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Coffee and Conversation #125 – Merry Christmas!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #125 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!

Welcome to Coffee & Conversation #125 - we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


We both wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

No interesting commentary or thoughtful post today, friends. But we DO have lots of great Christmas (or anytime, for that matter) reading. So please visit a few of our friends’ blogs below. And don’t forget to leave Christmas wishes in the comments section while you’re there. It’s just the friendly, holiday thing to do…

Take note especially of our features!

We’re taking some much-treasured family time and trying to get a little “kick back” time, too… Hoping you’ll get to do the same 🙂

Candy’s sweet Christmas tree this year…

A scene from “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (with Pat’s youngest starring as Mary!)














Now, on to our features!

12 Days of Fitness Challenge


Do not fear: you will NEVER see me in Spandex on this site (or most likely anywhere…), but I DO thank Emily for encouraging us all to shoot for that goal! Or at least get our you-know-whats off the couch and get movin’.

Day 3 of your 12 Days of Fitness Holiday Workout Challenge and you are rocking it! Are you sore? Good! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and eating a combination of complex carbohydrates and lean protein within 60 minutes of your workout. This will help fend off achy muscles.
Keep up the hard work. You’ll thank me later, I promise!




In my heart, I will always love to travel. Of course, not all of us (myself included) can just get up and go…but this post from Stride Travel offers some interesting and surprising cost comparisons of “trinkets vs travel.”

Most people have enjoyed Dr. Seuss‘s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” either in book, TV special, or movie form for many years. Most nod their head along with the commentary on the way consumerism has taken over the true meaning of the holidays.
And then we all feverishly buy things for people without much meaning behind them and ignore the moral of the story.



In the season of starting fresh, resolutions and/or Word of the Year…how bout shooting to bring life to your home in the coming year? Sound silly, simple or simplistic? Well, then – just join Anastasia’s Challenge for yourself!

You want to have a home that your family loves. You want a home that is comfortable, warm, loving and welcoming to those who live there and for those who visit.

No one wakes up one day and says, “I want a home filled with chaos and fighting!”. That’s a home that everyone avoids-including you.

But saying and wishing for a home that gives life isn’t going to make it happen. Murphy’s law says it best, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong… The same is true for our homes.



Ever feel like giving up? Like what you’re doing is not important or necessary? Whether or not you blog, you may find yourself relating to some of the thoughts and feelings that Sara Elizabeth shares here…

Blogging and writing take work, time, and effort. It’s easy to get sucked into the abyss of online space, later trying to figure out where the day went. It’s also easy to… wonder if you’re having any sort of impact whatsoever.

And while you’re wondering, you may feel as though you’re letting down your family and children, especially if you’re a homeschool mama.

I told my husband that I was going to take a break for a year. He laughed.

Why? Because he knows there’s a reason why I started blogging, and it had nothing to do with giveaways, e-book projects, stats, website design, or following any of the rules of blogging.


Thank you all so much for your inspiration and timely words…

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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11 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #125 – Merry Christmas!

  1. Journa Ramirez December 22, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    Thank you for hosting despite the busy season! -Journa, http://www.lollyjane.com.

  2. Marilyn December 21, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Thank you for hosting! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your family!
    Marilyn recently posted…Baked Turtle French ToastMy Profile

  3. Ana (@ANAWINSblog) December 21, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    Thanks for the feature! Merry Christmas to you ladies!
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  4. Shelly December 21, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    Here’s to wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
    Shelly recently posted…How to Homeschool for Free (Or Close Enough to It!)My Profile

    • Pat December 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

      Well, Shelly, I didn’t see this before Christmas, so I hope yours was wonderful, too! Wishing you all the best in 2017, tho; hope to see you around here in the coming months!!
      Pat recently posted…Word of The Year for 2017My Profile

  5. Michele Morin December 21, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Thanks for the blessing of your warm welcome — and cheerful humor!
    Michele Morin recently posted…Rekindling RelationshipMy Profile

    • Pat December 21, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      Have a great day, Michele :-)!

  6. Jamie@The Mom Gene December 21, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you so much for hosting! This is a great way to start a Wednesday!

    • Pat December 21, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      Happy to have you stop by, Jamie! And hope your Wednesday (and your Christmas) rocks!
      Come party with us again 🙂

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