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Joey Alligier

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December 5, 2013

Dear Santa,

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The taste of the chicken flavor is becoming mundane and you just watched the series finale of Prison Break.
This is the most wonderful time of the year for college students who consistently indulge in Ramen Noodles and their roommate’s Netflix.
It’s December. Which means:

School is out soon
Christmas is around the corner
Socks with Rudolph on them are socially acceptable

As the jolly man in the, simply put, soft-large-red-onesie is fast-approaching, instead of paying attention in class, I daydream of the things on my WANT list. This year that includes:

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A phone case

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Adidas watch

Cool and classy

Camera tripod

I need straighter pictures

Slim style khakis

Nothin' better, oh oh oh

Body wash

So fresh and so clean

Laundry soap

Cheap and Lasting

As you can see these things are not on the typical person’s list, unless you’re about 35. I mean when I was younger, getting socks would have ticked me off, now it would be like manna from heaven. Seriously, I think the washer eats them,and usually just one out of the pair

A strange phenomenon happens as one transitions from the teenage years to young adulthood. We start to desire actually pretty useful and everyday materials…. Sure the PS4 would be cool, but I NEED BODY WASH.

I know that finals are around the corner and I should probably study instead of sending screenshots of hoped for gifts to my mother. Yet, even in the adolescent search for these gifts I am finding a sense of maturity.

This time of year is one to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, and the beauty of life. The little things like stocking-stuffers symbolize my mom’s corny sense of humor which I obviously inherited and emphasizes how important my family is. The simple happenings such as the pictures I get to take with the accessories I hope for or the whiff of Dove for men when I raise my arms in excitement of the season. And the beauty of life is found in the “Reason for the Season.” The greatest gift was the not-so-silent-yet-beautifully-kinda-gross night when Jesus was born in an animal trough amidst a barn type structure.

Overall, I could get nothing on my “Grown-up Christmas List” and still be satisfied and content. While I wouldn’t be upset if an Ipad Mini was underneath the cheesy-Santa-Claus/Rudolph wrapping-paper, I will feel the same if beneath the cheesiness is a 12 pack of calf-high socks.

Enjoy the season for what it brings, just don’t forget to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

P.S.- I don’t know who Ryan is…..

Britney Lewis

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December 4, 2013

Procrasti-Nation…Have You Joined Yet?

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Ahh, the sweet smell of waiting to do nothing.

Yup, that’s where I’ve been for the last two weeks.

I’ve been talking myself out of endless assignments because if it’s due tomorrow, I’ll do it tomorrow–not joking.

I mean, the art of procrastination is an intense skill. I’ve been trying to procrastinate procrastinating, but I’m even failing at that. It’s just that procrastinating has become such a huge part of my life…I’m not sure what my world would be like without it.

It would just be weird…you know?

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So with the help of a few Tumblr Gifs, I can accurately walk you through the current phases of my life as I brace finals week head-on.

As we all know, procrastination is a cycle that looks a lot like this:

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Now, once you’ve entered the cycle, it’s obvious that there are no exits. I can admit, I’ve actually tried to break the cycle–it’s harder than it looks, seriously–but somehow I get sucked back in. Just the other day I was telling myself how I was going to write my speech three days before hand.

But then this happened…

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Now three days have passed, and here I am…writing my speech less than twenty-four hours before it’s due.

It’s like no one understands! I can’t help that I get distracted and suddenly develop ADD while I’m doing homework….It just happens…okay.

And we’re not even going to mention those assignments that profs slip in at the end of class….

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Like, was that even on the syllabus? IT’S DUE TOMORROW? WHAT IS LIFE????!!!

Then I find myself like this…

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Because I don’t want to stay up all night writing a twenty-page book report.

And If I get that paper done before midnight….

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Welp, you’re darn skippy that I’m going to look a whole lot like that image above because no one wants to pull an all-nighter, and if they say they do….well, then they obviously don’t value sleeping like the rest of the college students I know.

So, there you have it, folks! Here’s Procrasti-Nation at it’s finest…have you joined yet? Ha, I know I sure have.

But, seriously, I really have to get off this blog because even as we speak, I have a whole lot homework to do.

Over and out, Homies!

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Allegra Vieux

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December 3, 2013

Going to Juarez, be right back!

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Hey blog world!

So I spent last weekend in Juarez. Crazy, I know, but it was pretty tranquil and the people were wonderful.

