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…

21 Facts about the 4th of July You might not know!

US Flag
Allie KF via flickr, licensed cc. 

1.     We celebrate the adoption of the Declaration on July 4, not the signing.

2.     Wasn’t a federal holiday until 1870.

3.     Christmas was recognized as a federal Holiday at the same time.

4.     The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost

5.     Pursuit of Property was changed to Pursuit of Happiness!

6.     John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826.

7.   That also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration!

8.     James Monroe died on July 4, 1831

9.     President Calvin Coolidge was born on the 4th of July!

10.     The 4th of July is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year with over 155 million consumed.

11.  Farmers often say that the corn should be as knee high by the 4th of July.

12.  The Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846 to avoid further cracking it.

13.  Benjamin Franklin thought the national bird should be the turkey.

14.  The Liberty Bell was cast in England. The statue of Liberty came from France!

15.  The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.

16.  The version of the Declaration that we are used to seeing is called the Dunlap Broadside. 200 copies were made.

17.  Only 27 of those are accounted for.

18. One of those was found on the back of a picture frame at a tag sale. It sold for $8.14 million dollars.

19. John and Abigail Adams had turtle soup for dinner on July 4, 1776.

20. The current flag was designed by an Ohio high school student as part of a school  project.

21. He got a B from his teacher, but he raised it to A when it was adopted ad the national flag!