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...

The scene from yesterday's cross country meet.

I am thinking...
about Noah's insured ankle, and how this will affect the rest of his season.

I am thankful...
that my third son is now back on this side of town and that in many ways and now that he is living in the flip house, he can have a little more security.

I am pondering...
all the problems Mr. Pete had with the pipes at the flip house. When he finally got the sink installed, he discovered that the original drain pipe they put in back in 1952 was parallel to the ground, instead of going at an incline for easier draining!  After decades of use and then years of just sitting there unused, it was chock full of gunk and just had to be removed. He switched it out and put in another one and now it drains great.

I am hearing...
Tinnitus and Rosie practicing her piano.

In the kitchen...
I have once more, no clue. This week will also be a hard one with the additional stress of having to lay down the soccer fields for next week's first week of soccer.

I am wearing...
Black capri pants and black T.

I am going...

One of my favorite things...
Rosie Buckeye Meet 2017 077

I am reading...

I'm listening to this on  Audible  during my walks this week.  The author talks a lot about visualizing and being in the moment and how that helps with peak performance. I did some of those exercises with Rosie yesterday. The proof is in the pudding - she knocked a minute off of her time from the week before.

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)


Prairie Primer  - Starting with The Long Winter

Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op and with the parish choir. 

Rosie is also taking a writing class online using the Once Upon a Time Saint series as the writing

A quote to share...
When I was desperately looking for ways to help Calvin learn to read, the Writer's Jungle by Bravewriter's Julie Bogart was a source of great inspiration to me.

The Writer's Jungle

When your kids freewrite, they grab and reach and snatch. They take
snapshots of ideas, they pull down bits of detail, they label entire
sequences of events with a single word. The goal of freewriting is to
move that pencil across the page as quickly as their little minds think up
thoughts. But those minds are much faster “thinkers” than “writers.” The
way your kids compensate for that gap is to leave out all the good stuff.
Oh, sometimes they come up with terrific detail and quirks that make
their freewriting sing. (And the more they freewrite, the more this will
happen naturally).

A picture to share...

Noah at Ric Sayre 2017