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Katie Linsey

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October 30, 2014

Homecoming Week

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Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)

Enjoy!

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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October 30, 2014

Just Became an Uncle!!!!!!!

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Yesterday I found out that my cousin Jacque gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I was shocked when I heard, I found out right before practice.

This is my cousin Jacque (left) and her sister Mitchelle (right) before my Uncle's wedding a couple of years ago.

This is my cousin Jacque (left) and my other cousin Mitchelle (right) before my Uncle’s wedding a couple of years ago.

Anyway enough about my cousin, its all about the baby right now. First of all the baby’s name is Leo Njinu. He was 3.2 kgs or 7.1 lbs. He is so adorable and cute, I’m mad that I haven’t even seen him yet.

Look at him he is so cute. I can't believe that I'm his uncle and i can't wait to meet him.

Look at him he is so cute. I can’t believe that I’m his uncle and I can’t wait to meet him.

Well this is a new frontier for me. It is just amazing to think that I’m an uncle now. It’s just a shame that I haven’t been able to meet him yet. Leo, welcome to the family and I’m excited to watch you grow. I can’t wait to meet you and see the man you become.

 

Samantha Moore

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October 28, 2014

Be: Homecoming Queen

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Guys,

Homecoming week is over… what do I do with my life now?! Here are a few pictures from the past week for y’all to enjoy:

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This is Jorge! We walked together for Homecoming court and ended up winning together! He makes a pretty handsome King if I do say so myself, he is a RA on campus!

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This is Lippi! He is my best friend! We went to high school together and he came to MNU when I was a sophomore to play soccer! Since he came here we have had multiple classes together and finally introduced ourselves even though we already knew each other. And now, we are best friends. He is so great to me and always encourages and supports me. Love you Leapster! 
asg hoedown

This is the squad also known as ASG! Luke, Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Kylen, Duby, Josh, Lauren and then me! We spend a lot of time together and sometimes too much time. I love each and every one of them though and could not imagine my senior year without them.

eddieThis is Eddie! I talked about him in a previous post, any who he was up for Homecoming King for seniors this year. It was also his first year to go to Homecoming. It was a blast!

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This is one of my best friends Lorena! We have gotten so close over the past two years she has been here and I am so glad she came into my life. I would not survive MNU without her and she brightens up everyones day! This was at the Bon Fire and Car Bach that we had.

stacy homeocmingLove this girl! This is Stacy and I talk about her a lot! She is one of my roommates and I am so glad we went to Homecoming together because we had so much fun! Senior year would honestly not be the same if she was not in my life constantly. We are always hanging out and are always either going to sporting events together or watching sporting events! Anyways, I LOVED MY DRESS!

 

Comment and I would love to chat!

Sammy

 

Haley Raydo

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October 27, 2014

Life Update: Homecoming & A Thought on Hope

October 27, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

So, homecoming week has come and gone… and let me just say it was a blast! SO many fun memories were made; ASG did a fantastic job! Also I have a random thought I have been thinking about this last week.  Although it was nice to have a bit of distraction from some of the struggles of life with all the fun events of Homecoming week… I have in the last few weeks been a little down…. But don’t worry there is HOPE!  I have a quick thought I would like to share on that in a bit… but here are some pictures of a FANTASTIC Homecoming week!

We had a movie night, a hoedown, a homecoming dance, and a football game where we BEAT BAKER (if you aren’t a Pioneer you may not understand but that is a big deal around here!).

movie night homecoming

hoedown girls

group homecoming picture

royals homecoming

(Yes I wore my Royals jersey over my dress… I am that dedicated).

All that to say it was a crazy and busy week let me tell you!

Now thats homecoming, let me give you just a quick thought of the day and then I’m done rambling.

I have really been reading and thinking a lot about hope the last few weeks.  For many reasons I have been kind of in the dumps with some personal issues but mostly with the uncertainty of life and exactly my calling.  Whether you’re a Christian or not we all go through these times.  And these are times that help you grow.  But beyond all that I have been realizing there is hope.  Some lyrics from a song, Anchor, by Hillsong go like this:

There is hope in the promise of the cross, You gave everything to save the one you love, and that hope is an anchor for my soul, my God will stand unshakeable!

