Greeting Card Stories

5 Nov

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Dayspring greetings cards are my favorites and my favorite place to purchase them is Hobby Lobby. The cards have simple and encouraging messages and are a reasonable price. Better yet, Hobby Lobby always offers a 40 % off coupon.

It’s not often I need to purchase more than one at a time but last Saturday, I needed to purchase four..In the space of a week, I needed a card for sympathy, a wedding, a birthday and congratulations on your new home. Only thing missing was a card for a new baby. As I shuffled through the cards, my mind lingered over each one. Attached to each card was a life story.

The Sympathy Card

My cousin’s beloved mother in law passed away at the end of last week from Covid. My mind drifted back several years when my cousin’s twenty something son became seriously ill with complications of the flu. He was in the ICU, his organs were failing and he was on a ventilator. My cousin’s mother in law was a woman of strong faith. She went to her church with a handkerchief to be anointed, then traveled to her grandson’s bedside and prayed healing over him. Miraculously, he did recover. She always claimed that he survived because of the handkerchief. On his final day in the ICU the staff gave him a pizza party to celebrate and confided that they didn’t think he would survive. I felt a sad irony that she passed due to a flu.

Image by Inactive_account_ID_249 from Pixabay

The Wedding Card

Have I mentioned that I am blessed with a wealth of cousins? The wedding card is for a cousin’s second marriage. Since her divorce after 25 years of marriage, my prayer for her was that she would have wisdom in her relationships. It’s a big responsibility to be a single mom and who she allowed into her families lives would be a big decision. I am so pleased with the man she said yes to. In three days they will marry. The wedding plans have had some bumps including herself and two children succumbing to Covid three weeks before the wedding!

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

The Birthday Card

We have been blessed to have friends we have known and loved since we were in our twenties and the “baby” couple in a young marrieds Sunday School class. One of them has a birthday coming up. He has a great sense of humor and it is always fun to choose a card for him.

Image by DarkmoonArt_de from Pixabay

Congratulations on Your New Home Card

My husband’s brother is 65 years old and after years of living in his car or in a scary, mold ridden old motel, he finally moved into a reduced income senior citizen apartment building. We are thrilled he is finally in a safe environment. Since adulthood, he has been a loner and we are hoping he will make friends with other residents.

All of the cards have made it to the mailbox (A major accomplishment for me!) except the new home card. We don’t know how to address the card. We’ve called to get his address but being a loner, he hasn’t call back.

I'm a winner

After my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

My 2020 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

2 Responses to “Greeting Card Stories”

  1. divoran09 November 5, 2020 at 7:09 am #

    My dear friend I loved this blog, .


    • Onisha Ellis November 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

      Thank you. I ‘ve sort of made sending cards my thing. In fact, I was so excited about sending cards that I bought two books of stamps so that I would be ready whenever the card sending urge struck. Then I lost the stamps!


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