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...
Just kidding.  This is a picture Mr. Pete took last week on his excellent New Mexico adventure, where he represented the family in that law suit I blogged about before.

I am thinking...
the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case we just went through was a bit of a jerk.  Based on this picture from 1988, he tried to make the jury see us as happy-go-luck, irresponsible girls. He has never met us, or talked to us.

On the other hand since I am over 50 with six children and a grand child, maybe I should just appreciate it when someone refers to me as "a girl!"

I am thankful...
that the suit is over, and that Mr. Pete came back safe and sound.  He actually had to get on a plane in New Mexico around 8 a.m. and made it into Cleveland at 3:05. I put my big girl pants on and braved the airport traffic to pick him up.  We made it home by 5 p.m. and then by 6:30 he was taking Rosie to the father/daughter dance!

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In the kitchen...
slow cooking ribs tomorrow!

I am wearing...
Black work out pants, black and gray striped T shirt with an Akron zipper sweat shirt.

I am reading...

BTW- this is an awesome book for Catholics unfamiliar with Sister Faustina and the Divine Mercy.

I am pondering...
how our awesome God works!

I am also pondering how sins can be generational.  My great grandfather was abusive to his wife and children. As a result, my grandmother had a very tough inner core and she wouldn't take any disrespect (actual or perceived) from any one. She also demanded that her daughter liver her life a certain way. As a result, my mother rebelled and married my father - and moved way on the other side of the country. And today, my sister and I continue to clean up that mess.

I shared all of this with Noah and Izzy this week and I found myself in tears before I was through. I didn't mean to do that, but what I wanted them to hear was that I had tried very, very hard to break that cycle and just have a normal loving family!  I hope they understand that.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior


Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing
Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology   -     By: Jeannie Fulbright
  • Choir- co-op
  • Art Class
Seeing Dr. Holinga this week for our yearly assessment.

One of my favorite things...
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Rosie's dress for the dance - those are satin rose petals that float free in the skirt of the dress!

A quote to share...
"I have words, I have the best words."
Donald Trump.

A video to share...


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