I know I already described the day of my engagement to all of you guys a little while back, but after Zach’s friend Morgan did such an amazing job filming our special day, I thought it’d only be right to share this with you all. (: Enjoy!
It’s hard to believe that barely over a month ago God opened the door of possibility for myself to join 9 amazing people on a journey to change the lives of many Haitian people in Cascade Pichon. Little did I know, none of us would come back the same.
The response to this video was out of this world and exceeded EVERY expectation. The power of God was proven without a doubt. His glory shone through the people He has placed around me. You could tell that they truly desired God’s will! I received donations from friends and people that I didn’t really know too well. This all helped me pay for shots and actually support others on the trip! The craziest God moment was when my church congregation back home donated $1,300 and the church itself allocated a $700 missions fund, just to me. Once again I say, the response exceeded every preconception and expectation in giving support, monetarily, and spiritually. I had 14 days to raise the money and it happened in 5. Our God is GOOD; beyond belief!
So the journey takes another step and starts to get real. Words really cannot describe what happened there and how it affected me and what I desire now. I witnessed many different types of people and situations encompassed within this one country. I met amazing people and amazing goals were set, all while inside the hand of God!
What’s the next step? How do we continue the reach to the broken? Cascade Pichon is in need of a school. So, what do 9 spirit led, passionate young adults do? We decide to take on a $100,000 project; God willing. The details are currently fuzzy, but we are all pretty dead set on making this happen! Feel free to ask questions revolving the topic! There will definitely be more news, events to come about events and other opportunities!
The journey that was had in Haiti has left 10 Americans and numerous Haitian lives impacted forever. The opportunity presented, the passion revealed, and the path appearing. The 9 days residing in this poor, struggling, broken country has set the standard. It truly is the journey that is paving the rest of this year, the visits to Haiti, and even futures.
Chatting, sleeping, and belting song after song characterized the ten-hour car drive. The ten of us ladies had finally arrived. There we were, up in the mountains, staring at the Kenyon Cabin once again. This same time last year we had made the trip to the cabin for the first time and we were so excited to be able to come again. Katie Kenyon, a good friend of mine, invited us to a week’s stay at her family’s beautiful cabin in nothing less than beautiful Colorado. And this cabin is not located just anywhere in Colorado, but sits in the mountains right outside of Vail—the cream of the crop. Needless to say, we were ESTATIC.
The trip originated with a group of us that had all met working together at Youthfront a few summers ago, which is a Christian youth camp located near the Kansas City area. Ever since we have continued to stay a part of each other’s lives and the trip was eventually created as a way to all spend time together during our Christmas break. Friends were brought along as well and the week together was spent making new friendships just as much as it was spent deepening old ones. It was such a success that the cabin simply had to be revisited again.
You can imagine the sort of giddiness and slap-happiness that accrued as a result of the endless amounts of estrogen in house. The mornings were very slow in which some slept in, some read by the fire, and others made headway on coffee and breakfast. Once noon rolled around, most everyone was ready to conquer the day outside of the house and we would often venture into town and explore or decide on some sort of outdoor excursion. One afternoon we got some ice skates together and drove to a little frozen lake up in the mountains where we skated for hours in awe of the view. Another afternoon, after dressing up like abominable snowmen, we trekked out in the snow and found the absolute perfect sledding location. We flew down time and time again until some part of us was completely frozen and we retreated inside to thaw by the fire. On evenings when we just wanted to relax we would often play different card or board games or would pop in some kind of movie. One of my favorite days on the trip was spent with three of the other gals, including Kai my roommate who I brought along, in which we spent the day exploring Vail Village while a couple others went skiing on the mountain close by. We found a wonderful coffee shop where we talked for a while, went and looked through various art galleries, and eventually ate at an adorable German restaurant. Another highlight was of course all of us going to see Les Miserables together, in which there were many, many tears shed, and the many times following where we would listen to the soundtrack over and over again. Needless to say, there was quite an obsession.
