Happy New Year 2007!

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 3:17 pm by Libbie

Happy New Year, everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that Al’s health is stable and that we had a very nice Christmas break.

For the last several weeks Al’s symptoms have been pretty steady and not too bad, for which we are very grateful. Sometimes it’s even hard to believe that his condition is as threatening as it is. I catch myself thinking that things will go on like this for years, and then I have to remind myself not to take this period for granted but to savor each day and to make the most of it. Al continues to be tired, and sort of weak and shaky, but we learned yesterday that some of that muscle weakness (myopathy–I just leaned the word) may actually be from the steroids. So we’re going to see if it will be possible to gradually lessen the dose he’s taking. At the moment his headaches are quite mild, not even requiring Tylenol, but that could change with reduced steroids; we’ll see. All of the doctors are in agreement that it is best to stay off of any chemo or radiation treatment until such time as symptoms develop that might call for reconsidering them, so that’s the game plan.

We had a quiet and most enjoyable Christmas. As is our wont, most of us stayed in our pajamas all day, and we opened presents, ate, watched a movie, and generally relaxed all day. Delightful! All of our kids were here, which was a nice treat that we hadn’t necessarily expected. Alasdair and Lauren left the next day for a family reunion. The rest of us had a pleasant week around here doing low-energy things together. All of us except Al have a cold, Eowyn also had a pretty nasty 24-hour stomach bug during the break, and Alden saw the doctor today because his cold hasn’t gotten any better in 2 weeks and he remains thoroughly hoarse. But so far Al has been able to escape the germs. Please pray that that will continue to be the case!

So, here we are in 2007. I have to admit that last January when we learned that Al had a tumor in his lung, I never dreamed that he would still be here with us to see this Christmas and new year. It’s a mercy and a blessing, and we are so thankful.

More another time, but we just wanted to let you know that we’re doing well. Hope you are too!



  1. Sam Sutter said,

    January 3, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Prayin’ for and thinking of you! Glad to read good news. I took an assistant pastor position in an E-Free church on Long Island. (I more than suspect I was hired because the Sr Pastor is an avid Eagles Fan… and we’re in Giants territory.) I’m thinking about teaching through Judges for some Bible studies here, I’ll be reading my OTHT notes again. 🙂

    God Bless!

  2. Fred said,

    January 3, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Hi, Al & Libbie, and a Happy New Year to your household.

    It’s good to hear from you, and to know that you all had a good holiday.

    May this year bring even more of the Lord’s grace than you have yet known; and may his peace enfold you all; and may we together continue to joy in his goodness.

    And if you want some good laughs, try to see the Creature Comforts “12 Days of Christmas” special (on DVD). Some of us cried (from laughing).

    May the blessings of Epiphany be yours.


  3. Grace and Tsun En Lu said,

    January 3, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Dear Professor Grove and Libbie:
    Grace and Lu

  4. Mabel & Phillip Hui said,

    January 4, 2007 at 3:29 am

    Praise the Lord!!
    We continue to live you and your family up in prayer!
    May God continue to grant his power to sustain your strength.
    Happy New Year!

    In His Love,
    Phillip and Mabel

  5. Chin-Fei and Chi-Yin Hsu said,

    January 5, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Hello Prof. Groves, Libblie and family:

    I have been reading Ezekiel and thought of the coming of Jesus lately.
    He is the very reason of the season, and He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. Isn’t that wonderful? We have a blessed Christmas and New Year that our children spent with us. Indeed they arranged all the hiking, beach going, fellowship, games, firework, and food too. We share your rejoice and celebrate them with you.

    Love in Christ
    Chi-Yin and Chin-Fei

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