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Coffee and Conversation #131 – Introducing…

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #131!


Nice to meet you!

It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that most of you have never met me, or even heard my voice! And since we are still new into 2017, I wanted to rectify that.

So this week’s “post” could best be described as a “vlog” I guess: a video blog post!

I was asked recently to talk about the one piece of advice I’d like to be known for…and I recorded my answer. I hope you’re not disappointed by what you see and hear this morning. (You know how often you’ll see a picture of someone, or see them perform, and then when you hear them speak in real life, you think: that is so NOT what I imagined their voice to sound like? Well, at least I think that way sometimes!) Anyway, have a listen!

I hope you were blessed and encouraged by my thoughts…and I look forward to reading some of YOURS in the comments below!


But first…on to our features!

This week all our features center around education. If there’s one thing homeschooling has taught me over the years, it’s that learning looks very different to different people. Whether it’s learning styles or approaches, forms or formats, the “one size fits all” model is truly outdated, if it’s even ever been appropo. These posts may challenge what or how you think of education, but, after all, isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?

Stepping Outside Our Comfort ZoneStepping Outside Our Comfort Zone – Charlene at ShiningStarMagazine


Everyone has a “comfort zone”. For some it’s being at home where they feel safe and secure. For others it may be working at a job they not only enjoy, but are good at. Stepping out of that comfort zone can be a bit scary, such as maybe having to get a job after years of being a stay-at-home Mom, or feeling the Father is calling you to start visiting shut-in’s or those in a nursing-home or in prison. It can be difficult leaving your comfort zone to do something you have never done before. But in many instances, it can be a joy.


10 Books That Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Learning10 Books That Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Learning – Shelley at RedHeadMom8

I’ve read most of the books Shelley presents here, and I can promise you that they will not only forever change the way you look at learning, but may even change the way you approach the way you homeschool!

Sometimes it can be extremely hard to rid ourselves of an accepted concept that not only we grew up with, but so did our parents, grandparents, and, sometimes, our great-grandparents. The educational institution we know of today has only existed for a very short time when compared with the rest of history as we know it; however, since the past several generations have never known anything different than the brick-and-mortar school setting, oftentimes our idea of what “real” education looks like gets crammed into a neat little illustration of what’s going on within the four walls of the public school down the street.


How We LearnHow We Learn – Jennifer at RoyalLittleLambs


I love reading posts from Jennifer. And I would most certainly love to spend a few days over at her house…I would imagine that there is lots of creative learning going on there!

I’m often asked which curricula we use by other homeschool moms. I’m asked about our schedule. I’m asked about high school and transcripts. I’m asked about my kids’ behavior and attitudes.

Lately, I’ve tried to steer clear of conversations like these because we just seem to do things so differently.


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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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16 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #131 – Introducing…

  1. Sherry February 3, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks for hosting! I will be back this weekend to visit, just about to babysit my neices. Have a great weekend!

  2. Journa Ramirez February 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Thank you so much for a great party!
    – Journa from the team at http://lollyjane.com/

    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

      You’re welcome, Journa 🙂

  3. Roseann Hampton February 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Totally agree – building relationships and reaching their hearts has to come before teaching!
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    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

      On to heart-reaching, then! Have an awesome week, Roseann 🙂

  4. Marilyn February 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Thank you for hosting. Have a wonderful week!
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  5. Mother of 3 February 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Beth February 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    I had trouble posting my comment and it was a good one! 🙁 Well, suffice it to say, I loved the video, Pat! And I hope you do more!
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    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

      Thank you, Beth…so happy to hear from you, friend. I’m sorry you had trouble…I am always both blessed and challenged by your words! I have to admit that I may have conquered my fear of the camera. So, yeah, you may be seeing (and hearing from!) me some more in the future.
      Have an awesome wonderful week, friend!

  7. Patricia Krank February 1, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    Hi Pat! Nice to meet you face-to-face. You certainly don’t sound like a NYC girl as I expected. Thank you friend.
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    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi Patricia! That’s so funny, ’cause folks around here sure feel differently 😉 Then again, every time I go “up North” to visit my family, they laugh at how “Southern” I sound… Sigh…
      Just makes me want to crank up my Brooklyn accent – lol!
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  8. Michele Morin February 1, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    Loved the vlog! I’ve been homeschooling for 18 years and really needed the encouragement you shared!
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    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      Oh, Michele, that is music to my ears! I know some days ya’ just get tired, don’t you? And discouraged… Anything in particular we could help with? But hold tight, friend 🙂 I hope you have someone to partner with you on “those days”…and if you don’t, feel free to drop us a line 🙂
      You’re doing a great job!
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  9. Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama February 1, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Hey, you…watching your “vlog” right now! Oldest child myself here, checking in! Thanks for the wise words…I’m SO seeing the truth of that heart emphasis with my girls. Every night, when my HS senior daughter wants to have a “nightly chat” with me and when she shares her heart and her spiritual journey and all the little details of her day, I see the incredible treasure of our connection. Thank you as always for the encouragement…so thankful to be back with the party today!
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    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

      Oh Elizabeth, so wonderful to “see” you again! Gah, why is it that they “always” want to talk late at night?! -This coming from a mama who loves her sleep 😉
      But you’re right, that connection IS a treasure. Can’t wait to read your share today, friend…and welcome back!

  10. JENNIFER LAMBERT February 1, 2017 at 4:21 am #

    Thanks for the lovely words and featuring my post! xo Happy February!

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