News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all! The temperature Saturday was 53 degrees, and it was a sunny day with beautiful blue skies. Christmas is over. I hope everyone had a good time with family and friends. I saw where several people Facetimed for Christmas, whether it was due to distance or COVID. At least this was an opportunity to talk and see each other. Some also used Zoom and Skype. We had an enjoyable time with our family and my sister, her youngest son Brandon and Andrew White. Our little Laiken was dressed in a Santa Claus suit. So cute! Like a little elf. Misti said Braelyn and Braxton both wore the same outfit. How sweet. She was a good baby and very alert to different voices and lights. As we opened gifts, we told one thing (some told more) we are thankful for. Life is sure full of changes, and it is a lot more pleasant to try and go with the flow if we can. I am also very aware of those alone or who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to you all. 
Our new great-granddaughter Laiken has not learned to write so she was behind on the news of getting her requests into Santa. I told her I would be sure he knew, so here were her little requests. “Dear Santa, I’m very excited about my first Christmas! My mommy said I’ve been a very good girl this year, even though I love to wake everyone up for a 2 a.m. milk party! (I’m only two months old, after all). This year I would love for you to bring me lots of surprises. Unicorns are my favorite! Please be safe on your journey, Santa. I love you so much!” Laiken Saige White, age two months.
Some people have taken down their Christmas tree and decorations; others, like me, will wait. I think we will wait until after the first to take down our tree, but then again we may take everything down and be ready to start a fresh New Year. It does sound pretty good and hopeful.
It was terrible to hear of the bomb and destruction in Nashville on Christmas Day. I am thankful that there has been no loss of life. I hope and pray they catch the terrorist but am thankful for the 15 minute warning to flee the buildings. It will be interesting to hear the reason behind this plot, if we ever do.
Happy Birthday to Brooklynn Davidson Walls, Norris McCaskill, John Butler and Mickey Dyer, 12-27; Terry Coleman, 12-29; Peyton Cooper, 12-30; and Vickie Ellis, 1-2.
Happy Anniversary to Amy and Chad Lofton, 12-27. 
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Martha Cannon, Kimberly Carroll, Brandon Connor, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel and family, Braelyn and Misti Ellis, Danny Jones, Nancy McCaskill, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Jim Ruth, Dwain Seaton, Jr., Paulette Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, Peggy Zimmerle and the families of Billy Dickson and Logan Clayton. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by COVID and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those; even if you do not know their name, God does.
“The Power of Love” by Helen Steiner Rice – “There is no thinking person who can stand untouched today/And view the world around us drifting downward to decay/Without feeling deep within them a silent unnamed dread/Wondering how to stem the chaos that lies frightfully ahead/But the problems we are facing cannot humanly be solved/For our diplomatic strategy only gets us more involved/And our skillful ingenuity, our technology and science/Can never change a sinful heart filled with hatred and defiance/So our problems keep on growing every hour of the day/As man vainly tries to solve them in his own SELF-WILLFUL WAY/But man is powerless alone to CLEAN UP THE WORLD OUTSIDE/Until his own polluted soul is CLEAN and FREE INSIDE/For the amazing power of love is beyond all comprehension/And it alone can heal this world of its hatred and dissension.”
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.
Until next week, Happy Trails to You.