Sunday, December 20, 2015

Important People

 Children look SO cute in red, don't you think?  Samantha Rose loved making gingerbread houses at school.  Mommy came, too!
Last night they went to the zoo light display and look who they saw!
We've been having fun here at our house, too.  Last night the girls and I watched The Chipmunks and listened to Stuart Little.  I forgot that Stuart Little is more of a boy book. This morning we ate donuts and drank hot chocolate.  We read An Orange for Frankie and we also talked about how people in nursing homes might be lonely (not all of them, but some) during the holidays.  

The girls thought Sandra's (Thistle Cove Farm) idea of taking cozy lap blankets to people at nursing homes that may not get a lot of company was an excellent suggestion.
The nursing home was full of possible candidates for blanket gifts so we left them with the nurse and asked her if she would give them to the residents she thought most in need of a little boost.  She was very nice.

 They made the cutest cards.  I thought you might like to see them.


Each nursing home resident was at one time a daughter or son, maybe a beloved husband or wife, a mother or father, a trusted friend, or a grandma or all of the above. In the joy book the authors said that joy comes from intergenerational community and it makes me wonder why nursing homes can't be in shopping malls where people can look out big glass windows and still feel a part of things.  
I'm going to think about the nursing home next to my grocery store and try to figure out a way to make it more visible in my everyday life.
More Merry Christmas-ing to come!  LOVE!

27 comments:

karen said...

how very sweet!! I love red on adults too :) I know the people enjoyed the children's presence!!

Amy at love made my home said...

A wonderful and incredibly Christmassy thing to have done! Happy Christmas! xx

Gumbo Lily said...

What a good idea to take the lap blankets to your local nursing home. The cards that the girls made were so full of love and beautiful art for one special person. They melted my heart.

I agree with you that we all should be living together -- all ages and sizes and abilities that we might encourage one another as the Bible teaches us.

You're such a good granny and helper.

Janette Wright said...

Precious. We haven't read an Orange for Frankie yet this year. Benjamin played his violin at the nursing home this year, and yes, we need to make it more of a priority. Merry Christmas.

ellen b. said...

Nothing quite as precious as cards decorated by children. Love them!

TexWisGirl said...

adorable babies sharing joy. :)

Nancy McCarroll said...

A terrific message. Thank you for taking the blankets and cards. It was an important lesson for the girls to learn about those in special needs and you taught them a loving kindness that will stay with them.

ann said...

Bless those who remember the ones in the nursing home. They residents love the visitors, especially the children and they loved the blankets and the cards, too.

Lisa Richards said...

What a wonderful day of loving others you had! Those cards will bless someone's socks right off! (Not to mention the warm blankets!)
It's so easy to think about doing something like that, and sometimes difficult to actually follow through. Good for you girls!
I love Sam's gingerbread house. So colorful!

Dee said...

Love the cards that your sweet girls made. It's obviously that they have very sweet hearts --- not two sizes too small, like the Grinch.

I hope you (and they) have a wonderful Christmas. Looks like they've made a very good start.

Debi said...

What a very sweet thing to do. When I was teaching I was the advisor to the Helping Hands club. A group of community minded students... and we used to make gift boxes out of old Christmas cards and put candy in them. The kids made cards to go along with each box and we delivered them to the nursing home behind our school and sang Christmas carols. You would have thought we gave them the world! I'm going to think about doing something with my older grands next year... thank you for inspiring me to do a good deed!

Kezzie said...

I love your thoughts on this!! YES, I totally three about the intergenerational thing. That's why I always try titake my choir to sing at Senior citizens' homes.x

Aisling said...

Love-filled...that's you and your blog. How wonderful to come here and always find love over flowing. Thank you!

Fat Dormouse said...

What a lovely kind thing to do. Blessings to you all.

Julia said...

What sweet girls doing all this for the seniors. I love their beautiful cards.
Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
JB

Happyone said...

Oh what a wonderful thing to do - bringing blankets to the nursing home and the cards were just lovely.
I think your idea of a nursing home in the mall sounds like a great one!!

Attic Clutter said...

too cute POM...
love the angel candles too (:)
hugs Patty

Granny Marigold said...

What a sweet post and such a great idea..... bringing cozy blankets for nursing home patients who might otherwise get not much in the way of gifts. I'm sure you brightened their day.
Are you all ready for the big day?

Henny Penny said...

You think of the nicest things to do. What a good grandma you are. Makes me want to spend an evening there with you all! :) Merry Christmas!

Kit said...

Oh what a great idea! Look at the joy on those kids faces and can you imagine the surprise to the residents! The perfect meaning of Christmas. Like I tell my girls, Be an Elf! Happy Christmas Week! Hugs, Kit

Wood Fairy said...

What great thoughts about nursing homes, especially placing them in central places where they can see the hustle and bustle of life and be more part of the community, I like this idea. Betty

Heather LeFebvre said...

Oh this is wonderful that you helped the girls to participate in this and through this you are teaching them of how they can bless others in the future!!!! My mom took us children to a nursing home each week for quite some time in our childhood. She organized art type activities for the residents and through it we learned to be VERY comfortable talking with older people. I have always wanted to repeat this for my kids but the opportunity to minister in a nursing home on a regular basis has not worked out yet. I always am delighted when an older person comes into our life that we can bless in some way because they bless us too!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Their cards are wonderful...love them and how sweet of the girls to remember older folks with blankets.
Merry Christmas, Karen, to you and yours.

GretchenJoanna said...

That's a wonderful and Christmasy thing for you to do with the girls. Did they get to talk with some of the residents, too? So many are lonely...

Jeannette said...

A Merry Christmas to you!

handmade by amalia said...

How sweet and wonderful, Pom, and the girls are such darlings. Happy holidays.
Amalia
xo

M.K. said...

Oh, Pom, what a wonderful thing to do with your grand girls! That is so sweet. One day many of us will be in such facilities. I do wish they were more open and visible to the public, but life is hard in such places, and much privacy is needed for the care they receive, which can take hours each morning to get cleaned up, fed, dressed, ready to see anybody. You are so kind! We have two care homes in our little county. Those folks love to know they are thought of.

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