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

A backyard morning glory

I am thinking...

I am just sick. Literally and emotionally. I have a summer cold with a nasty cough. For some reason, my body will hold onto a cough for weeks longer than anyone else's. My poor husband hasn't been able to sleep in our bed for most of the week because I keep waking him up with my coughing fits. I'm really ready to be well again. 

On top of that, my mind is just fatigued from reading more and more about this. I fully realize, this is going to get worse, much worse, before it is over.

I am thankful...

that as of yesterday, my parish has started praying the prayer to St. Michael after mass. 

I am pondering...
ways to become a better prayer warrior myself. In the light of St. Monica's feast day, I went back to listen to Michael Voris's confession from a few years ago and am inspired by the power of his mother's prayers for him. 

One of my Favorite Things...

Cross country season.

I am hearing...
The air conditioner. We are having a late August heat wave here. 

In the kitchen...
Noah has a late class, Mr. Pete has a recording session so it will just be me and the girls. I'm thinking maybe sloppy joes. 

I am wearing...
My Firestone Booster shirt and long shorts. 

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...


This week we have to start co-op, so we will start Physical Science first. 
Algebra 1 starts Saturday with Noah. 

I am also preparing for this online course for 10 weeks this fall. Ana is uniquely qualified to teach this course. She lived in Jerusalem for 5 years. She studied at the Hebrew University for two years and graduated from the Isreal College of the Bible with a Bachelors of Arts in Bible and Judaic Studies. 

The course covers 
- The Alef-Bet (Hebrew alphabet)
- Numbers
- Colors
- Shapes
- Greetings
- Basic vocabulary
- Biblical vocabulary
- Hebrew songs

In only 10 weeks students will be able to read, write and speak Hebrew for beginners and have basic conversations.

 I am going to be having Miss C. five days a week this fall to homeschool along with Rosie. I really want us to get more into a  Bravewriter Lifestyle, particularly movie day and tea time! I found a lovely tea set for me and Rosie to use and I want to find a few more cups for Miss C. (just in case she accidentally breaks one.)

Rosie has become a prolific writer by following a Bravewriter philosophy and I want to pass that on to Miss C who also writes prolifically, although only she knows what she is writing!

A Photo to share

Cross Country 2018 Goodyear 005

Mr. Pete helping Rosie get her cleats on.

A quote to share...