Photos from the Eagles’ Eyrie

Posted in Photos at 3:23 pm by Karyn

Here’s a look at life in the Groves’ family Eagles’ Eyrie this past weekend.

“Hair” today, gone tomorrow. Al and Alden (before hair loss)

Al and Alden sporting a new style.

Al and Alasdair – like father, like son. Bald is beautiful.

Getting ready for the big game. The white part of Alasdair’s head is actually wings.

Team Eagles… the four who went to the game.

The send-off team. Go Eagles!


  1. Chuck Holmes said,

    October 12, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Al & Libby,

    I was so excited to hear about the great time you had at the big game. I am Eagles green with jealousy! I have never had the chance or $$ to attend a game yet – but I loved the complete abandon of your Eggles frothy fervor. You picked an awesome game!!! Your family pictures were great and warmed my heart – thanks for so freely sharing your lives. I still remember well the times we drove together and played basketball at Calvary. You were the catalyst for a fun and competitive time of hoops for everyone involved (a lot of people completely at ease with fouling – foremost myself included). You also got me the job as Dean of Students which opened the door for three years of wonderful relationships in my life. Al, you have always been a natural leader and you have a wonderful way of making life more fun for those of us around you. You also helped me see many wonderful insights from the book of Judges and the OT. I am so glad God crossed our paths and gave me the privilege of working alongside you and especially knowing you and Libby as friends.

    Melanie and I are praying for you and your family these days. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can ever do anything for you. As you have reminded us so well over the years through your life and teaching – God holds the future in his hands for us all – and he speaks as if the future is already the present.

    Thanks again for keeping us in touch with your lives. Let us know how we can support you in prayer. We love you and Libby,

    Chuck & Melanie, Eli, Lila

  2. Sarah (Viss) Rapier said,

    October 12, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    What joy God must get out of blessing us! Looks like the fun of the preparations for the game rivaled the game itself. We are currently in the frenzy of college football season, which is like a religion here in the south, but Will’s obsession with the Eagles has made me keep an eye on them as well. 🙂 What fun it is to think of the fun the guys were having watching the game that we were also enjoying on tv!
    What a joy to know that God delights in giving us good things – even the things that to others may seem trivial. I was reminded today to look for God’s blessings to me.
    Thanks for the pictures! We continue to pray.

  3. Abby said,

    October 16, 2006 at 11:03 am

    Love the pictures!! What a crew!!
    Love you,

  4. Islandgirl said,

    October 16, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Talk about team spirit-way to go! nothing like soaring with the Eagles-sure beats swimming with the Dolphins-oh well there’s always next year!

    Much Love,

  5. Bob Stallman said,

    October 17, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Having just received your invitation to the WTS breakfast at SBL, I found your blogsite link on the footer of your email and visited the site for the first time. All other work went on hold for over an hour as I traced the outline of your journey since January 2006.

    The details of melanoma and its treatment are staggering, but what comes through the strongest, Al, is the way you glorify the Lord Jesus no matter what. Libbie, I thank God for your honest words and clear faith as well. Same for everyone who posted. How anyone could still doubt the real existence of God after reading your story is beyond me! Christ is indeed shining through your lives and I pray that you will all daily, moment-by-moment experience the full measure of His grace.

    Al, I do want to share with you how meaningful you are to me, especially in teaching Hebrew. I was your TA for a year or two and thankfully so. Since then I’ve taught Hebrew in WTS summer school, at Central Bible College, here at Northwest University and most recently at Regent College in Vancouver last summer. I did a 5-week intensive that successfully took 30 students through a whole year of grammar and reading. I remember sharing with you last Fall about my joys in teaching Hebrew, and they continue. There is a group of people who have a Wabash Center grant to study how Second Language Acquisition theory can enrich the learning of Biblical Hebrew, and I’ve been selected to be a field tester. I’ll meet with them in Ohio next summer, implement the material, and then re-convene the following summer to assess and plan publication.

    All of this to say—YOU have been instrumental in ramping up my energy and hopefulness for the potential in teaching Hebrew in new and ever-improving ways. Each time I teach, I do so with appreciation for those on whose shoulders I stand: David Clemens, Bruce Waltke, Ray Dillard, John Dobson, and YOU. I’ll never forget my experience with the book of Ruth in your Discourse Analysis class. I am forever changed! Not only do I know so much more about our Savior and love Him for it, but I have the delight of throwing open the windows to a new world of language whereby God so generously shares His will and ways.

    I know how delighted I am when my students really “catch” the language, so I want to assure you that through your long hours of dedication to study and teaching, plus your godly example, plus your perseverance, you have had a life-changing impact on me. Thank you–Danke–and Todah!!

    I will check your blog often and pray. With love and appreciation,


  6. Grace said,

    October 20, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    I never tire of seeing your smiles…
    I have been restless at night for some time and after reading some Peretti books years ago I figured I was being spurred to pray, so, at diverse and weird times of the night and day, I lift up many prayers for you all. I am humbled by your peace and encouraged by your faith. I am sorry the words fail so often when I see you.

  7. Christineke said,

    October 25, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    hello all:
    i am so glad to hear from all of you and the Lord Bless. All the best.

  8. David Rowe said,

    November 1, 2006 at 4:20 pm


    We’ve been a bit crazed – job change (Now pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church, Lawrenceville, NJ), moving (Now in Lawrenceville but still in boxes), teaching a class for Ed at WTS, and no internet connection for two weeks (surprising how that can shut you down).

    Good to hear there are improvements and much prayer!

    But nothing prepared me for the sight of you in an Eagles shirt.

    I’m, I’m…. speechless….


    David (& Awilda)

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