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...
Not really outside MY window (I wish!!) but a view of the newlyweds enjoying Easter Sunday in North Carolina

I am thinking...
about dates, and holidays and how wondrous God is.

From the year 326 until the  year 4099,  Good Friday and March 25th, The Feast of the Annunciation, coincide only a total of 98 times!  It only happened three times in the 19th century including 1864 (a year before the end of the American Civil War) and it happened three times in the 20th century 1910, 1921 and 1932. In the 21st Century this happened in 2005 and it also happened this past weekend.

And that's it!  It won't happen again until 2157.

This picture illustrates significance of this event.

Mary and Jesus

My son Noah, who is discerning the priesthood, turned 18 on Friday. I'm not sure what that means, but I don't think it's an accident. I think there is a message there from God somewhere for him. Maybe I'll never know what it is, but hopefully he will as he continues to pray and discern his vocation.

Likewise, I think the passing of Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday, after this special Good Friday/Annunciation date is also significant and appropriate for such a brave and wise woman of God.

I am thankful...

for all the years Mother Angelica gave us, and for EWTN.

In the kitchen...
Left over ham and fixings

I am wearing...
Black pants and pink turtle neck, as the weather is once more, cold.

I am pondering...
what the future holds for all of my children. One child is going to travel across the United States this summer, and I'm debating whether to get him a AAA membership or a St. Christopher medal!

I am also pondering the death of a dear priest (also on Easter Sunday)  He was one of the best confessors I have ever been too - he always took his time, listened intently and never yelled or laughed at me. He was truly a very holy man.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...
Spring Break!!

One of my favorite things...


A quote to share...

Pictures to share...

Easter 2016

Me and my girls.  Rosie is wearing her dress from last summer's wedding - which is now quite a bit shorter than it was just 8 months ago!  I am wearing a dress from eBay that was only $9 and fit quite well.  Izzy is hiding because she was wearing her sneakers and didn't want anyone to see them under her skirt!


  1. Hello. I was brought here by Simple Woman's blog and,even though I am Jewish, I immensely enjoyed your blog and will definitely return


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