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Hello from our home to your home. As we look outside and see the ground is white it makes us think of Christmas. And all of our beautifully decorated fir trees are a sure sign it is the season and the great Christmas Day is fast approaching. In residents council this morning all the seasonal preparations were discussed and plans were revealed. We are to have a family Christmas Dinner on December 23rd. Santa Claus will be coming to our home on December 22nd at 2:30. Invitations are to be sent out to all our families. This is a great amount of work for the staff, but they so enjoy getting together with all of our family members and it is a great gift to our residents. They would not have to do this but they care for our enjoyment of this season of love and giving in celebrating our Saviors’ birth.
We now have the greatest numbers of residents which is 93. It used to run around the upper 70′s. God is so blessing our home.
The Sunshine Singers started off the holiday with a wonderful concert. Everyone so enjoyed the music they presented.
We are thankful for everyone who come and volunteers for us, the love they show for us is so great. Larry Moore was here for Sunday School, followed by Sandy Church in the afternoon. Redbank Church was also here singing for us in the late afternoon. We thank all the churches who come and minister to us.
Games were played throughout out the week with Ann Roberson, Wilda Potter, Carrie McIntosh, Evelyn Harper, Darlene Sorenson, Ruth Evans and Reba and Ryder Scobba. We enjoyed the reading of Jacob Keys. Jacob came and read several stories to the ladies during their afternoon coffee break. They have been asking when Jacob is coming back, they so loved listening to him read. They also enjoyed his mother and little sister. The 1st Sonshine was here with an awesome service Friday morning. Karen Sellars was here to help with the Nifty Nails, but got called away with a family emergency. We hope everything is fine with the Sellars family. Norma Stillings plays the piano on Saturday morning with Bro. Tom Hawkins called the message. Bro. Mike Santos is here on Friday evening ministering to the residents. The Home Schooler came and presented a wonderful piano recital. A large group of students and parents attended.
They caroled up and down the halls to the guitar playing of Mr. Neighbors. The students made ormanments for the doors.
This afternoon a group of carolers from Mtn. Grove came to sing for us. We will sit back and enjoy this and have refreshments while they sing Christmas songs and be thankful for this gift they present to us. Everyone loved the homemade treats and stuffed animals they received.
Barbara and I have received a new roommate, her name is Thelma Yates. She is a nice young woman of 95 who worked for this home when it started several years ago.
She says it is very different now than when she worked as med-nurse here. She remembers people calling this an Old Folks Home. We talked about that is now being a Health Care Center. And it truly is because we have some residents that are not considered old folks.
We sincerely hope your plans for the holidays bring great joy for you and all your loved ones and perhaps find time to come and visit with us. We would love to have you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All !.
We would like to welcome new residents to our home. They are Ellis Stephens, Thelma Yates, Orvil Stiles and John Haskins. God Bless You From Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.