Bickford of Cedar Falls

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Cedar Falls, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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Greetings. Here we are half way thru the week. It has been an exciting week so far. Yesterday we hosted a baby shower for a dear staff member who is due the first of December. Next month we will be hosting another for our Registered Nurse Coordinator. Babies galore...and we love it. It is a ... Read Full Post
Greetings. Here we are half way thru the week. It has been an exciting week so far. Yesterday we hosted a baby shower for a dear staff member who is due the first of December. Next month we will be hosting another for our Registered Nurse Coordinator. Babies galore...and we love it. It is a reminder that life is a journey that starts new and continues on thru the years. It is a journey that can be intertwined, the very young with the old. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are blessed to be part of an embracing family. We care about the beginning of life...and are there, upwards, to the top. From all of us here...Have a blessed day!
10-18-2017
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Wow! What a week! And what a great way to end it...with joy. And let me tell you why I use the word joy...the daughter of one of our residents told a couple of staff members (who were gathered around visiting) that she believed there was a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is ... Read Full Post
Wow! What a week! And what a great way to end it...with joy. And let me tell you why I use the word joy...the daughter of one of our residents told a couple of staff members (who were gathered around visiting) that she believed there was a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is something you can obtain for the moment, but joy is something you hold deep in your soul, and nurture and care for, to have for a long while, if not a lifetime. So today I use the word joy. Because the time we spent together this week was meaningful, and life enriching. Because we are changed by the love and kindness that touched our hearts, being together. Joy in compassion and the grace of care giving. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, have a sweet weekend, and may you find joy to hold onto forever.
10-13-2017
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What a wonderful day!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are dressed up and taking portraits by the fire with our residents and their families. We are pleased to be able to catch these dear memories in our hearts and on film. Family History Day can mean a lot of things. In our hearts it means ... Read Full Post
What a wonderful day!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are dressed up and taking portraits by the fire with our residents and their families. We are pleased to be able to catch these dear memories in our hearts and on film. Family History Day can mean a lot of things. In our hearts it means creating a history our loved ones in the future can look back on with love. So today we celebrate family, and capture the moments. Years from now, as folks look back on this day...the smiles are sure to bring new smiles to them! Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
10-12-2017
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Happiness!!! And what is something that brings this in October? Painting pumpkins!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we all gathered around the tables and gave new life to dozens of miniature pumpkins. One of our lady's even added marshmallows to the top of her pumpkin, then painted over them (she ... Read Full Post
Happiness!!! And what is something that brings this in October? Painting pumpkins!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we all gathered around the tables and gave new life to dozens of miniature pumpkins. One of our lady's even added marshmallows to the top of her pumpkin, then painted over them (she felt they needed to be there instead of in her hot chocolate). Every pumpkin looked fabulous. Even in gloomy weather, sitting with friends, sipping hot chocolate, and doing activities together, makes our lives shine brighter. Find what makes your life shine. Then...do it! Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
10-10-2017
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Do What YOU Love & Love What YOU Do! All our Bickford Family Members wrote out "Why I do what I do..." "WHY" each one of us is here is individually different, but individuals together we create happiness in our Bickford Family. Pictured below is Megan, a Bickford Family Member.
10-10-2017
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Hello dear friends. It has been a wonderful week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We are now decked out in the pumpkins we gathered from the pumpkin patch, and will soon be putting up all our Halloween decorations. We invite all to join us in the coming weeks as we paint pumpkins, and get ready for ... Read Full Post
Hello dear friends. It has been a wonderful week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We are now decked out in the pumpkins we gathered from the pumpkin patch, and will soon be putting up all our Halloween decorations. We invite all to join us in the coming weeks as we paint pumpkins, and get ready for our big Halloween party on the 26th. And don't forget our Family History Day on the 12th. where we will be doing resident photos and family photos. This is the perfect time to get folks together to capture memories with loved ones. We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and don't forget to slow down and savor the journey. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
10-06-2017
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Hello to all. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are always trying to come up with activities that each one of our residents will enjoy participating in. Some love dominoes, some love BINGO, and some like the more non-traditional things like, knitting clubs, poetry reading time, chess and checkers ... Read Full Post
Hello to all. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are always trying to come up with activities that each one of our residents will enjoy participating in. Some love dominoes, some love BINGO, and some like the more non-traditional things like, knitting clubs, poetry reading time, chess and checkers club, card clubs, and other more personalized activities. Here at Bickford we find what each resident enjoys, and incorporate that into their day. We have one gentleman who was in a drum line when he was younger. He loves watching YouTube videos of drum lines. This is an example of finding what gives each person joy, and bringing it into their lives. Because enriching happiness is what we do, and we are enriched by the joy that is shared. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, have a sweet day!
10-05-2017
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Greetings dear Bickford family and friends. It has been the most busiest week. We are wrapping up the Walk for Alzheimer's which turned out fantastic. The amount of people that showed up to walk with team Bickford was amazing. The weather was great and the laughter and love was abundant. On Tuesday ... Read Full Post
Greetings dear Bickford family and friends. It has been the most busiest week. We are wrapping up the Walk for Alzheimer's which turned out fantastic. The amount of people that showed up to walk with team Bickford was amazing. The weather was great and the laughter and love was abundant. On Tuesday this week we took a trip to Heartland Pumpkin Patch. The residents who were able to go with us did a great job picking out gourds and pumpkins for us to spruce up our Bickford home. To top it off, we got to go on a hayride, and take fun pictures of the whole gang. Next week is our Family History Day, and we will be taking resident photo's on the 12th.. As we enter into the fun of the Halloween holiday, remember to stay safe, and make sure to check us out as we deck the halls with Halloween fun. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings and peace.
