Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fan Mail

Merrillee here. One of the nicest things about being an author, for me at least, is getting fan mail. Readers often tell me how the story I wrote touched them or made them see one of God's truths more clearly. Others may say that the story related to their lives in some way or the story reminded them of a good time or sometimes even a difficult time in their lives that they got through with God's help. The story helped them remember how God works in our lives.

Recently, I received an e-mail from a soldier in Iraq. He told me he had read my February 2008 book, FOUR LITTLE BLESSINGS. How exciting to think that one of my books is halfway around the world and that the story brought a blessing to a soldier.

Since this book is the first in a series about three brothers, I decided that it would be nice if he could read the stories of the other two brothers, MOMMY'S HOMETOWN HERO and HOMECOMING BLESSINGS. When I e-mailed the soldier to tell him that I would be sending a package, he was excited. So I went to the post office and picked up one of those priority boxes. I've put in several other Love Inspired books as well as my own and some other goodies as well. I was really tempted to eat the Twizzlers myself, but I didn't. Here's the box almost ready for a trip to the post office.

What kind of goodies would you include in a care package for a soldier?


Anonymous said...

Hi Merrillee. My son's cubscout pack does packages every Christmas for our sldiers. They put in things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, cards, Slim Jims, tissues, etc. Books are a wonderful thing too. :)

Merrillee said...

Kim, it was kind of fun getting all of the stuff together. I plan to do more.

Project Journal said...

He Merrillee,
Amongst other provision type things - toothbrush, toothpaste, some yummy food, books, etc - I would include a handwritten letter expressing my gratitude for all he's doing.

That's SO nice of you to do that, Merrillee!

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

My grandson is a soldier in Afghanistan. He wanted nice toilet paper, Axe body wash, Old Spice deodorant. We also put in chips, the kind in the plastic tube. They can use the plastic container when it is empty. We put in wipes, some of my books and other books, individual powdered drink mix for their water, cookies, and used wrapped hard candy to fill all the holes in the package. We also put in some ziplock bags.

Jenifer Metzger said...

Somehow I missed this book! I just saw it and called my husband and said PLEASE stop by the library and get this! I have four kids, two girls and two boys, and I have ALWAYS called them my "Four LIttle Blessings!" This book fits perfect and I can not wait to read it.