However, above all else, my favorite part was simply catching up with one another and talking about things that matter to us. There is nothing that quite compares to spending such good quality time with some of the most wonderful ladies who never fail to challenge and impact me whenever we get together. I hope you all enjoy the pictures above and that each of you had an amazing Christmas break as well!
Well hello there people. It’s been awhile…wow the last time I posted I was in Europe! It feels like I have been back in the states for forever but it has only been a month. The semester that I lived in Europe was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am definitely missing the European scene that I was apart of and I can’t wait until I get to go back! But since being back I have got to see so many of my friends that I missed like crazy while I was gone. I cannot wait to get back and be apart of campus life this next semester. I missed all of the events and sports games and just being able to chill with some of the best friends that I’ve ever had.
There has been a lot going on lately in the life of Cherith Brooke. I recently got offered an amazing opportunity to intern at a wonderful company that I will be learning so much in. I am excited to start putting the things that I have learned in my business classes into action! I have also been nervous because this is my first job in the career field that I am studying and want to work in. All of my other jobs have been in child care or other fields but this internship is giving me the chance to see if this is really what I want to do.
It’s 2013 and this year is going to hold so many wonderful memories! I can only imagine what this spring semester will consist of. Some pretty awesome times are ahead and I am so looking forward to being apart of them all!
Learn something new today: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 6 whole years.
Anybody have any supernaturally awesome cures for the dreaded hiccups?..
HEY GUYS!!! So this is the last MNU Blog I will post before the end of the semester :(. But hey, its ok!! I’m not quite done yet AND we will all post a few times over break! But as of now I have four finals down and only ONE more to go. Finally I’m almost done! This week has been something else, let me tell you. So first of all, I have had five finals to get through and that has been CRAZY! Studying was definitely NOT my focal point this week and I’m a little more unprepared than I would have liked to be. So in this lesson of mixed priorities, there is a word of advice I have learned that I would like to give to any upcoming freshman: Make the best of your study time, no matter how easy the class is. Trust me!
This next semester is gonna be something else though. I mean I know this will sound weird but I am really beginning to enjoy doing homework! What is wrong with me!?! I have no idea! I guess just the idea that I am preparing for the rest of my life has been enough motivation for me. This isn’t high school anymore, this isn’t just something you have to try to get through, this is what we are doing to train us for the rest of our lives. And this training is brutal! SOOO many distractions and things are always there. This is the time of our lives we are taking to find ourselves and to really see who you are going to be for the rest of your life and that is really important to me. I really do want to be prepared for my future: for my career, my family, and just for anything the world throws my way. I really need to buckle down and focus in if I want to get this done right.
But on that note there’s another piece of advice that I myself am trying to filter through too: Live a little. This doesn’t mean party and go out and get crazy! Just don’t be afraid to make relationships, ya know? When you hear people talking about college what do they say? They don’t talk about how great finals were, or how important the class work was to them. I mean YEAH that’s important but people talk about the fun times the had, the love they shared, the friends they made, and the people that made a difference in their lives. There was a reason that in the beginning God said “It is not good for man to be alone.” We are built to be together, to be in fellowship, and just to love one another. So no matter how important school is, no matter what you’re going though, just don’t forget to love people. Because in the end, the people you shared your life with are going to be the most important things to you. So whether you’re in high school, college, or working full time, don’t hold yourself back from the thing we were designed to surround ourselves with: people. You can’t look back on a life full of love, happiness, and joy and feel regret. God made us to be together. So GO and BE TOGETHER! We need to stop taking each other for granted and cherish our time with one another. That time spent with people really is what makes everything worth it. So study, laugh, have fun, just please don’t forget the one thing that is most important to every human being whether they want to admit it or not: To Love People.
I hate finals! But who feels any differently? It’s almost like professors hate giving them too. Oh, and I have 3 today. 3! Speaking of 3, that’s the time my alarm went off this morning so I could come to Ihop to study. It seemed like a good idea at the time I set my alarm, but no matter how you spin it, studying for tests that cover everything you’ve learned over the semester is stressful!
Therefore I present to you you: Top 7 ways to avoid taking finals.
