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Don’t Undervalue Your Value

13 Dec

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


The whirlwind of activity I wrote about last week is over. The Christmas Tree Walk and Christmas Market was a success. The trees were beautifully decorated and some of them were purchased in the silent auction. The rest was given out to our community friends who come to our food pantry. Some of the decorations didn’t fare well as we moved them from the gym, but the trees themselves were fresh, fragrant and beautiful.


Last minute preparations began on Saturday with picking up 25 trees. We were met at the church by  strong guys who quickly unloaded them. Once the trees were unloaded it was non stop action to get these trees decorated. I had set out decorations that had been donated to be used on the trees that were sponsored but the sponsor did not choose to decorate.



To our heartfelt gratitude, when people finished their tree, they just kept decorating, moving from tree to tree. They hadn’t signed up for this, they simply saw the need and did it. And that was the spirit during the whole event. What can I do to help? Two teenage girls restored my faith in their generation. I had asked them to set out luminaries but due to the wind, they kept falling over. They solved the problem by taping them to poles. After the event, I was stressing over the need to collect the bags and lights but the girls had picked them up, disposed of the bags and collected the L.E.D lights and packaged them. As clean up continued, people saw what needed to be done and did it.

I’m having a hard time putting into words, what I want to express. I think I will go with the title, Don’t Undervalue Your Value whether you are creating a beautiful tree, doing the heavy lifting or packing up boxes, you are making someone’s job a lot easier and definitely more enjoyable. You are giving of yourself. You are appreciated. You are infinitely valuable.




I'm a winnerAfter 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.

It is Always Too Soon to Quit

2 Jan

From my Heart

Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson


Let your dream be bigger than your fear.

Hold on to your vision and persevere.

The fuel for your journey is a spark.

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.


Love always perseveres;

a force strong and true.

It motivates your best interests

and brings out the best in you.


Don’t despise the day of small things.

It is the small thing that forms the framework of our day.

Keep an attitude of gratitude

as the Lord leads you to do all things His way.



Father Jean Nicholas Grou wrote:

“Little things come daily, hourly, within our reach.,

and they are no less calculated to set forward

our growth in holiness than are the greater occasions

which occur but rarely. Moreover, fidelity in trifles, and

an earnest seeking to please God in little matters is a

test of real devotion and love. Let your aim be to please

our dear Lord perfectly in little things.”


Small Things



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