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…

Simple Woman

Outside my window...

Little girl in the farm garden.

I am thinking...
that as we get closer and closer to the election, I'm avoiding parts of my FB feed - because I just can't handle inane remarks 24/7. Like this one.

In the kitchen...

I'm trying this one out!

I am wearing...
Gray capris with dark gray T-shirt.

I am reading...

I am pondering...
I'm too busy to ponder!

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates.  Trying to get back some weight work out as well. 
  • to some championship races this week!
From the Learning Rooms...
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior

Rosie 5th grade

One of my favorite things...

CYO Cross country 2015 673 2

cross country 2015 Noah 105 2

A quote to share...

To carry out her mission in fidelity to her Master as a voice crying out in the desert, in defending faithful love and encouraging the many families which live married life as an experience which reveals of God’s love; in defending the sacredness of life, of every life; in defending the unity and indissolubility of the conjugal bond as a sign of God’s grace and of the human person’s ability to love seriously.

The Church is called to carry out her mission in truth, which is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions. The truth which protects individuals and humanity as a whole from the temptation of self-centeredness and from turning fruitful love into sterile selfishness, faithful union into temporary bonds. "Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love” (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 3).

A picture to share...
Young ladies planting tulip bulbs
Planting tulip bulbs for spring!


  1. I love the photos, especially your top one. It seems you have a very busy life. Enjoy your week (and your pfilates).


  2. I love your blog. We have many things in common.

  3. Elena -

    I enjoy your blog! I see you are reading St. Faustina's Diary. The Divine Mercy Cenacle is meeting at St. Bernard on Sunday at 3 PM (Social Hall entrance on the State Street side). We will recite the Chaplet, and then discuss the teachings of Pope Francis during his visit to Cuba and America. You are entirely welcome to join us, my dear cluster neighbor! - Sue


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