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Mariah McCommon

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November 30, 2014

A Thanksgiving Selfie

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Hello friends!! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I was fortunate to celebrate the holiday with both sides of my family which means two delicious meals. I feel like I have to run a marathon to work it all off but we all know I don’t run unless I have to.

It  was such a blessing to take a nice little break before finals coming up here soon. Honestly I wish I had more time at home, but I’m also anxious to be back on campus. I keep telling people how I feel like I have two completely different lives: my life at MNU and my life at home. It’s crazy how fast time flies too because I’m pretty sure I just started college! I’m still getting used to the whole college thing but it gets better and better each day. I learn something new all the time!

I’ve always been a family-oriented gal and have grown up with a beautiful family. We always celebrate the holidays together at my grandparents house and enjoy time with each other. Thankfully, most of my family is pretty close with most of us being in KC.

Since the weather was so nice this year, we all went outside and had a good time! That’s where the selfie comes in. Say hello to my little sis and my pops. They’re kind of weird.
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My mom was somewhere else at the time of this photo, but pretend she’s in the back climbing a tree or something and that would be my family in a nutshell. Oh how I love them.. I can’t even begin to describe how much God has blessed me with these silly people. Ladies and gents, family is so important. They are more than just parents or siblings and aunts or uncles. They are your support system, your friends, and they’re even like your own personal cheerleading team. I know some people may not be able to say that about their family and I can’t even imagine what that’s like because I’d be lost without mine.

Family is what I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving and I treasure all of the memories and time I spend with them! It’s hard to leave them, but Winter Break is approaching soon and I have to survive that whole finals thing first so we’ll see how that goes!

Have a blessed week and remember to still be thankful!!

Aaron Merrell

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November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Break and Visiting Friends

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Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!  I had a great time with family and friends, and of course I had to do some major shopping Thursday evening and Friday morning (and yes, I did sleep from 7am-2pm on Friday).

Then today, my friends Rico, Annie and I went to Abilene, KS to see our friend Ana.  We also met up with Ana’s friend who we’ve all come to love, Jordan.  We toured the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Childhood Home in Abilene, and also went to such glamorous Abilene hot spots as Taco Grande, Pizza Hut and Sonic.  We also had the opportunity to visit the local park/playground.

Of course when one is as close as we were to a Braum’s restaurant you have no choice but to go.  I tried a holiday flavor and it left me bitter, once again, that we don’t have one here in Kansas City.

This trip and a few others have shown me the importance of visiting friends at home as often as you can.  This can give life to their stories about their houses, their families, and what they did back home during High School.  Even if it means having to survive a small, old town for a day, you can have an amazing, eye-opening time!

Here’s a bonus picture of Ana, Annie and I on horse swings made of recycled tires in Abilene today:

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Hope you all have an awesome week, and I’ll see you next weekend!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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November 27, 2014

9 People I’m Thankful For At MNU

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Since today is Thanksgiving, I figured it would be appropriate to give shout-outs to the people I’m most thankful for at MNU. I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know everyone on campus, but these people have made my experience at MNU extraordinary. Here’s my top 9… love you all!

1. Christa Johnson

Christa Johnson

This girl is not only my roommate, but also my best friend at MNU. When we decided to be roommates in May, I honestly didn’t expect to become so close with her so fast, but it happened. She knows me better than anyone else at MNU and I can completely be myself around her. I wouldn’t trade the late nights and early mornings for anything.

 

2. The Gangstas

The Gangstas

The girls on my hall are great and I’ve become extremely close with a group of them. We like to call ourselves the “gangstas.” Don’t really ask me how we came up with that, because I don’t have an answer. The “gangstas” group consists of Christa Johnson, Hannah Bostic, J.D. Andrews, Ashton Mason, Natalie Cumberland and myself. It’s been a joy doing everyday life with them at MNU. They are an answered prayer in so many ways that they don’t even know. We laugh hard and dig deep and it’s the best group I’ve ever been a part of.

 

3. Ana Weissenbach 

Ana Weissenbach

This girl is my RA, but more than that, she is a dear friend of mine. I have a strong feeling that Ana would act with the same selflessness and genuine care about everyone she meets even if she wasn’t being paid to do so. That’s the thing about her… she just genuinely loves people and shows the love of Christ in everything she does. It’s seriously inspiring. I look up to her on so many levels and I’m so blessed to be able to share the joys and struggles of life with her this year.

