On January 6, 1879 Ellen White wrote to Edson of the home situation in Dallas, Texas:
Father is well, cheerful, and happy. Very kind and tender of me and my comfort. He is very active (letter 3a, 1879).
A week later she exclaimed, "I do not know as we ever enjoyed the society of each other as we do now" (letter 5a, 1879). Near the close of winter, she wrote feelingly to William and Mary:
[Father] is in a good state of mind, willing to be counseled and advised. He is not so determined and set to carry out his ideas. We have had as pleasant and harmonious a winter as we have ever enjoyed in our lives (letter 18, 1879).