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Coffee and Conversation #154 – A Summer update

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I know you’re gonna find this hard to believe, but…

Here’s my summer update: I am up. to. my. elbows. in fall prep already! Yeah, even I find it hard to believe and I’m in the middle of it all!

This week, I:

  • purged a bunch of school books that I’ll be selling this week at our homeschool association’s used book sale,
  • went through some training videos to prepare for my fall Classical Conversations group, where I’ll be tutoring our lovely child young lady #5 in Challenge B (equivalent to 8th grade),
  • prepared paperwork for a parent meeting in two weeks, which I had to do because next week I’m out of town for a few days at college freshman orientation with our #3 child young man, and in between,
  • drove child young man #4 back-and-forth to his summer job.

Plus, hubby and I are in the middle of making some big life decisions, too, which doesn’t require much physical exertion, but sure is an emotional and psychological stretch.

Oh, yeah, and my book will be out soon!  More on that one next week 😉 !


Whew – I’m (kinda) puckered out.




I put “kinda” in parenthesis, because, at the same time, I find all this activity energizing. I’m working at getting enough rest at night (which isn’t hard with all this stuff going on), trying to eat better (which is a little bit easier during the summer with all the fresh produce available where we live), and spending lots of time with the Lord. Probably not as much as I could/should, but He’s been very generous with refreshing and renewing me as He leads me…

I am finally, at the tender age of 55, learning to find contentment in all things. Not proudly wearing the “busy” badge, but using this busy time to make me diligent in seeking Him for the energy and peace that I need – whatever the season.



Now, on to our features…

Grandma's House DIY - Barn Door closetGrandma’s House DIY – Barn Door closet

Editor’s note: May I just say that Tarah inspires me? She’s my new hero! You GO, girl!

So we’ve had this incredible eyesore in our entryway since the very beginning of our house renovation. We can blame me and the epic lack of communication with our electrician remains a VERY sore spot for me because it apparently never occurred to anyone that we needed to discuss the location of the new panels SO they ended up right here, right by our front door. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Horrible eyesore that I’ve been planning and scheming to get covered up this entire time..all I can do is make the best of this ugly situation. Of course, my plan began with the idea that I wanted to make a barn door closet, as I’ve got several wonderful old barn doors laying around 🙂 So, this is where I started.


Wife | Mommy | Me - June's BookshelfWife | Mommy | Me – June’s Bookshelf


June was such a busy month for our family. Between James being out of town 14 straight days, Connor having 2 weeks of swim lessons and everyday responsibilities and plans, we were on the go way more than usual. I didn’t let that stop me from reading though. I wasn’t able to read as much as last month but did read 4 books with another one nearly finished. Here is what I read in June.

Editor’s note: Hope you’re getting some reading done these days! Even though I want to, it’s still a struggle… I needed some ideas and found some interesting ones here.


4 Questions to Ask When Faced With Decisions4 Questions to Ask When Faced With Decisions


Editor’s note: Our family is facing some big decisions these days. You know the ones I’m talking about, the big life changing ones! I loved Donna’s questions and found them personally very helpful…

You may want to bookmark this for yourself for when you find yourself in a similar situation down the road.




July To-Do List: Take a Blogging BreakJuly To-Do List: Take a Blogging Break


Wow, I am struggling with writing lately, especially about what is on my heart lately. I feel like my writing and my blog is suffering greatly. But it’s something I love so much, and maybe the writer’s block is all my own high expectations taking root in my life.

Maybe I am wanting perfection over process.

Isn’t that the truth with writing? It’s a process and it is never going to be perfect.

There has been so much on my heart and mind; I often just find myself getting lost in thought with God and worshipping Him. I think it’s just a call to reconnect and my natural rhythm in life brings me to this point, the last full month of summer for my three children, to take a blogging break and be more present at home and with my Bible and in prayer.


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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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14 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #154 – A Summer update

  1. Journa July 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

    Thanks for hosting a great party! – Journa, visiting from the team at http://www.lollyjane.com

  2. Marilyn Lesniak July 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

    Thank you for hosting and have a nice week.

  3. Roseann Hampton July 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    Wow! You sure have been busy! Thanks for hosting!

  4. Joanne July 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I bought our workbooks for next year and I have some ideas for science and history but I have to actually sit and plan anything.
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  5. Patrick Weseman July 12, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    Thanks for hosting and I always think that the process is more important than the actual result.

    Have a good rest of the week.
    Patrick Weseman recently posted…A Visit to the Marin County FairMy Profile

  6. Emily July 12, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Thanks so much for hosting, Pat!
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  7. Donna Reidland July 12, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    Pat, thank you so much for featuring my post from last week, “4 Questions to Ask When Faced with Decisions.” I’m so glad you found it personally helpful. Hoping you are able to get your homeschooling work done and have time for some Sabbath rest. Have a great (& productive) week. Blessings!
    Donna Reidland recently posted…“Could We Turn the World Upside Down?” July 12My Profile

    • Pat July 12, 2017 at 11:08 am #

      My pleasure, Donna – it was a good post and I hope some of our readers found it helpful as well!
      I so appreciate you sharing it with us… Have an awesome week and looking forward to reading more of your posts.
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  8. Michele Morin July 12, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    I SHOULD be up to my elbows in homeschool stuff, but not yet . . .
    Thanks for your encouragement here each week.
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