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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1.  The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu had its season finale. I blogged about this show last week. The episode I want to talk about this week is called "Holly." In that episode, our leading lady, June, gave one of the most realistic portrayals of natural childbirth I have ever seen depicted on television or the movies. It was guttural, it was naked, and it was inspiring. Juxtaposed against the flashbacks of June giving birth in a hospital a few years before, really exposed the craziness of how we give birth in the West now. Of course, even that seemed soothing compared to the really bizarre way handmaids must give birth in the fictional land of Gilead.

Still, I'd like to watch that episode again with Izzy because it's such a great illustration of a mother finding the birthing position that worked best for her (which wasn't on her back with her legs in the air) and letting gravity do the rest. You can watch that scene here. It's awesome.

2.   Calvin and Sarah celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary. In case you were wondering, the 3rd Wedding Anniversary is the leather anniversary! I found these on Amazon and thought they might make a nice Christmas gift this year to commemorate the completion of their 3rd year of wedded bliss!

I like this one too!
3.   Interestingly, the 39th wedding anniversary is the Lace Anniversary. I think that's very odd considering the previous three were so... solid!

34th was opal
35th was coral
36th is bone china
37th is alabaster

and 38 is beryl!

It's just odd that 39 is lace!  Of course, 40 is ruby and then we get into some really good ones- like Real Estate!

4.  You have not lived until you have taken a 4-year-old to see the original Willy Wonka movie on the big screen. If you get a chance, do it! and watch their face when the Oompa Loompas come out. Watching her face when the girl turned into a blueberry was pretty cool too!

5.   I will be 5 years completely grain free this coming September. One of the things that helped me keep to the plan was grocery delivery from Amazon.

I especially get my almond flour and coconut flour from Amazon.
On Prime Day - I'm gonna stock up!

6.    We got our pictures taken for the church directory this week. These are probably the most expensive pictures I've ever had taken in my life- and that includes my wedding photos.

On a positive note, I told Mr. Pete we now have our obituary photos done.  You know - the ones that say "Together Again." I figure these should be good for about 15 years or so. At the price we paid for them, they'll have to be!

7.  The Build Your Bundle Folks are having a Flash Sale Next week! See my post from yesterday for information about all the great curriculum and my picks!