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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 - mother of the groom dress

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

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One of the most challenging parts of getting ready for my son's wedding was finding an appropriate dress as the mother-of-the-groom.  I am not a showy person.  I have spent the last 26 years at home, taking care of kids, and working out of my home office. I have a ton of casual clothes, some church clothes and that's about it. But I needed to have something much more formal for this special event.

In my late teens and 20s I used to have LOTS of formal clothes, because I needed them for homecomings, proms and later weddings as a bridesmaid or as a guest.  I don't remember shopping for formal ware being so difficult then. But as I wrote last month, things have changed.  I've changed.

I knew I needed -

  •  a special formal dress because I was one of the leading ladies at this event   - true I was third or fourth on that list, but I was representing the groom's side so it was still important. 
  • It also had to be comfortable because it was going to be a very long and emotional day. 
  • It also had to be affordable. There was no way I was going to pay hundreds of dollars on this dress.  In fact, the thought of spending even $100 on a dress made me cringe. But I was willing to put some bucks out there if it meant meeting my other two criteria. 


I did actually go into a few stores to try some things on - which only reiterated to me how much I hate doing that!  I also purchased a dress I loved on line, but as I wrote here - it didn't fit me very well and I wasn't very satisfied with the customer service either.

The dress I finally found was in the most unlikely of places, J.C. Penney!  When I got real about finding a dress, I took my actual measurements (not the ones in my imagination but the real deal!) and finally found a dress in my correct size that was appropriate, affordable - and only $79!  And because it was a neutral color, I'm sure I'll be able to wear it for other occasions if needed. (It's also hand washable - so no dry cleaning needed!)

Works for Me!


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