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No Need to Dust

I was raised in a busy household with 7 children, a cat, and a bird. And always someone’s friends. There was always something to, and someone to do it with. 

In this pic, I’m on the lawn, playing Build-A-Bear with my little sister. 

Notice the alien in the attic window? Within the first few years of living there, my mom put it up there for Halloween…and never took it down. 

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Now, I live in an apartment on my own. I always thought I wouldn’t want that, but now I do and I love it. However, there is something that I am just now realizing… 

Until I lived on my own, I never had to dust. Now I have to dust! Look at all this dust!

While trying to figure out why this never happened growing up, I was thinking “maybe mom just did it all…?”

But who am I kidding. The mom who bragged that “I haven’t mopped my floor in 10 years” (because it was always something the kids did…usually me) would not choose to dust. 

I even asked my mom if she dusted when we were younger…she said there was no need, because we never had any dust in the first place. 

So then I thought some more, and I think I figured it out. 

You see, in our house, nothing had ever been still long enough to collect dust! Every surface was climbed on, played on, or used in some other way. 

No room was off limits. We could play and go anywhere in the house. Well, with the exception of the siblings yelling “STAY OUT OF MY ROOM!”

Even outside…one time I called my mom while I was in college. She was looking out the kitchen window, watching the kids rig up a zip line from the roof of the garage down to the trampoline…using yarn…and a belt as a harness…and she just wanted to see if they could figure it out. We were encouraged to experiment, but I thought that was taking it too far! She didn’t, though…and hey, they were fine!

From looking though old pictures, I found several pictures of kids sitting on the kitchen table, coffee table, or kitchen counter…which is something that I have since learned is indeed frowned upon in most households. 

This was a common way to get down the stairs…

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The kitchen table was okay to be on…

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Same kid on the table, just a few years later…this was actually mom’s birthday…Brigdon got her a can of soup…from our pantry…he wrapped it up in printer paper and everything. He was so proud, and she was so grateful. It was precious. 

And that fire extinguisher? We had it as a joke for when she blew out her candles. 

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It was even okay for mom to be on the kitchen table!

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Even I sat on the kitchen counters (this was on Wacky Tacky day in high school…though it isn’t far from my usual attire)…

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The coffee table was often just another thing to sit on…sometimes even stand on if we had a performance in the works!

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We would often catch the two youngest troublemakers on top of the entertainment center…not allowed, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen often. 

Moral of the story: There was no need to dust. 

And hey, we turned out alright! This is us kids and mom from Thanksgiving 2015.

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The Freshman & The Super Senior

My roommate Madeline and I are very different….yet we love each other just the same!

RoomiesThat’s me on the left, and Madeline on the right.
As of this post, we have lived together for 13 days.
We are both doing the same internship in Romania.
That’s how we met. 

College:
Madeline: Freshman

Me: Super Senior (5th year)

We have to leave by 7:30 to get to the orphanage on time:
Madeline: I need sleep! I haven’t gotten up this early since early morning seminary in high school! I don’t know how I’m gonna do this.

Me: I got this. I worked early morning custodial for 22 months (4am-7:30am) during college. And I’ve been getting up before 7 for most of my college career.

Ceapa (onions):
Madeline: Oh, and we can put onions in it!

Me: Or we can just pretend onions don’t exist!

Buying things:
Madeline: We should add that to the grocery list.

Me: Do we really need it? I’m all about the cheap life…saving money….

Pink:
Madeline: Should we get the blue one or the…oh wait…

Me: PINK!!!!!!!! Get the pink one! Get all the pink things!

Chocolate:
Madeline: This is amazing! We may need to get some every week.

Me: Well..
Madeline: Okay, semi-weekly then.
Me: I was thinking more like every other week…
Madeline: Ok, well I will buy it every week, and you will just be jealous.

Me: Again, the cheap life.

Family contact:
Madeline: I email my family every night about what happens.

Me: I emailed my mom last week and she still hasn’t responded…and I’ll probably email her next week…I’ll just probably tell her all about it when I get home. 

Chicken:
Madeline: I don’t want to cook the chicken since we don’t know how to use the oven yet.

Me: We could learn…or we could cook it on the stove….
[I proceeded to teach her how to cook chicken on the stove]

Apartment:
Madeline: It’s so cool! It has a fridge! And look, our own stove and washing machine and sink!

