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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Isadora's senior pictures

In between rain storms, we found time for two photo shoots.  One more and I think we'll have a lot of pretty senior pictures.

I am thinking...
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about Noah's participation in Walsh University's production of Godspell. He was originally in the chorus. Then one of the "philosophers" in the opening scene had to drop out, so Noah was chosen to take  over this small role three days before opening night. He had some lines to say and a vocal solo!  I was so proud of him.  The rest of the production was very enjoyable and fantastic.  We went with the parents of my daughter-in-law and I think they enjoyed it as well!  It was a great night.

I am thankful...

that I had a chance to get to confession on Saturday. I felt my Lent sliding off track, and that's just what I needed to pull it back.

I am pondering...

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how Rosie was able to take 30 seconds off of her 1600 meter time today!  She also PR'd in her 800!

I am also pondering the ingenious way the authorities at CYO  found to make me hate track season even more!

Rosie is a 6th grader. That means that for the previous three seasons, we spent hours and hours sitting on the sideline waiting for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders to run their part of the meet. But that was okay, we thought. We would put in our time as the parents of a 3rd, 4th and 5th grader believing that our time was coming! We were paying our dues! Eventually, our runner would be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader and we would be able to go to the meet and leave with some semblance of Sunday afternoon left!!

Au contraire!  This year, someone had the bright idea to rotate - one weekend the older kids would go first, and the next, the younger kids would go first! My guess is probably a parent with a younger runner complained about the schedule and CYO folded like a house of cards. So congratulations to us.  We endured three years of waiting and now we just get to do it every other week!

As Mr. Pete and I were grousing about this change in schedule yesterday, I reminded him that we had better get to used to it.  He is six years from the retirement age of 65 and already there is talk of bumping it up to 70.

I am hearing...
tinnitus and laughter in the kitchen.

In the kitchen...

Chili tonight and taco Tuesday!

I am going...
One of my favorite things...


Miss C with her Godfather at the park.

I am reading...

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 art.

    Izzy is also signed up for a blacksmithing class in May. She is determined to be a skilled craftsman, and I am going to get as many opportunities for her as I can!

    A quote to share...

    To all genealogists, amateurs and professionals alike ~ "We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to know somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe."
     Attributed to A. Hoffman. This beautiful quote is humbly dedicated to all family genealogists.

    A picture to share...

    Tbt.  Calvin and Helen Leckrone with little Maryrose on the way. Circa 1927.
    My beloved maternal grandparents.

    Birthday Cupcake Delivery