I have been listening to Denison Witmer since I discovered his Safe Away album in 2001, which was a very lonely year for me. I was in graduate school, girlfriendless, and vocationally clueless. I soothed myself by listening to Safe Away and a few other albums I mention here in my essay, “The Flowering Dark, which is Part I of II I wrote about The Innocence Mission’s Birds of My Neighborhood album in conjunction with Lent in 2012.

I met Denison briefly prior to a concert at a coffeehouse in Springfield, Missouri in 2005 when he was on his Are You a Sleeper? tour. My friend Jennifer Harris Dault and I gave him a copy of my Christmas album, All is Calm, All is Bright, and a bottle of wine. He was very kind to us, and his set was intimate and warm, just as his records are.

Fast forward to this week on Twitter:

Today, waiting for me—or rather, Evie—in the mailbox was a mailer containing the onesie and two handwritten postcards in the photo below. A truly kind gesture from a singer-songwriter I have come to admire.

Thank you for being a blessing to us, Denison Witmer! You will continue to sing Evie to sleep.

As for you, my dear readers, if you would like a onesie like the one below, look no further than Mr. Witmer’s store here