a very pragmatic view of things, i.e. things are the way they are, accept it and move on.

I admire that greatly.

Unfortunately, I am more cautious and tenderhearted; my feelings are easily bruised and tender and I am acutely aware of the perceived differences in the way people treat me. I guess you can't have a family member who won't talk to you for months on end without getting a little sensitive to stuff like that.

So with that in mind, Saturday could have been a very painful day for me.

But as it turns out (again, I'm thinking divine intervention was involved), I was at a place doing what I loved, for people who appreciated it very much. I'm very grateful and that soothed my tender feelings more than I can ever say.

Saturday's recording session.

In the kitchen...
I am making stuffed sweet potatoes!

I am wearing...
Great workout pants and a green sweater.

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day but Thursday. 
  • get my taxes done!
From the Learning Rooms...
  Noah working on: 

·       Biology at home and with co-op - A at first semester.
·       Latin 2
·       Private piano lessons.  

Izzy working on:
·       Geometry.
·       American History - Reading autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. 
·       American Literature-

·       Also continuing Diane Craft reading program, spelling and writing.
·       Biology with the co-op and at home - A first semester
·       American Sign Language.   
·       Art class.
Rosie working on:
·       Math
·       Reading - 

·       Spelling
·       Map skills
·       History and
·       Astronomy with the co-op.
·       Also 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...

Dave_Pics_pro on Instagram

I am hoping to ...
  • Get lots of flute practice done.
  • Organizing my office and the classroom.
  • Prepare for my tax meeting. 

I am looking forward to...

  • A relaxing Sunday!
  • Working on izzy's Etsy shop.
I'm reading...

A quote to share... 

"I suffered much and I came  so close to dying that I actually resigned myself to the possibility.  My unexpected recovery brought with it a bit of disappointment - namely, that I would have to go through the wretched process of dying again some day."

Benjamin Franklin - Autobiography

 A picture to share...

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