 

4. Dani Morgan

Dani Morgan

This girl is the reason I am at MNU. Sounds a little exaggerated, I know, but it’s really not. When I came to SCOUT at MNU my junior year, I was extremely blessed to have been able to room with her and Alex (the inseparable duo). We hit it off and decided to keep in touch. Then, when I ended up at SCOUT again my senior year, I was welcomed into her dorm like it was my own home. Even while I was still in high school, she managed to show me a glimpse of the community at MNU just by the way she loved me and cared about me. Now that I’m at MNU and get to see her everyday, I’m the happiest person.

 

5. Pete Brumbaugh 

Pete Brumbaugh

Pete Brumbaugh, otherwise known as Phonathon Pete, was my boss for the past 6 weeks. He deserves the biggest shout-out for being one of the best bosses I’ve ever had. He genuinely cares about all of his employees, and I can confidently say he genuinely cares about me. He wants to hear about my life and realizes that there’s life outside of the workplace. He has been one of my greatest encouragers during my first semester at MNU and I’m excited for the future of the Phonathon with him as my boss!

 

6. My Blog Bosses (Kelly, Kim, and Amy)

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This team of people that live in Dobson deserve so much recognition for all they do. When I initially interviewed with Kim and Amy, I knew immediately that I wanted to be on the blogging team. Kelly, Kim, and Amy are all amazing people and getting to know them has been so fun. I’m super thankful for this job everyday. I enjoy it so much and I owe them all a giant THANKS for making this experience one to remember. The blogs wouldn’t exist without these people!

 

7. Britney Lewis

Britney Lewis

This girl is an amazing friend on so many levels. I met her at a Youthfront get-together over the summer and through the MNU Facebook page, and I’m so glad we’ve become friends this year. She is so in tune with The Lord and that is so inspiring to me. It’s been fun travelling to LaCygne with her and growing with her. She’s super fun and is definitely a light in my world!

 

8. Mario Flores

Mario Flores

This guy is my brother (theologically speaking, of course). I met him two summers ago at Youthfront and I realize now what a divine appointment that was. We kept in touch a bit throughout the school year and following summer, and now I go to school with him. It’s so weird to me, but I am so thankful that I get to experience the community at MNU with him. I can trust him with anything and know with confidence that his advice is given with my best interest in mind. He is super wise and loves The Lord in a beautiful way. I’m forever grateful to be your little sis!

 

9. Deanna Williams 

Deanna Williams

Deanna is a person I look up to on many levels. She is a fantastic role model for all the girls on campus because of the way she loves God and loves people. She is so selfless, pouring into young people for the sake of Christ. She has given me great advice and been there to listen when I need someone to digress to. I absolutely love seeing her around campus and on Wednesday nights.

 

So… there you have it! The people that make my experience at MNU the best I could ever imagine. I’m excited to continue meeting awesome people at the awesome place. :) Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy the rest of your break!

-KT

Samantha Moore

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November 26, 2014

Be: Thankful

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I AM SO THANKFUL FOR CATS! Okay but for real there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, like my family! Being able to spend time with my family is what is important during the holidays! So much tests, papers, project and homework have made me thankful to spend time with my family!

Comment or chat with me!!

Haley Raydo

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November 24, 2014

Values: A Challenge for Thanksgiving Break

November 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends

Today I was inspired to write a quick note about a sermon I heard yesterday in church. David Perkins came in and guest spoke for my church’s (Cross Points Church) missions month. This particular sermon really had me thinking and evaluating, so I thought I would share!

“Worship is a response to something we value most.”

This was a HUGE statement for me.  I value a lot of things.  I love my sports teams, I love my family and friends, I love Netflix (you can see my post from two weeks ago to fully understand), I love to read and write, I love to play the piano, and so much more! What happens when we value something?  We spend our time there, we spend our money there, we focus our thoughts there, etc.  Those things that I value aren’t bad things, however they sometimes get in the way of what I should value MOST.  I don’t want to worship materialism, or even my family! But if I put them at my highest value point, as I so often do, I am indeed worshipping something that is not intended to be worshiped.

