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...

february 2017
Little plants popping up because they don't know it's only February!!

I am thinking...
of what I want to do to get ready for Lent!  I want to add more prayer time and spiritual reading into my schedule. But I also want to give up something meaningful.  A few years ago, I gave up Diet Coke cold turkey and broke out in a very itchy rash on my chest.  Coincidence? or consequence? This year I am thinking of limiting the DC to mornings only, and giving up potatoes in all of their delicious guises - which will be very difficult to do because Mr. Pete LOVES his potatoes. Sometimes I think the only reason he was able to have a grain-free dinner when I gave up grains, was because we still had potatoes!

But I think that's what I will give up. No mashed, hash browns, french fries or tater tots. Cauliflower and the occasional sweet potato instead.

I am thankful...
that the weather is so very mild.  It makes me want to start my spring cleaning. It's also nice to have Noah around for this long weekend.

I am pondering...
the lessons of a dear gentleman who died and was buried from our church on Saturday.  I first noticed Mike because he had a fancy DSLR camera and was always taking pictures at all of the events. I thought he truly was the official church photographer and since I was (and am) trying to learn as much as I could about photography, I decided to try and meet him. One day I got up the nerve to ask him where he stored all of his pictures and we had a delightful conversation about camera storage, and putting photos online to share. After that, we always had small conversations about photography. It was our thing, and I know I'm going to miss that.

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A picture Mike took a few Easters ago of my goddaughter and me at her baptism.

I am hearing...
my tinnitus, which seems to come back much stronger in the spring.  This is the fourth year in a year that I have noticed an increase in volume and persistence in February and March.  I wonder why?

In the kitchen...
Spaghetti tonight.  Turkey wraps were a big hit last week so might make those tomorrow again.

I am wearing...
shorts and a T-shirt for some housecleaning today and to take Miss C. for a long walk.

I am going...

One of my favorite things...

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.

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  Reading Great Expectations.

    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!

    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...

    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.    Ronald Reagan

    It takes a great man to be a good listener.   Calvin Coolidge

    The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.    James Garfield.

    Garfield memorial

    A picture to share...

    Noah indoor track 2017 037

    Noah indoor track 2017 031 2

    Birthday Cupcake Delivery


    1. I like your truth quote and enjoy these glimpses into your life.


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