November 27, 1944
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
Imagine my surprise to find that a plane arrived early this morning with mail on board for us. It just seemed to make the day brighter to know that there was mail here for us. I finally got my mail about 10 o’clock. I received letters from you for the following days: November 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th. I am still missing your letter of November 10th. That is one I am anxious to receive because that was the day of your senior class chapel program and I am eager to know how it turned out. Perhaps it will arrive with the next mail, here’s hoping so. Darling, as usual your letters were a blessing to my heart and soul, and as I sat here in my quarters reading them I could not help but be quiet for a minute and thank the Lord for you and your wonderful love and devotion. Sweetheart, words were never made with enough power and expressiveness for me to convey to you how much I love you and what a wonderful privilege it is to be one with you in Christ who loves us so much.
Besides your letters I heard from the following people, Mrs. Mantey (Dr. Mantey also added a note), John and Helen Mueller, Connie, Louise Davis, Mil, two more Red Cross cases and the bulletins from North Shore for three full weeks. The letter from Mrs. Mantey was very very nice. Dr. Mantey surely has nothing but the highest regard for you, Dear. He told me about you getting 100 on the memory verse examination. He said it is a privilege to have a student like you in class. Darling, you will never know just how much that means to me, it makes me more humble than ever to think such a wonderful girl as you should be able to love such a person as I am. Dear, I assure you, I, with Christ, will seek ever to be worthy of your precious love and the ability which you have and have dedicated to Christ. I was just thinking, it would be nice to give Dr. Mantey either an outrigger or a shark tooth sword as a little present from us as an expression of our love and gratitude to him for all he has done for us and all he means to us in every way. If you should decide to give him one of the outriggers, be sure to keep the largest one for us because that was a special gift. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you would rather give him. If you give him a shark tooth sword, you will be able to tell him the significance.
The letter from John and Helen was very long and most interesting. John told me all about the state convention and Helen told me all the news of interest around East Moline, Muscatin and so on. Louise Davis told me a lot of news, but a lot of it was the same as John and Helen’s letter. I was surely surprised to hear about Davis Herbert being married. Mil sent me a very nice Christmas card and wrote a nice letter along with it telling how happy they were with their necklaces. And also other new news that you already know I’m sure.
Another man received sad news from home and I sent through another message to see what can be done about the situation. By the time I had taken care of that case, it was time to eat dinner. After eating I came back to my quarters and did some things and prepared for this afternoon’s work which involved several different things, most of which I cannot mention now. That surely makes interesting news, doesn’t it?? I’m sorry, Dear.
While up to the Air Base I looked up Edith’s brother and had a good visit with him. He was certainly surprised to know that I knew Maurice and Edith and he was glad to know you were with them so much. He is rather shy I can see and very much disgusted with the Army. There are things I could say also, but the one day I am looking forward to with the most interest in the Army business, is the day they say you are now a civilian.
I had enough time before supper to take a good old brackish water shower and then dress for eating. As soon as we were through eating I came back to my quarters and started to write up the Red Cross cases. I also wrote a letter to the Chief of Chaplains. Besides these letters, I wrote to the following ones before starting this letter to you: Dolores, Major Benson, Jeanne Wyckoff, and Louise Davis.
I read your letters for November 12th and 15th over again and will answer a few questions and make comments. First of all, I’m glad you are all through with your Sunday school observing, I think it is unfortunate for a teacher to always miss her class. I’m glad to know that Chaplain Goe is the kind of a man you tell me he is, we really need more of his kind. They must be quite concerned about their expecting a baby, I’m sure it will have arrived by the time this letter reaches you.
The intermediate group you have is hard to handle from what you tell me, I can readily see that and I would gather that the greatest difficulty is the non-interest on behalf of the mother and father’s of the children. You may be assured of my prayers, for I realized upon your shoulders rests a great responsibility to reach them, each one for Christ.
I am certainly grateful to our Heavenly Father for the interest that the Chief is taking in the church. I was happy to hear that he went to prayer meeting alone. You may be assured that I will continue to pray for him. And I feel just like you do about him joining North Shore, if he should decide to do so I would be happy but I cannot pray that he does do so. The church needs a revitalizing revival and you know just what I mean by that, don’t you?
It seems strange that Ralph should be dating some girl who is engaged to a missionary in Africa. And that modernistic stuff sounds bad also. I do hope something will happen that will bring her closer to Christ. Paul’s mother is not happy that is sure, and evidently she doesn’t get along too well with her husband.
Darling, I cannot understand how come my father’s letter was returned to you. I hope it goes through this time. For if he comes back as planned this Christmas, he will have to be making his plans. Darling, you are such a good wife to be so willing to try and help my father see what Christ can do for those who put their trust in Him.
My Dear, it is so late and I must close for tonight and try to get some sleep before time to get up. Remember, I love you more tonight than ever I have before. God bless you, Dear. Give the folks my love.
Yours forever in His precious love,
P.S. Enclosed are three pictures and a negative which was given to me.