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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1. This week my life has been devoted to planning Noah's graduation!  He said keep it simple. Don't go to a lot of fuss. Just keep it family and friends. And I did keep it simple... considering.

Longtime readers might remember that back in 2008 my first born son had two graduations!! One with the homeschool group, and one with Akron Digital Academy. We then took him out to dinner.
I arranged the graduation for son #2 at my parish, and he graduated with a handful of other homeschool graduates from the area. That was beautiful, but it was also very stressful!

Sam's Graduation Mass 2011 022

Noah said he didn't want that. He also didn't want to drive two hours away to participate in the state's homeschool graduation ceremony.  So instead he is getting an open house at the church hall and we will hand him his diploma at the beginning of the festivities.

2.  So to get ready for this "simple" party I have:

  • Made an announcement card.
  • Mailed all of the cards
  • Created a Facebook page for the event
  • Purchased all of my paper goods including tablecloths, napkins, flat wear, and decorations
  • Reserved the hall. 
  • Visited said hall
  • And downloaded over 200 pictures for the digital picture frame.

3.  The digital picture frame was Mr. Pete's idea.  I was trying to figure out how to display the life of Noah without getting tons of pictures developed.  I did find this one idea on Pinterest that I loved, but it seemed kind of work intensive. We settled for the digital frame and these centerpieces.

4.  In the meantime real life goes on!  We are still watching my ornery, "I'm-no-nap" granddaughter this week. Her mother tells me that they have been staying at a farm overnight and that Miss C sleeps great in the country.  I found out yesterday that this is code for, "No way is she taking a nap today!"

And she didn't.  Even if I'm in the other room, she keeps calling me, "Gandma!, Gandma!" and when I check on her she says she sees a bug, or she needs a blanket, or her doll fell (again.) Going to bed beside her does not help because she plays with my eyelashes, tries to tickle me, or sticks her fingers up my nose, all in a ploy to be released from the bedroom to go play with her toys in the other room.

This too is not a respite because of the Barbie clothes she brings me to put on her doll, the books she brings me to read, or the things she calls me to look at.  My only solution is to try to play with her hard so that she goes to sleep - which I understand she did pretty quickly once she got back to her own home!

5.  This is also the week Rosie decided to start swimming lessons. We have to drive a little bit to get to them because I could only find one place that offered evening lessons. Rosie is in level 3 and the oldest kid in her class. I have been remiss in making sure she could take care of herself in the water, but hopefully she can catch up quickly. She has no fear of the water and seems to be following her teacher's instructions well.

6.  The other thing on the backburner this week is the NCAA eligibility.  I have my transcript done, but I couldn't send it in too early because it has to be fit with the graduation date. So I'm going to send it in on Monday.  I also have to merge my signature sheets to turn into PDF files with the course descriptions. That will have to wait until Monday too.

7.  Then as if to really put a period on it - college orientation is next Friday! We have to watch a movie about college loans before we arrive. Hopefully we can get that done on Monday as well!

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