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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I've written about how Izzy was part of the Lock 3 Summer Art Experience this year.  She did it two years ago too.

This year, she went for the interview in May and brought her extensive portfolio. She filled out some paper work and showed all of her art. I was confident that she would be accepted.

She wasn't. And I couldn't figure out why? Her art work is very good and shows attention to detail.

She was however, asked to be an alternate. Sure enough, two days into the program, kids had dropped out, or were asked to leave, and Izzy got the call to go in and work on the sculpture project.

As the weeks went by I had a chance to ask the director and the artist why she hadn't been chosen in the first place. The director said that Izzy was very quiet in the interview and didn't put herself out there as much as some of the other kids. The artist said that if he had been in the interview process, he would have chosen her just based on her portfolio.

So what we learned from this is that it is not just enough to have art to present, but that Izzy also has to work on presenting her art.  And now that her art teacher knows about this, she said she is going to give Izzy practice in talking about her art and working on her presentation. Learning to be interviewed is a great skill to have, and I'm grateful that because of this experience we know that we have to focus on that more.

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2. I'm pretty proud of my oldest son, the paramedic. It seems he finally got a chance to deliver his first baby.  A lady didn't quite make it to the hospital and by the time Calvin got to her car by the side of the express way, she was surrounded by family and firefighters - a lot of people gawking and no one really helping her out much.  Calvin managed to get through the crowd only to find that the baby was crowning.

Despite several pushes, the little one was not very anxious to come into this world. So Calvin asked mom to stand up, hold on to the car and give a little squat with the next push, and the baby came right out.

I asked Calvin, " Did they teach you that at paramedic school?"

"No Mom, I learned it from you!"

Color me happy!  Mama and baby were fine and got a lift to the hospital to get checked out.

3.  Noah has been running with his college team all week.

The first day he was afraid that he wasn't going to fit in with these guys, but I reminded him that he felt the same way when he started running with the high school team. But by the end of the week he was feeling more like a part of the team.

In fact, I understand that they were kidding him a little bit about being homeschooled, and he was kidding them back!

For example, when Noah mentioned his friends from high school, one of the guys quipped, "You mean your sister?"

ha ha.

Stuff like that. But by being good natured about it, I'm sure he'll fit right in.

They did go zip lining as a team building exercise, and he enjoyed that a lot!

4.  I had blogged a little about the church behind my house. This was an ultra-liberal church that blew all the money it got from the sale of the church cemetery, and watched its membership dwindle down to a just a few regulars. They had to abandon their building because they could not afford the upkeep.

Well, things change. Their building was bought up by a conservative Christian school They have been working hard on the building all week. I'm looking forward to having them as neighbors.

5.  I took my daughters on the scenic railroad train ride on Thursday.  They had a blast!
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6.  If there is one bible verse homeschool moms (myself included)should memorize this year it's this:

  Matthew 5: 37 Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one.

Consider your commitments wisely, ask for help if you need it. Nuff said.

7.  Another Calvin thing - my first born is more conservative than I am. But I do enjoy reading his arguments and thoughts on Facebook. Here is his comment to a post that his aunt sent him earlier this week.
calvin on face book

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