10-04-2017
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Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of ... Read Full Post
Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of spices in the air. This front porch is one example of the crisp autumn welcome you will get when dropping by.
10-03-2017
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Happy Friday!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we dedicated this day to honoring our veteran's. We have six men living here who served in the military. The branches represented are the Army, Navy, Air Corps, and Air Force. Together they served over 20 years of service to our country. It is a ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we dedicated this day to honoring our veteran's. We have six men living here who served in the military. The branches represented are the Army, Navy, Air Corps, and Air Force. Together they served over 20 years of service to our country. It is a privilege to have them here with us. They represent our freedom, and here at Bickford Cedar Falls...we say, "Thank you!" May you all have a blessed and joyous weekend.
09-29-2017
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Hello to all. Today was a great big day of happiness and blessings. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we have been working on raising money for the "Walk for a cure for Alzheimer's" that is being held on September 30th, in Waterloo. It was an overwhelming joy to see our dollar amounts exceeding $1000 ... Read Full Post
Hello to all. Today was a great big day of happiness and blessings. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we have been working on raising money for the "Walk for a cure for Alzheimer's" that is being held on September 30th, in Waterloo. It was an overwhelming joy to see our dollar amounts exceeding $1000 for our team so far. This disease is something we here at Bickford Cedar Falls would like to see eradicated the most. It breaks our hearts to see the people we care for...love...wiped away from this terrible thing. Our mission while a cure is being found...to catch the memories when we can...preserve them...and keep them alive by sharing. The best way to catch a memory...bring joy and enrichment to the lives we touch. To all of those who follow us, and our dear family and friends, have a sweet and joyous day. Catch a memory if you can...and don't let it go.
09-27-2017
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Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Three There’s A Stranger In Town Main Street is a pretty busy place in Bickville, especially around the noon hour. Folks are up and about shopping, meeting for lunch, or just out looking for someone to say hi too. And since everyone pretty much knows ... Read Full Post
Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Three There’s A Stranger In Town Main Street is a pretty busy place in Bickville, especially around the noon hour. Folks are up and about shopping, meeting for lunch, or just out looking for someone to say hi too. And since everyone pretty much knows everyone, it is usually a sure bet there is someone to say hi too. The busiest time though, is the noon hour. This is a time to regroup, eat, and catch up on all the juicy gossip going on in town. Last Tuesday, around noon time, the Daily Bread Diner was at its usual, full capacity. Every table was taken, and as soon as one was cleared, it was quickly set up for more patrons. The diner was a homey place, decorated in bright colors, upbeat music going over the sound system, and a guarantee of homemade, delicious food. The owner of the diner, Rita, made sure only the best and freshest was used, and that the recipes were ones that were handed down from generation to generation. This was why people went to the Daily Bread Diner. For a taste of home, with a side of fellowship. On this particular Tuesday, the usual crowd of noon customers were there, and the sound of chatter and laughter was at a high peak. The waitresses were busy taking orders. Rita was expertly maneuvering around in the kitchen, filling plates. It was like a well-oiled machine. As Rita was taking a ticket from the holder in the serving window, she looked up and saw a man walking by the window of the diner. She had never seen this person before. “I wonder who that is?” she thought. When the man stopped at the door of the diner, Rita knew what was going to happen…and it did. The chatter and laughter stopped when the front door opened and the man stepped inside. It became pretty quiet, and a little uncomfortable. Mostly it was just out of curiosity, but to a stranger it felt a bit unwelcoming. Rita rushed out of the kitchen, and over to her new customer. In a loud voice she said, “Welcome sir. I apologize for my patrons. It’s just we do not see many new faces, beings our little town is sandwiched between water and forest. Please, let me find you a seat, and we will get you set right up.” With that said, Rita turned around and gave the crowd a look that everyone understood. On cue, the noise returned. Rita shooed away one of her regulars who had been there for over an hour, cleaned the space, and offered the seat to the stranger. The stranger took this time to introduce himself. “Thank you very much. My name is Josh. I am a contractor, and was hired to build a new house on the east side of town. Tomorrow supplies will start coming in, and my crew will be here the first of next week. I’m staying at the hotel down the street. I thought I would get out and see some of the sights today.” As he was speaking the crowd had grown quiet again. It is very hard to curb curiosity when a stranger is explaining what he is doing here. Rita looked over Josh’s shoulder and gave everyone another look, warning everyone to cut it out. “Well, Josh, on behalf of Bickville, I welcome you. What do you have planned today?” “I need to go to the greenhouse and order the landscaping for the property. I was told to talk to Gleneva, the owner. I also need to see Lois, the city clerk, to get construction approval forms. Right now though, I ‘m famished. A good hearty lunch would hit the spot.” replied Josh. Rita knew exactly what he needed. “I have the perfect thing for you. How about a hot roast beef sandwich, and a slice of homemade apple pie?” “Put a scoop of ice cream on that and you have a deal”, laughed Josh. After Josh ate his lunch, he thanked Rita and stood up to leave. He walked slowly to the door. Just before he opened the door, he turned around and announced for all to hear, “This is a beautiful little town you all have here. I can’t wait to meet each one of you. I’m Josh by the way. You’ll be seeing a lot of me for a while. Have a great day everyone.” When the door closed behind him, the chatter in the room rose to great heights. Everyone wanted to know all about the newcomer in town. By 4:00p the whole town knew there was a man named Josh amidst them. By 5:00p the hotel had five homemade pies, two plates of cupcakes, one tray of brownies, and a small lasagna, in the lounge area. All delivered to be given to the newcomer, as a welcome to Bickville. The people of Bickville come in many forms. It is a diverse and eclectic mix of people. But one thing that weaves the citizens together, is the ability to embrace and include everyone. Even strangers who walk into town, and who has no idea the town has made him the newest member of the great big family of Bickville.
