Eman's BLOG

Emmanuel continues to happily work at Knotts Berry Farm in the Entertainment Department. His schedule changes from week to week, but he can always ask in advance for time off, when necessary. He really enjoys working this way because there's a lot of flexibility, plus he has made so many friends over there! I'm so glad he was able to get the week off to go on our anuual family vacation this year - a cruise down the Mexican Riviera for seven days on the Carnival Splendor.


He loves hanging out at the Knotts amusement park with his friends even when he is not working. Every year he looks forward to the "GhostTown Alive" event in the park, which goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He hopes to one day work as one of the actors in this event, and so he continues to audition for it every year, and will not give up until he gets this position. For now, though, he just enjoys hanging out and being one of the actors on a "volunteer" basis - they all have loved his enthusiasm since he spent his summer days there when he was 16. They always make him feel special. 


Emmanuel auditioned for "Scary Farm" and will be a monster once again in one of the new mazes this year, so he is looking forward to that in the fall. His improv and acting skills are improving every year, and the "perseverance" skill is becoming more and more part of his life and he continues to audition for many different acting positions. He also continues his education by taking improv classes from time to time, six weeks per session, through a place called Held2Gether, where he also has made several friends. 


He turned 20 at the beginning of this month, so is now saving up to get a car since the plan is for him to move out within the year that he turns 21. It's a scary thought for him to be living independently from us, but at the same time is excited about it. He knows it's all part of growing up, and so he's cultivating the financial and emotional skills to do so successfully. 



Well, it happened! Emmanuel got hired during the  Halloween season at Knotts Scary Farm and he worked there for six weeks in a maze. He worked mostly Thursday thru Sunday, from 6:30 p.m until 1 or 2 a.m but the final week, he worked 6 days in a row.... Thursday thru Tuesday, ending Halloween day. He sometimes didn't get home until almost 3 a.m, but he certainly loved working there. And he had a blast with his coworkers too! 

When went to pick up his last paycheck, he was given the good news that he would be rehired next year! He loves working at Knotts.... He will try to work there in the summertime in Ghost Town Live, so we shall see how that goes. Meantime, he will relax and enjoy being home and going to bed before midnight. He will continue to play his guitar and ukulele and sing; in January he plans to enroll in Level 2 Improv class. 

In January of 2017, after spending a month in Colombia, Emmanuel got his high school diploma, which I ordered through the mail. He chose to have a small gathering with a short ceremony with a few family members (my brother and his family, as well as my husband's sister Karen and her husband Aaron), and several of his friends. We had a short 5-minute ceremony at the beginning, where I gave him his diploma, and then we ate. Emmanuel was in charge of the entertainment. 


What's next? He took two 6-week long improv classes, and I purchased an online program for him created by the famous actor, Steve Martin. He continues to practice his music and he spends a lot of time at Knott's Berry Farm, where he hopes to work one day. He has applied for jobs there, but nothing has opened yet. He hopes to get a position as an actor in the GhostTown Live events in the summer and Christmas seasons. His major goal: entertain people with music and comedy. He doesn't simply want a "boring job". More power to Him! God will lead the way.

Well, Emmanuel is back home again. After two years in public highschool, he said goodbye to the system last October and was back for the rest of his 11th year. He took on learning guitar and ukalele on his own during the school year. In the summer he took a one-week film class in L.A through the New York Film Academy. Now, school has started once again and he has one more class to finish this semester: U.S government. Other than that, he will concentrate on his music and wants to take a film class, acting class, and maybe stand-up comedy class in a college starting next semester. He will  continue to learn through experience what it takes to build a network marketing busisness through Young Living, a business he can build around his day to day activities, which gives him a lot of flexibility.



Emmanuel will travel to Colombia in November for almost a month. He will spend most of his time in the city where I enjoyed the best years of my childhood: Bucaramanga. He will attend my best-childhood-friend's nephew's highschool graduation and spend time doing fun things with them, while learning Spanish. He will write a paper on his Colombia adventure upon his return in the middle of December, and then he will graduate at the end of December, in the week between Christmas and New Year (that is the plan).

Emmanuel is definitely not much of a blogger. Therefore, I will be posting most of his updates.Big Grin 


He recently took some of the money he had saved up in his "investment account" over the years and invested in starting his own business in Young Living. He got a Premium Starter Kit with a beautiful diffuser called Aria. Click here if you want to know why he chose that one. He also committed to the Essential Rewards Program so that he can get in the habit of getting his own products and get rewarded for doing it by getting back 10% in points so he can save up for free products. He especially has his eye on the ART collection since he uses these to care for his face all the time. The ER program just got better, so within 3 months of being on the program consistently he wil be raised to getting 20% back AND he will get a free personalized gift. How cool is that? He's excited to be part of Young Living and I pray that he will be an inspiration to other young people as well. 

Latest comments

27.07 | 11:51

So many great points here! And yes I love that this can be a vehicle to create time freedom ultimately allowing us to spend even more time with our creator.

25.07 | 06:58

Thank you for your comment on this post, Mary! Yes, when we seek Jesus and His Kingdom first, everything else lines up and we get to live peacefully.

24.07 | 16:37

I love how you cut away the fluff and busyness that we allow to distract us from the one who created us. If we seek Jesus first everything else lines up & flows

17.06 | 15:48

Yes, I agree