As you can see by our fancy duds, we’ve been doing some celebrating this year. Lydia and Philip (my favorite pastor son-in-law) were married on November 3rd. We had a wonderful time with friends and family who came to enjoy the day with us. Lydia graduated with her Masters from Lee University in July and is serving as an Admissions Counselor at Anderson University and Philip serves as a pastor at Cross Point Church. The newlyweds are settled in Anderson, SC.
Get ready to celebrate again in 2013 because Brandon (my favorite son-in-law to be) proposed to Grace on December 18th (what would have been Marshall Bier’s, Tom’s Dad’s, 100th birthday) and they are planning a June wedding. Grace and Brandon both graduated in May from King College. Grace is teaching 6th Language Arts in Knoxville and Brandon is an Accountant starting his new job after the first of the year.
Ellen is a Junior at the University of Tennessee studying Kinesiology. She hasn’t decided for sure what she wants to do with that but is enjoying her church family and her “Vols for Christ” family. She can often be found on a hike somewhere with her friends, but still won’t accept her dad’s request to let him track her on her iPhone. 🙂
Nathan is midway through his sophomore year. His swimming skills have greatly improved with the growth of his body (and in the voice of Miss Swan, “He looooooooks, like a man!”) and his dedication in practice. I have never understood how my children can get up at 4:45 a.m. and jump into a swimming pool for two hours. I drive Nathan to practice (in my sleep) and then crawl back into bed.
Tom continues to pastor part time at The Journey, meeting at the ETSU Campus Ministry house, and as of November 10, 2012, an American Association of Pastoral Counselor’s Certified Pastoral Counselor. His new full time job is teaching Earth Science and Physical Science at Science Hill High School. He is thoroughly enjoying teaching again and is having a great time with his students and the other staff. In between all this, he continues to work on finishing his doctorate.
Rhonda is one semester away from finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and hopes to continue into the Advanced Standing Master’s Program beginning next summer. If all goes as planned, she will have her MSW in the Spring of 2014. I know you won’t believe this, but Tom actually expects her to get a job when she’s finished with school!
“As you celebrate the wonder of My birth in Bethlehem, celebrate also your rebirth into eternal life. This everlasting gift was the sole purpose of My entering your sin-stained world. Receive My gift with awe and humility. Take time to explore the vast dimensions of My love. Allow thankfulness to flow freely from your heart in response to my glorious gift.” –by Sarah Young in her devotional Jesus Calling.
Merry Christmas! from the Bier Family.