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Coffee and Conversation #155 – Everything under the sun

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What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.         

Ecclesiastes 1:9

It’s been quite a week ’round these parts; how ’bout for you?

I was privileged to spend time with child #3 this week as we headed up for freshman orientation. Those words of Solomon ran through my mind as I sat through yet another round of advisors gently encouraging “us parents” to let go, to not hold on too tightly, to say goodbye quickly so our young adults can test their wings.

Because it also occurred to me that we (still) have 2 more – kids and send-offs – to go.

It’s not the sending off itself of yet another young adult; not the wondering if he’s ready and prepared for all-that-these-years will hold; not even fearing or being anxious about the inevitable hurts and mistakes that will happen along the way.

Simply put: I’m gonna miss him.

If nothing else – and there has certainly been much more – homeschooling has blessed me abundantly with the opportunity to enjoy my children. Though there have been rough spots, as there are for everyone, I have come to appreciate and treasure my kiddos from the deepest depths of my heart. I truly like being around them. I enjoy their humor…the energy and excitement they bring to a conversation around the table…the way they challenge me intellectually, and teach me about contemporary culture. The songs and humor and commentary they share with me have enriched my life in oh-so-many ways, and I am oh-so-very grateful.

In a few weeks, we all fill up the car with his stuff, drive him up to school, and deposit him at the dorms.  I can’t believe it’s time already, but I promise not to write about it again.

I unintentionally caught a picture of my son taking a picture of his new “digs” for the next 4 years or thereabouts!
He wasn’t too happy with me 😉

It’s just another stage, one we’ll all live through, and talk about, and laugh about, in years to come.

Right now, however, this momma will just hold any and all bittersweet moments gently in her heart, treasuring each and every one.

In other news

Every day, at least thousands of authors introduce a brand new book to the masses. It’s nothing new…except when it’s new for you!

I hope you’ll take a look at my very first book, available on Kindle from Amazon: Blessing the Next Generation – Releasing God’s Best in Your Child’s Life.

A true labor of love, it’s a description of the coming-of-age celebration our own family has had for each of our children as they entered the teen years. AND everything you need to know to craft your own family’s unique celebration as well! Take a peek, feel free to email any questions you might have, and consider making a purchase for yourself or a family with teens that you know and love. My prayer is that God will use my simple voice to encourage many other families to send their young people into the world with a heart and life full of blessing!

Last but not least…I’m honored to be a part of this giveaway coming SOON! Stay tuned for details – 


Hope you’re enjoying your summer…the days are fleeting by, friends, aren’t they?!


Now, on to our features…

I couldn’t help it, y’all: they’re both “college related”!
How to Spot a Homeschooled College StudentHow to Spot a Homeschooled College Student

How do you know if a college student was homeschooled? Is it easy to spot a homeschooled college student out of a crowd of co-eds?

Unfortunately, stereotypes still linger when it comes to homeschoolers. Some college faculty and students may think they can pick out a homeschooled student a mile away.

But in a recent informal survey of college professors asking about their experience with homeschooled students, I loved what one professor pointed out: I don’t know which students were homeschooled unless they tell me.


Upgrade Your Homeschool Portfolio by Going DigitalUpgrade Your Homeschool Portfolio by Going Digital

Recently I inherited a stack of treasures my husband’s mother had saved from his childhood school years. Artifacts included handwriting samples, artwork, and test scores. Although it was fun to see, my home was already bursting at the seams with collections of my own children’s past work. It piles up very quickly. That is why we decided to go digital with our homeschool portfolios.

Even though I don’t live in a state that requires me to turn in a portfolio each year, I do have an eleventh grader who will require a high school transcript. I am not as faithful at recording grades as I would like to be, but with an online collection of my son’s work, I have a convenient place to locate all the information I need to accurately assess his performance over the course of a year.


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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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12 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #155 – Everything under the sun

  1. Donna Reidland July 21, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    Pat, congratulations on your book! I bought my copy and can’t wait to check it out, even though we launched all 4 of our children out into the world many years ago. Now they are launching theirs. But I’m always looking for books that will help those I mentor or help me as I counsel and mentor them. Thanks for hosting. Have a great week-end.
    Donna Reidland recently posted…“Loving Your Enemies” July 20My Profile

    • Pat July 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Oh, Donna, thank you! I so hope you’ll be blessed by it… I’d love any feedback you have to share, if you’re so inclined. Feel free to get in touch via email…

      So appreciate having you around each week, and thank you for sharing with us all! <3
      Pat recently posted…20 Inspiring Quotes for Your TeenagerMy Profile

  2. Betty July 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Congratulations on your son going off to college. I have had 3 to go off to college and 2 of them were in at the same time. I am thankful to God, they have graduated and God has given them awesome jobs and they are giving back to the community.
    Betty recently posted…Why You Need to Visit Michigan AdventureMy Profile

  3. Marilyn Lesniak July 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    Thank you so much for hosting. Have a great week.

  4. Patrick Weseman July 19, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    I am getting in that transition mode with my son. He is leaving in about three weeks to go college in Southern California. I am going to miss him as he is a good kid but he has do what is best for him.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week.
    Patrick Weseman recently posted…The AVP Return to San FranciscoMy Profile

    • Pat July 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

      Patrick, I’ll bet you are gonna miss him, but how wonderful is that?! Sadly, I know more than a few parents who are looking forward to their kids getting out on their own.

      It’s a true blessing to enjoy our children at ANY age!
      Pat recently posted…Homeschool Freedom Friday – Co-op chatMy Profile

  5. Michele Morin July 19, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    I’m not sure it gets any easier — we’re on boy #3 leaving the nest this fall — but there is the reassurance that God gives when older siblings actually survive the transition and become wonderful friends as well as dear children to us. Thanks for sharing your heart.
    Michele Morin recently posted…Can Busy Mums Really Find Time to Spend with God? (Part 1)My Profile

    • Pat July 19, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      Well, I’m pretty sure it DOESN’T get any easier Michele, since we’re both on #3 and it doesn’t look like it! lol
      But I DO love how close my 3 youngest are especially, and just praying that God keeps them that way as they grow up. It does a momma’s heart good 😉

      Thanks for stopping by…and your words of encouragement!
      Pat recently posted…20 Inspiring Quotes for Your TeenagerMy Profile

  6. Helen Reynolds July 19, 2017 at 1:45 am #

    My son and child #6 will be leaving us soon. It is already a strange transition for me. But I love seeing the wonderful adults my children have become. Thanks for your thoughts and for hosting the party.

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