|aDuring an extended stay at Viamede, the family is blessed with a new addition, Lily, "on loan" from heaven for a short time. Soon they return to Ion, where Elsie takes in Cousin Molly, a young girl who has been injured in a fall. Elsie makes a commitment to nurture, educate, and encourage Molly in the faith. Because of Lily's failing health, the family makes an extended visit to Elsie's childhood friend, Lucy Ross. There, Elsie befriends a nearly blind child of her former governess.