Thomas, Monday February 12

Simon left for Bethany this morning.  He’ll be relieved to get out of Galilee again, and he never would have come back had it not been out of concern for Mary.

Hannah and the kids are fine.  Ruth is getting more and more excited about her wedding, and I can’t yet bring myself to tell her there might be problems with paying for the wedding and the dowry.  It’s not till September so there’s still time, but Daniel’s parents will soon want to see evidence that we are good for the money.  If all else fails we could sell the house and try to get a job as head servants in a rich man’s household.  I need to get back into employment, but I wouldn’t get a reference from my old job in Nazareth and my last employer is a fugitive from the law.