So, I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who like surprises, and those who do not. Guess which I am?
Yes, yes, I love surprises. And so, tonight, it is my absolute (and unexpected!) joy to share a very, very beautiful and fun surprise with you. I thought I was going to be posting about the unexpected joy of order tonight, but God (and my sweet friend Meg) had other ideas.
I will not apologize in advance, but I will warn you: a sizable photo dump ensues from the marvelous spiritual art care package I received via snail mail mere minutes ago. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the return address label:
I haven’t known Miss Meg for very long, but she messaged me when she saw my “Life is Beautiful” post on FB, I believe. Meg wrote to tell me that she was so moved by my words that she wanted to offer me a gift from her shop to commemorate my birthday. I thought she was so very sweet. And then I plum forgot to follow up with her on her offer. How very me of me.
Anyway, we did finally connect, and I was so impressed by the items I received (The Memorare, below, as well as The Hail Mary Prayer and ABCs) that I asked her if she’d be interested in collaborating for the (at the time) upcoming Catholic Women Rejoice conference.
Thankfully, she said, “Yes,” and not only created the cover art for our program, she provided signed mini-prints of the cover art for each of our attendees!
I was so impressed by Meg’s generosity of spirit, her humility, and her openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit that I invited her to work with me on next year’s conference, too. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
Anyway, back to the care package … I was like a kid in a candy store – ripping at the package:
I knew Meg was working on a Liturgical calendar, and … she sent it!!
I’m planning on sharing more about the calendar itself next week, so you’ll just have to wait. 🙂 However, in true Meg form, she sent other amazing goodies as well! Here’s the front view:
And the back view:
And close-ups, clockwise from the upper left!
Flowers/St. Faustina quote bookmark:
Houses/Mother Angelica quote bookmark:
Butterflies+flowers/C.S. Lewis Humility quote bookmark:
Geometric stained glass/Divine Mercy (Diary of St. Faustina quote) bookmark:
Periwinkle+leaves flowers/Edith Stein bookmark:
Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas for a Holy Life card
And, last but not least, an Act of Consecration card with Miraculous Medal:
It is so wonderful to see someone with such amazing gifts using those gifts to glorify God and to encourage others. I was just overwhelmed by the generosity and beauty before me … and simply humbled.
Please go check out my friend’s shop. I promise you won’t be disappointed, whether you purchase a gift for yourself or for someone else.
Until tomorrow, may God bless y’all with abundant joy.
PS – BTW, Meg neither asked for nor knows that I’m writing this post, but I hope that an uptick in her orders by generous souls such as yourself will make her glad that I did. 😉 –hr