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Searcy, Arkansas December 2, 1952 Dearest Parents: Has winter been stealing around the corner out your way? We had a beautiful snow preceeded and followed by good rains. Have had so much moisture the past ten days. It has remained dry for so long we just won't allow ourselves to complain. We did have a lovely Thanksgiving Day. Our people were wonderful to us. One brought two cakes, two quarts of home-canned, sweetened peaches, and a fat hen. another brought a fruit-cake, 2 pies, 6 pts. of home-canned fruit, jelly & vegetables, & a squirrel. A new convert bought a most delicious [ ?] apple-sauce, spice cake & we had a delicious meal. We are in a revival meeting, so the evangelistic wife made a crispy, vegetable salad and the dressing for the hen. I made the "dumps", mashed the potatoes and cooked fresh greens, & we were all set! Sunday, the 30th, was Ray's 50th birthday. One lady ordered our city baker to deliver a gorgeous birth-day cake, with "Happy 4. Well, now, don't feel you have it all to do, as a way is always made for God's children - if not through one channel, another is opened. Thurs. Dec. 4th Ronnies cute P. J's . came to-day. I guess he really likes his candy best - but, Dorothy & I were delighted over his sleeping garments. They fit perfectly - only a bit long, which is an excellent fault this time of the year. May God bless you! Our revival still in progress. God has given us an excellent evangelist, wish you could "listen in" on his wonderful message. We all need more of the Word. Do trust Harold won't be sent out of W. S. A. There is enough uncertainty here, but it is multiplied outside our borders. Now I long for Jesus to come and "catch His bride away." May God keep His hand on the kids! I wish I knew that they were both really saved and ready for the Lord's return. I can't bear anyone I love being lost! We need to be praying much! Dearest love & many X's - Helen
Birthday [Bro. Sull" ?] on it, & the lovliest roses & decorations I've ever seen. It was truly pretty. She scolded me for not letting her know about my birthday. One sister brought 2 qts. of fresh, frozen strawberries from her locker and a sack of her home-grown sweet potatoes or yams. A couple from the country brought fresh pork & a dozen eggs & another brought eggs, too. To-night before service a sister came in with a quart of home-made apple-jelly. A little before the revival one couple came with a pumpkin & a quart of canned "coon". She is always bringing a piece of cake, half a pie, a whole pie, or something. Our evangelist and his wife gave me a lovely birthday greeting and a dollar bill. So - Dorothy and I shopped! Ray gave me some, also, so I got a very nice slip with my $$$'s. Perhaps you feel, by now, your lovely desire to slip into our Searcy home with a beautifully lighted cake & a little paddle would have been superflous. May be so, but how happy it would have made us all. My "paddlings" are sadly in arrears, so, even that diversion would have fitted into the program. I guess our Ronnie boy, in-asmuch as he has grown so tall, is the main one on the Christmas list. He has outgrown almost all of his clothes. We found ages - sizes vary amazingly when we shopped for him. In the corduroy overalls, some 3 yr. sizes were too short, others just right, or others too long. You check the clothing if you buy, by laying them on each other. He was only 2 in October but in most cases he takes a 3 & in others he takes a 4 yr. He takes a 6 1/2 sock. He has outgrown under-shirts & needs panties - man style! Dorothy daily looks for some encouragement of support for her babies, but none has come so far. I hardly know about Dorothy's needs. Perhaps anklets, panties, & a nice slip. My birthday slippers you sent when in Arizona, are nearly gone. Oh, yes, our cozy gowns are down to one each!