Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Patriotic Afternoon

Here we are at day #2 for Jen's 7 in 7 link up!

Welcome back!  This past weekend, besides spending time raising my blood pressure, we also got to spend the afternoon with some great families at a Patriotic Day that the leader of the St. Faustina Club (a group two of my girls belong to) put together.  Each year the group studies a different country and culture and this year they're studying the good ole US of A.  I have to say that I thought Mrs K did an outstanding job last year with the French dinner for Valentine's Day, but this year might have even beat that!

We started the afternoon off praying the Patriotic Rosary.


If you've never done that, I'd encourage you to go here to check out exactly how to do it, and then...go do it.  There is something so encouraging about praying for each and every soul in each and every state of our union.  Add to that the patriotic songs and, by golly, it makes your heart want to burst!

After the rosary we had a contingent of Veteran's come and post the flag for us and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance together.

The girls had been practicing some patriotic songs to sing.  It was great to hear some old favorites I haven't heard in a long time.  

 They had also practiced a wash board band to accompany some of the songs.  I mean really, when was the last time you heard a wash board band?  They were good, too.

Each of the girls had prepared a 2 minute speech to present (for a chance at a cash prize, even) based on something American.  We heard everything from Christopher Columbus to JFK. 

This is Ms 10 yo telling us a tall tale about Arizona weather.

Mrs. K even got the older boys and dads involved by calling them up on stage to sing an unrehearsed rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".  

Of course we topped it all of with a big pot luck dinner and some great desserts.  We are so blessed to have some incredibly talented moms in our homeschool group who are willing to plan and prepare some great events that we will all remember for a long time.  Thanks, Mrs K, for your dedication and hard work with our girls, even though your kids have long since graduated!

God Bless!