I went with my gorgeous friend Taylor. Her grandparents have a branch of Compassionate Ministries, which gives relief to areas in the world through supplies. Normally, they make a trip to Mexico before Christmas to give Nazarene pastors and their families gifts and clothing and other various things in time for the cold, winter season. They have a banquet and there are like 20 pastors from the area with their whole families in a restaurant. Taylor and I went in place of her grandparents this year. She speaks English and French, so my pseudo-Spanish skills came in handy. We flew to El Paso Friday night, met up with the other 6 people on our team, went into Juarez for most of the day Saturday, and flew home Sunday. It was quick! Don’t worry, I documented our weekend.

This is how we remembered where we parked at the airport.

This is how we remembered where we parked at the airport.

Successfully across the border! I love this city.

Successfully across the border! I love this city.

This is Juanita. She is a pastor's wife with a killer sense of humor. She many times offered her school aged boys to me when I commented on how cute they are. Hilarious!

This is Juanita. She is a pastor’s wife with a killer sense of humor. She many times offered her school aged boys to me when I commented on how cute they are. Hilarious!

Taylor, Ana, and baby Santiago! Ana is a pastor in Mexico and this is her nephew! Her brother (Santiago's dad) is also a pastor, and they look just the same.

Taylor, Ana, and baby Santiago! Ana is a pastor in Mexico and this is her nephew! Her brother (Santiago’s dad) is also a pastor, and they look just the same.

Me with my new friends! They are wonderful women of God and like to laugh!

Me with my new friends! They are wonderful women of God and like to laugh!

Me and Taylor at the airport. Isn't she adorbs??

Me and Taylor at the airport. Isn’t she adorbs??

Okay so I’m also kind of a jerk friend. Because Taylor doesn’t speak Spanish and would mostly smile and nod along with whatever I said, I may or may not have misrepresented her multiple times. For one, I asked the pastors if they had any single young men in their congregations because my friend wants to get married to a Mexican man. Then told them it was a practical joke. Juanita heard what I said, and responded with, “Tell her if she marries a Mexican man he’ll want her to have 8 kids!” (this captures her sense of humor tremendously.) People also asked if she was the Doctor’s granddaughter, and then asked what her name was. Taylor isn’t exactly a name in Spanish, so after a couple people struggled through her name I came up with a solution. Her name sounds very close to the Spanish word for “trailer,” so I told them just to call her “Tráiler.” Problem solved!

Here are some obligatory pics from Thanksgiving. I got inspired by my hours of Pinterest endeavors.

We even spray painted the sticks navy blue.

We even spray painted the sticks navy blue.

Yeah my family never decorates for Thanksgiving.

Yeah my family never decorates for Thanksgiving.

yeah we never set the table either.

yeah we never set the table either.

We do this a lot.

We do this a lot.

I know. My nephew Lennox is the cutest.

I know. My nephew Lennox is the cutest.

Also the Today Show stopped by campus this afternoon to shoot a story about Granny Franny. I made the B-Roll, but Joelle Garguilo is the best! She seriously has a heart of gold and loves life. Thanks for hanging out with us, Joelle!

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…Random events make for a random blog post.

Over and Out!

 

 

Heather Engle

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December 2, 2013

Breaks are nice

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Hello Friends!

This past week was our Thanksgiving break! I got the chance to go home and eat some delicious home cooked meals, catch up with some pretty cool friends, and spend time with my lovely family! My sisters were even waiting for me when I came home, which is pretty awesome to come home to! Here are some pictures to show you guys the things I did this past week!

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One great thing I got to do was go see Catching Fire! The movie was pretty amazing. I really wish I would have read the books though because I heard from multiple people that if you read them the movie would make a lot more sense. But other than that, I still thought it was amazing. Also, I want to be Katniss when I grow up.

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Thanksgiving day was also pretty wonderful. We picked up on playing the card game Nertz this year in my family, and it. was. intense. That game can get super crazy, but it’s really fun at the same time. I had a blast playing it with them, and it was double awesome because I got to drink some hot apple cider, which is always wonderful. I was in heaven.

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Saturday night my friends Zack and Sydney played music and sang at a coffee shop in Hutchinson, KS. I had the privilege of going with them and be serenaded by their angelic voices. It was also a super cool coffee shop with twinkly lights and amazing coffee! I maybe bought 2 cups of coffee..in the time span of 2 hours.. and I’m not ashamed.

