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Allegra Vieux

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February 1, 2013

My First Vlog

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Have I ever mentioned that my goal in life is to have my own talk show?

Seriously though. I’ve watched Oprah since I was 6. I’m not so much into the “Vlogging” concept, but I am into talking to people.

See, the way I see it is if people make millions off of talking to people, then that must mean people are interested in the lives of others. And if I like talking to people, and you like learning about other people then…

Ladies and Gents of MNU Blogs, I present, my first talk show. I’ll be interviewing real Pioneers in their real day to day lives. Title suggestions for the show are welcomed and encouraged.

Now, before you watch, let me make this perfectly clear: I lack all video production skills. Judge how awful the editing is if it’s what you feel the Lord calling you to do.

Terrin Garber Interview

Special thanks to Brent and Laurie Myers for hosting the show, Terrin Garber for sharing his life with us, and Jesus for making this possible.

Over and Out!

Phillip Prado

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January 31, 2013

Be Mindful — Have No Fear

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Is it just me, or has this week been pretty bipolar???  I feel like I just fell straight out of a Katy Perry Song! Just a few days ago it was so hot I was dying of heat in my dorm.  Now its so cold I can’t feel my face! (Did ya catch the Hot ‘N Cold reference?? hehe) But for real, this Kansas weather is so dangerously close to the Nebraskan weather I am oh so use to: unexpected rise and falls in temperature.  This whole week has just been up and down!  First with the weather, then with homework, and even with things to do outside of school!  One day I’m packed with homework  and that’s the time everyone wants to do something! Then the next day I have no homework and there is NOTHING to do :\.

I just can’t wait for things to get into a steady groove!!  These first two weeks are super shaky and I am just waiting for all of the dust to settle; for all of the schedules to become routine; for the days to just fall into place.  Then the other day, when I was thinking about this need for routine, something odd kind of struck me.  Now before I explain what crossed my mind I would like to elaborate upon a little fact about myself: I over think EVERYTHING!  I find the deepest meaning in every little detail of life, from a feeling about school routine to a dirty shoe on the side of the road.  Everything means something to me.  So take what I’m about to say however you want.  ANYWAY!  SO I was thinking the other day about the whole routine spiel I was just talking about, and it hit me!  That’s kind of how we, as Americans, generally prefer life: on a schedule; according to plan; on the right track.  Why is that?  Why are we so content with life being “ordinary”?

I once heard a quote from one of the best actor’s of all time, the late Heath Ledger.  In playing the character The Joker in the second Batman movie, Batman: The Dark Night, The Joker is talking to Harvey Dent in a hospital bed and he says this: “Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plans are horrifying.”  This is sooo true!  If it’s expected people don’t usually have a problem with it.  It’s only in the times where something out of the ordinary happens that people lose their senses and panic.  When in actuality the only things that are extraordinary are the things that are out of the ordinary!  When we, as American citizens, as followers of Christ, settle for the ordinary then that’s what our lives will be like: ordinary; bland; plain.  So why do we settle?  Why do I want life to become simple?  That’s boring :\.

So that’s my challenge to all of you, and to myself:  accept the changes as opportunities to make something extraordinary.  Because if we settle for less then we will never grow, we will never thrive, we will never truly live.  Don’t be afraid to live!  Don’t be afraid to embrace something you are afraid of.  Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith or to go on an adventure.  Life is full of things to be afraid of, and if you let them scare you, then don’t expect to live out loud.  So stop settling, stop blending in, start growing, and start speaking out; Be Mindful — Have no Fear…

 

Cherith Campbell

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January 30, 2013

The one where God is good.

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So we are in the middle of my second week back at MNU and it has been going good. Except for today. This morning I woke up and my hair was a mess. I looked out the window and it was snowing and icy everywhere. My car doors were froze shut. I had to scrape my windshield. Then I realized that I lost my drivers license and debit card. I drove to Starbucks and they gave me the wrong drink. All the way to my job/internship downtown the traffic was so bad that I didn’t go over 45/50 miles an hour. Then the women that I work with had car trouble and were running late. But then we got in and started working.

But God is good. 

Moving on from all the negativity. Last night we had orientation for the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Our orientation was fun because a lot of girls on my hall were invited as well and so we were all together–I sat by SAMANTHA LEE HERRING-MOORE. As we were walking out of the meeting the soccer guys were playing futsol in the gym and that was really fun to watch. Tonight some friends and I went to Starbucks and that was a blast! And when we got back we started quoting and singing Pitch Perfect! Such a good movie–if you haven’t seen it go watch it……..LIKE NOW.

