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…

Simple Woman

Outside my window...

My little girls sitting at the iced over skating area - that was too warm to skate on!

I am thinking...

about the inauguration this week and how ridiculous it is that there are marches and protests. Against what? The peaceful transition of power?  And I really don't care how many busses show up for the (Some) Woman's March on Saturday- the real important show of support happened in November and the Republicans won. It's time to get over it.

Frankly, I'm more interested in the March for Life on January 27 and I'm sure those crowds will once again be huge- and once again the media will ignore it!

I am thankful...
that January so far has been kind of mild.

I am pondering...
Diocese of Cleveland has a new requirement for volunteers who want to work with children. I blogged about this back in 2004 and also here and here.  After the sex scandal in the church, the Diocese came up with a program to ensure volunteers are aware of signs of abuse and were trained to spot and prevent it. This was called Virtus Training. 

The update was informative and thankfully, mostly online. My biggest take away from it is that if someone really wanted to mess with your life, all they would have to do is report suspicions to the authorities -no questions asked because the church is still quaking from the abuse scandal of 10 years ago.

The speaker mentions this right at the beginning here.

at 21:09 admits it is a "low threshold."

While I understand the gravity of the situation and the need to protect children, I'm also concerned about false accusations based simply on suspicious and the problems that can come from that. I'm acutely are of this because 10 years ago, I received this online threat and took action. 

I am hearing...
the hum of my newly repaired computer. It's very quiet now.

In the kitchen...
Pork chops tomorrow I think

I am wearing...

Mom Outfit January 15, 2017

What I wore to church. I looked at my Christmas photos once more and noted that I am only in one picture. So in an effort to have more photographic evidence of my time on the planet, I'll try to snap a couple every month.

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates . Couldn't believe how weak my arms were after missing 3 weeks. I started back with the three pound weights last week but was able to do 5 pound weights today.  
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations - no more than 15 grams of carbs per meal.
  • start Miss C. on a regular program at the library.
  • Get a good start on the school semester.
  • Prepare for my homeschool Latin Class at co-op.
  • Sign up for this year's weddings. 

I am reading...

My article for this book was yesterday!  Had a lot of nice feedback and discussion on it on Facebook's St. Teresa's Online Book Club!

From the Learning Rooms...

    Adobe Spark


    Prairie Primer  - Social Studies and Science this semester!
    Saxon Math Grade 6
    Exploring Creation with Botany
    Trail Guide to Bible Geography
    CYO Cross Country practice
    Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op

    Isadora: Senior year!
    Art Studies at Akrona Art
    Parish Choir St. Sebastians
    Spelling U See Per Dr. Holinga
    Saturday Soccer League

    A quote to share...

    "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
    Carrie Fisher

    A picture to share...



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