Monday, February 23, 2009

Chomping at the bit

Gary turned 18 a mere 5 days before high school graduation last May. He is pretty much the youngest of his friends. They have mostly all been gone for a while, though there are still a couple yet to leave, as well as him. One of his best friends has been gone for 6 months already and Gary figures he won't leave until Jordan has been out for 1 year. When Jordan left, they figured they were saying good-bye for 3 years.

Gary decided to not go to college until after his mission, just work for the year before he left. He worked all summer for a landscaping company & loved it, which afforded him to by a motorcycle. But as fall approached, he knew that he would have little to nothing to do all winter if he stayed there. So he got a job at JM Mechanical where Andy works (& worked before his mission). They build heating and cooling ducts and install them. The big commercial ones for the church, Walmarts, Lowes, etc as well as installing some residential. Gary builds it as well as delivers, clear up into Montana and down in Southern Utah or into Colorado sometimes. But still, he's chomping at the bit.

He has been filling out his mission papers, getting the Bishop to put him online as soon as it was legal to do so. He filled them all out and came and hovered over Wynn and I until we filled out our part. We were getting ready to leave for the rec center one night and he asked me not to go yet. He had just gotten home from work and I was informed he was getting in the shower, then putting on his suit so I could take his missionary picture for his papers. He made his own appointments to the doctor and dentist and took himself there. Then he made his appointment for his wisdom teeth and told me when it was so I could take him. He sent his papers to the Bishop & made his appointment with him. The Bishop sent them to the Stake President and Gary made his appointment to meet with him. Today is 3 months before his 19th birthday and he could send his papers in today....only 1 catch. He couldn't meet with the Stake President until tomorrow night!!! He has been chomping at the bit and this one more day is killing him. This is also killing his sister, Drew, since she is going out of the country for spring break. Since that is right when his call should come, she is afraid she won't be able to be here when he opens it. Guess we'll see.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Drew bound ? Love mom

loretta said...

A cruise to Mexico

lexie jane said...

I just can't wait to see his face when it comes in the mail. he is sooooo excited!! as am I.

Jaime said...

Exciting times! And how awesome he is so excited to Serve!

Sandra said...

Hi, Gary. I am so proud of your wanting to serve the Lord and your excitment. What a great example you are!

Drew Jenkins said...

and now i'm going to kick moms butt for this. gary is my best friend and i'm already having a hard not knowing what i'm going to do for two years without him to talk to and hang out with.

loretta said...

There's always Morgan