Here are some excerpts from another letter. (Previous letters here.) I was about three weeks old when this was written. Seven children in a country home, husband away teaching college, the washing machine is broken, the part came in the mail and she is thinking about fixing it herself. Bills and budgets are an ever present dilemma. The last paragraph is a rare admission of discouragement.
I’ll pay the telephone bill today – that is nearly $8 – several long distance calls on it. And then the rest will get some gas, baby food, eggs, and groc. Sorta hard to figure out just what is the most imp. things on the list. […]
Game [football] is canceled for tonight because of flu. It is on the increase in the school here. Each day more out, and our youngsters have all been exposed now with someone in their room coming down with it during school and being sent home with a temp of 103 or so. I refuse to worry – I could get sick just thinking about what would happen if we all got it. I have been trying to see that we all get the necessary rest and been using plenty of orange juice and vitamins to keep their resistance up. It is in the Lord’s hands and He gives strength when needed. You cause me more concern by your irregular living, if you should get it.
* The next day she wrote: Very interested in Tozer’s message yesterday – some questions to ask you when you get home. Wonder where women without husbands get their questions answered? I could get along without that, but I couldn’t get along without you and your love. I still marvel that you love me, but so very glad that you do.