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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Outside My Window
Father's Day 2018

A party for Father's Day with some unexpected guests.

I am thinking...
I have my Christmas Card picture for this year!

I am thankful...

That Calvin and Sarah had a safe trip up to visit us. They came for her class reunion but they spent a good part of Sunday afternoon with us. I know Mr. Pete was glad to see them too. I'm also grateful that all of my other children could join us too. 

I am pondering...
How my middle sons know so much about this?

I'm also wondering if this would help my knee issues. 

One of my Favorite Things...

Father's Day 2018
These guys - all together. 

I am hearing...
Hulu - I'm binge watching the Handmaid's Tale. 

In the kitchen...
I probably won't cook anything tonight. Izzy and Dad work late, Noah is on a date and it's just Rosie and me. It's too hot to cook anyway. 

I am wearing...
Gray skort, and gray and black T-shirt. 

I am going...
  • Walking, exercising, weight lifting and ab work as much as possible. My knee continues to improve slowly. It really mostly hurts when I get up after sitting for a while, and of course first thing in the morning. 

  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of PrayMoreNovenas.com. I'm waiting for them to announce their next novena. In the meantime, I'm reading this. 
  • 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!  I have fallen in love with this  
I am reading...

I'm actually listening to it on Audible while I'm walking in the morning.

From the Learning Rooms...

We started this last week.

10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. 
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • Write a research paper based on a topic studied in the course.
  • Give a speech, using one of the essays or the research paper as a basis. Include a multi-media presentation if desired. Emaze is a nice online presentation software for this activity.
  • Go see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Perform what you have memorized for an audience.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

I am not an affiliate for them - I just thought this would be a good idea for Rosie's education and it will be her first high school credit! Plus, I thought it would be a good summertime activity! So this week, continues with MidSummer Night's Dream!

We are particularly enjoying this book

I will be listening to lectures from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. 

A Picture to Share...
Father's Day 2018

A quote to share...
“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

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