Authentic connection
Friends,  Neighbors

Authentic Connection: We Are All Brothers And Sisters

A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour sharing with each other our trust in the Lord and how He has carried us through our most recent trials. We read scripture, swapped recipes, and encouraged one another. I walked her across the street when we were done visiting, and she stood at her doorway watching carefully until she saw that I had returned safely home. It matters not that our religious beliefs don’t always line up. We are all brothers and sisters just trying to make our way home.



We are all brothers and sisters just trying to make our way home.

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Reflecting on the experience, I couldn’t help but think, “Awww…now THAT is what authentic connection feels like!”


Simple experiences such as this one serve as reminders that connecting with others in authentic ways need not be difficult or complicated. The simplest of gestures often mean the most, such as stopping by for a visit or sending a note in the mail.

Recently, I spent two hours visiting with a new friend. Somehow the conversation turned to snail mail. When I mentioned that I tuck away in a safe place all the meaningful cards and letters I receive in the mail, my friend’s face brightened and she said, “Hey—I do the same thing!”

We both agreed that sending snail mail is a lost art that needs to make a comeback…and soon! When looking to brighten someone’s day, there is almost no better way than to send them a special note in the mail. After all, who doesn’t like to discover a “little special something” mixed in with all the bills and advertisements when retrieving mail from the mailbox?


CHALLENGE: When was the last time you sent or received snail mail? Is there someone who might benefit from receiving a special note from you? Why not take a moment to write a few kind and encouraging words on a cheery notecard and drop it in the mail this week—or, if possible, deliver it in person. These are the things of which authentic connection is made!


Need a little inspiration on what to send? Check out these whimsical and inspirational cards. (They are some of my favorites!)

Thinking Of You Kraft Greeting Cards 

Thinking Of You Note Cards 

Garden Delights All-Occasion Note Cards 

Inspirational Bible Verse Greeting Cards 

Bright Blank Flat Panel Note Cards 

Encouragement Greeting Cards 


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  • Liberty

    Yes, I like sending and receiving snail mail. I’m not very good at sending Thank you notes, though…. Visiting from #tuneinthursday.

    Liberty from

  • Richella J Parham

    The older I get, the more I’m convinced that real connection is what we crave and what we need. Love that quotation from Shannan!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  • Ej

    What a sweet reminder of how we should be connecting with each other. Authentic connection seems to have become a lost art. But it needs to make a come back and btw I keep my cards to!

    • Down Aspen Lane

      Yes, there’s nothing quite like wonderful neighbors…and surprise cards in the mail! Thanks for stopping by, Leslie!

  • Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker

    This is so wonderful! What a sweet connection that you made with your neighbor! I love it. And I think you are so right, we are all headed in the same direction, home to our Savior. So many of the little things just do not matter, real matters, people matter, love matters!

    I also love getting letters in the mail and keep them!!

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell



  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    I am old school too, and prefer paper. This story is amazing. It is exactly how I feel and what I pray the church realizes. We don’t have to be on the same page entirely, we don’t have to be perfect, and we don’t have to have it all together to minister to another in some way. Thank you for this.

  • Linda S

    Letter Writing really is becoming a lost art. Thank you for the reminder, and the challenge to write a note to someone we care about! I’m glad you shared with us this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop 🙂

    • Down Aspen Lane

      It is a challenge to take the time to write a note, isn’t it?! But…oh!…I’m so grateful when someone takes the time to write one for me. Blessings, Linda!

  • JD Iana

    I do love sending hand made cards by snail mail. Last year I went through my entire post card collection from my childhood and sent them all out. My friends thought it was hilarious and many of them used the locations and subjects on the post cards to teach their kids. Some people don’t know what to do with that kind of old school connection. I’ve been accused of being a hipster.

    • Down Aspen Lane

      Hahaha! I have yet to be accused of being a hipster, but perhaps that is in my near future. (I DO have a post card collection, after all.)

  • Cheryl Gerou

    Your neighbor at Tune in Thursday link up. I love the stories you shared. Authentic connections give life to me. They feed my soul. I love snail mail and have a couple snail mail pen pals. Letter writing is a lost art. I think it is very rewarding to get a handwritten letter in the mail. Thank you so much for sharing about your “authentic connections”!

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