09-26-2017
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Welcome everyone. It's Tuesday and we are having a great week so far. We worked on balance fitness today, did a bit of trivia, played cards, had a hymn sing along, and read our Bickville Adventures, chapter three. It's been a lovely day here, and we wish each of you the same, and even more joy ... Read Full Post
Welcome everyone. It's Tuesday and we are having a great week so far. We worked on balance fitness today, did a bit of trivia, played cards, had a hymn sing along, and read our Bickville Adventures, chapter three. It's been a lovely day here, and we wish each of you the same, and even more joy throughout this week. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...blessings.
09-26-2017
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Happy Friday!!! This has been an exciting week here. Our big carnival is tomorrow...Saturday. Come one come all!!! We wish great happiness and joy to each and every one of you. With great love from all of us here at... Bickford Cedar Falls.
09-22-2017
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Hello folks. Happy hump day. We are busy busy busy here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Exciting things are happening as we get geared up for our big carnival this coming Saturday. This is an event to raise money for the Walk for a Cure for Alzheimer's. We are hoping for lots of families, kids, and ... Read Full Post
Hello folks. Happy hump day. We are busy busy busy here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Exciting things are happening as we get geared up for our big carnival this coming Saturday. This is an event to raise money for the Walk for a Cure for Alzheimer's. We are hoping for lots of families, kids, and community. In the next few days there will be lots of busy bee's preparing signs, boards for games, and lots more in preparation. We invite all to join us for the fun here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Blessings and peace.
09-20-2017
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Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Two The Mare and the Lemon The old cliché of ‘quiet little town’ does not fit Bickville. Sometimes quiet is nowhere to be found. On this particular day, the ruckus caused by a piece of fruit could have awoken two towns over, and it certainly gained a lot ... Read Full Post
Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Two The Mare and the Lemon The old cliché of ‘quiet little town’ does not fit Bickville. Sometimes quiet is nowhere to be found. On this particular day, the ruckus caused by a piece of fruit could have awoken two towns over, and it certainly gained a lot of attention in downtown Bickville. Faye and Kathy own and operate Rolling Saddles Farm and Stables outside of town on the west side. These two ladies have been great friends for many years and their love of horses, and animals as a whole, made them a great team for this endeavor. They have several dogs and cats, in addition to the typical farm animal you would think to see, like a pig, chickens, a duck or two, things like that. Throw in a zebra, a llama, an ostrich, even a peacock, and you have the eclectic Rolling Saddles Farm. Their shining star though, is the stables. This is a beautiful place that houses some of the best of the best. The horses that live there are treated as kings and queens (as well they should) and help the community in many ways. One…they are used for therapy for folks with disabilities. Two…People take riding lessons for relaxation and hobby. Three…The horses are Faye and Kathy’s main source of transportation. One afternoon, round about 3:00, Miss Theresa had just finished up her shopping at the main grocery. With only two sacks she decided that she would take a nice, relaxing stroll through town, do a little window shopping, and say hi to a few folks on her way home. Faye, needing to get a few things at the grocery herself, had decided to ride her favorite mare, Sassy. Now in Bickville, seeing a horse going up and down the streets is not as common as it was in yester years. Back in the day, rural kids used them to get to school, and farmers and families used them to pull wagons, and all other transportation needs. But as cars became popular and industry changed, folks slowly used horses less and less. Faye…no. Horses were her main source of motion. They always had been…they always will. So, seeing Faye coming down the street on her mare was not especially very surprising to the people of Bickville. As a matter of fact, if Faye had been in a car…that would have been a shock. As Faye came down the street, Miss Theresa, looking through the downtown windows, caught her toe on a crack in the sidewalk. As she fell forward, she threw her groceries in the air, reached out, and, with great luck, landed in Neil, the pharmacist’s, arms. It was a great coincidence that he had been taking a stroll on the same side of the street. Theresa’s groceries scattered all over the sidewalk save one lemon. That lemon rolled right out into the street. Now Faye had watched the entire scene happen. It had happened pretty quickly, but when she saw that Miss Theresa was safe, she just kept going. Sassy, her mare, also, just kept going. But not without lowering her head and picking up that lemon as they went by, all in one fluid motion. It’s safe to say that Sassy did not know about lemons. When she picked up that lemon between her teeth, she broke the rind and got a bit of lemon juice in her mouth. She shook her head left then right, up then down. Faye, who did not know Sassy had picked up that lemon, took a tighter grip of the reins and said, “Whoa Sassy…whoa. What is wrong with you girl? You’re going to knock me right off!” Sassy wasn’t listening. She shook her head even harder as the lemon was being squeezed even more in her mouth. She whinnied and kicked her back legs and in one bellow, shot the lemon out of her mouth. When Faye saw the lemon shoot out of Sassy’s mouth, she knew she would have to get that horse to some water, and quick. Faye took hold of the reins and guided Sassy back towards the stable. Sassy kept shaking her head back and forth, up and down. It was quite a scene to the town’s people who had gathered to watch the spectacle. Faye is a master horse women, so she knew what she was doing. It was still evident though that she had a challenge on her hands. Sassy was not very happy at the moment. You see, pieces of that lemon were stuck in her teeth. She was trying to shake them out, but they were in there, and she didn’t like it one bit. The folks of Bickville watched as Faye expertly guided the distraught horse down the street. When she rounded the corner, many shook their heads and continued on with their business. Neil helped Miss Theresa gather up all her groceries and walked her home. The town went back to order again. When Faye got Sassy back to the stables, that horse drank and drank. After a while, the lemon must have worked its way through. Faye just shook her head and went inside to take a nap. The whole ordeal was just exhausting. The next day, Faye took Sassy back into town, but they stopped by Miss Theresa’s house. Miss Theresa came out to the gate to say hi. Faye leaned down, handed her a lemon and said, “Sassy and I are really sorry about your lemon…but next time…could you please roll an apple out into the street?”