7. Marry a Royals baseball player. No finals ever again.
6. Become a professional blogger.
5. Start a successful Disney band, such as the Jonas Brothers.
4. Trophy wife seems too good to only be mentioned once. Marry a Chiefs player. Like Matt Cassel.
3. Become friends with Ryan Seacrest and get your own reality TV show.
2. Use the semester to become a professional cup stacker.
1. Be a contestant on the Bachelor and find “true love.”
Over and out!
*Disclaimer! I know the wise and intelligent answer is to just study….and I will be taking my finals. This is a joke. Laugh.
My final in New Testament is gonna be a killer! 8 page study guide, over 200 questions to prepare for, and it’s early on Friday morning. OUCH! But that’s okay, the class was very informative, evaluating Professor Flemming’s clothing choices with a fellow classmate through Twitter everyday was fun, and the jokes of Dr. Dean were very…. humorous. I appreciate the class and the ability it presented to grow in walking with Christ.
Taking a break from that subject, another break taken was at the Procrastination Party. This event was for students to say, “Studying, schmudying!” and say, “HELLO!” to some karaoke. It was a time full of fellowship,fattening, yet delicious goodies, and some glorious singing. We heard everything from the Backstreet Boys to the the Pokemon theme song. It was a great time to end a great semester.
After experiencing, for me and multiple other friends who were in heaven, the glorious adventures of a revolutionary figure in history named Napoleon Dynamite and a few bowls of cereal, it is back to studying (or playing Dead Space 2) and trying to affirm the grades in classes we are sure of or hopefully get through a certain class by the skin of our teeth (which is a saying I have never understood). The New Testament test isn’t ready for Joey and his mad Jesus knowledge!!… Positive thinking, right?
What a crazy semester it has been- I don’t think I can say I’ve had crazier!
A few things I won’t miss about Fall 2012.
No Shave November. (featured: Jordan Dages)
Studying and working on projects like… a cute metaphor that is not coming to my mind at the moment. (featured: Rachel Boan)
Cramming my brain with an infinite amount of ways to market products..
What’s interesting is that, all the things above are truly the things I enjoy the most about MNU as well. Any university will have No Shave November contests. Anywhere you go, you’ll spend long hours studying and writing papers and being creative. Any marketing classroom you enter, you’ll learn about the newest, the best, the coolest way to market products or services.
The difference between anywhere else and MNU: the community. The relationships. The fun!
Sure No Shave November is disgusting. But you know who isn’t? Jordan Dages. For all prospective students out there- meet Jordan. He’s hilarious and has Duck Dynasty quotes for days.
Studying is no fun. But you know who is? Rachel Boan. This girl has a heart for people, a mind of wisdom, and the moves like Jagger. She is everything I could hope to be and she kills it on the basketball court! It’s people like Rachel that will make you want to study, not because it’s fun, but because studying together somehow miraculously makes it a good time.
And the love/hate relationship of my life: marketing. I’m a marketing major. Clearly, I love Marketing. The hatred? I will never be able to mindlessly shop again. The picture above are buttons from JCP’s newest campaign. Just by walking into the store, you get these cute little buttons that have codes on the back. Everyone’s a winner- you enter them in online and get free JCP cash. What the heck?! Why didn’t I think of this!? And sure, maybe learning about all the different ways to successfully market products, services, businesses, and people will make me want to vomit at times, but at least the person who is teaching me all of this is cute and does not make me want to vomit!
For the official record, Prof Wallentine would hate to know that I took her picture during class and posted it not only on instagram, but now on this blog, but this woman deserves so much recognition! She makes learning fun, and cares about my entire being- how I am academically. How I am spiritually. How I am physically. How I am emotionally. I’m blessed to go to a university with professors like her. If I could grow up and be half the person she is, then this world would be blessed like none other. Lisa Wallentine, I love you for everything you are, stand for, and all you do. You push me (and the rest of your students) to be the best we can be and beyond. Your self sacrifice and willingness to go out of your way for your students is appreciated and we cannot express thank you in the written word!
From complaining to mush and everything in between- Coming at you from Spindle Lobby-