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Coffee and Conversation #143 – Celebrate Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #143!

Celebrate Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Week with some of these special events!

Well, do you?

OK, that might be a silly question, because if you’re reading this, most likely you are a homeschool teacher! (Yeah, I’m not really thinking that many homeschool kids read this blog too often…)

But there have been many homeschool teachers who have poured into my life at different points in the journey that I have indeed appreciated:

  • During those first few years when I was starting out and had no CLUE as to what I was doing…
  • A few years later when we started middle school, and the kids started wanting (and needing!) to do some work on their own, and I wasn’t ready…
  • Then when the younger kids started coming, and I had to figure out how to homeschool older ones with toddlers and infants under foot…
  • Agh! Starting those high school years – and losing sleep over thinking about just how much I might ruin the kids’ lives and “How was I EVER going to teach those advanced subjects that would get them into college?“…

Looking back, those were the milestones seasons that veteran moms stepped in to lift me up, encourage me, remind me that this work was important, share with me what they themselves did to get through the tough times…

Oh, how I appreciated them…and how inspired I was to “pay forward” their gifts, which many other homeschool moms over the years have also, in turn, appreciated!

Because we all need to feel appreciated from time to time, mom, some wonderful homeschool mom “fans”  are once again sponsoring Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Week!

Tune in today at 2:00 pm Eastern for this

And tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 8:00 am Eastern, check out Apologia’s Facebook page for a day full of fun and giveaways!


Celebrate Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day tomorrow! Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dear mom, enjoy these special treats for you during Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day Week! Click To Tweet

If you’re a homeschool teacher who feels unappreciated sometimes, pass on a word or hug of encouragement this week. Rarely does the principle of reaping and sowing fail to work!

Now, on to our features! 

How to find encouragement in the mess of marriageHow to find encouragement in the mess of marriage

Another gem from Beth over at MessyMarriage. Y’all must have thought so, too, because this post from last week got far and away the most visits!

We all want peaceful lives and marriages where conflicts rarely if ever erupt, right? But more times than not, my life and marriage has been wracked by pain and struggles. #nosurprise

There hasn’t been a season in my life—and I’ve lived a fairly long one!—where I didn’t have some kind of hardship or overwhelming stressor to contend with almost every single day.



How to Homeschool Geometry Without Losing Your MindHow to Homeschool Geometry Without Losing Your Mind


I love Shelley’s review of Mr D Math. We’ve enjoyed this curriculum, too, and for similar reasons 😉

Over Christmas break, my 12th grade daughter informed me that she wanted to take a geometry refresher course.

I was horrified.

Don’t get me wrong. I was happy to see that she’s very serious about her studies, but geometry? Thoughts of proofs, postulates, and theorems flooded my brain and made me want to take off running. Sigh. Why me??



This is Not What I Planned!This is Not What I Planned!


The subtitle of this one got me: This is not what I planned! Anybody else out there who finds themselves saying this at LEAST once a day?! (Regardless of whether or not you use a planner!)

The planner in me loves to see a calendar with every event written in pink ink with hearts, scrolling doodles, and bold underlining of the important things.
The longer I live, I’m learning plans don’t always pan out the way we think they should.




God's Guidance, Pt III - Dream On...God’s Guidance, Pt III – Dream On…

Sue shares a wonderful piece of encouragement here…and a pretty printable if you, like me, sometimes need a visual reminder!!

My friend Sarah Koontz quit school to become a professional golfer–her dad’s idea! (Honest.) Now that’s a dad who loves his daughter. But then dreams changed. She married and began a family. She now nurses chickens and children in South Dakota. Is she sorry? Nope. God’s in charge of dreams. She wrote:

When I walked away from my golf career, I never stopped believing God had something bigger and better in store for me.



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

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20 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #143 – Celebrate Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day!

  1. Sherry April 29, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!
    Sherry recently posted…Home Sweet Home #320My Profile

  2. Journa Liz S. Ramirez April 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    It was a great party! Lots of cool projects!
    – Journa, from the team http://www.lollyjane.com & http://www.somewhatsimple.com

  3. Patrick Weseman April 26, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    I love the quote dreaming. Thanks I need it right now.
    Patrick Weseman recently posted…CIty Lights Books AlleyMy Profile

  4. Marilyn Lesniak April 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Thank you so much for continuing to host this great party. Have a lovely week!

