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…

Simple Woman


Outside my window...
Snow Cloud 2
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I am thinking...
that I am grateful that my knee appointment is this week. My knee is better everyday, but it's just not completely normal and I certainly couldn't do any choreography with it. Yesterday I had to jump off of a curb to get over a pile of snow and it sent a wave of sharp pain over my entire leg. It's so aggravating!!  So at least this week I'll know if I have a torn meniscus, or just an arthritic flare or tendonitis.

I am thankful...

for our Catholic faith and all of the comfort and hope it brings to those who practice it. I can't imagine how to get through life without it.

I am pondering...
I went to a calling hours at a local funeral home yesterday, and then played my flute for a different funeral this morning. The two decedents couldn't have been more different.

The first was a young man who just turned 18 years old earlier this month. He took his own life a few days after that. Yet the funeral home was packed with people who came to pay their respects, give their condolances and grieve for this young man. In fact, we waited outside the door about 20 minutes  in line just to get inside of the funeral home to pay our respects. We grieved for his dear parents and siblings, but also for the abrupt loss of potential, a bright future, and a productive life - all gone. It was all such a sorrowful loss.

The funeral today was for an 87-year-old woman who had served for 63 years as a registered nurse. She had been given many awards, had traveled the world and had used some of her retirement money to fund scholarships and give to charities. People there weren't wondering "what if." They were instead wondering how life would be without her wit and wisdom.

I've been pondering both of these deaths all day.

One of my Favorite Things...
that smile!



I am hearing...
hum of the computer and Miss c. playing with Izzy downstairs.

In the kitchen...
Tacos tonight. The crockpot chicken thighs were so good last week, I'm repeating them this week, only with pineapple because Mr. Pete said he wanted something tangy!

I am wearing...
Black pants that have pet hair all over them but they're perfect for vacuuming and cleaning out the fridge-both of which I have to do this afternoon, a new gray flannel top from Woman Within and a jacket I bought at the thrigt store that is comfy and warm.

I am going...

I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)

My Granddaughter is in the Five-in-a- Row curriculum at Co-op and we try to follow through on the days she is with me.

This week in Five-in-a-Row they will be reading

Prairie Primer  -  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

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.

This semester she is also going to do drama

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 year, 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!

Lest you think that this was an ideal example of a journey from illiterate
to literate, let me assure you I lost some sleep during those nine
years. I didn’t know the end from the beginning. Caitrin is our fifth
child. She read the latest of any of them, yet started writing earlier than
the others too. I share her story here, now, because learning is like this.
We can’t plan to have a child learn according to our schedules, but we
can affirm and encourage each stage of development.We can trust the
process and nurture it as we are given opportunity.