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Coffee and Conversation #133 –
Bittersweet…and back to work!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #133!

Welcome to Coffee and Conversation! Pat's a tad bittersweet after the events of the past few days - as parents know, as kids move on it's never easy...

Y’all, I am SO sorry!!

Last week, as you most likely know by now, we did not include any features at the party. I LOVE finding and sharing those gems with you, but I was so swamped with our kids’ show, I just didn’t have time to get them together…

My three youngest kiddos have been participating in local theatrical productions together for years. Some of them were in our church, others in our local homeschool group and, more recently, others in a local public high school (that welcomes kids from the community, “even” homeschoolers!) and community theater productions. We have had SO much fun together! But #3 is graduating high school this year, so this show was a tad bittersweet…

I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts about that event, and the most transparent way to do that was to share my Facebook post from the morning after the last show…

So that’s been my life these past few weeks…

What’s been going on with you?

Now, on back to our features! 😉

How to Create a Heart Focused Family Vision StatementHow to Create a Heart Focused Family Vision Statement


I love this post – having a family vision statement is a great idea. And I can see it being especially helpful/practical when your kids are in the middle school/high school years. Also, I appreciate the downloadable brainstorming tool that Belinda provides…

A vision statement, much like mission statements in the business world, gives definition to what you want to become. A vision statement though often defined by the parents, can involve the children at some stage.  Whether you include the children in the writing of this statement or not, the heart of it should be passed onto them so they can capture the excitement of what it means to belong to their family.

VACATION SPOTS IN GEORGIA: YOU WON’T BELIEVE THESE 7 WONDERS!Vacation spots in Georgia: You won’t Believe These 7 Wonders!


Shan’s photos are just gawjus! She missed a few spots closer to home, in my humble opinion, but I added them to her comments and updated her travelogue 😉

Bless my soul, you haven’t heard of Georgia’s seven wonders? It’s OK, even though I’m a southern girl, I didn’t hear about some of these vacation spots in Georgia either until I started travel writing a few years ago. So here I am spilling the beans again about lesser-known, but AH-MAZING vacation destinations and I’m completely obsessed with this list of family vacation ideas …..



The Miracle of HomeschoolingThe Miracle of Homeschooling

Michelle certainly sounds like a kindred spirit…even up to the city-girl-turned-country (sorta, at least in my case)-girl! Also, sounds like she’s been homeschooling since the dark ages, too…

There’s often a push for legislation that would require homeschooling parents to be certified teachers. I think the assumptions behind it are that only certified teachers are capable of teaching children, and that a student’s learning ability is limited by what the teacher knows. I want to share through personal examples, scripture, and research, why they aren’t true, and why I’ve begun to think of it as “the miracle of homeschooling.”



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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 #133 –
Bittersweet…and back to work!

  1. Deborah Davis February 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Wishing you lots of love in your life! Happy Valentine’s Day (Week) and all the best to you! Thanks for hosting!
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  2. Mother of 3 February 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!
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  3. Marilyn Lesniak February 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Thank you for hosting. Have a great week!

  4. Robin February 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    Thank you for hosting! I hope that you had a magical Valentine’s Day! Robin | Fluster Buster
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  5. Tianna February 15, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    thanks for another lovely link up!
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  6. Beth February 15, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    No worries on your absence, Pat. We all go through those seasons. I’m sort of in one myself and find it very hard to keep up with all that a linkup or reading other bloggers posts entails. You’ve got grace being extended from me, girlfriend! Thanks as always for providing the gems around the blogosphere and the great linkup here.
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  7. Sherry February 15, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks for the party! Enjoyed!
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  8. Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama February 15, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    Aw, mama, my heart goes out to you…both as a mom and as a musical-theater buff who lived in the choral department of my local high school and had major withdrawal every year after our show was over. I think your hashtag perfectly sums up what you must be feeling…and, for that matter, motherhood in general. In the category “I still can’t believe this is true,” I’m in the “mom of a graduate” season myself this year, so I’m perpetually getting smacked by “lasts.” And yet my daughter has so many exciting firsts ahead that I’m mostly thrilled for her. Overwhelmed, too (how much deli meat DO I need to feed 300 graduation party guests?), but mostly thrilled. Blessings on your day, dear Pat! Thank you as always for hosting!
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    • Pat February 15, 2017 at 8:56 am #

      That’s right – you’re a “Senior mom”, too – not referring to your age, of course ;-)!
      Yes, I’m excited for him, but when I am sad, it’s mostly just for myself… Love how my relationship changes and grows with them – but they I miss them!!

      Thankfully, our homeschool association hosts a graduation ceremony, but yes, it’s still up to the parents to provide their own par-tay (and I wouldn’t have it any other way…
      So, out of curiosity, just how many pounds DO you need? Inquiring minds…lol

      Happy as always to see you here! Have an awesome week 🙂

  9. Journa Ramirez February 15, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    I enjoyed the party, as always! Thank you for hosting! Journa, from the team at http://www.somewhatsimple.com and http://lollyjane.com

    • Pat February 15, 2017 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Journa!

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