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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Outside my window...

Dave Kekish via Flickr licensed cc

I am thinking...
I mentioned before that I take a lot of pictures, but I am not IN as many pictures. This is pure vanity on my part.  I think I look too old and too fat, and I just prefer to not be in them.

That came to bite me in the butt this weekend. Some of the bridesmaids made a beautiful photo book for my future daughter-in-law and gave it to her at the shower. It chronicled the love story between my son and his fiance from 2006 forward.  There were at least six pictures in that book that I remember taking, but not a single picture of me in the entire book.

I'm going to start working on being more photo-present from now on!

I am thankful...
for the good and wise counsel of my little sister.

I am wondering...
about this gift my sister has.  She is able to accurately read a person's true self after spending a little bit of time with them.

For example there is an  acquaintance of mine that sis has only had the opportunity to meet very briefly twice. Frankly, I like this acquaintance and have had only positive experiences and friendly vibes from her, but sis told me that I should beware. Her warning was along the lines of, "She doesn't think very much of you at all!"

I got confirmation of that from a third party this weekend.  I guess I'm not too shocked, because Sis has been spot on in reading people in the past. For example, she disliked my EFC, even before she showed her true colors.  I just wonder how Sis does it?  How do you become such a keen reader of people that you can see their true selves before they become evident?   I wish I knew, it would save me from a lot of trouble!

In the kitchen...
No clue.  Mr. Pete went to the grocery store for Mother's Day food but not for the week.  I'll figure it out later today I guess.

I am wearing...
a pretty denim dress I bought a few years ago at the thrift store - it's one of my favorites.

I am reading...

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day but Thursday with Pfilates.  
  • move my spring cleaning to the laundry room
From the Learning Rooms...
  Noah working on: 
  • Algebra II with the math tutor - One more bit of homework to e-mail in and then done!
  •  British Lit and British History -with the Great Courses currently reading 
  • Mere Christianity- by C.S. Lewis 
  •   Biology Done with co-op now using Instacert to study for CLEP test in Biology
  •  Latin 2 - DONE!  Just waiting for the grades
  •  Private piano lessons -
  • Did pretty good on the ACT - need to work on the English and Math portion to raise those scores a bit but hit Science and Reading Comp out of the water!!

Izzy working on:
·       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 -Last week!
·       American Sign Language.   
·       Art class.

Izzy and Noah working on A Noble Experiment for civics 

Rosie working on:
·       Math- done with 4th grade math!
·       Reading - Matilda Bones!

·       Spelling
·       Map skills- done for the year!
·       History and
·       Astronomy with the co-op - DONE but learning the constellations now.
·       Also bible and vocal music with the co-op.
·       Private piano and art
Working on a unit study of Degas and Prokofiev via Harmony Arts Mom!

One of my favorite things...

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Flowers for Mother's Day from my three oldest sons!  Plus I got to have breakfast with my second son Sam!

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 - for real this time according to the realtor AND because I have actual papers to deliver to the title office tomorrow!
  • Have no contact with my stalker or her blog and Feedly feed. Turning the page.  

I am looking forward to...

Still looking to close on that new fixer-upper house!  Also hoping to watch Rosie run in two big meets this week! And of course more Saturday Soccer!
grey vs yellow 2

Also hoping for more healing for Noah.  The plate in his arm and the six screws make him feel back to normal - good even! But it's not the bone doing the work- it's the hardware and if he stresses the bone too much by overdoing it, he can get micro fractures which will weaken things further and make a bigger recovery.  So slow and steady is going to win this race!

A quote to share...

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My three girls- two daughters and my future daughter -in-law at her bridal shower!


  1. Did you get a picture of YOU at the bridal shower?

  2. Ha! No i didn't. This is going to be harder than it seems!!! Good catch Janette!

  3. I make a huge effort to be in and print off pictures with the grandchildren. They are the ones who will need the picture memories.

  4. Beautiful flowers! Your daughters and soon to be daughter inlaw are pretty gals! Have a great week!


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