A couple of years ago it was Michael
who decided that getting into the
Professional Gardener's Program at
Longwood Gardens was the thing
that would get him the training and
experience he would need to reach
his goals in horticulture.
|He began with small jobs for local employers|
Since that moment he has worked
consistently toward that goal. A high school
internship and a part time job there.
Classes that he had to pay for himself.
Now he has earned a spot
in the class beginning
It was a combination of
knowing without question what the goal
was and prayer for God's will.
More recently, Chelsea has determined
that she is passionate about baking
and wants to own a Cafe' one day.
Right now we refer to it as
The Carrot Top Cafe'.
She has put all kinds of time and
energy into learning food science,
food photography and working
in the kitchen.
She began putting in applications
to various bakeries.
There was one interview
and then we heard nothing.
So Chelsea recontacted them....
just to touch base.
Then one day she heard
back from them....
and that same day from
That was an interesting test
for her....but it helped her
to decide that the original
bakery was her first choice
and she very much wanted to work
with them if possible.
It would seem that when you are
fifteen the government has issues with
you working toward a life goal.
Even if we call it education she
cannot work at learning her
chosen profession in the
bakery for more than three hours
which knocked her out of the running
for the donut finishing job
for which she applied.
God had a plan.
A better plan.
When the bakery called her back.
they offered her a position
working in the retail side of
the bakery and creamery.
She will get to see and do more.
She will learn the fine details of coffee
making, building the sandwiches, and
serving ice cream to the many customers.
Over time she will learn the behind the
scenes knowledge of running a cafe.
Just last evening in her first training
she made a latte' for a customer,
a smoothie for herself and
packaged baked goods for sale.
This may seem average to
but to Chelsea it is
all very valuable information
for her future.
We are praying that this is a long term
employment that morphs into an
internship of sorts.
To other teens this would just be
a bit of extra spending money....
for Chelsea it is the next step.
Working hard to the fulfillment
of her goals.
of her goals.
Chelsea plans to participate
High School Graduation Ceremony
to celebrate the completion of the
academics required by the State.
She will have exceeded the requirements
by a fair amount but will continue her
studies in what we will consider
real life education.
She plans to study more and learn more
in this "internship" style learning.
In the meantime the prayers
and hard work continue.