Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gherkins on the Move

Note to my OCD friends - while this isn't written in order of age, it is written in order of their moves. ::snort::

This is the summer of Gherkins on the Move....I thought I'd update a bit on the Gherkin movers.....seems appropriate as our house is currently filled with boxes and movers.

 Jamin (Gherkin 4)  established himself at Texas A&M at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He's the vice president of a graduate student organization. He secured a job at Outback and then secured a couple of jobs which are geared more to his interests. He's tutoring history and political science majors - seems to be mostly athletes. He's also been offered the chance to oversee the energy sustainability program at A&M. I don't have numbers, but he saved quite a bit of pocket change for ASU with the program he instituted there. The difference is A&M is willing to give him a living salary for his efforts.  He's also finished a complete rewrite of a novel.  AND yes, he began classes yesterday and loves the classes to this point. I believe he is pursuing his second Masters in "International Affairs." He is looking to work in Foreign diplomacy and/or National Security.

Josiah (Gherkin 3) moved to the Seattle area. He's loving the change of weather and scenery which the state of Washington affords.
He does miss friends and brothers in Texas.

He's busy building a team of LEADERS (vs fast food servers), fielding questions and making a difference in the operation of a store with last month's 3rd largest sales in Chick Fil A. He's already seeing some low scores turn around. He's also had other operators call to chat with him about his leadership development system. We're proud of the steps he's taking.  We hope Chick Fil A will soon give him his own store - but nonetheless - he's learning good things and able to stretch in areas of leadership which excite him.

Arielle (Gherkin 6) moved to Oregon next. She's landed a job and a work study. She found a Japanese church she loves and she's conquering mountains.  Today is her first day of college classes at New Hope Christian College. She plans to major in Cross Cultural Ministry. The obstacles finally cleared and in God's perfect timing she and Krista (Gherkin 2) were able to move into a HOUSE to make a home. They've been busy settling in since the retirement - while we've been busy pulling up roots. ::Snort::
Arielle and Krista
Krista (Gherkin 2) deserves a post of her own, which I will write shortly. However, she's been accepted into a masters program at George Fox and will begin working towards a Masters in Education in January. She continues to work as a one on one aide in the Springfield school district and as a Children's Pastor at Lively Stone Fellowship.
Lindsay, Krista and Arielle

Meanwhile, Jared (Gherkin 5) has landed in D.C.  He's conquering the phone lines in Congressman Conaway's office and learning the ropes of his new position. ASU has given him permission to finish his last classes online and independently with a professor. This means he will not have to move back to TX for a final semester of college. He hopes to be able to find a job in DC and stay. We plan to be back in San Angelo for his graduation in May.  He's making the most out of his college years.
Jared in D.C. - lucky dog
 He has already been able to meet up with Arielle's best friends. This photo makes me miss all the families involved.
Miss these gals moms dearly!
As this is a post on moving Gherkins, I'll add our "first day of school" photo again - Nolan (Gherkin 7), Alex (Gherkin 8) and Stacia (Gherkin 9) are gearing up for a season of full timing in the Caboose - lots of transition and moving in their future too.
Nolan, Alex, Stacia
And Gherkin #1 - BreAnne? She and Izaak are settled into their darling apartment and are busy conquering new ministry and jobs. They haven't physically moved this summer - they're our anchor "Gherkins." Izaak works at New Hope Christian College and Bre serves as the Children's Pastor at Calvary Open Bible Church. They are expecting their first baby in April 2016.
Izaak and Bre
Eight of the nine Gherkins are moving around this season. It's a great season full of fodder for prayers.


Debbie said...

Love all the updates and I will be praying for all the moving Gherkins. :-)

Unknown said...

Great updates! It is a season of change for many of us moms. :)

Anonymous said...

love all you and am anxious to read all about you..... glad three girls live in our area though. l/p dad/mom t.