My dearest Fritz, Billy, Katie, Jenny, Peter & Mary,
Advent is a special time of year: the preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. With less than 20 days before that wonderful day, you have much to do. But I know that you are getting ready for something else: the return of your father. Keep up the prayers as your voices join those of the saints. I know it is hard but you need to keep faith in the Lord that all will be well. This has been a difficult year with many changes ahead for next, but with prayer you will be ready for them. Continue to be kind and generous and always share, particularly when it is most difficult. Decorate your house nicely to remind yourself of the coming of the Light of the Lord and live every moment filled with God’s love. I have left you a few items as tokens to help you prepare for Christmas. They are reminders of the gifts our Lord gives us every day. May the Lord bless you all the days of your lives, and may you grow in love and kindness.
When will he be home? What a fabulous Christmas gift that will be for all of you.
Hopefully, one week from now he will be en route to where he has to turn in equipment. Hopefully, two weeks from today he will be en route to our home. The children have been told the very earliest to expect him is Christmas Day. I am praying that they will have a wonderful surprise before then.