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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1. We've been taking Miss C to the playground to try to burn off some of that toddler energy. I noticed my girls putting her into the swing and then pushing it gently back and forth. So of course I had to go over there and show them how toddlers really like to swing!  And of course, she loves it!!

I believe I can fly!

Then Izzy asked me, "Mom, did you swing all of your babies like that?"
"Of course!" I replied.
"Well that certainly explains a few things," she said.

I'm not sure what she means by that.

2. My second son Sam started a new job this month. He is working as a line cook in a very prestigious diner/market that opened in our neighborhood. This is a place that emphasizes organic, fresh, healthy food and I would say the clientele is on the preppy, hip, upwardly mobile side. His first week he got overtime and this week he had over 60 hours. But more importantly, he is learning food prep from real chefs and is enjoying the dynamics, the pace and the new challenges. I'm looking forward to dining there very soon!!

Besides music, cooking and baking were always something Sam has been interested in. Even when he was a little kid he always wanted to help in the kitchen. It's very neat to see him following his passion - and getting paid for it!
Sam doing food prep at home a few years ago!

3.  Calvin's new job is going well too.  He is partnered with a veteran paramedic with 30 years experience and he's learning a lot of the things you just have to get in the field because they can't cover it in a text book. He is also enjoying married life and his bride's home cooking every night. And from what I have learned on Facebook, she is enjoying their new city.

4. Today was the last official day of summer running. Rosie has run with the high school boy's cross country team all summer long. If all of the boys are running, Rosie can be found holding her own quite well in the middle of the pack.

Today they got their uniforms and while the boys were picking out their jersey's and their shorts the coach told Rosie, "You should get in there and get a uniform too Rosie!"

She didn't of course, but it made her feel good to have him say that.

Here she is doing her strides with the guys earlier this summer.

5. Izzy has a booth in an upcoming art show!  She's working on it with her BFF T, and they have made hundreds of really cute items!! Will this become her life's passion?  We'll see.
izzy art 001

6.  This is also going to be "window weekend!"  We have all of the replacement windows for our rehab house.  So Mr. Pete is going to show Izzy, Noah and hopefully Gabe how to remove an old window and put in a new one. The plan is to have them see one, and then do one.

We're going to grade them on this too.  Rehabing this house is part of our homeschool curriculum this year.  I think I'll even call it that on the official transcript - house rehab!

7. Next week we are going to start doing a little bit of homeschooling, because running moves from the morning to the afternoon. I like to start slowly, a little bit at a time, but I mainly want Izzy to get a head start in her chemistry textbook and maybe start economics too! Noah is scheduled for the Biology CLEP in about two weeks, so he'll be working towards that as well.

Noah's senior year - looking towards applying to colleges for next year. I feel very challenged in getting him prepared for this.


  1. Target those application deadlines for late October/ early November. Lots of scholarships go out early :)
    Encourage him to go out for captain of his running team.
    Thrilling that Sam got a perfect fit in the job market. The food industry can be grueling, but worth it!
    Wonderful your newly weds are making their way!


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