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This is the view of the coffee shop on the inside.

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This is my friend Sydney. Not only does she have an amazing voice, she does some pretty awesome artwork too! :] She is lovely.

Well this is all I have for you guys this week. It was wonderful to be on break, but I always love coming home to MNU. It has definitely captured a place in my heart already. :]

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

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Hello friends!

Classes are up and starting again at MNU after a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We had three different Thanksgivings this year with my family, and I got two of them on camera! This was also my first year going Black Friday shopping… which was an experience to say the least.  Didn’t get much accomplished but I did pick up quite a few movies for our movie nights in the dorm. (If you didn’t know, Walmart has 2 dollar movies! Check it out next year!)

So here is just a snippet into my family life over the holiday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me @haleyraydoo and @mnublogs

(P.S. I loove the music in this video! Check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Noel, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! Let me know what your favorite Christmas music is!)

Joey Alligier

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November 27, 2013

Thas’ why we Friends!

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This is the Thanksgiving Break edition of the “Thas why we Friends” series here on my blog.

I set out to make a creative and funny, yet informative video with my friends. A parody, a funny high school story, or maybe try to gauge the impact that college has.

Instead, this is what I got…..

Thanks Katie and Amber, nothing changes. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Britney Lewis

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November 26, 2013

What Are You Thankful For?

November 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

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This thanksgiving break is going to be epic!

Haha, just kidding!

Well, hey, It might be epic…Possibly…Like maybe if I wish on a shooting star and find fairy dust in a secret forest somewhere.

Regardless of the stars in the sky, and Tinker Bell’s leftovers, my Thanksgiving break will consist of three things: Food, my laptop, and Netflix.

Of course, between my food breaks, the overheating of my laptop, and stretching time between episodes of Scandal, I’ll have plenty of time to praise God for every graceful thing in my life.

What are you thankful for this year?

When I think about all that this year has consisted of, it’s hard to choose just one thing.

Honestly, I am so thankful for school. I know that sounds witty and what not, but I’m serious. I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for MidAmerica–I can’t imagine my life any other way. And though I have four jobs that keep me on my toes, homework and papers up to my elbows, and professors who assign the same due dates, I am glad to be in college.

SO yeah, considering everything else going on in life, this Thanksgiving might actually be epic.

I get a break from work.

I get a break from homework (Ha, well sorta).

And I get a break from stressing out completely!………..well, that’s debatable…..but you get my jist, don’t you?

Tell me, what are  you thankful for this year? Is it for the same thing I’m thankful for? Or, I bet it’s something different. Feel free to share if you’d like. If not, I guess you can keep all your grace to yourself

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But Hey, I guess I don’t need the fairy dust and falling stars after all! ;)

Have a Lovely day!

And A Turkey-full Thanksgiving.

Peace and Love,

Britney

 

Heather Engle

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November 25, 2013

I’ve been learning lately…

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Hello Blog world. :]

This week’s blog is going to be a little different from what I usually do. God has definitely taught me some stuff that I would like to share with you guys.

Something pretty exciting happened to me this weekend! It may not seem like a huge deal to some, but I had the chance to lead worship on Sunday morning for a church in Basehor, Kansas! This was actually the first time I have ever gotten to decide who was on the team, select the songs, and lead each of the songs that we played. Not that leading worship at this church was about me and my experience AT ALL, but it was overall just a wonderful opportunity!

Village Community Church was where we went to lead worship. I took a team of people from MNU that were so great to sacrifice their time to lead worship with me. I know I am definitely not the best worship leader in the world, but God has been so very generous in giving me many opportunities to stretch the talents and gifts He has given me. There is still so much to learn, but if there was one thing I have learned since I’ve been here at MNU, it’s that It is SO not about me.

 Even if I try my hardest to be the best at whatever it may be, I know it won’t be perfect. It may be close, or even way far off. I am only human, but God is ALL powerful, ALL knowing, and ALL merciful.

And I am SO thankful for that! He knows exactly what He is doing. To think that He would use someone like me to lead people into the presence of God is a miracle in itself. And when I said He knows exactly what He is doing, I really mean it. He knew that I was meant to come to MNU.

I don’t know how else I would have been able to experience the things that I am right now if it wasn’t for this college. I am beyond blessed and I can’t even describe to you how mind blown I have been by the chances I’ve had to be able to do what God has called me to do. It is truly insane to think about. God also knows exactly what I’m going through right this second. And even in my brokenness, or whatever I may be going through, despite the challenges that can come in this life, He can still use me. He is still good.

