Last Saturday I had the honor and opportunity to run in the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk. Going on its 16th year, this event honors the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones who died of cancer.
Got my shirt and race number. I’m ready for this thing.
MNU is a big sponsor of the event and they have a big tent and they paint people faces. It’s really a cool event. MNU also has a team that runs in the event.
Team MNU in all of its glory
I’m not going to lie the I underestimated the pace of the race but I still did a lot better than I thought. In high school I used to run track. I ran the 400 and 800 in high school. So I haven’t really ran “competitively” in about 5 years, I have a game to play later in the day and my head coach randomly shows up and 2 of his kids are also running in the race. Also I’ve never ran anything like a 5K before so this is all new and dangerous territory.
Not bad for a guy who has ran in five years. I finished 49 out of 1387 people who ran the 5K competitively, the 47th male of 761 males who competed, also 7th out of 21 in my age group of males 20 to 24.
In the end it was an amazing experience, to be able to do something for higher cause and honor the memories of two people in the process. To be honest the best part of the race was the end when everybody who was in the race were able to get massages after the race.
Shout out to the people at ProCare Chiropractic, Dr. Toby Scott came in the clutch for making sure, I was well taken care of and that I was ready for the game later on the in day. This man is a life saver.
The race was held at Black Bob elementary, its a couple of blocks from MNU. Right now the race is almost over and everyone is starting to gather in gym for the awards ceremony
At the end of all this I still had a game to play at 6 pm that day at Central Methodist University deep in the back woods of Missouri. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but it was an amazing day. But trust me I’m probably not going to doing all this again. Next we have Missouri Valley at Arrowhead Stadium, its going to be a HUGE game, and man I can’t wait.
I feel like I have one homework assignment or project or paper or even test after another. It was definitely a crazy busy week.
Today I have a Business Communication project with three of my friends Clair Plummer, Caleb Mingus and Drake North. Our project was about bringing a Braum’s (a fast-food place) to Olathe. We had to have a 10-12 minutes speech but got to choose our own topics. My topic was about the human resource and hiring part of building a new restaurant. We totally rocked it and may have even let out a few laughs and yells when it was over.
Tomorrow I am going to Lansing Correctional Facility (a prison) for my Human Resource Management class. We are teaching a two-hour class to inmates that will be getting out within the next 3-6 months. I am really excited about his project. I have always had a passion for prison inmates and being involved in their lives. In my future I hope to be a Deputy Warden or work in the Re-entry program.
Last Thursday our volleyball team played Baker, one of our biggest rivals. It was for the number one spot in the HACA conference. ASG did a tailgate for this game, which was absolutely phenomenal, and we had such a great turn out. We did #thinkpink shirts because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We also had chick-fil-a sandwiches (they didn’t invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich!!) and did a volleyball tournament with a change to win $120 worth of gift cards. Of course we crushed Baker with a 3-0 win. One of my best friends Becca is a senior setter for the team and I have always gone to all the home volleyball games. I do love my sporting events!
Becca is on the right, #7 on the court but #1 in my heart We have been close friends since freshman year and we have always had a strong bond. She is the type of friend who could totally rock out in the car with me without feeling embarrassed or even looking at each other. She is from Oklahoma and is a Biology major. ON the left is Stacy, she is a senior nursing major from Nebraska and is one of my suite mates! This is our second year living together and we usually always go on dinner dates together. It is friends like her that I am glad I chose MNU!
This past weekend was packed full as well too. I went to Central Methodist on Saturday to watch MNU Men’s soccer, MNU Women’s soccer and also football play. My RE Patti (shout out to the patster) for driving myself and one of my best friends Becca to the Central Methodist with her husband Lonnie. They are two of my favorite people here on campus and are always going to sporting events.
I LOVE going to sporting events at MNU, especially soccer. Four of my suitemates, one of them being my actual roommate, are soccer players and I have always loved going to watch them play since freshman year. Sometimes they call me the soccer groupie and even their coaches know me.. what can I say I just love being involved. Both the men’s team and the women’s team won on Saturday in their conference games. They were both tough games but they pulled through and came out on top. This is my roommate Ashlea who is a senior soccer player and also a nursing major! She is also engaged and we love to laugh at each other, with each other or with others!! We are always having fun together
This weekend I also found out that I got nominated for Homecoming Queen, how exciting!! I have been nominated every year and was really excited when I found out I was nominated for Homecoming Queen this year. One of my best friends who is on the men’s soccer team, Eddie Morales was nominated for Homecoming King and we actually get to walk together. Homecoming week is such an exciting and anticipated week for not only ASG and students but also for alumni of MNU. Since Homecoming is not for another two weeks I will be writing a blog on all the festivities that happen later on in the month.
