My dear Chelsea--
I've been thinking about what to do after Ellen leaves, and I've decided to put Mum in a Home. Now before you get angry and say I'm giving up on her, just remember that I'm doing this for the good of all of us. In a few years Mama won't be able to function for herself anymore, and I don't want to burden you two girls down with her, seeing as I'm unable to take care of her.
I wish you could be here with me, as Christmas approaches. I've been getting a lot of letters, but it's not the same as seeing your smilling faces. Remember when we were kids and Mum and Dad took us to the beach for Christmas, and you found that silver seashell? I asked you if you knew what it was, and you said, "It's a blessing from Santa." I don't know if you do remember, as you were only about 3 years old.
Well, I hope you still have that shell, and that you keep it in a safe place. Whenever you look at it, think of me and know that I love you, and that I'll come home to you as soon as I can to help you through these difficult times.
Give my love to Mum and Ellen.