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(MC26)

Friday, November 1, 1996

Dear Sisters,

The lead article this issue is a first for The Mother's Companion and a first for me. Gerald and I teamed up to write a biblical historical friction story about Mary and Elisabeth. The story is built around their mentoring relationship. I have a burden and vision for the one-on-one mentoring between women, as you probably already know. I hope the story inspire you to either reach out to younger women to encourage them, or to search for an older godly woman who can mentor you if you have not already done so. Many of us can do both at the same time!

I've included quite a bit of information about our garden in the "At our House" colum this issue. This is in response to those subscribers who have written requesting more information about our homestead.

Letters, letters, letters! I've received more positive letters in response to the last issue's lead article, "God, Birth Control, and Me" than any previous issue. I really enjoy reading mail from subscribers. It is such an encouragement to me to hear how The Mother's Companion is being used by the Lord in subscriber's lives. One dear sister recently wrote, "As always, I enjoyed reading the latest Mother's Companion. The energy you have for your daily tasks and the candid way in which you share your experiences are an inspiration and a comfort. When I get lazy and lack creativity or enthusiasm I think of you and am urged to press on in my mothering and homemaking."

I trust the holiday season will be a blessed time for you and your family this year. As we celebrate, let us keep the simple truth before our hearts that possessions are short term, while people last forever. Let us invest our time and energy with people, especially those of our own household---our husbands and children.

Blessings,

Helen E. Aardsma

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