His love is unconditional. It does not depend solely on my circumstances. I really hope you take this in personally for yourself too, because He knows EXACTLY what is going on in your life, right this second, and He has walked through everything with you. Every single thing that you have been through, He has been there. :] How awesome is that?!

So this is what’s been laid on my heart this weekend, and I wanted to share this with you guys because I think it really captures what MNU is all about. This school has blessed my life tremendously in a way that I will never forget.

Rest in His truth today.

I promise you won’t regret it. :]

“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For scripture says to Pharaoh: I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” –Romans 9:16, 17

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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November 23, 2013

It’s the Holiday Season… So Let’s Be Thankful!

November 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

It’s another great day to write a blog and share with you my thoughts!  The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about thankfulness.  It makes sense considering we are approaching Thanksgiving (which by the way is my favorite holiday!).

I was listening to a sermon at my church a few weeks ago about this idea of thankfulness.  It’s funny how often we use words on a regular basis, but never really dive down deep and figure out what they really mean.  My pastor talked about the difference between gratitude and thankfulness, thankfulness being something more than just a feeling.  “Gratitude is like wrapping a present, but never giving it.”

This has been a new revelation for me these past weeks.  Thankfulness is gratitude expressed. How often do I feel gratitude for what people do for me, but never show it?  I would say a lot, and the difference between the two is significant.

My pastor challenged us to write three things down we were thankful for each day of the week, and to share them with one another.  I thought it was such a great challenge that I thought some of you guys would consider trying it!  The importance of writing it down and sharing it is important because it takes it a step further than just thinking about it in your head.  It requires action.  If you find yourself writing a person’s name down, share it with them!  If you find yourself writing about food and shelter, volunteer and bless those who don’t have those accommodations!  The easy part is thinking of them and feeling gratitude, but let’s take it a step further and be thankful!

These are the three things I wrote for today!

1.  New Experiences! My MNU family!

I have been so thankful for this new stage of my life.  Meeting new friends, learning new things in new ways, and being apart of a new community!

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2.  My Brother and Sister!

They are such a support for me, and I love them very much! Plus they are just really cute ;)

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3.  The Month of November

November is my favorite month of the year! We have a 9-1 Chiefs team, we have a Jayhawk team that beat Duke last week, we have the Missions Conference at my church (my aunt and uncle are missionaries and I get to see them!), we have pretty fall trees at the beginning of the month, we have Christmas music at the end of the month, and we have Thanksgiving!! What else could be better?

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That’s my blog for the week!  Accept the challenge I give if you are so brave… Oh and if you are looking for a church in the area, check out Cross Points Church in Shawnee!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Mario Flores

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November 23, 2013

MNU Vball beat Baker! Catching Fire was pretty leegit & Jamie Furnas You’re Amazing

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So last week you got to see our MNU Soccer team’s video, here’s our Volleyball team’s video:

Now’s here are the highlights from the HAAC tournament Final versus Baker: If you see in the first few seconds I guy with curly hair and dancing with crazy legs, that’s Luke Letsinger one of our Student Chaplains. Then to the side am I with my friend Nathan in red pants and a beanie:

I forgot to mention that Wednesday at Kairos (the Wednesday evening chapel for college students at College Church of the Nazarene) we helped package about 160 Thanksgiving meals-made possible by the generosity of the people at College Church of the Nazarene.

Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!

Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!

 

Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it's called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!

Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it’s called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!

Here's a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!

Here’s a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!

 

Philosophy Class is one of my faves:

 

Some of my friends in Philosophy class. #beaniesfuhdayz

Some of my friends in Philosophy class from left to right: Phillip Prado, Chelsea Amos, and Jordan Case. #beaniesfuhdayz

After watching the Hunger Games: Catching Fire…..

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This is from the opening scene of the flick

This is from the opening scene of the flick

…… My friend and resident on my hall, Aaron Smith did something I applauded him for:

Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater!

Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater! Also in this photo montage is another good friend of mine Charles Feller!

And here’s a photo of Her:

Since we don't have any pics together, I figured  using her current profile pic would be okay.

Since we don’t have any pics together, I figured using her current profile pic would be okay :D

She is madly in love with Jesus, intelligent and witty, funny and silly, confident yet humble, and she is obviously beautiful: I’m clearly a SPOILEDLY blessed man.