If I spent as much time learning about and building a relationship with the Lord than I do watching The Office, or if I spent as much money (or some financial contribution) as much as I do to attend a Chiefs or Royals game, what would happen?  What would it look like?

I think the Lord has called us out to step above and beyond what we on a regular base give him.  I challenge you (and myself), as we go on break, spend time with Him.  If you normally spend 15 minutes a day, start there and slowly increase the time daily.  Next take the challenge to give money, if you are a student I understand the sacrifice… but I think that is why it is of so much value… it is a sacrifice.  Give money to your church, find a ministry or charity you believe God has given you a passion for, or (since this month is missions month at our church) help raise money for missionaries around the world.

It may seem challenging at first, but I think this will slowly change my priorities of what I value most.  When you find something with that high a priority of value, it becomes the standard and measure that everything else must be compared to.  That is the life I want to live! Take the challenge with me this Thanksgiving break!

Also this picture is from a worship night by Bethel Music.  How cool would it have been to be there??!!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Mariah McCommon

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November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Nice to see you again!

So I was at work the other day on campus and I was full of Christmas Spirit. It seems like Christmas is all I can think about right now. Yeah yeah, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but for me Christmas started as soon as Halloween was over. So I was listening to Michael Buble Holiday on Pandora and had a wild idea! Neighborhoods are starting to put up their Christmas lights so naturally there are going to be amazing displays around Olathe. I know I’m going with some friends and I hope you guys will find these useful and go see the lights and have fun with friends! :) These below were gather from http://www.kansastravel.org/kansascitychristmasdisplays.htm

Olathe map:

North JoCo map:

South Joco map:

Here are more links to enjoy more shows!:
http://www.kansastravel.org/overlandpark/hainlinechristmasdisplay.htm
http://www.cindydteam.com/Christmas-Lights-Displays

Aaron Merrell

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November 22, 2014

An MNU/KC/Santa Ricky Christmas

November 22, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Hey all!

It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and to me, that means it’s basically Christmas!

To prepare for this Christmas in Kansas City, I’ve already purchased my Santa Hat, and my friends and I have christened my friend Rico McKay and “Santa Ricky.” (He even has his own parody twitter account, @RealSantaRicky)

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So, for this blog, I’m going to analyze the Kansas City Christmas Experience, with photos of Santa Ricky and his merry pals peppered in.

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Every Kansas City Christmas experience must include several trips to see the plaza lights, including the night of Thanksgiving, when the lights that adorn the Country Club Plaza are finally turned on.  They stay on through New Year’s, and they truly mark the beginning of the Christmas season in Kansas City.

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Next, we move on to Christmas Light tours.  I particularly like to take my friends to the homes around Ward Parkway and 63d Street in Kansas City, MO and Mission Hills, KS.  These professionally decorated homes are already unique and awesome to look at, and the lights make them even more spectacular.

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After a drive around those neighborhoods, my other favorite Christmas spot in Kansas City is the Ice Terrace at Crown Center.  Ice skating here is fun, (even though I have to re-learn how to skate every single time) and an extremely good time, and I definitely recommend it as well.

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These are just a few spots of so many more around the city, and I hope you’re able to come to MNU so you can experience them and people like Santa Ricky yourself!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving breaks, see you in a week!

 

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Break in KC

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Hey, friends! If you’re staying in KC for Thanksgiving break, here are some cool happenings that you can be involved in. I encourage you to take part in as many of these as you can… it’ll get you in the holiday spirit!

1. Thanksgiving at Café Gratitude

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A typical day at Cafe Gratitude… so peaceful and loving! (Photo courtesy of veganomics101.wordpress.com)

If you don’t have any lunch plans on Thanksgiving day, look no further than Café Gratitude for a FREE meal! If you stop by anytime between noon and 3 p.m., you can sit down and have a delicious organic and vegan meal (salad, entrée, and dessert). No reservations are required, but it’s first come first serve. If you would rather volunteer at this event, they are also looking for people to help!

I’ve personally been to Cafe Gratitude and it’s a great environment. Everyone there is so friendly and the food is surprisingly delicious! Since it’s organic and vegan, it does have an all-natural, “earthy” taste, but it’s still amazing. It’s definitely an experience I would take part in if you can!

