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About Pat

I am a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south.  Married for 30+ years and the mother of 5, I’ve been an active and avid home educator for over 20 of those years.

I love coffee.  So a few years ago, my husband and I bought a local coffee shop named The Brown Bean.  It was my personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena. That experience stretched me to unimaginable (for me) lengths and still influences much of what I do today.  The coffee shop, sadly, has been shuttered, and today PatAndCandy.com is my outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom and life lessons both God and experiences like the coffee shop have taught me over the years.

I enjoy listening to music, reading, crafting, gardening and cooking. And I find that as my kids are growing, I’m finding more time to follow those pursuits. I also love to learn – in all the wonderful and exciting and interesting ways that learning occurs! What I am most passionate about, however, is encouraging both new and veteran homeschoolers in their efforts to create vibrant and fertile learning environments at home.  I believe that the future of homeschooling is exciting, but due for a BIG change – and I’m so very excited to explore those changes and encourage new homeschooling families as more and more of them choose this lifestyle!



Although I find tons of pleasure spending time with my family and writing, one of my favorite pastimes is sitting down over “a cuppa” and spending time with good friends!  So pull up a seat, pour you “acuppa” and spend some time here today!

And just to remind you how important you are ~ to us and to your family and friends ~ please use this link to download your own copy of our Mother’s Affirmation, a PDF that you can print out and laminate or frame or just pin wherever you’ll see it!

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