Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Evan's 21st

On May 7th Evan turned 21.
Evan was our 6th grandchild and 4th grandson.
He's a very important part of this large family
and a very important part of this beautiful family.
I wrote about Evan for his birthday last year in this post.  Visiting there will show links to all his other posts that together tell lots about Evan and show how he's changed through the years so I'll just post a few pictures here.

and talk about what's been going on in Evan's life during the past year.  After high school it was important to him to prove to himself and everybody else that he could make it on his own.  And that's what he did.  Even after a job change meant his parents and sister moving almost 2,000 miles away and his older brother being over an hour away, he persevered and did fine.  Eventually though, he realized there was a better life out there that could be his if he went to school.  So he made a decision, wholeheartedly supported by this parents, to move back home, get a job so he could save some money, and go back to school.  So in December, we were thrilled to go to Colorado Springs and pick him, as many of his belongings as we could fit in the van, and Quentus up and head to Florida. 
Evan got a job at Publix right after he got to Florida and although he was only able to work a few months before his family moved to Georgia, he picked up some valuable work experience and managed to save a good amount of money.
In December Evan and his family visited Gulf Shores for the holidays with our big extended family and while he was there he debuted a song he had written and played it with his cousin, Jeremy.  This performance left no doubt that not only was he a skilled bass guitar player but a gifted composer as well.
In May the family completed their move from Florida
to Georgia.
And now his plans are to get a job, save money, and go to school while living at home.  And his goals include buying a car, getting his core curriculum classes done, and then going to UCCS to start working towards a degree in environmental science and geography.
In the meantime he's been playing the guitar as much as possible and helping his parents get the new house situated.
So that tells a lot about the changes in Evan's life lately and what his goals are for the future but there's so much more I'd want to say about him.  First of all, as I browse his picture file, I'm reminded that there was a time when he was very young when all he really really wanted was to be a big brother.  And then it happened.  He sure loved his little sister.
And obviously some things never change.
And then I remember how close he and his big brother were
and, again, some things never change.
Also, Evan is very grateful to his parents for the opportunity they're giving him and plans to make the most of it!
And I have to add that Evan is sweet, kind, loving, smart, and helpful.  He's always considerate and sensitive to the feelings of others.  He's a very hard worker and strives to excel in whatever job he is doing.  We're looking forward to what the future holds for him and we're betting it will include music - maybe as a sideline but definitely a big part of his life.  He has too much talent to not take advantage of it!  So Evan, we're glad you had a happy although somewhat subdued 21st and we're hoping the coming year is your best one yet but only half as amazing as the many more to come!  We love you so much and could not be more proud of you!

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