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December 25, 2012

From a Tadpole to a Santa


Tadpole had the privilege of being Santa

for Hemphill Care Center’s Christmas Party.

Santa got lots of hugs from visitors and residents.





















and several hugs from staff







June 9, 2012

mom and her buddy

Filed under: Family,Hemphill Care Center — Freddie Keel @ 6:48 am


May 7, 2012

Mom’s nursing home friends


April 26, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – April 25, 2012

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center,Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:34 am

On The Bright Side
April 25, 2012

The month of April have brought joy and sorrow to the resident of Hemphill Care Center.
Sunday April 1st we were blessed to have Bethel Chapel Baptist Church Choir present their Easter Cantata “Oh What A Savior”. The following day we enjoyed having the Lakes Area Hospice clowns come sing with us. We also had fun playing bingo with our friends from Hemphill Church of Christ.
Other activities during the first week of April includes, worship services with Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church and Hemphill First Baptist Church. The rest of the week we enjoyed all of our Easter festivities. We had fun fill Easter eggs with candy and dying real eggs to hide for all the children to hunt on Good Friday afternoon during our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny made a surprise visit, which really made the children happy.
We worshiped with our friends from Hemphill First Baptist Church on Easter Sunday morning, which concluded our Easter activities. During the rest of April we were blessed with services and gospel singing  sponsored by: Hemphill Church of Christ, Parkway Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist church, Quincy from Odyssey Hospice and Bro. G from Heart to Heart Hospice.
Lively bingo games were hosted by Hemphill Church of Christ, Carletta from Texas Medical Enterprises, Parkway Baptist Church, Texas Home Health  and American Legion Post 197.
We enjoyed visits with our friends from the Garden Club, we made beautiful topiaries for our rooms. Sandy Trahan helped us make beautiful jewelry one afternoon.
We also look forward to Tuesday afternoons when we turn our dining room into a movie theater complete with soda and popcorn. We would like to thank hornet Express Video for loaning us great movies every week. Last week we watched “ War Horse”. It was thrilling and very touching.
Our resident council selected Jerry Fields as our resident of the month, Carletta Cramer as our volunteer of the month and Felisha Parks and Julia White as our employees of the month.
Happy  Birthday wishes are expressed to: Connie White, Harrietta Selby, Mandie Odom, Patsy Hardy, Rose Sherron, Joanna Maida, Margaret Davis, Vermell Matthews, Jack Winn and Joyce Lacoste.
We would like to express our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Mary King and my dear friend  David Ener. David had made the Care Center his home for the last 13 years and he will surely be missed.
Monday April 16th we honored our faithful, wonderful volunteers with an appreciation party. The afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended.
We are looking forward to our annual fishing trip on Friday.  I will let you know who caught the biggest fish! Also C.J. the One Man Band will be here Friday afternoon. We would love it if any of our friends and family would like to come enjoy the music with us.
We express our special appreciation to Rene’ Hyden who has served as our Activity Director since January 2009. She has given us many days “On the Bright Side”.

February 18, 2012

Glenda applying lotion to a nursing home resident

Our family (my two sisters plus Glenda and I) have volunteered to apply lotion to the Hempill Care Center residents.

I do the hand massages with Glenda applying lotion to their legs, feet and face.

Their skin is so dry and they really appreciate the lotion.

January 15, 2012

An honor bestowed on Tadpole

From the Hemphill Care Center Bulletin Board,

the monthly ‘stars’ are announced.

The residents select the recipients  for

each category and I thank them

for choosing me as

Volunteer of the Month.

Unless you have a reason to be in a nursing home on a daily basis,

you might not believe the number of volunteers

that come daily to make it a better day for our love ones.

January 9, 2012

Retired Major Verle Wright Jr. had visitors

Our grand-sons stopped by Hemphill Care Center to visit with a new friend.

Verle Wright Jr. is currently residing in the nursing home

to receive some therapy.

 Major Wright who was an US Army Sharpshooter

has held two world shooting records

and represented U.S.A. in the Melbourne Olympics.

December 12, 2011

Hemphill Care Center Annual Christmas Party 12-10-11

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center — Freddie Keel @ 6:54 am

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December 10, 2011

The Privilege of being Santa

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center — Freddie Keel @ 6:48 am

The Hemphill Care Center offered me the privilege

of being Santa for a Christmas Party.

It was an honor.

My first hug came from my favorite sister.








Merry Christmas


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Congratulations on a job well done. It looks like everyone had a good time! Thanks for taking the time to do that!!! So many shut ins are forgotten during the holidays. You are an inspiration to the rest of us to get involved and bring some joy to these folks.

Comment by Becky Lannon — December 10, 2011 @ 9:20 am

November 24, 2011

On The Bright Side-Mary Howell-11/24/2011

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center,Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:01 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It is a day for family gatherings and is the most American holiday that we celebrate.  Like the pilgrims of 1621, we should stop to give God thanks for His bountiful blessings.  Sometimes we forget how blessed we all are to live in a free country where we can still worship as we choose.  We can be thankful that we can till pray.  Although we may have lost some of our freedom to pray publicly we can still pray privately and make our personal petitions and praises to God.


One of my favorite Bible verses is “In everything, give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.  In every situation that we find ourselves, we can find a blessing from God if we take the time to look hard enough.


Some of the things for which I am most thankful are that God is my Heavenly Father. He gave His only son Jesus, to bring love and hope to the world.  Those who put their trust in Jesus can have eternal life and the assurance of a Heavenly home after death.


I am thankful for Christian parents and two loving sisters who taught me to love God,  home and country.  I thank God for friends who have greatly enriched my life.  Friends brighten the days just by giving a bit of their time.  I am thankful for the fellowship of my church family who pray for me. 


I thank God for flowers, trees and all the beauties of nature that God has given to us.


We can all be thankful for health and breath of life.  Every morning when we wake up, we should take the time to thank God for allowing us to live one more day.  Whether our health is good or bad, we can be thankful that we are still alive and feeling as well as we are.


We can all be thankful for food and physical sustenance that we enjoy from day-to-day.


These are just a few of the many blessings for which I am thankful.  I encourage everyone to take the time to give thanks to God this Thanksgiving for the blessings that God bestows upon us to make a life on the bright side.


November 24, 2011



When times are tough, I have learned through the years, that it is time to start writing a grateful list. It always lifts my mood, gives me renewed hope that God is still in control and taking care of me, and it certainly makes my day go better. Comment by Becky Lannon — November 29, 2011 @ 9:21 am

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