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...

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 Leaves finally fell!

I am thinking...
about my mother's goddaughter who came to visit me with her husband. It was so great to catch up on things and to reminisce about the past. She had memories to share with me that I had forgotten.

She used to come to our farmhouse when she was a kid for my mother to give her piano lessons. She remembered sitting in the little playroom with me and my sister watching Under Dog on our little black and white set waiting for her lesson to begin.

She also vividly remembered a couch that used to be in the piano studio that she would sit on. I remembered that couch too. She said that her lessons were an hour long, but my mother would pull out some classical music for her to listen to while she watched the fish in the fish tank. I'm so grateful she shared this with me!

Just a Reminder...
my mega Advent and Christmas Link Post is up!  Lots of great ideas for ways to prepare during Advent and celebrate Christmas. This year, I've added a link up so you can share your own links too!
Advent and Christmas Links and Link Up
I am thankful...

I have all of my Christmas Shopping done except for one little thing. My cards are here and I'm getting ready to send them out!

I am pondering...
the short Advent this year and what that means for masses, and preparing music for masses and getting there early for all of these masses. It's going to be challenging!

One of my Favorite Things
My sister's holiday spread. Sis always does a great job making her celebrations festive!

I am hearing...
my computer hum, and Rosie practicing Christmas Music.

In the kitchen...
Turkey Stew!!

I am wearing...
Black yoga pants, a black T-shirt and a gray hoodie

I am going...
  • To walk or do videos every day this week. My knee only hurts a little bit - it's much much better. It does make strange noises though!
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of PrayMoreNovenas.com.
I am reading...

This is a pretty good read so far! Really fills in the gaps of information I had about this important historical figure.

This is the book my flute teacher recommended to me years ago, It's about mastering your inner self and giving your best performance! It's applicable to musicians too. In fact, another musician friend who plays a keyboard instrument got the same book recommendation from her teacher! 

I have the Audible  app on my phone as I walk the trails during cross country practice or work on the flip house scraping paint.

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)

Starting A Gentle Advent Exploration next week!
Everyday Graces

Latin for Children, Primer A (Latin Edition)  - done with this until after Winter Break!

Prairie Primer  -  Little Town on the Prairie

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

   Done with this until after the break too!!

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

We have a schedule!  Rosie writes her history paper every Monday based on what she has read in her history the week before. Also on Monday, she reads her assignment in Once Upon a Saint. Then on Tuesday she writes her assignment for that class and turns in her paper. Thursday is for revisions.

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. This fall, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite parts that really helped me teach my kids to write - from the absolute most recalcitrant writer to the kid who has prose and poetry just dripping out of her!

The Writer's Jungle

When I asked my friend about that paragraph, she told me that she
added that awful topic sentence after she’d written the whole paragraph.
Why? Because somewhere haunting her memory like a teacher-shaped
ghost was the thought that it didn’t qualify as a paragraph unless she
started it with a topic sentence. Oh puh-lease! The rules we must

..."so much wasted time."   David Cassidy's last words

A Photo to Share
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A newly discovered (by me) picture painted by my mother over 60 years ago!


  1. Have you ever watched the Bob and Brad physical therapy videos? They have a lot of helpful advice. This is on knee pain. https://youtu.be/jxNO8ytjYh8


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