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…

7-quick Takes

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1.  I have been mesmerized by Pope Francis this week in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
I haven't read much "analysis" of his visit because I wanted to hear his words for myself and evaluate them.  I can honestly say that he didn't say one word that I disagreed with!

But I think this is the moment that made me fall in love with him.

2. One of the most thought provoking things he said during his trip -
"We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us once were foreigners."

I told my kids, my great-grandmother got off of the boat from Lithuania.  I remember her.  She held me in her arms - that's how close they are from immigration on my side of the family. On Mr. Pete's side it's even closer - his grandfather, Frenchie, immigrated from Quebec, Canada.  So this makes it very personal for us and helps to put the issue of immigration into perspective.

3.  Meanwhile, life goes on.  Our homeschool is settling down into a routine and pattern of sorts and Saturdays remain very full.

Mr. Pete is still coaching Rosie's team and Izzy is playing on a high school soccer team.  It does seem odd to only have the girls playing soccer this year.
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4. Meanwhile, Noah continues to run with the varsity team at various high schools in different counties.  Today I was able to travel deep into Amish country to watch him beat his personal best by 2 seconds.  18:28 for his 5K. 

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5.  One day a week, we go to a co-op for my students to experience science labs and other classes.  Last week, Izzy came in looking like this.


I am reminded that she truly is an exquisite young lady now!

6.  I finished my Grey's Anatomy Netflix marathon and watched the season premier on Thursday night - and was sorely disappointed. You can read more about that here.  I think there was some very subtle brain washing going on in that episode that involved making it okay to call the authorities when we disagree with parents about how they raise their kids.  Not much shocks me any more, but the way that was carefully crafted into that episode, for such a popular show with such a highly anticipated premiere, truly took me back.

7.  My granddaughter continues to spread love and joy whenever she is around

Introducing miss Charlotte to the beauty of the metro parks.

Her parents are unyoked as a couple and I have a lot of concerns about that.  So when I saw this viral video last week, it really touched my heart.

My parents weren't together either and I do remember some of the yelling and discord that caused me a lot of distress as a little kid.  I remember feeling a lot of anxiety before my father's visits and physically sick when my grandmother yelled at him.  Maybe that's why this video was so powerful for me at 1:16.


  1. I agree that video was powerful! (it made it into my quick takes too haha). I love how your blog is dressed for fall :)


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