Homecoming IIA

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Prayer Requests, Updates at 3:39 pm by Al

[I just discovered that Libbie posted something of similar title, but I add my thoughts as well.]

i am home, this time I hope for good. Maybe I just like hospital food too much. Or it’s the poking and prodding I get all night long. Whatever it is I just couldn’t stay out of the hospital.

It is so nice to be home again. The bottom-line from my last visit is that they will not treat the blood clot until Friday. The danger of bleeding in the brain is too great and a stroke is a potential outcome. So I live with any pain until it is safe to go on bloodthnners. Part of the problem for us was ignorance of complications created by the clot–we understood that the filter in the prevented problems in the lung and heart, but what about unchecked swelling in the leg. Apparently infection is the key problem there.

As always, thanks for all your prayers. The Lord has been faithful. Every medical person who sees me is surprised at how well I look, which says alot. (I just saw the uncensored photos that were posted on this site–makes me wonder what people were seeing.)

Pray for Libbie. She’s tired and needing rest. She has been such a trooper through all this!

Blessings, Al


  1. Ryan S. said,

    August 29, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    Al and fam,

    Just want you all to know that we love you lots and pray for you daily. Thanks so much for the frequent updates and your positive encouragement. Hang in there!


    Ryan for the Sutherland’s

  2. laurie hartman said,

    August 29, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Dear Al, Libbie, Alasdair, Rebeckah, Eowyn and Alden,
    Boy, I leave for a few days, and I miss all the excitement!!!! What a saga….. And yes, I doubt if Frankenstein could look much more menacing….
    I talked with Libbie a week ago about my grandmother and, the next day, she went home to Jesus. In our family, we know that she is finally released from her mortal body which was hampered by deafness and Parkinsons. Yet, we still miss her.
    Many prayers for the blood clot to recede, for wisdom for the doctors, and as always, a speedy recovery for all of you. And, Alden, I groan in empathy for you…. I have had braces for a year and a half…. Repeat after me.. “Wax is my friend…”
    Love to y’all – Laurie

  3. David E. Frey said,

    August 29, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Al,Libbbie and family,

    Great to hear that you are home, Al. You all are in my prayers. Thank God for His faithfulness and your example of people who have their faith in God. The Lord Jesus is your “resting place” and shalom at this trying time. He will never leave or forsake you. Thanks for the way you all are applying your faith.

    Love in Jesus, Your friend, Dave Frey

  4. Mark Hartman said,

    August 29, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,
    I just got caught up on the happenings of the last week or so. I’m so glad to hear that you are home, Al! My medical mind is spinning with all of the implications of what you have shared but my spirit is inspired and encouraged by the faith of you and your children! Thanks to Eowyn for her note of a few days ago. Wow – was that encouraging! We will continue to keep your family in prayer.
    Your brother,
    Mark Hartman

  5. Linda (Richardson)Souliere said,

    August 30, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Dear Al and Libbie,
    Just received an email from Tim Geisse about you and accessed your blog. Please know that my prayers are with you both. I was especially touched and inspired by your daughter’s comment. Our God is so faithful and provides for us in ways we don’t even understand. I praise God for both of you and pray for His strength and grace to continue to be with you.
    Your sister, Linda

  6. Ryan McLaughlin said,

    August 30, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Al and Libbie,

    I heard about your blog and am glad I can keep up with what is going on. I also wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my families thoughts and prayers.

  7. barbarafinlay said,

    August 30, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Al,

    So glad you are home again, as ever we have been upholding you in prayer every step of the way. We’ll be meeting tomorrow so will have a time of prayer especially for Libbie.


  8. Craig Combs said,

    August 30, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    Dear Al and family,
    It was a special privilege for me to be in Philadelphia and to see you, Al, and to get to greet three out of four of your children at New Life…all the week before the next hill on the roller coaster kicked in.
    I was still at WTS when the news came about the surgery, and so I was able to pray for you along with
    fellow classmates in the D.Min., during surgery and after. Of course I didn’t try to crowd in over at the hospital, but you have been on my mind ever since.

    I continue in prayer for you, back here in Vermont.

    May the Lord cause rich and luscious spiritual fruit to grow out of a heart anchored in the Vine, impervious to the stormy weather we seem to be having just now.
    “Because I belong to Him, all things must work together for my salvation” is still my own watch-word, and my prayer petition for you and all of yours.

    With abiding affection in the Lord Jesus,

  9. Peter Conway said,

    August 30, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Al, Libbie, and all of you wonderfully eloquent and supportive kids (e.g. Eowyn!),

    You have been very on my heart this past week, and I have been very consistent in prayer, which is not one of my greatest strengths. I like to live in the moment, but it is too often the physical moment, not the spiritual moment. Your river, as Libbie calls it, calls me to live in the moment of being available to pray whenever HE prompts.

    Thank you, Al for being the inspiration for this insight.

    I wish I could say that I had some word from the Lord to encourage you with. So far, all the Lord seems to be saying to me is to be faithful in prayer, and leave it at that. So with His continued help, that is what I will do.

    We love you guys with all our hearts. Keep the faith, spread the faith.

    Peter, for the Conways

  10. Gail Obenour said,

    September 1, 2006 at 11:40 am

    holding you all so close to my heart in prayer. i cannot tell you what an encouragement and ABSOLUTE testimony your faith, love, and perserverance are to the Lord. you honor the LORD. he is so pleased with you all.

    with much love and affection,

  11. Craig Higgins said,

    September 1, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    So good to get home and get the good news. We’ve been vacationing at a mountain house upstate with Tom & Trish Martin and their kids, and we had no internet access (though we did hear that the surgery went well), and we’re thrilled to know that you’re back home. You guys were prayed for by all of us this week, even as we celebrated 20 years since the Higginses and Martins met right before the start of Summer Greek 1986!

    We love you guys. Thanks be to God.

  12. Fred said,

    September 1, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Hi, Al.

    Glad–very glad–that you are home, and may it indeed prove for good!

    That didn’t sound quite right.

    It–whatever “it” may be–is always for good, isn’t it?

    May the Lord’s strength continue to be yours.



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