That is Eddie! He is a great soccer player and has been leading his team in goals this year! He is a pretty cool guy and has been one of my closest friends since NSO freshman year (new student orientation)!
One of my highlights from the weekend:
Going to the NASCAR race with my dad and two of my suite mates! We had pitt passes so we got to go down and look in the garages, victory lane and at the cars before the race started!
As always feel free to comment below or leave any questions you may have and I would love to answer or chat with you!!
I can not even begin to describe my excitement this week has held for me! As a sports fan born and raised in Kansas City, the last several years have been rather disappointing. Between the Chiefs and the Royals, a few tears have been shed, several screams of frustration have escaped, and an every once and awhile throwing of an object, have been spread throughout my lifetime. The only news of glory from my KC sports teams were stories my dad, uncles, and grandpas liked to talk about.
And just within this last week, the Royals… THE Kansas City Royals, ended their 29 year drought of playoff appearances! And everyone reading this goes wild! I mean seriously this gets me emotional. I have literally been waiting my ENTIRE life (and some) years to see the Royals do ANYTHING.
So when I was reflecting on this week and what I was to write about, this was pretty much the only thing that came to mind. I mean people across MNU campus were tweeting, yelling, and cheering. Talk about some excitement!
Now to relate this post back to something practical (especially for those of you who aren’t sports fans) I wondered what it would be like if people would spend as much time and as much excitement on the Lord as they did about the Royals ending their drought. I mean people are spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, posting thousands of posts on social media, and cheering and yelling to wake everyone in their dorm up, staying up late watching the long extensive games, and carrying conversations with friends and strangers about last nights game.
Now none of this bad, if it was I am in trouble… BUT I think there is a point to be said there. It is so easy to get wrapped up in something (it may not be sports for you) but so many times we forget to get wrapped up in the very thing that brought us here to begin with. If we would just take the time to stay up and listen and sit in his glory, tithe a little of our money once a month, post on social media about all what God has done in your life instead of complaining, and having conversations with friends and strangers about the Lord, our world would look so different! Our ministry, our churches, our lives, and our relationships would look different!
Sometimes it just takes little steps… Maybe start spending 15 minutes of your day with the Lord and go on from there.
This doesn’t mean you can’t stay up late watching the games and tweeting your little hearts out about the Royals (believe me I still will be… you can catch it all @haleyraydo) but maybe next time you sit down to watch the Royals or whatever it may be you get excited about, remember the Lord and His goodness. And remember to take that relationship one step further than the I go to church on Sundays, pray before meals, and sit in a Christian beliefs class kind of level.
As you may already know, I am an Intercultural Studies major which is part of the Ministry program here at MNU. This weekend I had the opportunity to go with my Intro to Ministry class on a retreat not too far from campus. Although we weren’t there long, the experience was transforming and it really opened my eyes.
First, this place was awesome. They had a beautiful sanctuary, rooms like a hotel, and it was incredibly peaceful. The first main event we did was about half an hour of silent time where each student went off on their own to a place to be alone with God. My favorite place to go for Jesus time is outside. I love the outdoors. The breeze to me represents the Holy Spirit. And it was sure present during my personal time alone with God. I’m not going to lie, I bawled like a baby. I’m really thankful for that time I had because I felt God wrap His arms around me. By the time I had to leave, I felt relief and at peace with everything.
Next, we transitioned into some light-hearted, fun games like speed dating (awkward but hilarious) and the “clump” game. Weird, I know, but it was like, so much fun! The object of it was to see how many people are interested in the same things. For example, the professor calls out, “If you prefer dogs, clump to the left, if you like cats, clump to the right, if you just don’t care, stand in the middle and look pretty.” We all got to know each other pretty quickly and had tons of fun with it.
On a more serious note, one of our professors had us make little booklets of our lives. We were to choose four main events leading up to present day and draw a picture that symbolizes the event. The point of the exercise was to share our story with a group. The key theme in each of our stories was that God always has a plan. Though we may not realize it at the time, His timing is never off. That’s when our ability to trust Him is tested. I was inspired by the strength I saw in the people around me. I hope I can be as strong as them someday.
Wrapping up the retreat today, we partook in a life-altering experience after our mini chapel service. We wrote our burdens, our pain, names of people who have wronged us, or experiences we’ve bottled up for so long down on a blank sheet of paper and we crumpled it up into a ball as hard as we could and threw it in the trash. I let go of my past, the pain, and I asked for forgiveness and also forgave myself. This was my favorite activity because for once in a long time, I let it all go. I returned to campus with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and now I feel like a new woman!
