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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1.    Not far from my home is the Perkins Mansion. The Perkins mansion was built by one of the founders of the city of Akron, OH. It was strategically placed on a hillside in the country so that Simon Perkins and his family could sit on their front porch overlooking the quaint little city of Akron.  And while the family was gathered on their front porch, they could also watch their sheep grazing serenely on the hillside in what we would consider to be their front lawn.
The Summit County Historical Society has wisely decided to let that front lawn go back to nature and have brought in sheep again to graze on what is known as "Mutton Hill."  We had a chance to see the sheep and watch a sheepdog do his thing in herding the animals. I talked to one of the caretakers about having sheep in the city and she told me that neighbors in the nearby apartment tower watch over the sheep and call the authorities whenever they get suspicious of anyone messing with them. Most of the neighborhood is delighted to have a little farm in the middle of the city!

Miss C. walked with her daddy and me to watch the sheep dog do his thing. We're going over later today for her to pet the sheep.


2.  Also, not far from here there is a city park known as Schneider Park. At one time there was an infirmary on the property that served the mentally ill and the indigent. That infirmary had a cemetery on the site for its deceased. When the infirmary  closed, they supposedly moved the cemetery to another place.

Recently, I noticed that parts of the park were taped off and that there were surveyors working on the property.  My parish priest noted this as well and struck up a conversation with some of the workers. Apparently, they think that there may be as many as 200 to 500 bodies still buried under the park! This is where we play soccer every Saturday!

saturday soccer, track, april 10 2014 008

I'm not sure what the city will do about this. I hope they don't dig everyone up (although I am secretly thinking if they do exhume bodies I want to be there!) but I don't think there should just be one unmarked mass grave. It seems that a plaque or something should be put down to mark the spot!

Here's a news report about this. 

2.    So with the change in my work circumstances, I decided I would try to get some more affiliates and look at some more opportunities to monetize the blog. Yesterday, I put in an application with one company I would very much like to work with.

Naturally, you want to make a good impression with new partners - So I was mortified when I started seeing these ugly things all over my blog page!

I have used Photobucket to host certain images for over 10 years now. I used to pay them a monthly fee, but then they changed things up and I just used their free account. But this was the first I ever heard that I was breaking their "Terms of Service. "

Well, maybe that's because their terms of service changed on June 28.

Things change. So I thought if I could pay $20 or $30 it would be worth it to not have to go back and change this image on all of my past posts.

I wish.

They want $399 to "Update" my account and host these images

That's extortion. And extortion is wrong.

and now that I will have more free time I think I'll just be moving everything out of Photobucket for good.

3.   With that in mind, I welcome my new affiliation with The Home Scholar, Lee Binz. When I was new to homeschooling high school  I spent many hours listening to Lee's webinars. I was also one of her Gold Club members for a few years. I wrote about her influence on my homeschool career here. 

If you're new to homeschooling high school, I highly recommend her recordings and webinars. Lee is personable, funny but won't waste your time either with a lot of filler.

I should also note that I used her tips when my son applied to college and I used her templates not only for college admission but when I submitted his work to the NCAA as well.

Her next fee webinar is coming up. Click on the image below for more information.

4.   I am toying with the idea of perhaps working as a Medical Assistant in some capacity. When I first started working in the medical field I was a certified medical assistant.  But I let my certification lapse when I started working in Medical Records and then as a Medical Transcriptionist.

But I wondered - what would it take to get recertified?  So I gave the AAMA a call. The nice lady I spoke with said I was listed with two certification numbers - one of them lapsed in 1968!  Since I was only 7 years old in 1968, I assured her that was not me. The other number is from 1979 and since my school was accredited, I will be able to retake the certification exam if I want and then get back out there if I want.

and that's the big question, isn't it? What do I want?

5.   My son Gabe just got a new job too. He was only out of work for two weeks. As his schedule changes to 2nd shift and with driving her back and forth to her mom's new place, I have to figure out how this will affect our child care responsibilities with Miss C.

Fortunately, this little girl loves to help in the kitchen and second shift hours have a lot of kitchen duties with making dinner and probably more baking. But I have a feeling that with fall around the corner, Miss C. will be going to more sporting events as her aunt and uncle get into their cross country season!

6.   I will probably have a blog post up next week about the new rules for homeschool students participating in sports in the public schools in Ohio. When that law went into effect, Noah was running for the local high school and we didn't have to do much other than being in good legal standing with the homeschool requirements. In his senior year, I had to make up a report card. But with Rosie, it looks like they have upped their requirements including requiring vaccination records!  Stay tuned.

7.   Next week I'm going to blog about my intermittent fasting experience. I was skeptical at first about going 16 hours without any calories, but Jimmy Akin was right - if you ignore hunger, it goes away.

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