09-19-2017
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Welcome Folks!!! It has been a whirl wind of activity here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We finished up National Assisted Living Week with a fun cookie tasting contest (our own BFM, Megan, won the grand prize for the best of show with her frosted sugar cookies), and a belly full of sweet laughter and ... Read Full Post
Welcome Folks!!! It has been a whirl wind of activity here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We finished up National Assisted Living Week with a fun cookie tasting contest (our own BFM, Megan, won the grand prize for the best of show with her frosted sugar cookies), and a belly full of sweet laughter and joy. This week starts the prep for our big carnival this coming Saturday. Proceeds from this will be going to the Walk for Alzheimer's that is going to be held the following week. Lots to do so we just need to jump right in and get it going. Hope everyone has a blessed week and we look forward to seeing everyone at the carnival this coming Saturday.
09-19-2017
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Take me out to the ball game...take me out with the crowd...Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks...I don't care if I never get back... You can't read that without singing can you??? That's how we felt today too. We celebrated National Assisted Living week today by sporting our favorite sports ... Read Full Post
Take me out to the ball game...take me out with the crowd...Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks...I don't care if I never get back... You can't read that without singing can you??? That's how we felt today too. We celebrated National Assisted Living week today by sporting our favorite sports jersey's and snacking on peanuts and Cracker Jacks. We even had boxes with toys in them. Of course the toys are a little different that they use to be, but a little surprise is still fun. Make some memories today. Sing a favorite song. Dance a fun dance, play a family game. Slow down and enjoy the love of those who love you. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls, we wish you blessings and joy!!!
09-14-2017
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It's 50's day here at Bickford Cedar Falls!!! Celebrating a time of rock and roll and twist and shout. We are decked out in vinyl records, poodle skirts, and saddle shoes. Our sock hop is later today, complete with a soda fountain bar serving malts, shakes, and ice cold Coca-Cola. We will be ... Read Full Post
It's 50's day here at Bickford Cedar Falls!!! Celebrating a time of rock and roll and twist and shout. We are decked out in vinyl records, poodle skirts, and saddle shoes. Our sock hop is later today, complete with a soda fountain bar serving malts, shakes, and ice cold Coca-Cola. We will be twisting on the dance floor to the oldies of the fifties and having a blast. Have a fabulous day everyone. We here at Bickford Cedar Falls are...Rockin around the clock!!!
09-13-2017
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Greetings. This is a fabulous day to be here at Bickford Cedar Falls!!! We had ribbon exercises today, devotions, read about our Bickville Adventures (that we didn't get to yesterday due to having to much fun at the wine and cheese party), word games, card games, and decorating for 50's day on ... Read Full Post
Greetings. This is a fabulous day to be here at Bickford Cedar Falls!!! We had ribbon exercises today, devotions, read about our Bickville Adventures (that we didn't get to yesterday due to having to much fun at the wine and cheese party), word games, card games, and decorating for 50's day on Wednesday. Whew!!! No one can be bored around here, that's for sure. We hope everyone has a blessed day, and if your ever wondering about having something to do...come spend a day with us, here at Bickford Cedar Falls!!!
09-12-2017
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Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter One Welcome to the town of Bickville. This little town sits on the edge of a great lake that no one can see across. On the other side of town is a forest, dense with tall cedar, cypress and Douglas fir trees. Alive in this world are many creatures, including ... Read Full Post
Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter One Welcome to the town of Bickville. This little town sits on the edge of a great lake that no one can see across. On the other side of town is a forest, dense with tall cedar, cypress and Douglas fir trees. Alive in this world are many creatures, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, red foxes, and porcupines. Higher up, the sounds of broad winged hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and snowy owls, gives the place a symphonic atmosphere. The people of Bickville either love the water, or the forest. Both with its own personality, beauty, and adventure. The people. What can be said of the people of Bickville? This is where the story unfolds. It is the people that make Bickville so special. Each individual is important to the whole. Every life intertwines with the other. Everyone knows everyone’s name, and where everyone came from. Names have been passed down from generation to generation and farms and homes have been in families for decades. Folks have started their lives knowing each other…began school together in kindergarten, and finished, graduating high school together. High school sweethearts commonly, always married, and the circle of life would continue on. They attended church together, attended the unfortunates as a whole, and took care of their community and the people of it with pride, care, and love. No one is particularly poor in Bickville because Bickville embraces the people in warm hand, and compassion and love is threaded into the fabric of this society…and they know no other way. To know Bickville, one has to know the people. Here, they try not to let anyone be more important than anyone else. As equals, everyone has a say in their government, and choose their leaders. With this being said, what seems to happen is there are a few positions that are held by the same people for many years. People do not like change very much, and familiarity and sureness is a comforting and safe feeling among the town’s people. So let’s meet a few of the eclectic people here. For the past 15 years Kris has been the mayor. At every election her name is usually the only one on the ballot. It’s undecided why. Maybe because no one else wants the headache of the job? Probably though, it’s because Kris just seems to fit…so it never occurred to anyone to change it. The town’s sheriff, Natalie, runs a pretty good law enforcement agency. Nothing gets by her, and if anything is going on, Natalie knows it first. She holds the law, but does it with empathy, compassion, and thoughtful care. Natalie’s heart is stamped with Bickville, and serving and protecting it is her mission. The town