We all know the song “Oceans” by Hillsong. And if not, here are some of the lyrics…
Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
So I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior
Oceans || Hillsong UNITED
This song has been running through my mind today and it’s always a nice reminder that when you struggle, whenever you feel down, whenever you just want to cry, God’s got you. He’s always had you. Trust in Him with all of you and He will provide. His timing is never off, even if we may not understand it.
I love you guys and hope you have a splendid week ahead!
I hope you all had a great week! I had a week full of studying and other “fun.”
This week, I’m gonna talk about Kansas City, the metro area we at MNU call home.
I’ve lived in Kansas City for a while, but there’s still so much to see and do that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve lived in a few different parts of KC, so let’s build some background on that.
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in Prairie Village, Kansas. Soon after, my family moved to Olathe. When my family was called to missions in Ireland, we moved to Overland Park while we prepared everything, and raised money to fulfill our budget. We moved to Greystones, in Ireland in 2001, when I was entering first grade. We served and lived in Europe for 8 years. When we came back, it was time for me to start high school, and we moved to Roeland Park. My house is now in Shawnee, although I live on campus.
So, as you can tell, I’ve been around the block a little, and areas I haven’t lived near, I’ve definitely explored.
There’s a lot of great places to explore, shop and hang out with friends all over KC, so remember, when you come, to live a little and get out of Olathesometimes! There are things to do inside the I-435 loop, believe it or not. We have so much so close, so it’s a waste not to check it out.
Some of my favorite spots are:
1. The Plaza
2. The WWI memorial
3. 63rd Street Homes
4. Zona Rosa
5. The Legends
6. Crown Center
7. Union Station
And here’s an awesome photo of some friends and I hanging out in KC just last night:
Me, Morgan, Alexis, Grace and Rico!
Thank you so much for reading, and have an awesome week!
Last Thursday, my friends and I participated in the annual freshman photo scavenger hunt. It was a stressful, fun, long night of driving all over Olathe and crossing things off our list. Here’s a few pictures of the crazy things we had to do!
1. Take a picture with sunglasses on
2. Take a picture at a drive through window with an employee
3. Take a picture with the statues outside Chapala
4. Take a picture at a laundry mat
5. Take a picture in front of a fountain
6. Take a picture of someone hula hooping
7. Take a picture of everyone jumping in the air
8. Take a picture posing with mannequins in a store front window
9. Spell out a word with your body and take a picture of it
10. Take a picture with a person wearing K-State gear
11. Make a waist high tower with cans in a grocery store and take a picture with it
12. Take a picture on a bed at a furniture store
13. Take a picture in front of the Olathe City sign
14. Take a picture with someone wearing KU gear
15. Break up random couple holding hands and walk between them holding both their hands and take a picture with them
16. Take a picture of someone eating a sample at Silas and Maddy’s
17. Take a picture posing as statues in a store or at a park
Well if you haven’t heard, the football team started off on the right foot, ripping off 3 straight wins to start the season, under our new coach Brian Willmer. Over the last year there has been a lot of turnover with the program, with a new coaching coming in(basically all of them coming from Cali SHOUTOUT!!), a whole new mentality and approach to the game was brought with them. It’s a lot of things to really take in, especially as a player who was part of the old regime that was in place here. Anyway I can’t say enough good things about our coaching staff, of course they want to win games, but it’s not all about football. In the immortal words of Coach Wilmer, “I’m here to build men who lead from the front.” His vision is to build us up as men who can lead the new generation the right way. He wants us to be great fathers and husbands to our families and become leaders in our communities and I’m completely behind him and his dream.
Coach Willmer was a linebacker for UCLA, and one the highlights of his college career was sacking Peyton Manning when Peyton was at Tennessee.
This happened on Sept. 6, 1997. This was Peyton’s senior year of college, and he is still playing the league, not many people can say they sacked Peyton Manning but our coach did.
Coach is building something awesome here and I’m glad to be a part of this grand vision of his.
Oh yea before I forget, we got a few break out guys that you guys should keep your eyes on as the season goes on. First of all we got the x-factor Derek Pollox, this man makes some of the most ridiculous plays on the field that you will ever see.
You never know what this guy is going to do, but he always has you on the edge of your seat. With 11 tackles and 2 interceptions in 3 games, Derek is poised to a huge playmaker for us all season.
For example, in our first game against McPherson, Pollox had a strip sack (well to me it looked a sack, and the ball popped up) and then somehow caught the ball in mid-air for the interception. Check out our sideline highlights from week 1, it will blow your mind. The play is at 2:41 mark of the video. MNU Week 1 Sideline Highlights You never what he is going to from week to week, but it’s going to be amazing.
