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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I am thinking...

Every year on President's Day I give my students a chance to get out of school work by memorizing all of the presidents! One year, Noah actually accomplished that task (although he gets muddled up with all those one-term presidents in the 19th century when asked to recite them now). So today, Rosie will attempt to do that. So far, she can get all the way to Andrew Jackson. 

So here are some tools that can help with that task. 

Presiden't's Day Copy work and Dictation

President's Day Lap Book

Presidents, Statess and Capitals CD 

I am thankful...

I got this in the mail on Saturday. Apparently, my mortage bank decided to take our escrow money and pay off the loan. In full! I originally thought our last payment would be in September. Then when I called on it they told me April. So this was a nice surprise!!

Mr. Pete was fixing the toilet on Saturday. He had to unbolt it from the floor and fix the mechanism inside. As he was kneeling there sawing off one of the bolts that had become solidly fixed to the floor after little (and not so little) boys dripping urine on it for two decades, I mentioned to him that the bolt, the toilet, in fact the entire bathroom was now 100% ours!  Somehow, that made the task just a little bit more enjoyable!
mortgage letter

I am pondering...
My oldest son told me that he has a chance to advance in his department. Apparently, there are different specialties of paramedic. For example, there are paramedics who only ride in helicopters and airplanes with critically ill people. My son considered that once but figured because of his size, he would be too big to do that.

So instead, he is going to apply for the SWAT Team paramedic. He told me that the fifth guy that goes in with the SWAT Team into a situation is the paramedic! He would get gun and range training (which he absolutely loves!) and take hand -to-hand combat courses. Of course he would also have to keep his paramedic skills up and pass an agility test. To that end, he has been working out every day, running hilly trails and has dropped 25 pounds.

The upside for him is the excitement, the gun training and the self-defense, as well as the chance to work on some really exciting and challenging cases. There is also a significant pay increase. The downside is of course the danger.

I'm happy that he has a chance to do something I know he is well suited for. But as his mother, I have concerns.

One of my Favorite Things...


I am hearing...
I'm kinda watching and listening to Dark Shadows on Amazon Prime while I'm getting this post ready!

In the kitchen...
Pot roast tomorrow

I am wearing...
Black pants, purple thermal shirt, gray hoodie.

I am going...
  • Upper body workouts and core for now until my knee is back to normal I'm going to work on knee strengthening this week  - hopefully without PT. I also see the doctor this week. Hopefully he will give me more ideas on how to recover fully. 
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of PrayMoreNovenas.com 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and Intermittent Fasting.  
  • Preparing my general science lesson for Wednesday. I have a few experiments to run this week.
  • Keep practicing my recital pieces. 
  • Get my taxes ready
  • Help Noah apply for some scholarships. 

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


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, so we will start reading

Using Bravewriter Boomerang Digital Download to study this book!

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