Snail Mail day: and so the journey begins

Snail mail day is when I celebrate the wonders of sending and receiving packages in the mail.

Remember back in January when I showed you my three creative habits I was going to cultivate this year?  I want to share with you my very first package that I put together for someone I wanted to bless and encourage.  Now that I have received confirmation that the craft care package has indeed arrived safely, I don’t need to keep it a secret anymore.

Here are the contents of the craft care package that traveled all the way to a self-supporting missionary in Malawi:

Contents of the craft care package
Contents of the craft care package: Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors pocket box, Hand Book Journal co Drawing Journal, Aqua brush with spare bristles (not the Pentel Aquash but works just as well, I just don’t read Japanese), Artline 200 felt tips in 0.4 and o.6 sizes, Unipen in 0.3 size and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen.
Diagram of contents
Diagram of contents I drew in the encouragement card I included in the package to explain each item.














This is my very first snail mail craft care package for the year and of my life.  I have never done this before and the experience has taught me a great deal.  When I decided at the start of this year to cultivate other people’s creativity, I didn’t realize how much blessing it will bring me.  I shall reveal the recipient of this care package in my next post when I get the chance to properly introduce her but I would just like to share a little excerpt from her email to me:

So, I had a small little list in my head of a few things that I would like to try to get when I had the means and opportunity to get them in the States. This list was never written down, never uttered (not even to my husband), and never even actually prayed for. It was just there waiting for a day and time that would be right to get them….But when I opened that package, it was as if God Himself was recording the thoughts in my heart and then playing them in your heart as you picked out things to include. There is just no other explanation for how you could know exactly what to choose, and that you could choose something I didn’t even know I wanted, and that I would receive it the day after realizing it would be something I’d want! How personal is our God? How good and kind and generous is He?

Since the day I fired off my very first message to ask her to confirm her mailing address, I have been blessed manifold through our email correspondence.  Her wisdom, devotion and reflection are inspirational but the biggest blessing I have been given is my first lesson in listening to the still small voice and acting on the tugging of my heart.

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12

Learning to listen,


3 thoughts on “Snail Mail day: and so the journey begins”

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  2. Adelyn,
    This post brought me to tears. It’s so mind-boggling the way the Holy Spirit places the little stirrings in our hearts to accomplish bigger things. Well- just the way, “all things work together for good of those who love God…” – it’s simply amazing!
    I stumbled upon your site and I’m pretty sure it was no accident. 🙂 I, too, am an artist, a mother, and Christ follower. I’ve been SO encouraged and inspired by your posts, both artistically and spirtitually. Exactly what I needed, when I needed it! THANK YOU for your detailed, honest and generous posts. I will be coming back often and hope to get to know you better! P. S. Congratulations on the etsy nod! I’ve been a member since 2006 and I love the site. There are so many talented artists in that community that it is a huge honor to be recognized. Way to go!! 🙂

    1. Hi Laura,
      Thank you.
      So glad you stumbled on my website. Even more glad that you have been encouraged by my musings! Our God is indeed a great a mighty God but he is also intimate personal. I am about to embark on another friendship and partnership which has been brought about because we were both open to listening to God’s prompting. Stay in touch and I’d love to be part of your artistic journey too.

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