Man I love that! It gives me the chills! I think when I am sad or overwhelmed sometimes I think God is surprised or He can’t handle it.  But He is UNSHAKEABLE.  And because of His promise of love on the cross, we can have hope!  Hope that there is a God who is constant, who loves and cares, and who wants what is best for us.  When everything around us seems chaotic or maybe there is a lot of hurt… remember these song lyrics! I think if we can have hope in Christ (who He is and what He has done) which coincides with trust, we can be more diligent in being patient through the trials and the pain.  Just wait and see what God will do when you regain a piece of hope in Him.

What that has to do with Homecoming, or what Homecoming has to do with Hope?  No one will ever know.  It has just been my life the last week though :)

Anyways..

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Luther Okeyo

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October 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom (well sort of)

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Last Saturday was my mom’s birthday and I’ll be honest with you I’m a huge mommas boy. You see I’m an only child and for as long as I can remember it just been my mom and I taking on every challenge that life threw at us.

This my mom, Grace Mbere Gachanja. The most wonderful woman in my life. Look at us representing even when I was little.

This my mom, Grace Mbere Gachanja. The most wonderful woman in my life. Look at us representing even when I was little.

She has accomplished a lot of things just during my lifetime, let alone here. She is my rock, my inspiration when I’m down, and she always knows just what to say (as all mothers should). We both born in Kenya, a country in East Africa. Back in the day my mom was quite the athlete and she was a beast on the track, she ran the 400 & 800 meters in high school. She then went to college and became a nurse. (She had me along the way but most of that information is classified.) My mom was trailblazer in outr family, she was the first person to go to college, the first to graduate from college and just to top it all of she got her Ph.D just over a year ago.

The day my mom graduated from grad school. I couldn't be more proud of her and she is always setting the standard but don't worry I'll be right behind here.

The day my mom graduated from grad school. I couldn’t be more proud of her and she is always setting the standard but don’t worry I’ll be right behind here. (What am I pointing at)

Sure I could tell you about all of her accomplishments but you wanna know why she is so important to me? Back when we used to in Iowa (Oh oh Midwest Shout Out!), my mom worked three jobs, found a way to put me through school, while she was also going to school to receive her masters degree, and she still was there for me when I needed like when I was in accident in the 4th grade and my bike was destroyed (I know it sounds bad, but actually it’s a funny story, but that’s for another time.) If she was able to do all that, I have no excuse. I’m going to do everything in my power to be there for her. Happy Birthday Mom, I can’t wait to see you again.

Mariah McCommon

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October 26, 2014

Homecoming Craziness!

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Hi y’all! Yes I said y’all cause I’m from Topeka, Kansas and I just love the word.

Like all of my blogger friends have said, it has been a crazy Homecoming week! Homecoming is always a fun time of the year. Each day of the week we had themes and I’m now going to tell you what they were:

Monday – 90’s/Demin Day

Tuesday – Favorite Disney Character (I was Elsa, just picture it)

Wednesday – “We wear pink on Wednesdays”/Boys wore black

Thursday – Western Day!

Friday – Favorite sports team day (Royals of course)

 It was so much fun to see all the different costumes and people having a great time with it! What’s even better is the weather this week has been close to absolutely perfect. I’m currently sitting outside in the beautiful, eighty degree weather and I love it.
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I did not attend the Homecoming banquet, but I did go to the car bash/hoedown on Thursday and failed at dancing every single time. I just cannot dance. It’s so sad. The only song I could actually dance to was the Cha-Cha Slide and that’s because the song tells you what to do. I still got to wear my boots, though! I ended up going home Friday after classes so I missed the banquet at Uptown, but from what I heard, everyone that went had a blast.

Saturday was my favorite part… the Homecoming football game!! Gosh I love football. It was against Baker and it was a well-played game by both teams. We tied the game 27-27 and went into overtime. We pulled through and got the final touchdown winning the game 34-27. It was a happy moment for us Pioneers. I’m the kind of girl that will stay until the very end of the game even if it’s pouring down rain or -5 degrees outside. To all who left early, you missed out on a great game!

Later Saturday evening was our last Homecoming event at Emerald City. It was a gymnastics place that was pretty much an adult playhouse. Like, jungle gyms and everything! It was legit. They had a gigantic rock wall, a foam pit, a carpet slide, and trampolines! My favorite part was the foam pit. I left with a headache and now I have a million bruises all over, but it was totally worth it.