For more info, visit http://cafegratitudekc.com/events/

2. Pack Friday

Pack Friday

This is a photo from one of Youthfront’s packaging events with a club I was involved in at my high school. So fun!

On Black Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Youthfront is hosting an event called Pack Friday, where people can go package meals for their Something To Eat initiative. It’s a great way to serve and give back around the holiday time. I’ve been involved in 2 of their packaging events in the past and really enjoyed them. It’s super fun if you get a group of friends or family together and go! It costs $0.25 per meal that you package and it’s so worth it. You must register ahead of time, so start talking to people and get a group together! (If you want to go and have no one to go with, talk to me and we can go together!)

To register, visit https://youthfront.com/somethingtoeat/pack-friday/

3. The 85th Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony

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The beautiful plaza lights that you MUST go see! (Photo courtesy of www.jocosiding.com)

On Thanksgiving Day starting at 5 p.m., there will be festivities on the plaza leading up to the flipping of the switch at 6:54 p.m. This will take place on the main stage at Nichols Road and Pennsylvania (by Brio Tuscan Grille). If you can’t make it to the ceremony, the lights will shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. until January 18, so make sure you go downtown to see the beauty sometime!

For a detailed schedule of the ceremony, visit https://countryclubplaza.com/event/plaza-lighting-ceremony/

4. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Crown Center Lights

A beautiful place to go ice skating and look at the lights! (Photo courtesy of www.kcparent.com)

On Friday, November 28, this will take place at Crown Center Square. It’s a free event that starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts for an hour or two!

For more info, visit https://www.crowncenter.com/Event-List/tree-2014

I hope you all decide to participate in some of these events if you can! Happy Thanksgiving!

-KT

Samantha Moore

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November 19, 2014

It’s almost over!

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I can not already be a senior… this is really life guys! 

Haley Raydo

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November 17, 2014

How To Stay Warm

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Hello friends!

Sooo it is cold outside.  Literally I am looking at the weather report right now and it says that it feels like 9 degrees outside.  And we all scream and plea “WHYYY” I have never had the urge to skip more classes in my life, not because of the class itself but because of HOW COLD it is! Seriously though, that should be reason enough to cancel classes.

Anywho, I thought it would be most convenient of me to provide a semi-sarcastic, semi-realtalk on how to stay warm.

1. Don’t go outside.  Seriously, avoid it at all costs.  Just hibernate all winter… like a bear.  If that was socially, financially, and spiritually acceptable I think I might consider. I would say goodbye to all my loved ones and bam you wouldn’t see me until March.

2. Wear layers.  I hope for most of you this is an immediate “duh” however according to some people on this campus and other college campuses around the country I might think differently.  I mean seriously! Flip flops? And you think you are done with the “bro tank” phase once winter hits, but believe me you are not. I guess muscle men don’t get cold? Are “muscle men” a thing?

3. Sometimes you have to sacrifice.  I would like to think I am a girl who likes to dress “cute.”  I mean I tend to be the friend of the group who is rarely seen in sweat pants and t-shirts. But sometimes you have to be willing to sacrifice to keep warm.  In a perfect world, this is how I would want to dress for winter: (courtesy of my obsession with pinterest)

cute winter fashionBut when you step outside and it literally feels like someone is punching you in the face, sacrifices are made so I end up with something like this: (courtesy of twitter @haleyraydo)

me this winterMaybe I am not to that extent yet, but I feel that way.  I also feel like I make that face quite a bit.  I see people walking all the time with their completely normal face, and when I am walking out in cold weather I make the worst faces.  Oh well.  Again, sacrifices.

Now winter isn’t all bad– I love the snow (when I don’t have to drive in it), THANKSGIVING, Christmastime, College Basketball (Go NEERS and gooo to my Jayhawks), Football, warm sweaters, chai lattes.. you know… But all this will be relevant around January/February.

The point of this, I am not sure.  It might be me venting of my hatred for single digit weather, or it may be of help to those of you who struggle with these concepts…

Also, if my Minnesota relatives or my Alaskan friends are reading this– I know, I’m a wimp.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley