"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


After Al's last Velcade shot in his first round on Friday, we left for New Mexico. He felt good and loves nothing better than a road trip. Even though the night before he had experienced some pretty intense pain in his back (or hips).
He is still not able to determine exactly what is causing the pain. Don't know if it is the hips, the back or what. It could be left over from the radiation or it could be from the new chemo. It seems to be random and usually in the late evening.
We had a great time seeing our friends who moved there from Waxahachie with their two teenagers. They had only been back home from a year in Africa as missionaries when they got the opportunity to move for his job. It was a God thing because they had both always wanted to live out there. They both now work for a ministry called Faith Come By Hearing. Look it up, if you don't know anything about it...they are fulfilling THE GREAT COMMISSION. Exciting stuff.
The weather in Albuquerque was fantastic! Reminds me of Mexico. Unfortunately, the wind was pretty strong, so they cancelled the mass balloon launch on both days, the last 2 days of Balloon Festival. We did get to see a few launch on Monday morning from their balcony.
They had all kinds of plans for things to do while we were visiting, but Al's back began to hurt some on Saturday and he was up all night, so we just hung around the house, visited and watched the Cowboys blow it. It was nice, relaxing. We are thinking of going back this winter.
Never figured out what caused all the pain, but we did learn that applying heat to his back does help. By Sunday afternoon, with some rest and heat, he was doing much better.
He drove all the way on the trip home. Does he not trust my driving? Anyway, we stopped by Palo Duro Canyon on the way. Both of us are born and bred Texans, but had never been to the canyon. Awesome! We plan on going back there, too, when we have more time.

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