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Coffee and Conversation #152 – What does ‘freedom’ mean to you?

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July 4th is just around the corner – what will YOU be celebrating this year?

As I was contemplating the theme of freedom this past week, I was a little broadsided by where my thoughts led.

Freedom means so many different things to different people, and I thought I’d share a little bit about what is going on in my head about that particular concept…

I am often overwhelmed at the depths God goes to show me things; the scenarios He orchestrates to show me His love for me; the sweet and simple ways He communicates that He is with me.

Due to a complicated series of events in the past few months, God’s given me the blessing of allowing me to deal with some issues of my childhood and early growing up years. He is walking with me as I find personal healing as an ACOA (adult child of an alcoholic).

The effects of growing up with an alcoholic parent have extended to my relationship with my husband, my children, my friends, and even our homeschool (which I will be writing about in the not too distant future…). Although the situation no longer exists, the damage was done. But, thankfully, God’s mercy is bigger than all of it!

One of the freedoms I’m celebrating is a personal one: as I learn to look at myself through a healthier lens and just let. go. of. the. past.


As we prepare to send our #3 kiddo off to college, I’m so appreciative of the freedom homeschooling has given us over the years to tailor our children’s education to meet their needs, interests, and abilities.

And homeschooling over time has also given me some perspective about the way the process itself has changed over the years. Curricula, methods, and materials have all evolved, reflecting the growing creative use of technology and resources. In today’s exciting environment, it’s easy to see how homeschooling is due for yet another metamorphosis…a “breakthrough” if you will.

Which is why I’ve put together Breakthrough Homeschooling, a series of classes to help 21st-century homeschoolers prepare their kiddos for the world of tomorrow. (Use this link to check out the introductory pricing available for a short time on our initial course. Perfect timing for new homeschoolers starting out and seeking some friendly guidance this summer…)

Another freedom I cherish is our God-given right and privilege to educate our children at home, in the ways we see fit.

Freedom is usually hard won, and should never be taken for granted.


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Now, on to our features…

I’m still in “summer fun” mode, as I’ll bet many of you are, but because this week I was also thinking July 4th ideas, a few of them caught my eye, too. What were your favs last week? Or this? It’s hard to know what floats everyone’s boat, so I always love to hear your choices – and what you love about them!


Dinner and a Movie...Dinner and a Movie…

Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie…
The amazing thing about this film is that it followed the original almost perfectly. I was afraid the songs would be left out, but they were all there, even Be Our Guest, which has been running through my head constantly for 2 days now. But you know what’s cool about that song? It practically gives us a menu for Dinner and a Movie.




Amazing Summer Films for FamiliesAmazing Summer Films for Families

“What’s your family’s favorite movie?” my friend Melanie asked me.
She was working on a post about great family-friendly movies to watch over the summer. Would I choose a movie and write a review for her to share with her readers?”…
Cue the popcorn-scented memories of boys in pajamas, four abreast on the beat-up family room couch! So many musicals, corny Disney humor, gunfights, car chases, and light saber duels to chose from. I finally had to poll the boys…



Free and Fun July 4th PrintablesFree and Fun July 4th Printables

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I feel as though my decorations need to be different for every single holiday. Not only that, but I like my decorations to be different for each holiday from one year to the next.
The only problem is, that gets expensive. And fast. I don’t know about you, but our budget doesn’t support spending a lot of money buying new decorations for every holiday…

That’s what makes printables so wonderful.



Special Mention goes to two more posts:

I so enjoyed the “blast from the past” as Rebekah at ReadytobeOffered shared her discovery of the Wee Sing America music and recommends it as great travel music for the little ones during summer road trips. My kids enjoyed those CDs many years ago, and it was gratifying to see they have stood the test of time!

Sara at AMamasStory continued with the “sweet and simple summer” theme with her post “30 Days of Creative Ideas for Summer + a printable calendar“. Oooh, another money- and memory-saving printable! Thank you, Sara!


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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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8 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #152 – What does ‘freedom’ mean to you?

  1. Sherry July 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!
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  2. Journa Liz S. Ramirez June 29, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you for hosting an exciting party again!
    – Journa, from the team http://www.lollyjane.com & http://www.somewhatsimple.com

  3. Marilyn Lesniak June 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    Thanks for hosting and enjoy your holiday!!

  4. Joanne June 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Happy 4th of july!
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  5. Theresa Boedeker June 28, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    You got me thinking about freedoms and ones I don’t usually think about, like freedom from the past, from my sins, from despair. Freedom to accept these free graces from God.
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  6. Patrick Weseman June 28, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    Being a vet, I will celebrate the fact that I have the freedom of thought and to believe what I wish. Many places don’t have that.

    One thing we forget about freedom is that it comes with responsibility.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.
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  7. Emily June 28, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Pat, have a wonderful day! Thanks for hosting!
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  8. Michele Morin June 28, 2017 at 7:12 am #

    What fun to see old Chitty featured here this morning. I encourage readers to check out Melanie Redd’s entire series if you’re looking for great recommendations for family movies this summer!
    Thanks, Pat and Candy, for all you do here!
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