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...

flowers in cabin

I am thinking...
About my logic class for this week.   We are going to study propaganda and how it affects perceptions and opinions. The class has seen a lot of examples of this in advertising and politics, but the textbook mentioned it in legal cases as well. So I think this week we will take an in-depth look at the OJ Simpson murder trial, and the fallacies (poisoning the well, red herring, ad hominems) that were a major part of the trial of the century!

I am thankful...
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that it is Lent. Mr. Pete and I have spent each morning praying Morning Prayer together and going to stations and I enjoy doing spiritual activities with my husband.

I am pondering...

 a discussion that popped up on my Facebook Feed. A young mother-to-be wrote about her desire to raise her child as a minimalist. To her, this meant giving gifts like love, family, health, simple playthings, conscious consumerism and playing outdoors! I thought that sounded great!!

But one of her other friends opined that this was a "privileged choice."

Well in the old days (like 25 years ago) that was the poverty choice!!  You valued love, family, simple playthings and conscious consumerism because you simply didn't have enough money for all of the "stuff!"

Then it occurred to me, that maybe if you're a millennial who has a lot of student debt that needs to be paid back, living a simpler lifestyle like this might seem privileged - all though it also seems to me that if you have debt and are living a somewhat impoverished lifestyle because of it anyway, couldn't minimalism be a natural consequence of that?

Life can be as elaborate or minimal as you want it to be if we're talking about "stuff."  You don't have to have a lot of money, or a degree, or the right heritage to be able to do more with less.  I think my young friend's ambition for her baby is admirable and totally doable.

My kids always enjoyed playing outdoors!
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I am hearing...
my tinnitus, which is always worse in the springtime for some reason.

In the kitchen...
Mr. Pete made a delicious white chili yesterday that everyone enjoyed. I have no idea what to make tomorrow, but I know I'm making a quiche on Friday!

I am wearing...
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I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates  - and no skimping on the Pfilates. I have a pap and pelvic coming up in a few months and I need to show that I have made some progress with my prolapse. I feel that I have, but we'll find out for sure during the exam. 
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of PrayMoreNovenas.com
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations. 
  • More flute practice to keep in shape and get ready for Lent - especially my part for the 7 Last Words of Christ, the 7th word!
  • Prepare for my Logic Class.  Propaganda, appeal to fear, appeal to pity, poisoning the well. 

One of my favorite things...

Sorry for the light blogging - but I'm still working part-time, homeschooling two girls, teaching a co-op class, playing the flute on Sundays, and watching this munchkin 28 hours per week - so sometimes, something has got to give!

Last week, I took her to a play area in the mall. There were a group of kids playing there already, running around and around in a circle. Miss C. looked like a car trying to merge onto the expressway, but she finally found a spot and started running around too.

The alpha male of the pack- a cute blond haired, blue eyed 5 year old, stopped the group and asked her, "Who are you?"

And she told him in her best 3-year-old pronunciation - "Rlott Avictor!"

to which the young man said, "OK, you can play."  Apparently knowing your name was enough of a milestone to join the group.

She also managed to con grandma into paying a buck for her to ride the duck on the little merri-go-round. I didn't mind too much. 

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
    Izzy gave her Christian Witness to the confirmation class. It was about listening and hearing God in your life.

    She omitted a part that she had originally thought about sharing, so I'll share it here because it's partly my story too.  When Izzy was really little, like 4 or 5 years old, she started praying for a little sister. Every night she would kneel down and ask God to send her a baby sister.

    This broke my heart. Izzy was born when I was 40. I had a stillborn son at 42, and when I passed my 45th birthday, I really didn't think it was going to ever happen for me. But even if it did, I had had 5 sons out of 6 pregnancies.  The chances of having another little girl weren't very good either.

    But in the fall of my 45th year, when Izzy was 5, I got pregnant again, and sure enough, I had a baby girl. Izzy's prayers were miraculously answered. God heard her prayers.

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