Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank You, Veterans

This afternoon we went with our HEART homeschool group to the TN State Veterans Home. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day & we went to thank them for their service to our country.

After finally finding where we were to be the kids performed in a little Talent Show. Elvis was the first one to perform. Poor boy. He was scared to death! It's not easy being the first one to go up.

I talked to him & then asked Boo to go up with him for support. Soon he was singing his first song.

The next song was another from church. He sings it with the Kids Praise Team all the time. The leader loved that it had dancing and motions.

Here's my boy singing & dancing for the Veterans.

Sweet Pea performed two of her patterns for everyone.

Red Belt! Watch out!

She ended with a big 'Hi-yah!'

Bugs acted out the part of Yankee Doodle while Boo sang the song.

He was so precious riding his horse!

Boo sang 'The Star Spangled Banner'.

All the residents that could stand did as did all the visitors & employees. I could tell that hearing her sing this song meant a lot.
A few of the other kids played the piano for their talent. They did very well.

After the Talent Show the kids passed out cards they had made for the residents. One of the employees led us on a small tour of the facility where we had the opportunity to meet more residents.

This lady, Betty, enjoyed listening to Bugsy tell his story of how he is named after his great-grandfather. He told her all about him too.

Princess' favorite part was going and shaking hands with the Veterans.

She showed no hesitation or fear & was completely adorable.

She was precious. She walked right up on her own, stuck out her hand & then shook hands. Sometimes we paused for a bit so a hug could be given.

Boo & Bugs thanking one of the Veterans.

I was proud of all the kids. I hope we are able to go back again soon. It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to thank them for all they have done for us.


Rhonda said...

Awwww, Kristine. This was so precious and just touched my heart. Your kiddos are the best.

MOMMY said...

Thanks for sharing!!! I loved reading it! Your kids all looked so happy to be there!

Mama Teaching 3 said...

Oh, sweet family! I am so touched by this. How does one go about setting up visits to homes? I loved going when I was a little girl.

Kristine said...

Thank you! It is something we really enjoy doing. I used to work in a nursing/assisted living facility & would take the girls when they were little. Our homeschool group went when we were in MA too.
I think you could call some local nursing homes or VA homes and ask them if they welcome visitors & the rules involved. When we lived in MA one lady actually called ME after she heard I took my kids to visit where I worked. They were seeking families as the residents loved the interaction. =0)