Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Feeling Good Inside

What in the world could all these balloons be for? Not to torment Emmy...who about went crazy having so many big yellow balloons just out of her reach from her carseat.
On Sunday night we took all 27 of them to a rest home. Our friends the Nelsons had the idea, and we were so happy to be a part of it.
 The kids sang "If You're Happy and You Know It" to the residents, and then we gave them a smiley face balloon. 
 The kids sang great, and they all did really well. Meeting elderly people in these types of circumstances can be scary and uncomfortable, but they held their hands and happily talked with them. It was so humbling to see joy on someone's face from something as simple as a balloon and some visitors.

In the middle of our visit, Jansen told Nate he had a secret for him. Nate bent down and Jansen whispered, "I feel really good inside." My heart almost burst and I got a little teary. Jansen continued to mention throughout the night how he had a warm feeling and felt really happy. It was a wonderful experience for all of  us.

9 comments:

Kami said...

That is awesome J! Such a good idea! And love that part about Jansen... so sweet!

Anonymous said...

The balloons were such a great idea! And the song.

Tina said...

That is so great Jess! Jansen sure is a sweet boy and is close to the spirit! What a fun idea!!

Annie said...

Well, well, well there you go again making the rest of us look bad. You are an example to us all. What a great idea. Trust me. I'm doing all kinds of service on my indented spot on the couch.

Monica said...

This is soo sweet. I got a little teary eyed reading this (a little hormonal from baby hormones over here :)). I love what Jansen said. So cute. What a fun idea!

Todd and Rikki Smith said...

What a great idea! I love putting the kids in situations where they can serve others and think about more than themselves. HOw neat that jansen felt the spirit so strongly!

Kyle and Janel said...

What a great idea! I love it. And your sweet Jansen...what a "proud mom" moment for you!

Ryan, Becca, Brinley Boo AND Casen too! said...

I am so glad you guys joined us. Jansen is so sweet, I am so glad it was a good experience for him and all the other kiddos! I am looking forward to our next service project :)

stevenellie said...

Great Idea! I might have to steal it for my play group. That's wonderful that Jensen could feel the joy of helping another.