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:

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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 is the summer of "hurry up and wait!"  My sister and I are in the process of selling the last piece of property that my father owned. Our buyer has gotten approval for a  USDA loan which apparently stands for "Unusually Slow, Delays Anticipated."  We have been waiting to close this sale since the end of March, and we are now not expecting to close until the end of July - maybe.  There's nothing wrong apparently.  This is just how it is when you go through the government system.

2.  We are also waiting to hear about Noah's NCAA eligibility.  Although he is a "certified amateur," his academics are pending - whatever that means.

I know another mommy blogger who is in the same predicament with her child who wants to play volley ball for a small school in the south.

I'm trying to figure out how the world would be negatively impacted if two homeschooled kids ran cross country in Ohio or played volley ball in the south.  Would that really be such a bad thing that?  I guess I could understand the virtual anal exam if we were talking about marquee sports like basketball or football - or if our kids were Olympic level athletes - but they're not.  So why all of the scrutiny?  How about we just let college students be college students?

3.  And lastly, Mr. Pete's business sent a premium payment out for our health insurance late. They sent him a letter that we were suspended, but they cashed the check so Mr. Pete and his partner thought everything was good. In fact, they cashed three more checks.

We didn't know there was a problem until a medical bill for Noah from back in May came back to us unpaid.  When I followed up on it, I discovered that we were in fact, uninsured.  Mr. Pete called and apparently the section of the insurance company that deals with the check cashing and billing, is not connected to the part that decides whether or not you are still eligible for coverage. Meanwhile the money they took is setting in an account somewhere for them to decide whether or not we are customers?

This. is. crazy.

4.  Speaking of Olympic level athletes, Lebron came back to Akron last night and there was a huge celebration for him.  The day before there was a huge celebration for him and the team in Cleveland. I am of the age where I would rather watch the great coverage on t.v. than try to fight for a view amidst the crowds!

A friend of mine took her two teenage sons to Cleveland to watch the parade and couldn't see a thing. She said it gave her a new empathy for Zacchaeus!

5.  Time to fess up - I didn't see the end of the game. I  was staying with my girlfriend in the hospital, helping her with her baby while she recovered from an auto accident. Anyway, we had the game on but we were lost in a good discussion!  When I looked up, I saw everyone hugging LeBron. So I said to my friend, "The Cavs must have won!  Everyone is hugging him!"

"Unless they're consoling him?" replied my friend from her hospital bed.

So we quickly turned up the sound to get the whole story.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pete had taken the girls to see Finding Dory. When they came out of the movie theater, the whole street was lit up with cars honking their horns and shouting! It was like an impromptu street festival.

Rumor has it that our pastor even let loose the bells in the bell tower!  It literally was a once-in-a-lifetime event after all!!

6.  Yesterday was Izzy's 17th birthday.  She wanted it simple.

  • Lunch with mom and dad at a restaurant.
  • Family dinner
  • Simple cake (which she made and decorated - because she likes to bake and decorate!)
  • And this for a birthday present. 


7.  Speaking of the Olympics, My friend Ike heard us talking about Rosie running with the guys and hoping to make it to states someday in high school. "States?"  he said, "Rosie should run in the Olympics!"
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I like his enthusiasm.  We'll see how enthusiastic Rosie is about it in a few weeks when the Olympic coverage starts live from Brazil!

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  1. Grr! Health insurance can be such a game. It's funny/not funny that the departments don't communicate at all. Good luck getting it sorted out...

  2. Gotta love it when the kids get old enough to not want a lot of "stuff" for birthdays! :)


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