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…

Works for Me Wednesday - A fun astronomy book for kids and adults!

See the link up over at Giving up on Perfect for some great tips and ideas!

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As a child I remember looking up into the night sky and trying to figure out the constellations.  I could always seen to find the big dipper easily, but the other "pictures in the sky" just never came to me.

For example I never saw this.

or anything like this. It was frustrating.

Then, at a local planetarium I found the book The Stars, written by H. A. Rey, (author of the Curious George Books). This delightfully illustrated book simplifies the pictures of the constellations so that children (and adults!) can see the pictures of the constellations easily when they search for them in the sky.

Here are some examples.


The book goes over what stars make up each constellation, how to find the constellation and when is the best time of year to look for them. It also contains star charts.

Last year, Rosie and I used Jeanne Fulbright's Exploring Creation with Astronomy text book. Those lessons covered all of the planets and the asteroid belt.  The Stars is a great follow up to that book for students who want to know even more about the solar system and astronomy.

Works for Me!