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...


Our neighbor has kept her Christmas lights up, so we keep the one on our tree up too.  I caught a glimpse of it from Rosie's window last week and thought I should get a picture of it.  My plan is to make the tree go dark on Ash Wednesday.

I am thinking...

about our Pre-Cana talk. I was really anxious about giving it this year, so I asked for prayers on my Facebook Page.  They must've "took!" because I thought Mr. Pete and I were very relaxed and we had four individuals come up to us after the talk for questions or to say they enjoyed it - that usually means they enjoyed it.  This year's talk is available here. 

I am thankful...
that it's over! Now I can concentrate on preparing for my Logic Class this week and also learning my part for the 7 Last Words of Christ by Dubois.

I am pondering...
two things that happened over the weekend to remind me of my age.

  • At 37 1/2 Mr. Pete and I remain the longest married couple on our pre-cana team. No other couple comes close.
  • At a homeschool dance over the weekend, we won for longest homeschooling couple at 22 years. 
What blows my mind is that I still have clear recollections of being the newlywed and being the newbie homeschooler - so how could I now be the longest running in both of these categories at least in these two groups? 

I am hearing...
A recording of Let There Be Peace on Earth that we did at a prayer service on Sunday. I play the opening on Flute, Pete is one of the basses, and my friends in the PeaceTogether Choir sang this hymn beautifully.

Let There Be Peace on Earth. Also here

In the kitchen...
Turkey wraps, Spaghetti and Turkey stew are on the menu for this week!

I am wearing...


This dress from Woman Within.  It was black thermal, very comfortable and just perfect for giving a talk and then going dancing with my Valentine!

I am going...

One of my favorite things...
When we were watching The Best of I Love Lucy on Amazon this past month, I noticed that whoever picked the episodes avoided most of the night club numbers!!  And I thought that was a real shame. So we found all six seasons at the library and have started over watching the ones we missed with season 1.

The girls absolutely loved this version of Cuban Pete!

I am reading...
Jimmy Akin has lost over 100 pounds.   He did it by low carb, high fat dieting and intermittent fasting. So I am willing to give this fasting thing a try. I have already been cutting down to two meals a day with limited snacks, but I want to learn more about it. This is the book Jimmy recommended.

Good book, but really, really strong liberal bias.

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

    Prairie Primer  - Starting the Shores of Silver Lake this week.
    Saxon Math Grade 6
    Exploring Creation with Botany
    Trail Guide to Bible Geography
    Art with Miss Lucia 
    Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op and Parish choir
    Drama - at co-op   A Flintlock in this year's production of Peter Pan!

    Isadora: Senior year!

    A variety of literature books -Sense and Sensibility. 
    British History
    Switched on School House British Literature
    Diane Craft Reading Program
    Art Studies at Akrona Art
    Parish Choir St. Sebastians
    Spelling U See Per Dr. Holinga
    Saturday Soccer League

    A quote to share...

    Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.'
    Anything more is from the evil one."

    Matthew 5:17

    A picture to share...

    Ready for Valentine's Day!
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    Birthday Cupcake Delivery


    1. Visiting from Peggy's... May God bless you as you focus on him during your fasting. You might look into Trim Healthy Mama. It's a balanced approach to getting healthy and losing weight slowly.
      Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


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