doctor is Michelle. Not very many towns can boast of a doctor that still makes home visits. Michelle’s schedule is jammed packed, but there is always wiggle room for urgent visits. Michelle has doctored most all of the people of Bickville, and helped deliver many of its youth. Michelle’s nurse, Deann (who is married to the town Chaplin), keeps detailed records of each visit, birth, and even deaths. All calls go through her to be triaged before seeing the doctor. It has been said that Deann is Michelle’s third and fourth hand, and Michelle could not function without her. Michael is a visiting nurse who also works for Michelle, but we will learn more about him later. Religion in Bickville is fairly simple. Love everyone as you do yourself. Live a kind and compassionate life. And pray for those who can’t, won’t, or don’t, for themselves. There is only one church in Bickville. There are several religions going on in this church. There are Catholics, Lutherans, Methodist, Baptists, and even Buddhist and Muslims. The thing that makes this Unitarian type church unique is their Chaplin, Kenny. Kenny teaches love to all. He helps organize what the people need in their walk of faith by providing special communions by certain officials, items for rituals, religious books, and literature, and education on living as good people. Kenny prays with the masses, families and individuals, the sick, and even the dying. He marries the love birds, and tells stories to children. He lives his life like something people want to mimic, and the town turns to him daily, to learn and grow to be a better society. The Bickville Care Center is a 48 bed facility that houses our most beloved family members. This home is always hopping and anyone who thinks that it is an everyday, run of the mill old folks home is sadly mistaken. These people are up dancing, singing, and still contributing to the community they grew up in. Just now they need a little help. The administrator of the Care Center, Julie, has been there for 10 years and runs a tight ship, but not so tight that even she herself doesn’t get her hand grabbed and gets twirled around in a dance by one of the residents. There is never a time that there is so much work that laughter and joy is over looked. Bickville is full of amazing people. In the following pages these folks will come to life and their part in this adventure will light it up. A few coming up: Amy the newspaper editor. Neil the pharmacist. Ashlie the school principle. Annette the caterer. Kylie the town veterinarian Megan the director of the Child Care Center. Kathy and Faye- Owners of the stables and in charge of therapy programs. Jen the social worker. Michael the visiting nurse (Works for Michelle). There are so many people to get to know. These are just a few. So let’s get started and dig right in. Bickville is waiting to be discovered. A place of joy and adventure. A place where the heart can live, and its people are wrapped in love.
09-11-2017
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Welcome to the new week. It's Monday and we are off and running. This week is National Assisted Living Week. What better way to start it off is with a pajama day and a wine and cheese tasting party!!! It was a blast seeing everyone in their PJ's, one BFM in a cow jammie set. Lots of laughter with ... Read Full Post
Welcome to the new week. It's Monday and we are off and running. This week is National Assisted Living Week. What better way to start it off is with a pajama day and a wine and cheese tasting party!!! It was a blast seeing everyone in their PJ's, one BFM in a cow jammie set. Lots of laughter with that. The week is full of activities and fun so stay tuned. Bickford Cedar Falls is always hopping, making joy. Side note: Every Monday a new entry will be made called Bickville Adventures. It is a fictional town made up out of our residents and BFM's. It will be posted here in this blog every Monday. A new chapter every week. Make sure to check it out every Monday!
09-11-2017
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So we made it to Friday. And what a week it's been. We have been keeping busy but not so much that we miss the joy in our journey. It has been a week of blessings that we will keep in our hearts forever. Get ready for an exciting week coming up. We will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week. ... Read Full Post
So we made it to Friday. And what a week it's been. We have been keeping busy but not so much that we miss the joy in our journey. It has been a week of blessings that we will keep in our hearts forever. Get ready for an exciting week coming up. We will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week. Each day will feature a new, fun, and exciting activity for both the BFM's and residents. Stay tuned for all the details!!! Have a wonderful weekend, and dance and laugh every chance you get!
09-08-2017
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It's Thursday!!! Greetings folks!!! We hope this finds you having a great week!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are rolling right along with fun activities among special people. Today we played a new game called "Basket Case". It is a retro game that fits a basketball hoop on your head, and the ... Read Full Post
It's Thursday!!! Greetings folks!!! We hope this finds you having a great week!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are rolling right along with fun activities among special people. Today we played a new game called "Basket Case". It is a retro game that fits a basketball hoop on your head, and the object is to toss balls up and into the basket. What a hoot it was to play this, and laughter filled our living room area!!! At first no one could get the balls up and in. Then one of our gals figured out a trick...reach up and drop them in...brilliant!!! After that, everyone was making points, and everyone was a winner. And that's what we are here at Bickford Cedar Falls...winner's. In every sense of the word. Have a blessed day and make time to laugh and make joy.
09-07-2017
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Happy hump day good folks!!! What a beautiful and blustery day here in Cedar Falls. It feels like fall, summer wrapping up. What that means for us is go go go. From Grandparents Day, 50's day, National Assisted Living Week, and Carnival Day, to the "Walk for a Cure" for alzheimer's awareness. Add ... Read Full Post
Happy hump day good folks!!! What a beautiful and blustery day here in Cedar Falls. It feels like fall, summer wrapping up. What that means for us is go go go. From Grandparents Day, 50's day, National Assisted Living Week, and Carnival Day, to the "Walk for a Cure" for alzheimer's awareness. Add that to our daily schedule and we are hopping. Most of all it gives us a chance to live life to the fullest. Enjoying the journey...of our own...of our loved ones...and of all the lives we touch. Have a wonderful day...and don't forget to savor the journey.
