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. Tomorrow is my high school class reunion. I was torn about whether or not to attend. However, since we have taken three road trips this summer already, and planned and carried out a big graduation party, AND are trying desperately to get the flip house ready for my son Gabe and his little girl to move in, I'm just too tired to do it. I've been watching the notifications from classmates come in on Facebook and I long to be there, but it's just not in the cards for me.

They did put out a list of all the deceased members of my class and I was surprised and saddened to note that two of the young men I had crushes on in jr. high and early high school were on the list. Interestingly, of the 23 people on the list, only 3 were women.

They are having a mass, but I don't think most of the class is even Catholic any more. I think that's sad too, but in retrospect, I don't think the high school did everything it could to foster the faith. 

2.  The Flip house has been keeping us busy all summer long. First we were under orders from the city of Akron, (which apparently doesn't want people to buy non-primary residences in the city limits) to get a whole list of things done on the outside of the house. We complied with that and got it all done by July 24.

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But the next challenge was to make the indoors livable. In a brief two-week period, Gabe found out his rent was going up by $200 a month and he lost his long-time job when the art studio he worked for laid off all of their employees. So Mr. Pete and I looked at each other and decided we would get the house ready for him go move in and rent from us while he gets back on his feet and builds up a credit rating.

But the house needs everything! We originally thought we  would be able to do it. But now we are going to have to settle for getting two bedrooms and a bathroom done, and the kitchen in usable order. We're going to have to close off the tiny bedroom and the back sun room so that Miss C. won't mess with the tools in them. Our new goal is to make it habitable (meaning a few steps up from camping in a trailer) by the end of the month, and then "pretty" before Miss C's birthday the end of October.

3.  Miss C had a great week!

She went to mass with us for the Feast of the Assumption on Tuesday.
She made cupcakes


played in her pools

and even helped us carry some trash out of the flip house - her future home!

4.  Rosie ran her first race of the season yesterday. It was hot, humid and 500 people were running with her. She did not run her best, but we learned some things.

  • Having her big meal at noon for a night race was very helpful. That means on race days where she runs in the afternoon, a good breakfast will be key.
  • She needs to be better hydrated before she races. Rosie said she felt light headed during the run. 
  • Her big problem is still trying to get out in front as fast as she can so that she doesn't get blocked in!

Rosie running the Heideman 2017

5.   I have been acting as registrar for my homeschool co-op and I am just amazed at how many people wait until the last few weeks of summer to get their registrations in.  Yet, while I am chastising these people in my mind and muttering under my breath as I change their registrations or enter them into the computer, I am just as negligent in planning something for the eclipse on Monday! I think I am going to try to make one of those viewing boxes and maybe head to one of the events planned in town to experience this event!

6,  We are a nation of lemmings. I'm just happy that this year's spotlight for the wrath of the nation are old war monuments instead of police officers.

Meanwhile, why we revisit the Civil War and World War II, this happened. 

Also, since everyone is now so interested in history, this is a good review!

7. Friday Freebie - Free and 99 cent Kindle Books from the Home Scholar.  What I love about these little resources is that I could quickly and economically get them on my kindle to get quick answers to the questions I had right now!  Lee's straight forward but friendly writing style  was always a source of encouragement to me that I could get through the high school years!

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I have this one in a soft cover, but it's free with Kindle Unlimited.  What a great way to finish out summer and start the school year with these easy, quick and informative kindle books!