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

Miss C's favorite part of soccer practice is getting to play with her friends - and sticks!  She had what looked like a pretty decent potential campfire going just on the side of the soccer field. All she needed was some marshmallows and a match!

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I am thinking...

about the Build Your Bundle Sale that starts this morning!!! This week I'm going to have four posts up about the items and bundles I am particularly interested in and that I think you might enjoy too. 

I went through all 20 bundles and found 7 beautiful planners that are sprinkled throughout the sale. That will go live this afternoon. (But my current homeschool e-mail list recipients will get a sneak peek!)

I'm also posting about the Fine Arts Bundle, The Upper Grades Bundle, and the Early Learning Bundles later this week so check back. 

I am thankful...

For the rich liturgical themes we have coming up in the next few weeks. We have Ascension Thursday (which somehow is moved to Sunday but anyway...) Pentecost Sunday, the entire month of May dedicated to the Blessed Mother, and Father Damien's feast day.  It's a packed couple of weeks!

I am pondering...
all things knee. Here's the dilemma. If I get some imaging done and they tell me I can fix my knee with a little surgery that would be awesome. But it would also probably eat up most of the summer months. On the other hand, if I wait until fall when things get really busy again - that won't be fun to be unable to walk around either. If I wait even longer until after Christmas then I'll be working on a new deductible!  I'm really not sure what to do except I want to see what's really wrong with this knee since apparently, it's not arthritis. If it is a torn meniscus will it heal or not? Do I just need to be more patient? 

One of my Favorite Things...

I am hearing...
Mr. Pete making breakfast

In the kitchen...
I think Lasagna tonight. Not sure about the rest of the week.

I am wearing...
Black pants, shirt, and shoes for church.

I am going...
  • Walking, exercising, weight lifting and ab work as much as possible.
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of PrayMoreNovenas.com Mr. Pete started saying the Divine Office with me in the morning and we are going to keep it up even now that Lent is over. 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and Intermittent Fasting.  The longer I fast, the more it seems like work to actually eat!  I only do one or two meals a day now. 
  • Find something new to practice! 
  • Get Rosie to her track practices.  I hope I can see here PR at least one more time before the end of the season. 
  • Start researching everything I need to know before Noah goes to Rome next month. 
I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)

Charlotte is done with co-op for the year!  We did the one about Cherry Pie last week - so this week we're doing Apple!

I'm inspired by this Catholic Icing post to do something with Miss C. on Thursday for the ascension and I have some ideas.   Stay tuned!


Reading and English list via Bravewriter 

She only has 13 more math lessons left!!
Studies in World History - James Stobaugh

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

Almost done!

A Picture to Share...

A quote to share...

"If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you."
--St. John Vianney