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Coffee and Conversation #129 – Let’s hit the ground runnin’!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #129!


Whew! We’ve sure hit the ground running 🙂


How’s your New Year so far? We’re off to a wonderful start!

Been super busy with our daily devotional – 31 Days of Prayer 4 Your Homeschool – but many have found it to be a great way to get focused, adjust attitudes, and strengthen the foundation of what’s always going on at home… If you’d like to join us, here’s the link. I’m also posting a graphic each day of the challenge on Instagram; here’s one (below) from last week. To see them all, follow us on Instagram, or search #314yourhs.

Join us in the "31 Days of Prayer 4 Your Homeschool" prayer challenge!!

And finally making some headway on my book on the Passover for Christians. I can’t wait to tell you all about it! (Subscribers will get an early-bird peek and first dibs when it comes out! hint-hint)

Ok, now it’s back to work for me…


…and on to our features, for y’all!

Easy Thank You cards Your Kids Can MakeEasy Thank You cards Your Kids Can Make


With the holidays over and those playrooms bursting with new toys, it’s about time to start sending thank you notes.

I’m a strong believer in the importance of thank you notes – when somebody puts the time and thought into buying a gift, they should get a special, handwritten note in return.

From Ash & Eileen at JustMeasuringUp



Is Standardized Testing Necessary for Homeschooled Students?Is Standardized Testing Necessary for Homeschooled Students?


The purpose of standardized tests is to assess the academic achievement of students. I don’t know any homeschooling parents who don’t care whether their kids are learning and growing in knowledge. The question is, do we need a ‘standardized’ test to assess this learning?

If you’ve been pondering the question of whether or not to have your homeschooled kids participate in standardized testing, there are several things that you should consider while making your decision.

From Marianne at the iHomeschoolNetwork blog



How to Print Photo Art on Book PagesHow to Print Photo Art on Book Pages


Are you a book lover? Or perhaps just love the classic look and simplicity of a crisp page within a novel? Then I have a project for you! This fun and easy craft is not only a perfect way to express your love for all things books, but also is a unique and classic way to decorate!

I LOVE pictures but wanted a fun twist on the classic matte or gloss finish that photographs provide when decorating our master bedroom. This was when I decided to take my favorite photos, turn them into sketches and print them on book pages!

From Lindsay at SimplySeptember



Pan de Yuca-Ecuadorian Cheese BreadPan de Yuca-Ecuadorian Cheese Bread

In Honor of Laura Resau’s books last week…and upcoming Children’s Multicultural Book Day next week!

Hey, Alicia here again with another great Ecuadorian recipe from my husband; Pan de Yuca. I think that literally translates to “Yuca Bread.” But in English, we call it cheese bread. As you can see, it’s not cheese bread like is normally thought of when one talks about cheese bread. Cheese is the main ingredient in these delicious little buns. So instead of just having cheese sprinkled on top of bread this is literally cheese bread.

From Helen at 3WinksDesign



FREE Women's Bible Studies for 2017FREE Women’s Bible Studies for 2017

I know a lot of ladies want to join Bible study groups, especially at the New Year. In this article, you will find free Bible Studies for 2017, and their links.

I did a pretty good job digging and I hope you find what suits you.

PS: If you’ve discovered a Bible Study group worth sharing please drop it in the comments below.

From Ifeoma at PurposefulAndMeaningful




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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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22 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #129 – Let’s hit the ground runnin’!

  1. Sinea January 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

    Thanks so much for the great party Pat and Candy! I couldn’t tell if my giveaway post was OK to share? These pillows are great and the company is US based, which I love. Someone can win 4 of them by entering. Anyhow, if it is not OK for your party rules please feel free to delete. I will totally understand.
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    • Pat January 21, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Sure is, Sinea! While we encourage our blogger friends to share high-quality content that would bless and benefit our readers…who wouldn’t want a chance to win something wonderful once in a while?!

      Thanks for asking…and thanks for stopping by and sharing!
      Good luck to all!

  2. Deborah Davis January 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    Happy 2017! I live near Little India — an area teeming with delectable Indian restaurants — both vegan and non vegan. Their cuisine inspires many of my own meals. Today I shared one of my favorite curried vegan meals:
    Curry Tofu Bok Choy Vegetable Soup — and more… Thanks for hosting!
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  3. Marilyn January 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for hosting every week. I look forward to sharing. Have a wonderful week.
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  4. Journa Ramirez January 18, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time to host this lovely party! -Journa from http://www.lollyjane.com
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  5. Mother of 3 January 18, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks so much for hosting!
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  6. Sapana V January 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Hey, you always share good blogs. It was fun reading the articles. You definitely have a good start.
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  7. Debra Peace January 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

    Thanks for hosting the party, have a great day. 🙂

  8. Tianna January 18, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    thank you for another wonderful link up! love discovering new blogs this way 🙂
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  9. Megs January 18, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    My year has started out insanely busy, too! But what else can we do but embrace the work we GET to do, right? I, too, embarked on a daily devo writing journey …and was so surprised to discover the multitude of journey laced with in. And whoa -to the very lot of work!
    Happy Wednesday!
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    • Pat January 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

      Great attitude, Megs! That is soooo good! Sometimes I need the reminder to be grateful that I CAN work…or cook…or shop…or take care of my family!
      Thank you <3!
      And if you ~ or anyone here 😉 - would like to consider joining us..I'd love it! It's never too late to sign up (ok, well it might be on Feb 1...)
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  10. Tori Cole January 18, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you so much for hosting!!! I always enjoy your party 🙂
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  11. Beth January 18, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    It sounds as if you’ve been super busy, Pat! Kudos to you for working through a Bible study in spite of the busyness. And thanks for always serving up some great posts for us to peruse!

  12. Patricia Krank January 18, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Thank you so much Pat and Candy. Glad to hear your new year is off to a good start!

  13. Michele Morin January 18, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    Great features this week! Thanks for your perseverance and enthusiasm!
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  14. Helen Reynolds January 18, 2017 at 1:21 am #

    Thanks so much for featuring Alicia’s article on Ecuadorian Cheese Bread! I everyone gives them a try because they are so good! Thanks for hosting the party. I have tweeted and posted on Facebook!

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