09-06-2017
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Hi Ho!!! Welcome to a new week. We hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day holiday! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls BINGO was the holiday fun. Lots of prizes, but the most fun of all...laughter and smiles. As we get into this new week, we have several things coming up. Exercise with weights, ... Read Full Post
Hi Ho!!! Welcome to a new week. We hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day holiday! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls BINGO was the holiday fun. Lots of prizes, but the most fun of all...laughter and smiles. As we get into this new week, we have several things coming up. Exercise with weights, small groups (for our cognitively challenged residents...and anyone who would like to join in), ribbon exercise class, and lots more. We certainly stay busy here. We wish a great and joyous week to all, and invite everyone to come visit when you get the chance. We love seeing friendly faces. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...blessings.
09-05-2017
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And just like that, summer collapsed into fall! All of us were busy today planting fall flowers in our beautiful courtyard at Bickford!
09-01-2017
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We made it!!! It's Friday and the first day of the new month...September!!! There has been a whirl wind of activity and it's only going to get more exciting. We wish everyone a fantastic weekend...but most of all...a skip in your step, and joy in your heart!!!
09-01-2017
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Greetings great folks out there!!! Today is the last day of August and it was an amazing month that overflowed with blessings. But hang onto your hats...September is going to be a doozy. Our activity calendar is getting a refreshing make over. Of course, our familiar activities will be there, rest ... Read Full Post
Greetings great folks out there!!! Today is the last day of August and it was an amazing month that overflowed with blessings. But hang onto your hats...September is going to be a doozy. Our activity calendar is getting a refreshing make over. Of course, our familiar activities will be there, rest assured. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy this last day of August
08-31-2017
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Greetings great folks out there!!! Today is the last day of August and it was an amazing month that overflowed with blessings. But hang onto your hats...September is going to be a doozy. Our activity calendar is getting a refreshing make over. Of course, our familiar activities will be there, rest ... Read Full Post
Greetings great folks out there!!! Today is the last day of August and it was an amazing month that overflowed with blessings. But hang onto your hats...September is going to be a doozy. Our activity calendar is getting a refreshing make over. Of course, our familiar activities will be there, rest assured. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy this last day of August
08-31-2017
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Greetings great folks out there!!! Thursdays are royal blue sneaker day!!! Today is the last day of August and it was an amazing month that overflowed with blessings. But hang onto your hats...September is going to be a doozy. Our activity calendar is getting a refreshing make over. Of course, our ... Read Full Post
Greetings great folks out there!!! Thursdays are royal blue sneaker day!!! Today is the last day of August and it was an amazing month that overflowed with blessings. But hang onto your hats...September is going to be a doozy. Our activity calendar is getting a refreshing make over. Of course, our familiar activities will be there, rest assured. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy this last day of August
08-31-2017
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Greetings friends!!! Happy hump day! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are having a great time. Today we are using weights for our exercise class. One pound up to five pound weights, depending on the strength ability of each resident. We have some pretty strong folks. We have one gal that surprises ... Read Full Post
Greetings friends!!! Happy hump day! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are having a great time. Today we are using weights for our exercise class. One pound up to five pound weights, depending on the strength ability of each resident. We have some pretty strong folks. We have one gal that surprises us every time with using the three pound weight, even though she's of smaller stature! That is just great! Way to keep strong!!! We hope all have a wonderful rest of the week, and blessings to all our friends and families. Don't forget to slow down, and enjoy the journey.
08-30-2017
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Happy Tuesday!!! We are getting into the week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Today we are doing some balance therapy, a game called "Make a Point", Devotions, manicures, card club, and a sing a along with Kori. Whew! That's a full day for sure. But most of all, there is something for everyone. And ... Read Full Post
Happy Tuesday!!! We are getting into the week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Today we are doing some balance therapy, a game called "Make a Point", Devotions, manicures, card club, and a sing a along with Kori. Whew! That's a full day for sure. But most of all, there is something for everyone. And for those who do better with smaller groups, we have video's they can watch of some of their favorite things, like cake decorating, drum lines (we have a gentleman who played drums), how glass, decorative marbles are made, and many other interesting subjects. Of course, there are several other tailored activities for our residents. The goal is to engage all our residents so everyone's life is enriched and blessed. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone, and blessings to all from the Bickford Cedar Falls family.
08-29-2017
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Greetings! Welcome to a new week. Last week was an exciting one, learning and getting to know everyone. This is an amazing group of people!!! How lucky am I to be on this journey with folks like this!!! This week of August 28th thru September 1st we have a full schedule. Lots of familiar activities ... Read Full Post
Greetings! Welcome to a new week. Last week was an exciting one, learning and getting to know everyone. This is an amazing group of people!!! How lucky am I to be on this journey with folks like this!!! This week of August 28th thru September 1st we have a full schedule. Lots of familiar activities like sit and fit, devotions, card club, domino's, games and crafts, and of course...BINGO!!! Let's all have a great week and enjoy every moment, and don't forget to slow down and savor the journey. Amy
08-28-2017
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Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are ... Read Full Post
Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are interested in furthering their education. The Eby Scholarship is for the children of Bickford Family Members who are pursuing higher education. I was lucky enough to not only present both scholarships to 2 very deserving students in my division, but the Eby scholarship was extra special as it went to my daughter this year! Riley is going to be a sophomore at the University of Iowa, majoring in nursing. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Sorority, and has been accepted into the honors program. Congratulations Riley! Pictured is Riley (left) receiving her scholarship certificate from Divisional Director of Resident Services for Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois, Michelle Adam.
