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…

Danielle Walker's Cookbooks- learning to cook and eat without grains and bread!

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Almost four years ago I changed my diet completely by giving up all grains - that's right. No wheat, oats, barley, rice etc. It wasn't my choice. I had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and my GI doctor wanted to put me on an expensive medication (around $400 a month at the time). Instead, I decided to find an alternative because I was very skeptical of my GI's claim that food doesn't affect the digestive system!

What I learned easily on my own made a lot of sense. I learned that most of our immune system is in the digestive system where our good bacteria and bad bacteria live in perfect balance. Antibiotics to kill off bad bacteria certainly affect the good bacteria as well, and as that good bacteria helps to keep the lining of our colons protected, it makes sense that killing that off would cause problems like bleeding! When I asked my doctor about that he said he had never heard that before, but in several ulcerative colitis forums I read the stories of ulcerative colitis patients who started to bleed AFTER taking antibiotics. How could it not have an affect?

I also read some scary things about Asacol. It was expensive first of all. But it didn't seem to keep working for a lot of patients, which meant that they had to escalate to different and harsher drugs. There were also side effects like hair loss and kidney failure. Would I be trading one set of problems for another by taking this medication?

Something on one of the forums I read really struck a cord with me. It was something like, "Modern medicine is an important tool, but it is the everyday choices that I make for myself and my family that is the most important factor in good health. The only person responsible for my health is me."

It wasn't easy though. This went completely against everything I knew about how to cook and bake and eat!  About that time I discovered Danielle Walker and read about her same struggles with ulcerative colitis. This young woman battled herself back to good health through nutrition and then went about learning to fix all of those foods she loved WITHOUT using any grains.  Her books became my bible in the kitchen.

As Amazon celebrates its Prime members, Danielle Walker's newest cookbook, Celebrations is only $2.99 on Kindle for a limited time. 

Her first two books are also at substantial savings - Under $20 each for the hardcover and under $10 for digital.

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