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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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Outside my window...
Irene's funeral and May 1 2016 100

I am thinking...
there have been four hugs in my life that will always stand out in my memory.

Two of those were from my mom.

The first was during the frightful time my grandfather got really, really sick and no one knew what was wrong with him. The resident told us that he was afraid my grandfather was going to die. I remember my mother just grabbing me in a strong hug and we cried on each other's shoulders for a long, long time.

The second one happened during the last week or so of her life. The nursing home called to tell me that Mom had she developed a swelling in her jaw. When I came in to see it for my self, I saw that they had really downplayed it. The entire side of her face and neck were swollen.  I demanded that she be transported to the hospital. It was a good thing too because she had an infected gland in her neck and by treating her right away with antibiotics they were able to keep her airway clear and it spared her further suffering.

I remember when I walked into her ICU room, she was as weak as a kitten, but she opened up her arms and called me over for a big hug and thanked me for making sure she got the care she needed.

I am thankful...
that I had such a kind and caring mother. I'm also thankful for my strong grandmother. I know all of her examples weren't good ones, but I also know that the mistakes she made came from a place of good intentions, and that counts for something.

In the kitchen...
Mr. Pete made barbecued ribs for dinner last night- what a treat!

I am wearing...
Grey skirt, white knit sweater I bought in Michigan, and gray Sketchers.

I am reading...

Finished this one over the weekend sitting at the track meets - great read!

I am pondering...
the idea of Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner posing nude this summer. It's not just that he wants to be a woman - what is more irksome is that he wants to be a 35-year-old woman!  Seriously, when was the last time the world got all excited to see a naked 65-year-old lady?

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...

In the homestretch now!  World History will be over this week- (Although the AP test is May 12!)
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior

  • Pre-calculus   Two or three more lessons
  • AP World History     Test on Thursday!
  • Government.  Plugging along - I saw him reading his text book during the track meet on Saturday. 

  • Piano - recital coming up
  • Choir  - only a few more weeks. 

Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing

One of my favorite things...

Pictures after mass for Mother's Day

A quote to share...

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ―Washington Irving

A picture to share...

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  1. Busy week for you!! Senior and Prom pics.. how fun!! Have a great week!!


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