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...


Technically this is "inside" my window, but this is my pretty kitty basking in the warm sunlight as it came through the window at the top of the stairs. I couldn't resist getting this picture of her.

I am thinking...
about a sermon I heard from our parochial vicar on Easter Sunday.  He reminded us that the 12 apostles were just regular guys - just like most of us. But they lived with Jesus, ate with him, slept near him, and listened to his teachings for three years, yet they STILL didn't fully understand what he was trying to teach them. If those guys, who all became great saints, couldn't get it, how could those of us who only grace the inside of the church for one or two hours a year possibly hope to understand Jesus Christ and his teachings? I thought that was a wonderful observation and a very bold thing to say to the Easter/Christmas Catholics who were undoubtedly just there because of the holiday.

I am thankful...
Divine Mercy Sunday and the indulgence my family is working on for Irene. 

I am pondering...

a discussion on Facebook that came up over the weekend in one of my homeschool groups.   The OP wrote:

 I am amazed at the concern people have over transcripts and credits. I have four grown children. I never did transcripts or credits. Three of them were accepted to college. The other had no desire to go. Honestly, high school is a waste of time. Take on line classes. Go to a community college. Use distant education. If your child takes classes they are a transfer student. Be creative. We don't have to do it like everyone else. Lots of other ways to further their education.

This post actually intrigued me. I wondered how this homeschool mom was able to get her kids into college without creating a transcript and I also wanted to hear her thoughts on why she thought high school was such a waste of time.  But I gotta say, the original poster took a lot of flack for posting that. In fact a lot of people said they were offended!  I guess I'm not reading it right because I don't see anything offensive in it. If the discussion had been allowed to continue I would have pointed out that the op wasn't alone on her assessment of high school. 

I'm also pondering Izzy's last few months of senior year - and how beautiful she is!

april 2017 124 2 izzy

One of my Favorite things

watching Gabe ref little kid soccer games!
soccer 2017

soccer 2017

I am hearing...

In the kitchen...
Cinnamon pork chops and salad

I am wearing...
my workout clothes.

I am going...

I am reading...
From the Learning Rooms...

    Adobe Spark


    Prairie Primer  - Social Studies and Science this semester!
    Saxon Math Grade 6
    Exploring Creation with Botany
    Trail Guide to Bible Geography
    CYO Cross Country practice
    Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op

    Isadora: Senior year!
    Art Studies at Akrona Art
    Parish Choir St. Sebastians
    Spelling U See Per Dr. Holinga
    Saturday Soccer League

    A quote to share...

    A picture to share...

    Rosie is allowed to participate in soccer and bike riding as long as her pain level is not more than 3/10. If the pain distracts her, or if she has to modify the activity, she has to stop. But she played soccer on Saturday and ran a little and it did not bother her much. Hopefully with some stretching and strengthening her tendons will repair themselves and she will be back to her regular running schedule.
    soccer 2017

    soccer 2017