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December 31, 2005

Holidays – 2005

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you all have enjoyed the sublime wonder of the season. It has been a year of gains and losses, joy and sadness; and for us, none of it makes sense without the reflection on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ that these past few weeks have afforded.

We had the joy of spending Thanksgiving in Greenville, SC, and Gatlinburg, TN at Suzanna’s Uncle & Aunt’s Inn.

J&S Quail Ridge Inn

We celebrated Christmas with friends and family in Columbia, SC, and Greenville, SC.

  • Jason took this picture as we strolled along Main Street in Downtown Greenville.

As we close out the year and begin a new one, we are reminded of the blessings which have come amidst the ups and downs of everyday life. We have highlighted some of the memorable events below. We hope you will continue reading to see how 2005 unfolded for the Greers.

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December 30, 2005

Winter 2005

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2005 started out for us like many years do, with a good meal of collard greens and black-eyed peas as we spent time with friends and family in Greenville, SC. That traditional meal signaled the end of the holidays and the beginning of our return to the everyday routine at our home in Charlotte, NC.

For Suzanna, it was back to her classroom at The Fletcher School. She taught four language tutorial classes, which equipped students with phonetic skills for reading and spelling, and two science classes as well. Jason returned to classes at Reformed Theological Seminary- Charlotte campus; the January term format allowed him to cover a semester’s worth of instruction in just five days per class.

We were very excited to learn in early January that we had received passes for ourselves and several friends to the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. on January 20th. As we headed north, the snowy conditions forced several detours and made it a longer drive, but we arrived safely to our friend’s home in Vienna, Virginia. The next day’s activities included standing in the cold, going to our Congressman’s office reception, going through security screeners, standing in the cold, watching the swearing-in of President Bush, going through more security screeners, then standing in the cold, eating lunch, going through yet more security screeners, finding a warm Innagural party to attend, then standing in the cold some more and finally going back to our friend’s home.It was an amazing, historic experience and we feel the urge to empty our pockets of metallic objects, take off our shoes for security examination and feel very cold just thinking about it. We were glad we went, it was a “tell the future grandkids about it time!”

  • Jason & Suz on Penn. Ave. in front of the White House and parade review stand after the Presidential Inaugural Parade (left) and swearing-in of the President at the Capitol – January 20, 2005.

Even in our temperate, light-dusting-of-snow-once-a-year, Southern winter, the dark, short days passed on by. Sure, there were personal taxes to do, the start of a new spring semester of graduate school in February, various illnesses to fight (that resulted from standing in the aforementioned cold), but there were times for lighter moments… like making TIRAMISU!

Or going on a church men’s retreat to the western North Carolina Mountains.

Eventually the days legthen, the flowers blossom, the seasons change with new responsibilities and activities….

December 28, 2005

Spring 2005

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Alas, our spring breaks did not coincide. Jason thought it odd to have some time off, but enjoyable to have a spring break in graduate school. Suddenly it was 1996 all over again for him. Suzanna was happy for a few days respite from middle-schoolers.

  • Falls Park on the Reedy a frequent stop when we visit our hometown of Greenville, SC

Sadly, in early June, Suzanna’s grandmother Viola Louise Brewer passed away in Greenville, SC, after a long-period of declining health. Suzanna was very close to her “Granny.” She was able to comfort and assist her Granny during her final days, and while deeply grieved at her passing, Suzanna took great comfort in her Granny’s faith in the Lord and rest in him for the age to come.

  • Here are Suz and Granny during February 2005.

December 27, 2005

Summer 2005

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I do not think we had looked forward to a summer season as much as this year. We were worn thin from our school terms and the family loss. The first day of summer was our 2nd wedding anniversary. We returned to our honeymoon destination, Ocracoke Island, NC, for a long weekend to celebrate the occasion. The peacefulness of that Manhattan-sized spit of sand was a balm.

Ocracoke

  • Jason & Suz (left) Ocracoke Harbor (right)

Immediately upon our return, Jason repacked his bags and headed back on the road as he took a graduate course in leadership. The class visited sites associated with the Civil War in three different states with the point of understanding how leadership decisions are made in difficult circumstances, and how that would apply to church leadership.

  • Jason at Fredricksburg, VA battlefield (left) “Bloody lane” at Antietem, MD Battlefield (right)

The summer passed quickly for Suzanna as she tutored and taught in summer school. Jason used the time to finish the readings and coursework for the Leadership class. Suzanna’s mom visited us for a few days in early August. Later that month, we spent a wonderful long-weekend with good friends in Philadelphia. It was worth the trip even though we had perhaps the worst airline-flight experience of our lives. We made poor plans for an afternoon departure on a standby ticket. This resulted in a very uncomfortable night in the Atlanta airport. Did you know that they buff the floors with excessively loud machines from 1:30 to 3:30 AM? After arriving safely in Philadelphia and getting some sleep, we enjoyed a tremendously encouraging weekend with our friends.

J next to Jonathan Edward's grave

  • While in Philadelphia, we visited Princeton, NJ for an afternoon. Here Jason stops by 18th century theologian, Jonathan Edward’s grave. Later in the same cemetary, we passed by former President Grove Cleveland’s grave on two non-consecutive occassions.

December 26, 2005

Autumn 2005

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Sweet, wonderful autumn is perhaps our favorite time of year. A new school year for Suzanna included a few changes such as acquiring some light administrative duties and teaching a course called “Introduction to Computer” instead of science. With the start of her second year at The Fletcher School, she realized how utterly exhausting “learning the ropes” had been the previous year. What a relief to be a returning teacher! The same can be said for Jason as a student beginning his second year at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Charlotte campus. He enjoyed his fall classes and assisting the campus in some web design.

Suzanna has the rare privilege of working in a job that she loves and that she regards as a calling in her form of special education. Jason is working on a calling and trying to find his place of service as a Master’s student at Reformed Theological Seminary after waiting several years for the right time to attend full-time.

This fall, we became more active at Uptown Christ Covenant Church and grew tremendously through our elder-led Sunday evening fellowship group. Jason had several teaching opportunities at church this fall, and Suzanna began teaching 4-year-olds during Sunday School.

Fall for us also means cheering for our favorite football teams, on opposite sides of a 110 year rivalry: Jason for Clemson and Suzanna for the University of South Carolina. Jason was able to attend several Clemson games in Death Valley and on the road and both of us were very happy about how our teams fought this season.

  • Picture above from the Clemson v Miami game in mid-September

As days of autumn rolled by, we have reveled in a wonderful, happy marriage, blessings of home and school and work, and many friends and family who we can celebrate the seasons with. We hope this finds you well and we hope to see many of you in 2006. If you are ever in the Charlotte area, please let us know.

  • Jason & Suzanna at an orchard in October

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