I’m a so called “Pack-Rat”

CleaningSo this week my mom came to stay with me and my sisters for three day. Yes, I live in an apartment with my sisters. Anyways, I was excited to see my mom because I haven’t in quite some time. But once she got here she dropped the ball. She said we were going to start cleaning out the apartment and getting rid of crap we didn’t need. My first thought “I don’t move out until the end of October, why do I need to start cleaning the apartment out now?” And my second thought “I don’t have anything to get rid of.” Boy could I have been any more wrong.

We started in the hallway closet. Which didn’t seem so bad at first. I assumed we would just take everything out and put it in her vehicle. Nope, wrong. My mom made me take everything out of every box, tub, and tote and make piles of what I had to keep and what I could afford to throw away. “Throw away? Are you kidding me?” At first I couldn’t let anything go. Then mom made the comment if I didn’t get rid of stuff she would. That would have been a terrible idea so slowly but surely we are working together sorting, organizing, and throwing everything. I am pretty sure I got to keep 1 out of every 5th object. Among these boxes, tubs, and totes were past school work, books, craft supplies, photos, and much much more.

I soon began to realize, I might have a slight problem. I am a “pack rat” or so my mother says. You see I don’t have a problem throwing other peoples crap away, but my own, well, thats another story. My mom kept asking me if I felt better about getting rid of “all that junk”. Well no mom I didn’t feel better. I think I started to have a little anxiety. With each “thing” we threw away, I could feel my hands get sweaty, my face get warmer, and my palms get sweatier. By the end of cleaning out this closes I was down to two tubs and one tote. I swear she made me ditch about 3/4 of my stuff from that closet. We threw away more than two HUGE black garbage bags, just from the closet.

The following day wasn’t as bad. You see, I didn’t have to go through and get rid of anything. Instead, I vacuumed my bedroom, the living room, the kitchen, the hallway, and my bathroom. I could have been nice and vacuumed my sisters bathroom but they can do that themselves. Especially since the whole time my mom and I were cleaning the apartment, my sisters were sleeping. Yeah, you can see how I rate. Anyways, so once I vacuumed all the rooms my mom told me to go dust. I rolled my eyes but did it anyways. When I was done I come to the living room to see my mom trying to put the vacuum back together. Apparently she had been trying to for 10 minutes. Then I was a little irritated because I had to try and fix it. Which I did because I am awesome. But for a while there I was a little frustrated with her. It’s like ask for help if you don’t know what your doing, otherwise you might break something.

Once the vacuum was fixed I had to scrub the floors, clean my toilet,  scrub the shower, and clean the sinks. After I washed a load of dirty towels because we went through so many I was almost out. By the time we are done I was sweating. It doesn’t help that I live on the third floor of our apartment building, our air conditioner is ancient, and we can’t get a breeze to com in from outside to save our lives.

Mom and Me

Mom and Me

Things I have learned I may be a pack-rat. But I am feeling better about throwing some of that “stuff” away. I am thankful for my mom and all her help this week. Even though it was crazy at times and I thought I might pass out or die, I survived. I love you mom.


Memorial Day

freeI would like to take a moment to thank all those who have or are serving for our country. I have many family and friends who have served and no words can describe how thankful I am for each and everyone one of them. I would also like to thank all the families of our military men and woman and all the sacrifices they go through as their loved ones are away. Some of our fellow soldiers give the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, and they will never be forgotten.

Today I would like to personally thank my friend Army Spc. Emilio Jaime Campo Jr. He and I met in high school during track and field and quickly laughbecame friends. Emilio graduated from Madelia High school in 2009. He enjoyed playing basketball and soccer with his friends. He loved the North Carolina Tar Heels and would like to think he was their biggest fan.

Emilio was one of those individuals who it was hard not to be friends with. He always had a smile on his face or tried putting one on yours. He was one of the most laid back and happy-go-lucky guys I knew. EE

Emilio joined the military and worked as a medic. Eventually he wanted to become a doctor and this was his way of someday being able to pursue this dream. He was serving in Iraq when enemy forces attacked his unit with  indirect fire on June 6th 2011 in Baghdad. Emilio was killed in combat.

I still remember hearing the news of his death like it was yesterday. It felt like a dream. How could this be happening to someone so close to home?

Emilio never seemed to be afraid of anything. If he was, he was really good at hiding it. He would always say that he would be fine. CampoHe was always really good at making you feel better. I am sure today he is looking down upon us all telling us not to worry. He is home now with our Lord. You will never be forgotten.

I would like to thank the following soldiers and their families who were also killed on June 6th, 2011 with Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo: Army Spc. Michael B. Cook, Army Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck, Army Spc. Robert P. Hartwick and Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri.

The following link has more of the story on Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo: http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/army-spc-emilio-j-campo/6567787

John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Psalm 144:1 -Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.



My name is Emily Hartwig. I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and lived there until I was five with my parents and two younger sisters.

For more information on Eau Clair, Wisconsin visit http://www.ci.eau-claire.wi.us .


Sisters: Mariah, Andrea, Emily

My family and I then moved to Truman, Minnesota to be closer to my father’s family. I graduated from Truman High School in 2010.

For more information on Truman, Minnesota visit http://www.trumanmn.us

Emily, Mariah, Andrea

Emily, Mariah, Andrea 

I attended SMSU as a freshman in Fall of 2010. I am a super senior this year and will be graduating in the spring of 2015.

For more information on Southwest Minnesota State University visit smsu.edu .

Erin, Emily, Ashley, Rachel, Colleen, Becky, and Hannah

Erin, Emily, Ashley, Rachel, Colleen, Becky, and Hannah

I am majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. I currently work in a group home helping people with different disabilities become more independent. This is one of the reasons I added special education on as a minor. I am currently working full time in both my group homes and in homes.

As long as I can remember I knew I wanted to be a teacher. In high school I was a peer tutor from 10th-12th grade. I tutored individuals from 4th grade – 12th grade. I enjoyed every moment of it.

Extras: I enjoy running, swimming, and doing crafts. I love spending time with my family and friends. Camping, fishing, and hunting are also different things I like to participate in. I love the outdoors and I am always up for trying new things!