It reads: "To Daddy, I miss you very much, we all want you to come home. I love you very much...
"When you come back I will give you the biggest huge hug.
"We will never give up until you come home. I love you and miss you so much. Lots of kisses, Maddi."
But insights like this into the lives of the hostage families are rare.
For most of the time there has been a media blackout on this story.
Roseleen, the wife of a hostage called Alan, said both the families and the Foreign Office had decided it should apply.
"Initially it was the Foreign Office advice but we followed that and I think as families I think we are all happy with the limited coverage that there is at the moment," she said.
"We believe it is in the best interests of our loved ones".
The media blackout, added Mrs Sweeney, originally came from the insurgents who said they did not want publicity.
But in December 2007 they broke their silence with a video showing a hostage flanked by gunmen and threatening to kill him.
Since then there have been on-off negotiations conducted through intermediaries.
The Foreign Office says Britain has a longstanding and proven policy of never making substantial concessions to kidnappers.
However, in the confusing world of Iraqi tribal politics and power broking there are many who would like to see this crisis brought to a peaceful end.
The prospects for the men's release, many believe, are better now than they were a year ago and have just been put back by the recent upsurge in general violence.
But the Iraq of today, says UK Foreign Secretary David Milliband, is a different place to that of two years ago.
"There are signs of progress and reconciliation as the Iraqi people show their commitment to a democratic and peaceful future," he said.
"Hostage-taking has no part in that future.
"We call on those holding all hostages to release them immediately and unconditionally and return them safely to their families where they belong."
For the families of the five Britons now preparing to begin their third year in captivity, the hope is that the men will somehow get to hear that their plight is not forgotten, that their families are waiting for the day they come home and that life for their loved ones can resume.
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