Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

New Year’s Resolutions are timeless and charming for so many reasons.

First of all, deep down, we know we’re not going to keep them…not most of them, or not for a whole year anyway. But who cares, right?

Secondly, we surely saw our Mom and Dad make them, and who among us does not want to be like Mom or Dad?

Third, all our friends make resolutions and god forbid they ask us about our resolutions and we have to say “I didn’t make any.”

And then, there is always the chance, slim but still a chance, that with our resolution we will gain a productive new habit or learn something that sticks with us for life.

But what I love the most about new Year’s resolutions as Executive Director of The Willows is that I am surrounded by residents who make a new set of resolutions, every year of their lives. And that is inspiring.

Many seniors make New Year’s resolutions. They stop me in the hall to share them with me, just as excited about them as the first ones they made.

Which brings me to the reason that New Year’s Resolutions are so charming. They restore youth. They restore hope, they remind us that we have lived a full life they show energy and enthusiasm for new goals. Every single year.

Resolutions are not just for the young. They are timeless. They are for all of us. They unite us and keep us working towards a better life together. And that is a wonderful thing.

Call me some time, I’d love to hear your resolutions, and the stories that go with them.

Reach me anytime on my cell. It is 485-6172. Let’s make this New Year better than the last.


Jennifer Stanley, The Willows of Marshalltown

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

Photo of Jennifer Stanley

When we are kids, we believe that holidays are just for us.

Special food, fun, presents, family visits from far and wide – and pretty much all of it is focused on us kids. We are the stars of the show, and it seems like it will go on forever.

Then, of course, come a few teenage years when kids meet holidays with a roll of the eyes. “Mom, do I have to….” But soon adulthood dawns, we have our own kids and then holidays change. Yes, for the better.

That’s when we realize that the purpose of holidays is to honor Mom and Dad, your Mom and Dad.That’s when we realize the huge task Mom and Dad undertook raising us kids and creating that holiday magic every year.

That’s right, holidays aren’t really about turkey, pie, presents and eggnog. They are about showing love to your Mom and Dad. So on each holiday, remember to tell Mom and Dad how much you love them, and you appreciate all they did for you.

It comes full circle then. When they hear that from you, their holidays become complete, and so do yours. In these times, when physical gatherings are less safe, these words of appreciation are more important than ever.

As Executive Director of The Willows, my staff and I are so thankful that our lives are filled with opportunities to tell each resident by our words and actions that we care for them. Every day we get to make their lives easier, happier, safer, and more full of cheer.

Give me a call sometime, I’d love to share memories of how your Mom or Dad made the holidays, and life, special. We can swap stories, get to know each other. It’s one of the best parts of my job. Call anytime, 485-1672.

From all of us at The Willows of Marshalltown, Happy Holidays.



Season’s Greetings Everyone!

Once again, the festivity of the holiday season is upon us with 2020 soon to come to its close and the brightness of a brand new year just around the corner. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems that December arrives earlier with every passing year!

I am always reminded at holiday time what makes The Willows such a uniquely special place. The Willows is special for a great many reasons, but what sticks out in my mind is…

Read the entire December 2020 Willows Life Newsletter (pdf).