1863. Jan. 1. Thursday. Welcome to the new year! Welcome to its joys, its pleasant hours, its mercies! I wish also that I could say welcome to its sorrows, its trials and griefs, for I know that they also are necessary for us, and designed for good. But I have not yet acquired the spirit to bear trials patiently. "O for grace my heart to soften." Our family now number fourteen. Dr. and myself, the five children, all in good health, the two grandfathers. Messrs. Wallace, Brumback, Hill, Geo. Leper and Willie Herr. Father Locke is the storekeeper and has Willie to assist him. Father Hammond is the best there and has John Hill to assist him. Messrs. Wallace and Brumback are the mechanics, and Geo. Leper is farm hand. There is much care and labor for me as housekeeper, but Luther and Ada are of much service, and I generally hire most of my washing and ironing done. The weather today has been cloudy and windy. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.) Jan. 2. Friday. Weather still cloudy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Jan. 3. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. I have attended the Division this eve. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Jan. 4. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and rainy and but few have attended the meeting in the Hall. Mr. W. P. Blakeslee read one of H. W. Beecher's sermons, about character and habits of mind in religion. It is a very excellent sermon. As for myself, I may say my mind really feasted upon the truths presented. It seemed to do me good. One could get away from the petty cares and annoyances of life, if such an opportunity were often presented for feasting the mind and soul, at least for a while. And it is surely the best and quickest way to get rid of the evil one, to so fill up the mind and heart that he can find no room to enter. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 5. Monday. The weather is still cloudy. I have today called at Mr. Blakeslee's. The family is expecting to move to Oakland next week. It is a trial to have them go. I also made a short call at Mr. Read's. Found her well and busy. Her little Josephine is a weakly babe and does not grow much. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Jan. 6. Tuesday. The morn was rainy, the afternoon pleasant. Augusta came in for a few minutes this afternoon. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Jan. 7. Wednesday. Mrs. Fincher came in and dined here, also one of Mr. Clark's boys. Mr. Donelson also dined with us. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Jan. 8. Thursday. I have had some new painted curtains put up in the front rooms today, and those before in there were removed to the back rooms. Mr. Wallace did the work. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 52.) Jan. 9. Friday. Leonora Walker has gone home. She has been with me a month, and her another can spare her no longer. Susan Fine her has called for a short time. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Jan. 10. Saturday. I have been in the Division this eve, and was the only woman present. But I wished to hear a lecture which Mr. Brumback had promised to give. His subject was astronomy, but he only gave a little introduction to some intended future addresses on that subject. Mr. W. P. Blakeslee made a few remarks about light. Ida is now nine months old and weighs eighteen pounds. She is still the fourth in size. Ada being smaller. She has but two teeth as Luther and Horace had, while Ada and Howard had six. She rolls about a great deal on the bed and can stand in the corner, seems pretty strong and laughs and squeals a great deal. She has a funny way of putting up her mouth as if she were about to say O. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Jan. 11. Sabbath. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. Mr. Blakeslee, being on a visit to his family, preached for us today, but having a headache, I did not attend. But few were here, owing to the unfavorableness of the weather. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Jan. 12. Monday. I have today written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Christmas tree and presents - Leonora - Wringer - Children - Sermons read. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Jan. 13. Tuesday. Susan Fincher called this forenoon. This afternoon Mrs. Blakeslee called to take care of me. Their household goods are packed, leaded and started off. They are to spend the night at Mr. Read's, and in the
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