Monday, May 22, 2017

Homeschool Week in Review: Week of May 15th


This week has been a whirlwind of fieldtrip activity! On Monday, Andrew attended his final youth group of the year at Hanover Fellowship Church. He has truly enjoyed his time with this group of young people and Christian leaders. As his Momma, I am thankful for the love they lavish upon him and the Christian values they have been instilling in him!

On Wednesday, we joined our Harrisburg Area Homeschool Association group for a tour. We toured the beautiful Wright's Ferry Mansion built in 1738 for Susanna Wright.

Wright's Ferry Mansion - Columbia, PA - Picture Credit: Kelly Kiggins-Lund @ God's Writer Girl

Wright's Ferry Mansion Kitchen - Picture Credit: Lancaster Online

Wright's Ferry Mansion Drawing Room - Photo Credit: Lancaster County Museums

Then, Andrew went to The Rock youth group at our church: Hanover First Church of God. On Thursday, Andrew attended Mason-Dixon Youth for Christ.

On Friday, we went to The Compassion Experience in Mechanicsburg, PA. Compassion International is touring throughout the United States sharing the experiences of children in third-world countries. First, we heard the story about a girl named Julian who grew up in Uganda. Then, we heard Ruben's story about life in Bolivia.

Inside Julian's House - Girls Are Often Stolen and Sold as Prostitutes

The One Bed Julian's Family Owns - They Take Turns Sleeping on It

The Compassion School Where Julian Gets Food, Education, and Clothing

Waiting to Learn Ruben's Story- Andrew Hiding Behind His Nanny

My Two Loves

Ruben's House - His Drunken Father Is Asleep After Beating His Mother

Ruben's Shoeshine Business


The Compassion School Where Ruben Learned He Was Loved

Andrew Outside the Compassion Experience

After that, we headed to Ten Thousand Villages in Mechanicsburg, PA and spoke with the Manager, Linda. She explained to Andrew how the store buys all of their inventory from artisans in third-world countries. The shop takes all of the risk as the artisans are paid in full for the goods. The products that are being sold are made out of 100% recycled materials or natural materials. Therefore, there is no cost to the artisans. Ten Thousand Villages is currently working with artisans in thirty-five different countries.


On Saturday, we headed to the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA for Army Heritage Days. Mom, Andrew, and I watched several tanks maneuver. Then, we headed inside to experience the life of a soldier. We grabbed the dog tag of Lt. Col. Reginald Neal who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and has fought the War on Terror. We also took our turns at target practice. Andrew tried two different weapons from two different war eras. We huddled in a hut in Vietnam as the enemy approached for attack to experience the war my father, Martin Kiggins, fought. We looked at the uniforms worn during World War II in the Asian-Pacific where my grandfather, Lewis Simpson, fought. We saw some parts from a World War II plane and thought of my step-grandfather, David Dell, who flew for the Navy during World War II.

Tank Maneuvers

More Tank Maneuvers


Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) Unit


World War I


Nanny's Turn at Target Practice

Andrew with the Machine Gun

First US Army Tank

Andrew hidden in the Army Uniform (and He's Taller than Most Adults)

Our Soldier, Lt Col Reginald Neal, is the 2nd from the Left

I was feeling better on Thursday after an injection. Now, with fieldtrips back to back and rain in the atmosphere, I am feeling the effects of my Neuromuscular and Autoimmune Diseases. We had fun though! And, we certainly learned a lot of interesting information on a variety of topics this week. I hope you all have a blessed week!

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