Me: Is this your first apartment?
Madeline: Yes!!
Me: Ah. I see. I moved out like 7 years ago…which is probably why I’m not as excited as you are…

The first time rain was in the forecast:
Madeline: I need to find my umbrella before we leave

Me: Don’t worry, I already have mine. It’s big enough for both of us.
[We were out walking, it started raining, so I pull out my umbrella]
Me: Look, it’s rainbow colored!
Madeline: Oh my gosh, I’m doomed. That screams “I’m American!” They told us to try and blend in! Put it away!
Me: Are you for reals right now? It’s raining, and you want me to put it away?
Madeline: Uhm…yeah….
Me: But it’s so pretty! Look at all the colors! You know what, you’re right.

Umbrella:
Me: Look, the little shops on our block sell umbrellas! I’ll go buy an acceptable one.

[We go down to one of the vendors with umbrellas]
Me: This one is dark and has flowers…is that okay?
Madeline: There’s a pink one…
Me: PINK!!! 
[I proceed to buy a plastic pink umbrella, and I am thrilled! Madeline approved!]
[Walking away, her with her black umbrella, me with my pink one]

Me: Thanks for letting me buy the pink umbrella, and letting me use it!
Madeline: You were just SO HAPPY that it was pink. And it’s Romanian. How could I not let you?

Hair:
Madeline: Short straight pixie cut

Me: Medium length and curly

Fashion:
Madeline: I just LOVE European fashion, it’s so pretty!

Me: I don’t care about fashion, I just do what I want.

Grocery list:
Madeline: Oh, let’s write that on the list

Me: Oh, it’s gotta be in Romanian! Where’s the dictionary?

Bell peppers:
Me: Oh, and let’s add bell peppers!

Madeline: Let’s pretend they don’t exist!

What DO we have in common? We both love the Milka raspberry crème chocolate bars. And Kinder Surprises.

I LOVE THIS GIRL.

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The Get Along Shirt

It works!!!

Here is a story from my mom….

I saw this idea online for a consequence when the kids are arguing, fighting, whining, “it’s my turn! She touched me! He farted on me!” I kept hearing it all day…..

Brigdon (11) and Sevannah (9) were particularly whiny, competing for attention and time on the X Box, and generally not getting along…so I remembered the idea and I went and got a big t-shirt, the biggest t-shirt I had. I pulled the tag out, turned it around (because the front had the Hard Rock Cafe logo), and with my sliver sharpies I wrote in big letters “THE GET ALONG SHIRT”.

So the kids watched as I wrote the letters, and kept asking “what is that for? what is that for?” and I said “you’ll see!” Because it was a sharpie, it didn’t need to dry. Sweet! So I told the kids to come over, I stretched the neck out (so it wouldn’t get stuck on their heads), and they put it on.

They kept their own shirts on, of course!

Sevannah put her head through first, and put her left arm through the left armhole. Brigdon’s taller, so it kinda went over Sevannah’s head as Brigdon put his head through, but it was all good. He put his right arm through the right armhole. 

By the time both kids had their heads and their arm through, they were already laughing and giggling and trying to figure out what this new idea was. By the time they had both stood up with the shirt on, they were just laughing! They forgot that 2 minutes ago, they hated each other! Didn’t even want to be in the same zip code! 

And then they decided that “this is kinda cool…we don’t have to sit in a corner or have time out…we get to play together in a Get Along shirt!”

So they started bumbling around the house without one person getting ahead and without one person turning around…they had to work as a team to get anywhere, so nobody would be dragged along as the other kept going. 

Seriously, Chloe, it was so great. They just had so much fun, and they actually liked the idea! And I said “Oh, good! Because it looks like you’ll be wearing that shirt a lot today!” But they didn’t – they got along the rest of the day! Now I just keep the shirt hanging where it’s always visible and accessible. 

Works like a charm!

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Can you imagine if adults had to do this at the workplace? At college? Spouses? Store cashiers and customers? Hmmm….

Thanks, mom for the tip! Ha!

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My Siblings

What makes me happy? Being with my siblings.

Ethan

Ethan

Ethan is a good guy to bounce ideas off of. He’s a self-sufficient nomad. He’s there for me. He understands a lot about life.

Tanner

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Tanner is comic relief. He can be loving, but mostly through sarcasm.  Slightly inappropriate as of late, but I haven’t seen him since he started that annoying habit. Tanner is crazy, fun, and irresistibly entertaining.

Torin

Torin

Torin is incredibly witty. He is super smart and knows his stuff. He’s always good for an educated laugh.

Quentin

Quentin

Quentin is a sweetie pie. He’s loving at times, a terror at other times. But, ‘tis the nature of his biology. He’s funny, tender, sweet, and giving.

Brigdon

Brigdon

Brigdon is my little homie. He’s often boarding inappropriate, but he’s learning. He can be a loving sweetie-pie, but it’s rare. Precious, but rare. Brig is a kid who has a lot to learn about the world.

Sevannah

Sevannah

Sevannah – my sister wister. I love that we can do girly stuff together and that we get along so perfectly. At times, she is quite the tomboy – what can you expect? She grew up with 5 older brothers and I moved out when she was three. Other times, she can pull out the girly card and play it like a master to get what she wants. Like a champ.

And here’s the last time we were all together…my 22nd birthday party…July 2011 in Houston

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And then my mom had us lay down…

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…just so she could try to jump over us on a skateboard…which didn’t go well…

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Basically, my siblings make me happy. 

 

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6th Grade

I never really knew exactly why I am so interested in ASL and the Deaf community. And I still don’t know. But I did just gain some insight into myself…

I was reading through my mom’s journal entries today and found this from August 21, 2000. “Chloe seems to really enjoy 6th grade. She is making new friends, has no locker or schedule problems, and loves choir. She likes showing me what she learns. There are several Deaf girls in P.E. that she wants to become friends with. I taught her how to sign “my name is Chloe, your name is what?” but she hasn’t done it yet. It’s great that she wants to be friends with someone who is Deaf, I’m proud of her that she doesn’t fear them because they are different.”

I don’t remember much from before I was 16, so I am forever grateful to my mom for writing in a family journal.
I am curious to know if I ever did end up talking to them…I’ll have to call my mom and see if she knows!

Perhaps that’s what sparked my interest in ASL and the Deaf community…who knows! But here’s where I’m at today…no longer have to ask my mom about simple signs…I can teach her now! I am studying ASL at BYU and after I graduate in Special Education, I am going to go through an interpreter training program (haven’t decided where yet) and would love to get a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. I also volunteer a lot in the Deaf community and love every minute of it.

I’ve also changed a lot since 6th grade (obviously)! For example, I was at Win-Co a few weeks ago doing my usual grocery shopping and saw a Deaf couple…went right up to them and started a conversation – they were so happy to see that I knew ASL and seemed to be glad to see someone who didn’t just stop and stare at them (like others around were doing). Also, I felt pretty proud of myself and my skills. I still have a lot to learn, but I am getting there!

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great news!

Thanks in great part to all of your support, help and contributions, a legal case has finally been filed to help bring some resolution to my family’s situation! This is great news, but it is a long road. My mom and the children still need our help until some temporary orders can be established, hopefully within the next few weeks.

Please see the How to Help page on the website (http://www.themissingthree.webs.com/) for ideas of what you can do, but here are a few new suggestions of her current needs:

If you have been looking for a way to help directly, my two teenage brothers who are currently living at home with my mom could use some back-to-school items.

They would greatly appreciate gift card to stores like Old Navy, Target, Walmart etc, or if you have teenagers that might have outgrown their clothing and are ready to donate:

For Tanner –
Jeans: 30 x 32, prefers straight slim fit, but not skinny jeans
Shirts: Mens’ Small
Shoes: Size 9 – 9 1/2

For Torin –
Jeans: Size 16, also prefers straight let slim fit, but not skinny jeans
Mesh Athletic Shorts in a Men’s Small (28-30)
Shirts: Men’s Small or Boys XL
Shoes: Size 9

Both boys prefer no show socks.

Both boys will need various school supplies for middle/high school:
Pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, dividers, highlighters, map pencils, etc.

My mom also could use some help with home repair issues. The house is in serious need of some repair work. Please contact us if you are able to donate an hour to help my mom with house/yardwork. She also is in need of a plumber and an A/C repair person if you happen to have either of those skills!

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A Way You Can Help

Plenty of people have suggested that I do some sort of fundraiser for my mom, and when I talked to my mom yesterday I found out that she has like NO MONEY….She cannot afford an attorney, the electricity bill, or even food sometimes…so I’ve started a paypal account so if you want, you can make an anonymous donation ……to help me help my siblings. Here’s the website to go to if you’re interested in helping.

THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP SO FAR!!!

Oh, and you DON’T need a paypal account to donate! Go to the website below and it’ll tell you how to do it.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6KMHY6SAXRUH2

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