I got a letter back from my husband this morning, and Renesma read it all by herself. The letter said, Dear Maria and Renesma I miss you both so much, it's so hard out here and it's hot about 94 degrees. We lost about eight men yesterday including my brother, we will miss him dearly. We started the Battle of Monterey, and they are very experienced. There was many close calls but I made it, the last thing my brother said was tell Renesma and Maria that I love them. He cared about you guys so much, and it's hard but I'll make it. We'll be coming home in 5 months. Make sure to tell Renesma I'm so proud of her and I can't tell I get home for she can read me a story. Hopefully around Christmas I'll be home I'm sorry I can't write very much. Sincerely, Daniel After we heard about the passing of his brother Jacob we all cried and was amazed. Jacob was a tall, strong, muscular man and we all thought he would make it. Renesma started crying and weeping for uncle Jacob, and I have to say that night was very rough for each of us.