1870. Jan. 1. Saturday. I commence this beautiful book 84 with mingled feelings of hope, trust, and gratitude. In my last volume, I recorded the events of eight years as they passed. I dare not stop to think whether for eight more years mine will be the privilege to do, labor or suffer, as the case may be. I would leave it all in the hands of Him who ordereth all things in Infinite wisdom and mercy. Though, like the ancient Jews, I may "fear, as I enter into the dark cloud" of the future, yet I know and am persuaded, that for me and mine, the Lord will do only what is best. Heretofore, all the bitter buds have yielded "sweet flowers," all the dark clouds have been lined with silver, and trials, however hard to bear, have ended in blessings. I pray for grace to do my duty, for we know that "all things work together for good to them that love God." Our present family numbers seventeen. Dr. and myself - the nine children. William Bonner, the Store Clerk - James Ruth and John Stanly, wood-choppers - and the three Chinamen, Soong, Tengyu, and Peng - the Cook. We are all in good health. Indeed, it is rather unusual to find families so large and healthy as ours. I have had company here today. Father and Mother, Mr. Heald - the preacher, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Susie and children, and Adda and Maggie Brown. The ladies remained through the afternoon, and this evening we have spent at Mr. Wallace's, where a merry party were assembled consisting of Dr. & Mrs. Jack, Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy, Wilbur and Mary Brakeman, Geo, and Susie, Mother, Clara and Mr. Lambert, Josiah and Eliza, Miss Ellen White and Dr. and myself. We sang, ate apples and pop-corn, played games and talked. I shall continue the journal of the weather as heretofore. The forenoon was foggy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.)
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