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

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Outside my window...


I am thinking...
about my Aunt Dorothy who turned 95 last week, and found the time to write me a beautiful thank you note for the flowers I sent. She has lovely handwriting!

I am thankful...
for all the kindness that she has shown me during my lifetime and I hope that I can pay that forward with as much grace and gentle good humor she has shown.

In the kitchen...
My special seasoning for pork chops- the secret is the cinnamon.

I am wearing...
A gray skort and black T-shirt.

I am reading...

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day but Thursday and include some pelvic floor strengthening exercises. I started these last week, and along with some cranberry pills I bought at Walgreens, I am noticing an improvement in my symptoms. 
  • move my spring cleaning to the basement. 
From the Learning Rooms...
  Noah working on: 

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

  • Moby Dick

·       Also continuing Diane Craft reading program, spelling and writing.
·       Biology with the co-op and at home - working on presentaton about Richard III. 
·       American Sign Language.   
·       Art class.

Izzy and Noah working on A Noble Experiment for civics. 

Rosie working on:
·       Math
·       Reading - Matilda Bones!

·       Spelling
·       Map skills
·       History and
·       Astronomy with the co-op.
·       Also bible and vocal music with the co-op.
·       Private piano and art

One of my favorite things...

My cousin's log cabin in Michigan.

I am hoping to ...
  • Get lots of flute practice done.
  • Organizing my office and the classroom.
  • Get a budget and time table together on our new real estate venture.  We should close this week. 

I am looking forward to...

Closing on our new property.

A quote to share...
Gentle-Jesus-meek-and mild has probably made more apostates than any other single phrase of the language.  And what a phrase! About as adequate as calling a man-eating tiger, "poor pussy"

Dorothy Sayer from The Letters of Dorothy Sayer
 A picture to share...