08-24-2017
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Hello Everyone! This is an exciting week! My name is Amy and I am the new Life Enrichment coordinator here at Bickford Cedar Falls. I am thrilled to be here and make some happiness. As I meet and get to know everyone, I hope to form great friendships, and make a mark on everyone's life stories. ... Read Full Post
Hello Everyone! This is an exciting week! My name is Amy and I am the new Life Enrichment coordinator here at Bickford Cedar Falls. I am thrilled to be here and make some happiness. As I meet and get to know everyone, I hope to form great friendships, and make a mark on everyone's life stories. Thank you all for your continued support as I "learn to ropes". Blessing to all. Amy Adix. Life Enrichment Coordinator/Cedar Falls
08-24-2017
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Enriching Happiness was my goal coming to Bickford almost seven years ago. Little did I know that my happiness would be enriched as well. Thanks to all of you that contributed to that. My last day is today and as the Lord led me here He is now leading me on a new assignment. I am a mover and a ... Read Full Post
Enriching Happiness was my goal coming to Bickford almost seven years ago. Little did I know that my happiness would be enriched as well. Thanks to all of you that contributed to that. My last day is today and as the Lord led me here He is now leading me on a new assignment. I am a mover and a shaker and I am ready for more opportunities to grow and to become the Motivational Speaker I was meant to be. I will still be available to do Laughter Yoga at your branches if you would like. My heart strings and prayers will stay attached to this family forever. I love what you do for people. Bee Blessed.... Teddy Widdel
08-11-2017
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On August 15th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sally Timmer from Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa will be here at Cedar Falls Bickford to discuss Living with Alzheimer's. Please come join us for a 90 minute program to help you better understand living with Alzheimer's
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Cedar Falls has been busy to enrich our residents happiness. Recently we have made some great changes. Natalie Feldman a long time CNA here has graduated from college and has excepted the assistant director position. Teddy Widdel CRD has decided her gift is enriching happiness through activities ... Read Full Post
Cedar Falls has been busy to enrich our residents happiness. Recently we have made some great changes. Natalie Feldman a long time CNA here has graduated from college and has excepted the assistant director position. Teddy Widdel CRD has decided her gift is enriching happiness through activities while marketing her laughter yoga. I Kris Trotter will be working with Natalie on operations and marketing of the branch.
07-12-2017
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Our Mother's Day Tea Party was wonderful! We had about 65 people occupying our dining and living room. We had a gorgeous set-up, delicious pie, great prizes and an inspirational speaker, our very own Teddy! We gave away four tea pots that were filled with flower arrangements, and ten teacups and ... Read Full Post
Our Mother's Day Tea Party was wonderful! We had about 65 people occupying our dining and living room. We had a gorgeous set-up, delicious pie, great prizes and an inspirational speaker, our very own Teddy! We gave away four tea pots that were filled with flower arrangements, and ten teacups and saucers that were filled with candy and wrapped in cellophane. A lot of the women wore hats and we took a lot of pictures.
05-10-2017
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April showers bring May flowers and it's rainy today! We had such an amazing Easter egg hunt this year it was 70 degrees and sunny! We had about 30 kids show up and their families so we had a full house! All month we have been sporadically working on our May Baskets to deliver on May Day. Last year ... Read Full Post
April showers bring May flowers and it's rainy today! We had such an amazing Easter egg hunt this year it was 70 degrees and sunny! We had about 30 kids show up and their families so we had a full house! All month we have been sporadically working on our May Baskets to deliver on May Day. Last year we made about 6 of them out of paper and I think we put candy in them, but THIS year, we made these awesome jars that will hold fresh flowers and we made 12 of them! It will be fun to bring a couple of the ladies that helped along with me in the car to deliver them to our surrounding neighbors!
04-26-2017
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Happy April! It has been a while since I have posted, but we had a very busy month of March, and April will be just the same. With Easter and spring here, there is lots to do! Yesterday we got our Easter baskets made up for our party this weekend. We will have an Easter egg hunt, egg dying, Easter ... Read Full Post
Happy April! It has been a while since I have posted, but we had a very busy month of March, and April will be just the same. With Easter and spring here, there is lots to do! Yesterday we got our Easter baskets made up for our party this weekend. We will have an Easter egg hunt, egg dying, Easter bunny, and dance party :) Who will find the golden egg this year???
04-06-2017
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Hello Reader! Welcome to the Cedar Falls page! Our branch is beautiful, conveniently located right in the heart of Cedar Falls, and we have wonderful people that work and live here! We like to have a lot of fun, sing and play the piano, and party!! Yesterday we had "Casino Day" (a theme day that ... Read Full Post
Hello Reader! Welcome to the Cedar Falls page! Our branch is beautiful, conveniently located right in the heart of Cedar Falls, and we have wonderful people that work and live here! We like to have a lot of fun, sing and play the piano, and party!! Yesterday we had "Casino Day" (a theme day that the whole Bickford chain puts on) and we gave away a lot of prizes, had music therapy in the morning, played dice, BINGO, and had horse races. We are all feeling the spring itch and are eager to get out in the garden! Our place is totally full with the most lovely residents!! We truly are like a big family.
