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.  Rosie ran a race on the Fourth of July - It was her first competition since she had to drop out of track earlier this spring for peroneal tendonitis.  She was a little nervous but once the race started she did very well and came in as the 4th overall lady.

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I should also say this - I walk 2 miles or more most days in the summer. I try to hit 3 miles but if Rosie is running particularly fast, or not running particularly far, it's hard for me to get more in while she's out and I'm uncomfortable being on the trail while she is waiting for me. If I really push, I can get in 3  to 3 1/2 miles in an hour.

Nonetheless, when Mr. Pete and I had to walk to get to Rosie's starting line, I wasn't even winded and we had to walk about 1/2 a mile uphill.  So there are a lot of benefits to keeping active that way!

2.   We didn't get to make the St. Thomas Day Cookies until after the feast day, but when we did, we had fun. Here are Rosie and Miss C. working on it together. 

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3.  Izzy 

Izzy is on her way to the Steubenville Youth retreat this weekend. It's her third or fourth time to go and she is very excited about it.  It is the first time in maybe seven years that I have sent a teen to this retreat alone, without another sibling and I felt strange about it until I saw how easy going she was with the other teens in the group. It pays that she has been so active with them all year long. 

I used to think of these youth retreats as kind of a magical time that will help instill the faith into my teens and reinforce the church teachings that we have tried to give them growing up. 

It's not that. 

My three oldest children abandoned the faith at least for a time, lived with their girlfriends, and quit going to church. But as my oldest approaches 30, I see that the faith really did have a deeper meaning for him and he and his wife go to church every week. And although Miss C's dad isn't a regular churchgoer, he is very happy that she is exposed to the faith at our home and he says grace with us and shows her how to make the sign of the cross. 

So maybe these Steubenville experiences go plant some seeds that just take some time to germinate.

4.  The next big thing on her agenda is the graduation party next week! Food is ordered, paper products are bought, decorations are made - we just need to make it through next week. 

5.  Peg saints

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Rosie touched up some of her older peg saints for the week, and made a new one. From left to right with have St. Thomas, St. Junipero Serra, St. Peter, St. Paul and the new Maria Goretti!

6.  I am officially done with medical transcription for the time being. And I've decided to consider myself "retired." And I feel okay about that!

I think I'll just enjoy the rest of the summer and then think about more work in the fall or some other opportunity.  But I do see that God is clearing a lot of things for me. Not only do I not have any more regular transcription, but after the spring next year there will be no more weddings at church for a while since the building will be closed for renovations. 

It's obvious that the Lord is clearing my schedule for something else - but what?

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