  5. Casey Capra April 26, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Great idea… my mom has homeschooled 10 kids… and it will still be 14 more years until she is finished! Thinking I should swing by the store and buy her some flowers today:)
    Casey Capra recently posted…I will give you what you need for today: Becoming confident in God’s promises to provide your daily breadMy Profile

    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      Oh, Casey…bless her heart! Most definitely buy her some flowers – today and EVERYday! lol Please tell her about our blog and encourage her to stop by. Bet we could all use some of her wisdom 😉
      And so glad you found us, too. <3 Thanks for stopping by...

  6. Emily April 26, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful day!
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    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

      Our pleasure, Emily; you, too! Thanks for sharing with us…

  7. Beth April 26, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    I think I probably told you this before, Pat, but I homeschooled my oldest son for a brief stint. That was back in the day when my homeschooling community didn’t have as much of a community. 😉 There were some groups and homeschooling moms out there but not enough to really keep me going. Not that it was up to them! ha! But I see now how many resources and groups for support there are and I think I might’ve kept it up, if that had been the case back about 20 years ago! Thanks for the tireless work you do to cheer homeschooling moms and dads, my friend!

    Also thank you so much for the shout out, the kind words and for highlighting my post from last week. I truly appreciate it! Have a great “hump” day!

    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

      Yes, I remember you telling me that once. Twenty years ago was almost “the dark ages” in homechooling, depending on where you lived, perhaps. I do know a few “lone ranger” homeschoolers – those who don’t join support groups or co-ops or such. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it!!

      And as much as I DO love your post from last week, it was also a reader’s choice fav. You must really be touching a chord over here, Beth. I hope you stick around for awhile, friend <3

      Oh, btw, I printed out your gratitude walk handout and framed it near my dresser. It'll help my marriage to have the consistent reminder...

  8. Michele Morin April 26, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    I’m with you — I’d never fault a child of mine for being serious about studies, but . . . Geometry?? One of my least favorite classes! Thanks for your faithfulness here each week!
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    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      Ugh, I’ve never been a strong math-type, either… I’ve been very fortunate to have found folks and/or curricula to um, outsource, those more challenging subjects. 🙂
      And thanks for stopping by each week, too!
      Have an awesome weekend!!

  9. Shelly April 26, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    Thanks for the idea of remembering our homeschool mentors for teacher appreciation week. I honestly never thought of that! Thanks for featuring my post and hosting the linkup!
    Shelly recently posted…Homeschool Your Active Learner with Nessy Reading and SpellingMy Profile

    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

      Shelly, I have to admit that there is a DIRECT link (in my case, at least!) between how long I’ve “lasted” homeschooling and the wonderful women who have mentored me over the years. It truly is a group effort some days 😉
      And of course, we all learn from each other, don’t we? I don’t think that ever stops…

  10. Nancy April 26, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    Thank you for hosting! I’m new to link parties and this is great.

    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 7:46 am #

      So glad you discovered us! LOVE your blog…how exciting to pursue that dream. Our family spent a few years overseas when our two oldest were young. Many times I wish we had been able to maintain that way of life…
      Anyway, thanks for stopping by…and looking forward to “seeing you” again soon 🙂

  11. Sue Donaldson April 26, 2017 at 1:57 am #

    PS Your blog is on my site next Thursday – don’t forget! xx
    Sue Donaldson recently posted…Every Table Tells a Story: Pringles, Pastor’s Wives, and Paper TableclothsMy Profile

  12. Sue Donaldson April 26, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    I’m all about celebrating any teachers (and moms!)Thanks for featuring my blog week even tho a friend pointed out that Lewis didn’t acutally say that quote (I added an addendum) but the printable was so pretty and difficult to scratch out the name! Blessings, friend! Dream on – never too old! (but i am tired…) Speakingfor two retreats this coming week in Seatlle = 8 talks so prayers appreciated.
    Sue Donaldson recently posted…Every Table Tells a Story: Pringles, Pastor’s Wives, and Paper TableclothsMy Profile

    • Pat April 26, 2017 at 6:39 am #

      Totally get that “never too old to dream but I AM tired” conundrum! Wish I had the solution…
      And yes, I’m most certainly praying for you this weekend!
      “God is the strength of my life and my portion forever”, friend <3! Psalm 73:26
      Pat recently posted…How to Plan a Homeschool GraduationMy Profile

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