Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Memories - He's Happy, I'm Happy

Christmas came to the Memory Care Facility where my sweetheart lives last Friday evening.  All the residents were brought into the dining area dressed and ready for the event with the caring staff standing by while friends and family arrived.  It was a most wonderful evening filled with singing, laughter, gift giving, some wonderful munchies, and joy.  Some tend to think a place like a Memory Care Facility to be a sad place, but in all honesty this is a happy place.  It is open, decorated beautifully, light-filled, smiling faces, and an extremely loving staff which in turn helps the residents maintain good attitudes.   They have a total of 40 private rooms, 20 on each side with each side having it's own dining area, common areas, and sun rooms.  The facility is all on one floor with a lovely enclosed court yard with plantings, places to sit, a fountain, and plenty of birds to enjoy while the weather is warm.  The best of a worst situation. 

We had a singer that brought his portable music machine and sang great Christmas songs encouraging all of us to join him in singing.  Did you know that singing is one of the last memories that many have?  Music and singing are always encouraged.

Santa along with his helper was there to help in the singing and handing out gifts to all the residents.

Santa's gift was obviously a good one....look at that smile!!

He was all smiles that evening.  Makes my heart sing!!

 Brie, one of our grand-girls came along to help in the celebration.

See all the happy faces.

And then the food....chocolate covered strawberries which are always a fav, the infamous hollowed-out bread loaded with spinach dip, eclairs with chocolate whipped cream and cherries, along with other tasties that were long gone before I had a chance to snap a shot.  My only complaint, and I really shouldn't title this as a complaint, is that this food is sooooo messy to eat and the messy then becomes even messier when some of these folks attempt to eat it.  I just grab lots of napkins and hope for the best.  It's party food and a party we did have.

The facility was decorated for Christmas, every door is adorned with a wreath and there are Christmas decorations everywhere you look.   

Each day of our lives may not be a good one, but there is something good in every day.  The difference is usually our attitude....look for the positive and you will find the positive shine through.  I find this positive attitude everytime I visit my sweetheart.  Thank you and God Bless each and everyone of you that cares for our loved ones.  He is happy, I am happy.

"The essential conditions of everything we do must be choice, love, passion."  ~  Nadia Boulanger

Until next time......


  1. What a sweet, sweet post! So glad you had a lovely evening with your sweetheart :) Great photos to remember the evening with as well!

  2. Deanna, this post hit a bit too close to home for me..it brought tears. This is a tough holiday for me personally, but seeing your sweetie's smile and twinkle in his eyes makes me smile for BOTH of you :). God bless.


  3. Oh, I think you had a wonderful day!

  4. I love that everyone looks so happy in your photos, and that you are sharing your wonderful, positive attitude with all of us!

  5. Deanna, you are an inspiration. XO

  6. What a uplifting post.. So glad to see all those smiling faces. I just love your attitude about life. Like Becky said above.. You are an inspiration!!!

    Hugs, Linda

  7. Deanna, my Mom lived in a Memory Care Facility for almost 10 years. It was a wonderful place during the Holidays, and everyone seemed so happy each in their own way. I am so glad that this was a good day for you.

  8. Deanna, you continue to inspire me. I look forward to sharing 2012 with you through photos, blogs and prayers.

    Blessings, my friend!

  9. This was so touching Deanna, and you have such a wonderful positive attitude through a difficult time. You are a blessing, thank you for sharing your life with us!

  10. Your sweetie is a handsome fellow, Deanna, he looks so happy. Am glad that you have peace of mind.

    I'm catching up on your blog posts tonight. It's always entertaining to drop by Springdale.


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