Monday, September 3, 2012

Moving to Kansas

Kellen, Marie, Eliza, and Jarah Giraud are moving to Kansas!

For those that haven't heard, our family is moving from Blackfoot, Idaho, to somewhere in the vicinity of Burlington, Kansas. I secured employment at Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear power plant that employs about 1,000 people. I will be working there as a Systems Engineer. It will be a good change for me. My job at Naval Reactors Facility (on the site of Idaho National Laboratory) has been a good starting point for me, but the overabundance of oversight and bureaucracy at the government facility was stifling to my creative mind and I am excited for the opportunity to do more of what I want to do in a career. I start work at Wolf Creek on October 22. I have been working on a PhD in nuclear engineering, but I am giving that up for now in order to pursue this opportunity, which has been hard for me. I have decided that I enjoy learning even more than I enjoy school, and there is a lot to learn for us by moving to Kansas.

The move will be good for our family, as well, though we are not sure why yet. Marie and I both feel good about it and feel that the Lord is guiding us. There are several towns near the power plant that we are considering and we could end up going to any of four church units (three wards or one branch). The opportunities for missionary work and church service are exciting.

Also, Marie is expecting our third child and is due around March 30. We have a great life. Marie just barely got called to be the primary president in our ward in Blackfoot (though at the time we told the bishopric that our move might be a possibility). I just got released from being the executive secretary yesterday. It will be sad to move far from friends and family, but we feel it is the right thing to do and many blessings await us. I'm attempting to include a few pictures from our recent trip to Crater of the Moon National Monument and EBR-1 (first nuclear reactor in the world to generate usable amounts of electricity).

I love you all and am glad to have opportunities to communicate like this with our modern technology. Thanks, DeAnn. The world we live in today is amazing to me.


  1. Wowzas! We are related to some SMART people. Good luck in Kansas!!

  2. Kellen & Marie, I am so happy and excited for this new opportunity for you and your sweet family. I know that this will be a great experience for you and you will do well wherever you are. Keep us posted on what is going on with you once you get settled in Kansas.

  3. How exciting for you guys! Best of luck. I'm sure it will be a great adventure & a wonderful opportunity for missionary work. Geoff & I are applying for PhD programs so we will most likely be moving somewhere completely new in the next year as well. Life is exciting & I'm so glad we have the spirit to guide us!

    Rachel (Bushman) Biesinger

  4. Dear Kellen and Marie. Congratulations to you both on your new expectations. Follow the Lord like you are doing and you will be put to work by him. There is much to be done before the Lord comes and he needs us in many different places. You both have lots to contribute. May the Lord bless you in all you do.

  5. I can hardly stand it, but we are excited to come visit in Kanas!


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