03-09-2017
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February 22nd already?? I haven't blogged enough this month! My apologies... It is has been a unique month (I guess you could say) because for a good 2 weeks we had the flu going around this place. It even effected our big Valentine's Day plans which was most unfortunate. We had a couple things ... Read Full Post
February 22nd already?? I haven't blogged enough this month! My apologies... It is has been a unique month (I guess you could say) because for a good 2 weeks we had the flu going around this place. It even effected our big Valentine's Day plans which was most unfortunate. We had a couple things planned that I personally have not done before like a Valentine's Day pageant and a Lover's Lunch for the spouses. But keeping everyone healthy is our main concern, so I rescheduled our spouses lunch for a Good Luck Charm lunch on St. Patty's Day! Since we have been healthy we have been enjoying one another and this beautiful weather! 60's in February!!! Friday we went to the bull riding competition at the National Cattle Congress... That was fun!!
02-22-2017
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For those of you reading that do not have us on Facebook: ADD US! Bickford Cedar Falls is the name. I post there more often then I do on here because I can upload multiple pictures at a time on there.
02-06-2017
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I was so proud of my ladies yesterday morning! Just for chocolate day today we made an awesome chocolate!! We made it by scratch and I had each lady doing something. We made three round cakes then popped them in the oven and cleaned up while those cooked. Once we took them out we set out on our ... Read Full Post
I was so proud of my ladies yesterday morning! Just for chocolate day today we made an awesome chocolate!! We made it by scratch and I had each lady doing something. We made three round cakes then popped them in the oven and cleaned up while those cooked. Once we took them out we set out on our three-lap walk around the building with a group of people and then all came back together to cut the cakes flat, stack them, frost them, and sprinkle them. We were so proud of ourselves! And now we'll get to enjoy it today!
01-27-2017
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Happy Friday Everybody!! Today is the Inauguration of Donald Trump and we have some residents who are ready to watch it. We have it on out in our living room, but we will still go on with normal Friday activity: exercise and beanbag baseball and daily devotional. This week I, Koriann, have been ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday Everybody!! Today is the Inauguration of Donald Trump and we have some residents who are ready to watch it. We have it on out in our living room, but we will still go on with normal Friday activity: exercise and beanbag baseball and daily devotional. This week I, Koriann, have been putting together our plans for Valentines day next month and I am looking forward to it!! We are going to do a couple things that I haven't done here yet in the past two years. We will have a pageant, a Lover's Lunch (where we will invite those who still have a spouse to lunch) and we will do what we always do with crowing our Bickford King & Queen and we will also have our favorite Chris Von Arx come to sing in the evening. It will be a full day! We have had a full week, a normal week of activities, but none the less a FUN week. We got a crazy ice storm, but everyone stayed safe, and now we have been having some near 40 degree days and heavy fog. A couple of the residents have been asking me if I can go outside and make the sun shine. They don't like the dreary days! Who does!!
01-20-2017
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Good morning from Cedar Falls! This week we are looking forward to Music Therapy on Wednesday morning with Lucy (we have her once a month) and also HAT DAY on Thursday. We will be doing Laughter Yoga with Teddy in the morning and she always brings a HUGE tote of fun hats for everyone to wear so it ... Read Full Post
Good morning from Cedar Falls! This week we are looking forward to Music Therapy on Wednesday morning with Lucy (we have her once a month) and also HAT DAY on Thursday. We will be doing Laughter Yoga with Teddy in the morning and she always brings a HUGE tote of fun hats for everyone to wear so it will be perfect for Hat Day. And then in the afternoon we will have a Bickford Derby, where we will all wear hats again! I would say that we will all wear hats all day, but it is kind of hard to get the residents to keep a hat on all day, especially at meal time when they see that as disrespectful to wear in the dining room. But I do know the staff will all wear hats all day! It will be fun to see what everyone shows up with!
01-09-2017
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Okay okay, vacation is over! I haven't written since last year... :) Happy New Year Everybody!! The new year is an interesting time with interesting feelings by all. Either it creates a fresh feeling in everybody's heart and life for new beginnings or it creates sadness and nostalgia with the ... Read Full Post
Okay okay, vacation is over! I haven't written since last year... :) Happy New Year Everybody!! The new year is an interesting time with interesting feelings by all. Either it creates a fresh feeling in everybody's heart and life for new beginnings or it creates sadness and nostalgia with the realization of how fast time goes. 2017 already, wow. The new year now marks my wedding anniversary as well! My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary on New Years Day! :) Well, I don't have too much to report because I was gone all last week, but I will say that it feel so good to be back!! I missed my Bickford family immensely. I didn't even know who to approach first when I got here at 8 and everyone was in the dining room, I just love them all so much.
01-03-2017
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Only 5 days until Christmas! Woohoo!! A SAVIOR IS BORN! What a beautiful time of year, full of joy and cheer!! There has been SO MUCH singing happening around here, from people coming in to carol, or just the residents and I singing Christmas songs to cheer up. Every year I think, now who says we ... Read Full Post
Only 5 days until Christmas! Woohoo!! A SAVIOR IS BORN! What a beautiful time of year, full of joy and cheer!! There has been SO MUCH singing happening around here, from people coming in to carol, or just the residents and I singing Christmas songs to cheer up. Every year I think, now who says we can't sing Christmas songs all year round? They just seem to put everyone in a good mood! And its also fun because everybody knows them! They bring us all back to our childhood I think. Well we have had our Family Christmas party, where Santa made a visit and all the kids (and the big kids too) sat on his lap! We got some really cute pictures! Then we had our Resident and BFM Christmas party last Thursday where we gave all of our gifts to the residents. A lot of hours and love went in to the gift buying and wrapping process, and it was all over SO FAST! Now today we have our BFM Secret Santa reveal! So many parties!! It's all fun.. Merry Christmas!
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