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...

July 2016 048

I am thinking...
about one of my sons who told me last week that he gets life insurance at work - and he has listed his girlfriend as the beneficiary. I guess the shock must have shown on my face because he said, "Well you don't need the money, Mom."

This just puts all sorts of questions out there though. If he dies, and she gets insurance money, who pays for final expenses? Who makes final arrangements? I think it's more complicated than just who gets the money and I'll bet it's something he has never considered since he is still in his mid 20s.

I am thankful...
for my final transcription customer who ended our relationship a few weeks ago as he is required to get into the electronic medical record. Dr. H. sent me a lovely heartfelt, handwritten thank you note in appreciation for my almost 25 years of service to him. That means the world to me.

I am pondering...
my next step.

One of my Favorite things

I love this little girl. She is fearless!

I am hearing...
the air conditioner and the girls playing Legend of Zelda in the next room.

In the kitchen...
made this without the potatoes - delicious!

I am wearing...
Black skort and black t-shirt with my black walking shoes.

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates .  I'm walking on the trail every day now, working in arms and abs.
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations. I am still limiting carbs but I am really trying the intermittent fasting now. I fast for about 16 hours between 7 p.m. and 11 a.m.  and my walking time happens during those hours. So far, no problems.  
  • Practicing Bach's Sonata in E flat. 
  • Plan my General Science class. 
  • Getting ready for Izzy's grad party!
  • Handling registrations for our co-op. 

I am reading...

Started listening to this for the second time today.

This is an awesome book for anyone who wants to understand gender issues in this country and where we stand as a society.

From the Learning Rooms...

    Adobe Spark

    Running every morning. She is almost completely healed from her tendonitis and is almost up to 20 miles a week!

    She also scraped, primed and painted the window frames at the flip house over the weekend

    Isadora: Senior year!
    Just got back from the Youth Conference at Steubenville - ready to celebrate her big graduation party this weekend!

    Just a reminder that the free Webinars for homeschool high school are THIS WEEK!  Don't forget to save your spot.

    Also,  I am proud to report that I have been accepted as a Brave Writer Ambassador. I have used Bravewriter products for many years in my homeschool and I am excited to participate with them in the Ambassador program!

    A quote to share...

    "One can’t help but notice that, in attempting to clarify its own inaccuracy about the non-gendered pronouns, the Times is forced to refer back to gendered language as the anchoring framework."

    McGuire, Ashley. Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female (Kindle Locations 1051-1053). Regnery Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

    A picture to share...

    Baby Izzy!

    Birthday cakes, Cake Delivery, Bake Me A Wish