Overall, I had an amazing week and I hope you all did as well! I’ll leave you with a little advice… it’s very wise to have a phone case. I’ve gone an entire week now without a phone because I dropped it on cement outside the dorms. It was tragic. But if that’s been the only struggle this week, I can live with that. So, don’t take off your phone cases ladies and gents! You will regret it.

Do something crazy this week and enjoy it!

 

Aaron Merrell

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October 26, 2014

Good Nights

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Hey everyone!

 

Hope you had a stellar week! I’ve been helping out with a few of the homecoming events, which has been SO much fun.  A lot of the events, and this evening, got me thinking about the fact that everything fun seems to happen at night: most of this week’s events, stargazing with awesome friends tonight, city events like the plaza lights. I could go on and on.

 

I have a mindset that business gets done during the day, and all the fun happens in the evening/at night.  Maybe I shouldn’t feel that way, and there is a lot of fun to be had during the day, but I am at my happiest at night-time.  Something about the darkness, or maybe it’s the stress of the day coming to an end, brings conversations, jokes, and just being with people to a different level.  Some people get crazy as they get tired, others grumpy, and still others just laugh, but it is so much easier to get to know people as the day comes to a close, though perhaps we feel this way because we can dwell on these things as we sleep afterward?

 

I’m not sure what brought this up, but I’ve been thinking a lot about it recently.  It seems like ties are made and severed after nightfall: making new friends, maybe losing some that made you emotionally unhealthy.  But, sometimes it’s just trying to figure out what’s still open late in Olathe, and packing up the car to head to McDonald’s or Waffle House, or just to drive because it’s free (kinda).

 

These experiences are something you can’t get back, hours well spent, so I encourage you to stay up late once in a while, study all day so you can stay up late, and just be with people.

 

That’s all I’ve got for this week, I hope you all are blessed as you live your lives this week, and I’ll see you soon!

-Aaron

 

Katie Linsey

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October 23, 2014

What is love? (Baby don’t hurt me)

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I’ve learned a lot in my classes here at MNU. However, I think I’ve learned even more outside of the classroom. Between countless chapel services, small groups, and the communal living at MNU, God has taught me more than I ever thought possible. One thing God has taught me these past few weeks is what it means to love someone.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, love is “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.”

While I partly agree with that definition, I think it’s much more than that. While having breakfast with my wise friend JD Andrews this week, she explained to me how she views love as a choice. At first, I wasn’t sure if I completely agreed with her, but the more she talked about her decision to love people, it came together in my mind.

John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.”

So, what if we don’t feel a “strong or constant affection” for someone? Well, Jesus still wants us to love them the way He loves us. That’s why we have to choose to love some people.

I’m extremely grateful that Jesus calls us to love people with more than just our feelings. It’s pretty scary how quickly and drastically emotions can change in a split second. One day you may want to hang out with your best friend all the time, and then the next day you find that everything she does annoys you. One day you may be attracted to someone, and then the next day maybe you aren’t for whatever reason. Love has to be more than feelings and attractions because those things aren’t always reliable. We are not called to act on our feelings toward someone; we’re called to act in obedience to the commandment to “love one another.”

I don’t know all there is to know about this whole “love” thing (and I never will), but I do know one thing…

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”        1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Wow. That sounds like a lot more than a feeling or an attraction.

As I continue life here at MNU, I pray daily that Jesus will help me choose to love people like He does. When we love people with a love like that, we can start to better understand the unconditional love that Jesus has for us.

So, there you have it… one of the many lessons that Jesus has been teaching me during my time at MNU. I can’t wait to share more with you in the weeks to come! Now go love some people!

-KT

Fellowship with these friends has been such a joy. We have learned so much and grown so much together.

Samantha Moore

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October 21, 2014

HOMECOMING WEEK PEOPLE!

October 21, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys,

trying something new with a video this week! Hope to do more of these! I am currently studying for my Human Resource test I have on Friday of Homecoming week and my birthday week.. be praying! It is such a fun and crazy week I have in front of me but it will be a fun one.

As always comment and I would love to chat with you!

