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...
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Rosie running on the banks of Lake Michigan during our extended weekend.

I am thinking...
Two Dots!
about my Aunt Dot who is 96 years old. Rosie is named for her so when they get together we have Aunt Dot, and Rosie Dot. I saw her for the first time in a wheelchair this weekend. My cousin sent it to her and it is certainly a nice one. I certainly understand that with the passage of time it's to be expected that at her age, she would need a wheelchair. It still surprised me a little bit.

As we were leaving town, we dropped by Aunt Dot's house to drop off something. There was a woman working in the flower garden - it looked as if she might be weeding. I thought maybe it was one of Aunt Dot's daughters, or perhaps a neighbor or friend. But when we pulled in the woman stood up and it was indeed Aunt Dot. She may need a wheelchair from time to time now, but she still looks like a woman 20 or more years younger when she's working in her own garden! Aunt Dot has always been one of my role models and heroes.

I am thankful...
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I'm thankful that Mr. Pete and our three youngest kids could go to the 68th (or 69th - I think we aren't exactly sure which) family reunion with me. And I am so grateful that I was raised to appreciate my extended family and that this reunion was such an important part of my childhood.
Leckrone Family Reunion 1948
August 2016 090 group photo

In the kitchen...
Ugh - another hot week - Probably more grilling and simple foods.

I am wearing...
Black capris, pink T-shirt, and socks.  I have a lot of laundry to do from the long weekend.

I am pondering...
A couple of weeks ago I got this comment  in my page on Childbirth.  So since the commenter left her phone number, I called her back.  I think probably many of you might know of Jeanne Stark. She's a little infamous on Catholic blogs, but I was a little surprised to hear from her.  I'm not exactly a "mommy blogger" per se any more.

Any way, I called her back. Here's what I learned - despite all the bluster and bravado on line, Jeanne was really nice to talk to. We actually had a very pleasant conversation. Jeanne blogged about it here.

Now, my take on some of what we discussed is a little different -

  • The reason I started homeschooling my first born in the first place is here. 
  • The relative threatened in the parking lot by a disgruntled parent was my mother. That was the event that made my mother decide that it was time to get out of teaching after 29 years. I mean honestly - when the parents start blocking you in the parking lot and start screaming in your face, maybe you can do something better with your time. Mom chose to retire. 
  • The "gasp" Jeanne thinks she heard when she told me that they don't advocate homeschooling at Franciscan University was probably more a laugh cut short. 

Kimberly Hahn - wife of the famous theology professor at Franciscan University, Scott Hahn, was one of my early homeschool influences. I also found this on the Franciscan University web site:
Franciscan University encourages students who have been homeschooled to apply for admission. Homeschooled students must meet the regular criteria above for high school seniors. 

  • I also told her about my son's good experiences with running on the high school running teams and that my daughter ran for a middle school team, and that we were part of a co-op, but I'm not sure she heard that.  This is not fear. It's freedom. 
But all and all it was a nice conversation and I think if I get into any other internet disagreements, I might ask to talk it out on the phone because this really was a good experience. 

I am going...

I am reading...

Audio book with Jim Dale narrating!

From the Learning Rooms...


Izzy-Junior - heading into senior year!

A quote to share...
“It's supposed to hurt - that's how you know it meant something!” 
― Rick Elice

Some  of my favorite things...

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A picture to share...

The angels at St. Joseph in Michigan.

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