Luther Memorial Home Director, Brett Ulrich receives angel tree gifts from Aasen Drug employees Lori Skadeland and Diane Young. Thank you to all who purchased gifts for all of our residents and to Aasen Drug for sponsoring the Angel Tree. We are blessed.

Greetings from "The Home" front...

We have a lot of thank you’s going out this first week of January! To Lori Powell and her Mary Kay customers who donated 53 gift bags of Mary Kay products for our residents to enjoy – everyone loved the lotions! A big thank you to Aasen Drug for sponsoring the Angel Tree and for the community for supporting it – thanks to your generosity, all of our residents received a gift from the angel tree this year. Melissa Gonzales and her Girl Scouts came to visit and brought ornaments for everyone to enjoy and put in their rooms. And to LMH Med Aide Audrey Beltron who donated a huge box of new nail polish for our residents to use during pretty nails -there were colors from pink to blue to turquoise and even black! What a treat!

Speaking of treats – Lisa and Nancy did a Strull making demonstration on Monday afternoon and of course there were samples to taste! Yummy! We also had newscurrents in the morning and table top games in the afternoon. After all the Strull and holiday treats it was time to get back in shape with Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday morning and Rhythm Band in the afternoon. I hope you had a chance to attend our rummage sale on Wednesday – there were lots of great bargains. We had resident council on Thursday and then the Peter Boe 3rd graders were here in the afternoon for their monthly visit with their “adopted” grandparents. It is always such a fun time when they come. After Mass and Church on Friday we served popcorn and did pretty nails. Saturday brings “City Bee” when we will talk about the metropolis of Laverne North Dakota and then Bingo and Kaffee Hus. Of course we will also be cheering on the Bison and watching the game.

Gary Kaldor will be here to sing and play his guitar on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel. On Monday we start out with Newscurrents followed by making snow cones in the afternoon. We certainly have enough snow for that activity – just kidding – we will not be using real snow! There is also bingo in the evening. It’s Sit & Be Fit and Rhythm Band on Tuesday. Wednesday brings Name That Tune with Nancy in the morning and crafts with Molly in the afternoon. The residents will be making water bottle penguins! We also have very special music at 3:30 when Regan McGillis returns to play her harp. Regan is a very talented young women and when she comes to perform it is standing room only in the chapel. Everyone is looking forward to her playing. We have Bible Study on Thursday morning with Deb Stave and then another special musical event in the afternoon. Theresa & The Plowboys will be here to entertain us. This is their first visit to LMH and we are looking forward to hearing them. There is Mass and Church on Friday followed by Pretty nails and Happy ½ hour.

I hope I am finally up to date on birthdays now as I missed a few last week. Again, if you see any of these people be sure to which them a belated Happy Birthday – resident Barb Hettervig whose birthday was January 9th and staff members Kim Cantore and Lorraine Bolton who both had birthdays on January 4th; Adam Edwards on January 5th , Tasha Caswell on January 7 and Marc Eastman on January 10th. Best wishes to all of you.

Next week we would like to wish Happy Birthday to residents Dorothy Heskin (Jan 13) and Gerald Storebo on January 15th. Staff members having birthdays next week include Inez Olson and Jaden Christianson on January 11, Katie Sayler and Carole Larson on January 12, Sarah Zapata on January 14 and Andrea Knudson on January 16th. Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day.

Until next time … a thought for the week … The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion…