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Teaching English

It was Alana and I at the Kindergarten last week, and Carley and I this week. I don’t know why they call it a Kindergarten. It’s more like an awesome rockin’ daycare. We teach 4 different classes…a class of 5 year olds, a class of 3-year olds, and 2 classes of 4-year olds. 

Teaching English to Romanian 3-year-olds…
Alana: What color is your shirt?
Adorable little girl: [pause] APPLE!
Alana and me: Purple! Say purple.
Class of adorable 3-year-olds: PURPLE!

After one of the 4 year old classes, a boy came up to Alana and said “Teacher, nu inteleg se spune a colo.” That means “Teacher, I don’t understand what you were saying there.” DUDE, I FEEL FOR YOU. That’s how I feel every day in Romania!

In one of the 4-year old classes, we were reading a book on the iPad about colors. Each page was about a different color, and we had the kids stand up if they were wearing that color. On the purple page, some kids stood up and showed us their purple. One girl was wearing a dress, tights, and shoes…but no purple. We asked where her purple is, and she pulled her dress up to her chin and revealed a white shirt underneath, with purple polka dots, as she yelled “MOV! MOV!” which means “PURPLE! PURPLE!” So we had her put her dress down and then said “Repetaţ purple” and she said “purple!” It was quite hilarious.

In one of the 4 year old classes [hold up picture of a yellow star]
Alana: What shape is this?
Girl: TWINKLE!!
Alana: Star! Spune star! (say star)
All the kids: STAR!

Singing “Old McDonald Has A Farm” in the 3-year old class
[we held up a cow]
Girl: MOOOO!!!!
Me: Cow!
Everyone: E-I-E-I-O!

So much fun!

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Perfect Faces

All these kids and babies have beautiful eyelashes.
When I am holding them close or sitting by them and singing to them,
just smiling at them and admiring their perfect faces,
I can’t help but notice their perfect eyelashes.
Each one so delicately placed on their eyelids by God.
Whether they are blind or seeing,
cross-eyed or not,
disability or no disability,
in the orphanage or at the hospital,
they all have perfectly beautiful lashes.
And perfect smiles.
Natural beauty.
I can’t help but kiss their perfect faces. 

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The Chair Challenge

Once upon a time there was an adorable little girl named Vivian. I had the privilege of spending the whole day (well, about 9 hours) with Vivian and her two older siblings. Basically, babysitting is the best. 

Vivian is two years old. 

I was in the other room playing Barbies with her big sister when I heard a chair being dragged across the kitchen. My first thought was that she was trying to reach something. And if a kid needs a chair to reach something, they probably shouldn’t be getting that thing. 

Me: Vivian, where are you going with that chair?
Vivian: Nowhere, I’m just pushing it. 

And she was. I watched her from the other room as she just happily pushed it around the kitchen, then back to where it belonged in the play room. 

Why is this significant? Because she was pushing a chair just because she wanted to push a chair. 

Yes, I realize that she is two.

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Today, do something just for the joy of doing it. 

You don’t need a grand purpose.
You don’t need an end in sight.
You don’t need to have a goal.
You don’t have anything to accomplish by doing this particular task.
It is not something that will be a building block for something else.
It is for joy.

Today, do something just for the joy of doing it. 

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Children

Children. I love children. Their purity. Innocence. Simplicity. They are amazed by the simplest things – the landing of a fly, the hiding and sudden appearance of a face, a silly voice. They are entertained by the simplest things – a popping bubble, the “choo-choo” of a spoon coming towards their mouth, a feigned fall or trip. They are understanding of the most complex things – the feelings of another, the nonverbal cues of human interaction and communication. Children bring joy to everyone around them. They are constantly growing and eager to learn. They are frank and candid, full of life. Being with children can give you a new view or perspective. Talking with children can help you realize the importance of focusing on the little things in life that we, as adults, tend to let fly by without even a fleeting thought. Watching children sleep brings back eternal memories long forgotten, of angels and pure goodness and happiness. Seeing children grasp a new concept is a reminder of the fantastic and infinite capacity of the human mind to learn, grow, and expand continually. 

Gage and Jessica…

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Brigdon…

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Me…

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Quentin…

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Clara and Natalie…

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Lucas…

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Sevannah and Elizabeth…

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 48

A lot to say today!

We’ll start with my outfit….Sheridan took my pictures!

How do ya like my sunburn?

Sheridan said we were going to do “Senior Picture” style pictures…it was great. 

The tights are from Kohl’s and the undershirt is from Shade…that’s all I know…

Okay so that’s my outfit…now let’s start from the beginning…a very good place to start…

Jenna and I left her house around 6:30, and got back to Provo around 8:30 for Jenna’s meeting. I had a meeting at 10:30, and then I had church from 11:40-1:40. And then I had to do some stuff for my calling…which I love!!

When I got home, I called my dear mother. It is Mother’s Day. I love my mother.

When I was born, she gave up almost everything she had just to keep me alive. It was only me and her. And I love her for it. She is a true example to me of faith and righteous sacrifice.

My mother has had a super hard life. I don’t know what I would be like if I was her. She has had so many rough times, and those rough times have not stopped. I hope they will some day, but I don’t see when. Regardless, my mom is such a protector. She loves all 7 of her kids with all she has, and would rather be with us more than anything else. She is so great.

My mom taught me the importance of service. I don’t remember much from before I was 16, with the exception of things my mom scrapbooked pictures of. I love to look at the scrapbooks my mom made of my life. They remind me of the things that I did because I cannot seem to remember them on my own. I am so grateful that she is so creative as well. She is a quilter (even though she is out of practice as of late), and she used to always make us quilts. The blanket I sleep with every night is one my mom made. I call it my cat blanket, because simply, it has cats on it. Oh, and it’s super colorful!

My mother has always stressed the importance of getting a college education. She did not take the opportunity to get an education, and she now regrets that. She is in a situation where she is stuck, and having a college education would definitely help her out of it. My superb mother has always made sure I wanted and succeeded in getting a college education. It’s ingrained in my mind now! I love it! Just about every time I talk to her, she reminds me of how much she wants me to have an education. I know it’s important to her, and it’s important to me, so I’m working hard!

My mom is the funniest! She is always finding ways to make me laugh. My siblings do the funniest things and my mom sure makes them even funnier. She is such a kid! She’s often helping us think of fun pranks or things to do. All my friends love my mom – she’s like one of us! Haha she’s so great. I always tell my roommates what we call “mom stories”, which is just when I tell them a story about my mom….whether it’s a memory I have, or something she told me recently. It’s always a good laugh! My ward even hears a lot about my mom – I often talk about her! I just can’t help myself!

My mom is so cool…she tries to teach me the art of folding a dollar bill into a bowtie. She always does it when she leaves tips. 

My mom is so cool…she’ll push your face into a cake….when you least expect it…

My mom is cool….when she pushes your face into a cake, you just might end up with cake on your face…okay you definitely will…

My mom is so cool….she takes her oldest child and her two youngest children out at midnight to flock someone’s house. That means you put plastic flamingos all over their yard!

My mom is so cool…when she wants the middle piece of a cake, she takes the middle piece of a cake. (can you see the top indent where she smashed Sevannah’s nose into it? bwa haha!)

My mom is so cool…she is such a great example of faith. She turned this picture into something more meaningful by just using a Sharpie.

My mom is so cool…she has a Santa suit.


My mom is so cool…on Christmas 2008, it was just me and her. She dressed up as Santa and came into the room….it was hilarious.


My mom is so cool…she does a Junas Santa!

My mom is so cool…she dresses the cat up in her Santa outfit.

My mom is so cool…we match on accident.


My mom is so cool…I can get her to wear mismatched Converse and do Junas…

My mom is so cool….she taught me how to dress in public.


My mom is so cool…our noses are the same!


My mom is so cool…she has crazy children….and we like it.

My mom is so cool…we had a fire extinguisher for all the candles on her cake when she turned 41…just in case.


My mom is so cool…she uses packaging tape to fix holes in her water-bed.
My mom is so cool…when they boys’ shirts get a hole in them….she sticks her finger in it and rips it so it’s a big hole…that way they won’t wear it anymore. 

My mom is so cool…she always loves to have a picture of Jesus Christ in sight…so they’re all over the house. 

My mom is so cool…she has THE BEST fridge magnets!



My mom is so cool…she cuts onions wearing swimming goggles and gloves…so she doesn’t cry….and the kids do it, too.


My mom is so cool…for so many reasons.

I love my mother. And she loves me. And we both love our Heavenly Father. He helps us though so much. 

My goal from last week was “find time to be still” and I think I did an okay job with it. I am going to do it for one more week, though. I know I can do better. 

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Nice Kids

I like nice kids. Today, Lucas and I were playing at the park. Usually we’re the only 2 people there, but this time there were more! Anyways…there were these two boys wrestling in the rocks…one was about 6 and the other about 2. And there was also a girl, probably about 7. And there were 2 moms and a little boy a bit younger than Luke. Anywho….so Lucas saw the boys wrestling in the rocks, and he just stood there and watched. Then he laid down in the rocks away from them and rolled around…and then got up and watched them again. And then rolled around again. And then got up and got two handfuls of rocks and threw them at the boys. The boys were startled and I apologized for Lucas and the older boy said “It’s okay. I know he didn’t mean it. I have a little brother just like that. He’s over there.”

ISN’T THAT AWESOME! What a nice kid!! Then he and his sister played with Lucas and I….it was so great =)

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