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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Noah and Rosie took part in the 27th annual Run for the Homeless. 

Run for the Homeless 2018

Run for the Homeless 2018

Run for the Homeless 2018
Rosie placed 11th in her age group and Noah was 100 out of 900 male runners. 


My Sister hosted our Thanksgiving Feast for 20 people. It was great! 

My son Sam finally opened his restaurant and Calvin and Sarah went to visit. They have sold out a couple of times this weekend! It seems like they're a hit!

We didn't have Miss C. for Thanksgiving Day, but she did get to spend some evenings with her Uncle Calvin and Aunt Sarah. It seems like these two always pick up right where they left off!

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We watched Pottersville on Netflix last week. It was actually pretty enjoyable and family friendly. If you need something to watch that everyone can agree on, this might be it, although I think have to be familiar with It's a Wonderful Life and Jaws to be able to get some of the subtleties. 

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