Haley Raydo

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October 20, 2014

Why You Should Go to (School In) Kansas City

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Hello friends!

Nice of you to stop by– and can I say this semester has flown by!  We now only have 7 weeks left of this fall semester…. (mind-blown gasp)  Yes its crazy, its intense, its ridiculous, and its scary– but lets not let that stop us from enjoying a read and learning about an amazing city.  Yup, KANSAS CITY actually IS an amazing city.

Now I put “school in” in parentheses because you can leave those words in or out.  If you have already graduated college or already attend a college than lets read this as “Why You Should Go to Kansas City” because… well, you should.  If you’re in high school and about to make a decision of where to go- let me do some braggin’ on and convincin’ of Kansas City.  (If you don’t know MidAmerica is in Olathe, KS– just a twenty minute straight shot away from downtown KC)

SO here it is… Why YOU Should Go to (School In) Kansas City:

If you’re a sports fan:

Do I really need to say anything else about these Royals, man? If so read my post from a few weeks ago– it will enlighten you.  We are now in the World Series and can I say this city is going crazy!  Even the fountains (if you didn’t know Kansas City has the second most amount of fountains in a city) are all blue, ROYAL blue!  If you don’t believe me here is some convincing:

http://postgradproblems.com/this-is-an-absolutely-bone-chilling-tribute-to-the-kansas-city-royals-playoff-run/

Also I got the chance to go to game 3 against the Orioles… Here I am with my sister

kayla and I Royals

If you aren’t a huge baseball fan- no worries! Our KC Chiefs are doing pretty well!  Arrowhead Stadium is actually the loudest stadium in the world!  Our MNU boys even got the chance to play there! Here is a picture with my friends at the game:

arrowhead game with friends

If you like soccer– good news! KC has one of the best soccer teams in the MLS!  Heading out to Sporting is always a fun time!

If you’re into the arts:

I say this in my fancy voice.  KC is great if you love the arts!  My sister and I went to the ballet this last weekend at the Kauffman Center…. and let me just say I was impressed all around. It may have been for a project but I quite enjoyed it!

ballet with kayla

 

They have the symphony, ballet, and opera all at the Kauffman Center which is beautiful!  Also the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is phenomenal as well as the Plaza Art Fair!

(Also if you like jazz- check out the Green Lady!)

If you love to eat:

Who doesn’t?  But KC is a great place to grab some good food.  We are known for our BBQ–I highly recommend Oklahoma Joes which did not originate in Oklahoma believe it or not– There are soo many good places to eat though! Great Mexican restaurants, fondue places, all you can eat meat restaurants, amazing burger places, and soooo much more!  You really can’t get enough of the good cookin’ in KC.

If you’re a hipster:

Oh man this is a great place for you! Every coffee house in KC seems to have that “hipstery” flare (yes I made up a word).  I personally love the Roasterie– which has 3 KC locations! Yay happy day! (Also I have a free drink to redeem so I need to stop by there get myself a Chai latte)

If you love some good concerts- we have so many great places and get so many great bands.  City and Colour is a personal favorite of mine and this year is the second year in a row they have come to KC.

Also we have the river market, farmers market, First Fridays (vintage findings in West Bottoms), and West Port…. (enough said).

If you love a good theme park:

Good news! MNU is 30 minutes away from Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun… Also about that distance away from Schlitterbahn Water Park!

If you love Christmas: 

Can I tell you there is nothing better than the Christmas season in Kansas City… The Plaza lights, Crown Center, and Union Station– they make the season so much more cheerful! I even posted a blog about it last year– feel free to check it out I am sure I will be writing another one soon enough however!

kc plaza lights

crown center christmas

If you love nature:

Kansas City is huge and vast, so don’t think you’ll be surrounded by buildings with no nature.  Just take a short drive and you’ll see it.  On MNU’s campus we have the BEST trees around! (seriously though)  If you drive 30 minutes south you’ll be on some farms, and in an hour drive or so you’ll hit the flint hills (yes we know Kansas is a flat state and the flint hills are basically nothing- but c’mon they are still pretty cool for a flat state).

There is soo much more… but I will leave you with this to ponder. Seriously you need to come to KC. If you need more information… stop by this site:

http://kansascity.national-property-management-group.com/about-kansas-city/lifestyle/

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley