Ragamuffin Gal

".. from my ragged heart to yours"

December 13, 2009

~**Heart ~^~HaPPening**~

Friday night I was invited to a Christmas Party
at Daybreak Adult DayCare.
Husband Mark is a Development Director for
a non-profit ministry.  Daybreak is one of the ministries
housed under his work umbrella.

Let me tell you... They had the Christmas Spirit going on!

Adults of all ages dressed in Santa ties, Santa hats,
Santa sweaters, jingle bells, lighted necklaces and pins.
Laughter ebbed and flowed along with wide smiles
and tight hugs, and an occasional joyful yell.

Before we ate our soup and veggies,
we had a program performed by the community
of clients that attend Daybreak.

The Christmas story was read and loudly cheered
and was well received by all.  Favorite hymns and carols
were sung with remarkable enthusiasm!

We shared a table with Annie and Brian.
Two young adults who live very simple lives
yet they were so rich in grace
and family love.

I blinked back tears and thought about
 how complicated I tend to make things
(especially this time of the year)
when it is all so simple...
just a few things are really needed
 to fill us with joy!!!

I don't think I could ever be more joyful
than the lady in the back row
who was rocking it out
to Jingle Bells.
(but I am going to try really hard!)

Here's to wishing you joy
this week, this season,


dulcy said...

Sounds very sweet and Christmasy! Time to take a few minutes to breath and be thankful......

summersundays-jw said...

A good lesson. I'm trying so hard to simplify my Christmas & try to always remember what it's all about. Church was wonderful this morning & Sage sang with his choir. I left feeling the true joy of Christmas. Have a great week. Jan

Margaret said...

I think now more than ever is the time to take a step back and breathe a little, just appreciate all those little things that make us happy. M

Mrs. E said...

Simplify, simplify! It has taken me 52 years to figure this out! Keep that Christmas spirit!

Linda said...

Beautiful thoughts. It is so hard to keep it simple this time of year, isn't it. I'm trying, too! Have a blessed Christmas, Katie.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

beautiful post Katie, true joy IS in the simple things ... thank you for the sweet reminder!

Patti said...

That sounds like a fun time! It is so easy to get caught up in all the Holiday Hoopla and forget the the meaning of the season. Have a good week Katie~

David said...

What a sweet lesson! And I love the picture too!

Pam Aries said...

that is the true Christmas Spirit! I only wish it woulsd last all year long!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

What a nice story ~ and I know that people like your husband are very special also! I have an adult developmentally disabled son and I always appreciated the people who work with them on a daily basis!! Bless you both! Have a great Holiday season !

Relyn said...

Happy holidays, sweet pea. Simple or complicated, you always make Christmas beautiful.

sew revived said...

Hope you & yours have a beautiful Christmas season!

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Relyn said...

Love you, girlfriend. Merry Christmas!!

Patti said...

Merriest of Christmases Katie!!! Enjoy~~~

Jodie LeJeune said...

Merry Christmas Katie!!!
This was a beautiful story and I'm so happy to have met you this year. Wishing many more visits together for the new year~
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