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


Just as my  magnolia tree was about to bloom - this happened!

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I am thinking...
about the discussion I just had with Noah a few hours ago about Frederick Nietzsche and what he meant when he said, "God is Dead." You really have a chance to dive into some deep thoughts when you live with a philosophy major.

I am thankful...

that Mr. Pete could go to Noah's choir concert on Friday night while I took Rosie to track practice. I'm sorry I missed the concert but happy that we could be there for both of our children and meet their special needs.

I'm also thankful for the crowd that came to my concert yesterday. I truly thought we would only have a handful of people and to have all of the chairs filled was very gratifying and I am truly grateful.

I am pondering...
so many things - but I wonder if I really keep at it, how much more could I improve my playing in the next year?

One of my Favorite Things...

I have some other things I would love to post, but the modern things have to have copyright permission and so I have started on my quest to get such permission. It should take 4 to 6 weeks.  The older works are okay to post since the composer has been deceased for well over 75 years. 

I am hearing...
Videos from last night's concert

In the kitchen...
what? I have to cook again?  I'm thinking baked chicken probably.

I am wearing...
Black Pants, Black thermal shirt and gray hoodie

I am going...
I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)

Charlotte is done with co-op for the year!   But they didn't get a chance to do this book last week, so I'm going to try to do it with her this week.


Reading and English list via Bravewriter 

She only has 19 more math lessons left!!
Studies in World History - James Stobaugh

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 - Pride and Predjudice - the musical!

A Picture to Share...


I shot this just before the doors opened for my concert. Those are silk tulips from Michael's! The cloth covering the table is indeed an antique embroidered by my great-grandmother. The table use to belong to my late sister-in-law, Irene.

A quote to share...

"Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them."    Charles Gounod