Next up, we got the money man Chris Fields,
The Money Man himself. With 11 receptions for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns in 3 games. Chris is looking to have a break out year.
Chris transferred in the spring and has become one of our best playmakers on offense. It seems like every time we need someone to make a play he steps up to the plate and makes one. With three touchdowns in the our first three games, Chris is turning heads around the conference and making sure everyone knows that the Pioneers are a force to be reckoned with. If you can, make sure that you come out and watch us play, we are doing big things over here, don’t miss out on a chance to be apart of it.
I am back and at it again! I am now an official sophomore at MNU and I am quite enjoying myself (besides the endless amounts of homework). We are about a month into school now and so much has went down! Here are some top memories to keep you up to date!
Above the title picture are my lovely and beautiful suitemates on the first day of school! That day we were really excited, and its been all downhill since ;). My friend Rachel is in the nursing program so she is extra excited and extra stressed.
This is my childhood best friend Annie! We came to MNU together last year and I am so thankful for her! This us at ASG’s White Light Event. We downed melted chocolate and had some very classy conversations of course.
MNU at the K! This is my friend Dan Wright. He would hate me for putting this picture up, but he refuses to read my blogs so hopefully he’ll never see it :).
MNU tailgate at the first home football game! My sister came to visit (she’s in the middle) and it was soooo fun! We love having a winning football team!
And lastly a much needed picture of Thrift Store Prom is below. We got are tacky on (I wore a jumpsuit) and skated at Skate City. It was a blast!
There is sooo much more in store for this year! God has really laid a lot of things on my heart that I can’t wait to share with you all! Also some fun things too Right now I am trying to enjoy every minute of my college experience because one day I will wake up and it will be over These are some of the best years of your life! You get to live with your best friends, go to crazy events, yell at sporting events, and attend chapel multiple times a week. So if you’re in school don’t wish it away, if you’re in high school don’t wish it away (but do know college is pretty amazing! especially if you go to MNU hint hint), if you are in your early part of your career don’t wish it away! Take the time to learn and grow, to make memories, and to see the opportunities God has for you now. God doesn’t need you to be at a certain stage of your life to use you, He uses you just as you are!
First off, can I get an AMEN to National Coffee Day today! I might have got free coffee from QuickTrip and from Dunkin Donuts… no shame!
So, as you have seen in my about me this year I am Associated Student Government Student Body President. So naturally I decided I should write my first blog post on the first week of events that ASG has during the first week of school. We have an event every night!
Tuesday- White Light Event
Wednesday- Late Night Breakfast
Thursday- Pioneer Prayer Walk
Friday- Root Beer Fest
Saturday- Paint Wars and Slip N’ Slide
Sunday- Movie on the Mall
Monday- Night at the K! (Royals)
Welcome Week is such a fun time to meet new people and have everyone come to ASG’s events. White Light Event was amazing: we had servers passing out horderves, Pearl Mic Project a band playing music, a photo booth, TWO chocolate fountains and Scooter’s Coffee. This is one of our biggest events of the year because it is our first event and it is on the first day of school. Everyone dresses up in black and white and we just have fun catching up on each other’s summers and meeting new people. There might have also been a spontaneous dance party break out.
Another one of my favorites is Root Beer Fest. At this event there is a sand volleyball tournament, root beer floats and everyone gets to keep their mug that their root beer float comes in. ROTC also had a rock wall there people could climb. Even the rain did not stop people from finishing the intense sand volleyball tournament.
Paint Wars was something that we brought back this year and we tweaked a little different. This event is one of the most popular events because who does not like to throw massive amount of paint at people? This year we made it a class competition and of course the SENIORS won!! Shout out to my fellow seniors! We got to keep the golden paint brush and paint tray. The local Olathe Fire Department comes at the end and sprays their huge hose in the air, I’m talking gallons of water, and it is like one huge sprinkler. Kona Ice was also there, which who doesn’t love some shaved ice?!
We also got these cool shirts to wear to paint wars and that have the events and times the event starts for Welcome Week!
Movie on the Mall was my event this year to put on!! We decided on renting Captain America: The Winter Solider. We have massive amounts of candy, kettle corn and pop and everyone brings their blankets, bean bag chairs and pillows. This is such a great event but it is relaxing and everyone just gets to hang out together and watch a movie. It is a nice relaxing night before we have a full week of school again.
I am very sad that it was my last Welcome Week! It is one that allows students to connect with one another before the crazy school year begins. Having an event each night is exhausting but it is so much fun and there are so many great memories that are made during that week that people remember for the rest of the school year.
p.s.– If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment and I will get back with you!