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...
The return of winter and the death of all my pretty little spring flowers that bravely popped up too soon! I am soooo glad that I never got around to buying more tulip bulbs last fall!!!

spring flower

I am thinking...
a lot about the OJ trial since I'm going to be talking about that on Wednesday. I think that entire episode is symptomatic of something that has gone wrong in our country. We can see and hear evidence for the truth and yet do all kinds of mental gymnastics to deny that truth. But now it's worse than that. If you don't deny the truth and embrace the falsehood you open yourself up to persecution and sometimes prosecution.  This doesn't have to be something done by the state either- family and friends are pretty good about putting heritage and history aside to support an ideology.

I am thankful...

for the introspection of Lent.

I am pondering...

in my 7-quick takes last week I wrote about what it felt like to have two of my favorite young women come to me for advice and assistance. They made me feel needed, wanted, and loved.

And that made me think that's probably how God feels when we turn to him in prayer with all of our wants and needs.

Every year, I tell our pre-Cana couples that God will send the children that we need to teach us a lesson that we need to learn. That's true. But I think sometimes God also sends us little reminders from the younger generations to teach us more about God's nature as our Father.

I am hearing...
nothing right now, but earlier I was listening to some Youtube videos about the OJ Simpson murder trial, looking for information I want to include in my lecture on Wednesday.

In the kitchen...
Probably chili cheese potatoes, tacos, spaghetti, and pea soup on the menu this week since hamburger was on sale.  Trying this cauliflower grilled cheese on Friday.  Planning to make our own Shamrock Shakes on Friday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

I am wearing...
Second week in lent
Second Week of Lent

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. Since starting this I have lost 7 pounds.

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

    Also working on the Flip House with Mr. Pete. These past two weekends they have been hanging drywall!

    A quote to share...

    “There is a mountain of evidence pointing to this man’s guilt, but when you mention that word to this jury or to any African-American, it blinds people. It will blind the jury…to the truth…it will impair their ability to be fair and impartial…. Mr. Cochran wants to play the ace of spades and play the race card…but you shouldn’t allow him to play that card…. It’s the prosecution’s position that if you allow Mr. Cochran to use this word and play this race card, not only does the direction and focus of the case change, but the entire complexion of the case changes. It’s a race case then. It’s white versus black, African-American versus Caucasian, us versus them, us versus the system. It’s not an issue of simple guilt or innocence,

    Bugliosi, Vincent. Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder (pp. 80-81). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition. 

    A picture to share...
    Jesus with Veronica
    France, Bouches-du-Rhône (13), Marseille, Notre-Dame de la Garde " La Passion du Christ ", parvis. "
    Vincent desjardins via Flickr, licensed  cc.