Dec 17th

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 4:01 pm by Libbie

Today is Al’s birthday. He would be 55.

I started writing something to post here, but I see that I’m not going to get it done today, so I’ll just mention that today is Al’s birthday and ask you to pray especially for his mom and dad. My “mother’s heart” tells me that it must be incredibly hard to lose one of your children, no matter how old they are.




  1. David Mann said,

    December 17, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Libby—

    Judy reminds me that Al would have been 55 today. (She remembers everything, but this one was easy because Al was born one day after she was.)

    I sure remember Al on a regular basis. He was an older and wiser Christian than I during those formative college years. Al, Peter Conway, and Dave Zelie had a lot of influence on me as I learned how to approach God, the Bible, the Christina life. Still today I regularly read some scripture or have some idea that reminds me of that early foundational period.

    Al and I did that 5th year at Thayer school. We took many of the same courses and were regular study partners. Wow, that was a lot of work a long time ago.

    I remember a few silly things. One warm Fall afternoon I remember we were studying together on the lawn in front of Dartmouth Hall. We got to praying and praising together. After a while we noticed a bunch of people walking by and realized it was between classes and we weren’t exactly being a good witness. We were sitting together, arms across each other’s shoulders, talking aloud to an unseen person, smiling and waving our free arms. Wearing shorts and no shirts! (Judy says that pretty much describes a lot of my studying!)

    I remember some serious things. Once he shared how he had heard from the Lord that the Lord was proud of him, pleased with him. That was intimate, very special. And I think that was true for the decades following. That is seriously special.

    And then we got to have fellowship these last couple years at Peter’s golf retreats. We had a couple questions and comments for each other that went way back to ’75. [And it was a great treat to be able to talk and run with young Alasdair also!]

    God bless you this rather special day. I think your bogging is great—victorious, brave, real, honest, insightful, revealing, etc. It is a blessing to more people than you will know this side of heaven. It is a blessing to me, and it touches others through me as I passed on the ideas and some of the texts to those I am trying to encourage. I think you are great.

    Keep on!

    David & Judy Mann

  2. David Mann said,

    December 17, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    I wrote the above at lunchtime today, but took a while to figure out how to send it.
    I meant Libbie, not Libby. Sorry. (Judy corrected me when I sent her a copy and yet I forgot to change it. 🙂 )

  3. Jennifer White said,

    December 17, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve been making Chex Mix for the holidays and thinking of Al. It reminds me of the Christmas parties we had for Home Group and the hysterical White Elephant Games and good desserts (your short bread to name one). Such a sweet time in David’s and my life being in your home each week and under your care. I love you Libbie. You and Al (and your children) enriched our lives beyond words. May God bless you richly this Christmas with his presence. Jen

  4. Kathy Peat said,

    December 18, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Thinking of you all at this time Libbie – take care. Love the Peats

  5. Keallie Wozny said,

    December 20, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Dear Libbie,
    We were reminiscing about Al tonight. Funny the memories that pop up. Steve recalled that Al used to brush his teeth in the shower, a fact that came out during “The Newlywed Game” that our small group played together, way back in the olden days. As he never had a cavity, maybe he was onto something.

    Thanks for keeping the blog going. It helps us to know how to pray more specifically for you and your family.

    The Lord continue to bless you,

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