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...

fall running

Fall running...

I am thinking...
about the Christmas Novena I prayed last year.

Last year I was involved in a law suit over some property I sold from my father's estate. Just defending myself in the suit was very, very expensive and financially painful.

So last year for my Christmas Novena I prayed a lot of things- I prayed that the plaintiff's heart would change and he would drop the case, or that it would be settled without a trial, but mostly I prayed that I would only have to pay $200 more and then be done with it!

January came, along with a legal bill for $712.50,  and with the news that we were indeed going to trial. My heart sank.

But later that month I got a call from my attorney. The attorney for my co-defendent wanted her to sit at the trial as his second chair, and if the title company was okay with that, they would cover all of her fees.

The trial was in February, and we're still waiting for the final rulings on that.

But sometime in March, it occurred to me - my novena really hadtruly  been answered.  My half of that $712.50 was only $356.25 - just a little bit over my requested $200. But more importantly, the charges incurred at trial and post-trial came to a whopping $31,000, and I didn't have to pay a dime of it!  I'm chagrined that it took me a couple of months to realize that my fervent prayers at Christmas time had indeed been answered - just not in a way that I had expected or foreseen.

I am thankful...
for answered prayers.

I am pondering...
the prayers for this Christmas. This year using my Christmas Novena to focus like a laser beam for the welfare of one of my children in particular.

These words are especially moving to me -

"the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold." 

I was very surprised that I knew the Christmas novena words by heart, although I muddled the ending a little bit.

I am hearing...
Rosie practicing her piano- she has been asked to play for the big Children's Mass on Christmas Eve. This is a big honor for her. She will also sing for midnight mass with the choir.

My mother will be very pleased that the family's musical liturgical connection remains intact.

In the kitchen...
Chili cheese potatoes.

I am wearing...
advent dress
Dress from eBay, black cardigan from JC Penney, and the purple scarf belonged to my late sister-in-law, Irene.

I am going...

One of my favorite things...

Noah in his concert tux for choir.

I am reading...

I am teaching the class for co-op next semester.

From the Learning Rooms...

    Adobe Spark

    Reading and English list via Bravewriter and other sources

    Exploring Creation with Botany
    Trail Guide to Bible Geography

    Reading- The Yearling

    Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op

    Isadora: Senior year!

    A variety of literature books - Reading a Tail of Two Cities currently. 
    Art Studies at Akrona Art
    Parish Choir St. Sebastians
    Spelling U See Per Dr. Holinga
    Saturday Soccer League

    Izzy earned an A- for her speech class at co-op!  She was very happy about that. I'm hoping she will use this new skill to give her witness to the confirmation class this year.

    A quote to share...
    Doc said, “That’s man-nature, Ma’am. Three things bring a man home again— his bed, his woman, and his dinner.”

    Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling (Aladdin Classics) (p. 154). Aladdin. Kindle Edition.
    A picture to share...

    A photo posted by Elena LaVictoire (@elliemom26) on

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    1. Elena,

      I was delighted to read your little account of how your prayer was answered. I'm so grateful for those answered prayers. The Lord is a good Father to his children.

      I pray it will be a beautiful and blessed Advent as a new week begins.

      Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...

    2. Thanks for the reminder about answered prayers. How wonderful it is to tell and retell such stories, as they encourage us to more fervency.
      Visiting from SWDB.
      My SW Daybook – December 2016 edition


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