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…

The Simple Woman


Outside my window...

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I am thinking...
about my knee. Even though I've had three physical therapy sessions and visited a physician - I am still in a great deal of pain with my knee. So today I called the doctor's office and asked if I could get somthing stronger than 200 mg of ibuprofen. I could tell that the nurse was already very suspicious of me. In Ohio we have had so many opioid deaths that they are clamping down on how they can be prescribed and who can get them.

I did get some Mobic, an NSAID, today.

I am thankful...

that my expensive new health insurance covered the Mobic prescription in full!  That makes up for the PT sessions that it doesn't cover at all I guess.

I am pondering...

My mother would have been 90 on Thursday. She is still young in my mind. The only time I ever thought of her as an old lady was about a week before her death when she was struggling to eat a little jello in her hospital bed. She looked so old and feeble to me that it was shocking. Until then, she was always -  just mama!  Last weekend I missed her so much. It's funny that after all this time I still have the urge to pick up the phone and call her.

One of my Favorite Things...

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I am hearing...
Rosie getting ready for bed.

In the kitchen...
light kitchen duty this week as Mr. Pete's work schedule will be different.

I am wearing...
Black pants, black shirt, gray hoodie.

I am going...
  • Upper body workouts and core for now until my knee is back to normal. Now I'm wondering if that is going to be IF my knee ever gets back to normal. 
  • Physical therapy only once this week but asking for a program I can do at home since all of my costs are out of pocket. 
  • 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.
  • Make good use out of my planner from CatholicSistas. I finally got the entire thing copied and put into a binder. I am not an affiliate- I just like their product!
  • Keep practicing my recital pieces. 
  • Concert with Peace Together Choir coming up in February. 

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. It's worse than I thought- she's going to need three costumes- two of which are going to require lots of sewing - sigh.

A quote to share...
In honor of Laura Ingals Wilder's birthday, Bravewriter is offering a discount on The Long Winter found in the Arrow Section of the Bravewriter Store.  This contains analysis, copy work and dictation and a chance to delve into this favorite book a little deeper! 1/2 off on Larua's Birthday  - February 7!

It was so wonderful to be there, safe at home, sheltered from the winds and the cold. Laura thought that this must be a little like heaven, where the weary are at rest.” 
― Laura Ingalls WilderThe Long Winter