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Thursday, January 07, 1999

Dear Sisters,

This issue begins the fifth year of publication of The Mother's Companion. I am happy to report that, while the size of The Mother's Companion has increased from four pages to typically fifteen or sixteen pages in its first four years, its vision is still the same---to encourage Christian women in the art of mothering. It seems that hardly a day goes by that I do not receive at least one letter in my mailbox testifying to how The Mother's Companion has met some specific need and encouraged at least one dear sister. For this Gerald and I praise the Lord. Please remember us in your prayers as we enter this fifth year. We desire, with all our hearts, for the Lord to continue to make The Mother's Companion a refreshing fountain to God's people in a dry and weary land.

You may have noticed two small changes in this issue. First, the envelope your newsletter arrived in was printed in landscape rather than portrait orientation. This results from an upgrade to a new envelope printer. Second, we are now printing The Mother's Companion order forms on their own sheet of paper, rather than on the backs of the cover letters. This change allows subscribers to keep the cover letters (this page) rather than having to send them back to us whenever they renew or place an order.

Jennifer, who has been home from college for the holidays, has been helping half-days in the office. She is busily compiling the index to the Volume 4 issues---a big job. Volume 4 should be available in bound form with a new cumulative index before the next issue of The Mother's Companion goes to press.

I have received a number of good letters in response to the "Sterilization: Does it Deliver?" article last issue. We didn't have room for any of these this issue, but I am hoping to share one or two with you next issue. But don't count on anything. Between now and then looms the birth of my tenth baby. If I get too excited, I may just take up the entire next issue with the birth story!

Gerald and I pooled our respective areas of expertise to write a short historical fiction piece around the lives of Mary and Elizabeth back in the Volume 2, Number 6 issue. The effort required to write such a piece is very large, so we are not able to do this very often. But we have written another for this issue. This time our story centers on the life of Hannah. As I have labored over this story God has repeatedly impressed upon my heart the vital role we mothers play in the spiritual training of our children. "All the Days of His Life" goes forth with our prayers that it will be a great blessing and encouragement to you.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Phillipians 1:6)


Helen E. Aardsma

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