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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Also found out Bravewriter is having a summer camp for moms this August.  It is also free!  From their e-mail:

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3.   Well, since we're talking homeschool training- Dr. James Stobaugh is also holding some low-cost webinars - $15 each.  He calls them his JUMPSTART webinars. 

4.  A Michigan Farmer is being banned from the Farmer's Market in East Lansing, Michigan, because of something he wrote on his Facebook page about supporting traditional marriage.  And now he's fighting back. 

5.  Ever wonder which vaccines carry aborted fetal cells?  This should help.

6.  A heartwarming birth story after two birth losses.  What a brave woman.

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8. Some scary facts about colonoscopies.

From an article in the New York Times, dated 2006; “The patients in all the studies had at least one adenoma detected on colonoscopy but did not have cancer. They developed cancer in the next few years, however, at the same rate as would be expected in the general population without screening.”

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