This weekend and next week have quite a bit going on. I have  homework to do, people to see, projects to work on, basketball games to watch, and tons of fun to have. I hope that your week goes wonderfully!

Learn something new today: There’s an actual coffee shop in South Carolina where everyone pays for the next person’s coffee!

Emily Lawler

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January 30, 2013

Joey Alligier

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January 30, 2013

Tis the Seasons

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They say a lot can change in a short amount of time when it comes to Kansas weather. Having lived here for all 19.2 years of my life I can attest to this being the truth. However, the past 3 days have BLOWN MY MIND. 2 days ago the weather was around 66, beautifully sunny, and all around glorious! I wore shorts to class, ran back from the gym, and didn’t wear a jacket to work. Yesterday started out nice, I mean, I LOVE the rain! Then it started to get REAL cold while still raining, NO THANKS. Then I woke up this morning and it literally shocked me when I looked outside. The ground was covered and it was still coming down. The wind is piercing and the snow keeps getting in my shoes. So, here at MNU we have experienced about all the seasons in the past 3 days.

In my devotion this morning I stumbled upon the verse Deuteronomy 32:2. It says, “Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants.”

It’s as if God has been showing me something (as if He really ever stops). As I am going through something it’s perfect that some days can be so amazing, shorts worthy, seemingly perfect. But when we open ourselves up to God and the help He offers it may not look as pretty as our humanistic imagination presents perfection, but what comes from the renewal of rain and the flooding of the Holy Spirit taking over our lives is unmatched by anything in this life. Then when God tries to use dew or a thunderstorm with no avail at obtaining our attention, he sorts to something more extreme like snow. I guess this may be my mind just being my mind and thinking kind of peculiar, but I believe the Lord does speak through nature and he is always calling us to learn more and disruptive our lives to experience him more. Let His cleansing, loving, powerful “rain” empower you.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey Alligier

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Kelsey Cranford

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January 28, 2013

The Year of 2013. HERE WE GO.

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Here’s the new that’s been in this girl’s life. Last week, two of my dearest friends moved half-way across the world, one to study at a film school in Scotland and the other to study ceramics in Wales. Needless to say, I have been stalking there Instas and facebooks ever since. (Sidenote–every picture that you take in Europe is automatically phenomenal.) I started a new job last week working with one-year old’s at a daycare program on campus which has been a blast. Even though these little guys are often nuts, their cuteness makes up for everything. God knew what he was doing when he decided to make little ones absolutely adorable and precious. Wedding planning is underway and not a day goes by that I cannot believe that this awaited chapter of my life is officially on it’s way. As exciting as figuring out some of those details can be (details that us gals tend to obsess over–the dress, the decor, etc.–hence why pinterest exists) I cannot express how stoked I am to get to fully share life with my best friend. However, even though the whole engaged scene is all about looking ahead, by golly we are determined to give this stage the attention it deserves by focusing on the here and now.

More change coming with 2013 includes being officially done with my college career by this time next year. Along with this exciting fact comes stress and worry about what in the world I’m supposed to do with myself once I get there. Here within the next couple of weeks I will be trying to narrow down what internship to tackle this summer, which I am praying will bring me some direction within the Behavioral Sciences realm as to what to go towards. I am so thankful to the Lord for providing me such amazing people as my professors who have been helping me ask the tough questions in order to pinpoint a job or career that align with my gifting and passions. I’d be a fool to expect the Lord to reveal all now, but want to make sure I’m being purposeful in asking Him to go before me and prepare a way.

In looking ahead, I am so excited to see the Lord at work through all the change and challenges in the coming year, whether that be in my education, internship opportunities, local ministries, or relationships. 2013….here we go!

 

Hope you enjoy the photos of Wales above!

 

 

Cherith Campbell

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January 21, 2013

The one where break ends.

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Well tomorrow I start my second semester of my sophomore year of college. Woah. I cannot believe that I will be half way done with my college experience after this semester. I am so excited to be back on campus with all of my friends and professors. Tomorrow is going to great. I think we are getting welcomed back and talking a little bit about our experience in Europe during chapel. Ill get to see a ton of people that I haven’t seen since last spring when we left for summer. Since the last time that I lived on campus I have had an insanely awesome time but I am very ready to get back in the swing of campus life.

This semester I am taking classes that are focused on my major and I’m anxious to see how well I enjoy them. This is going to give me a great opportunity to really dive into the business world and see how I like it. I also have my new internship/job and that is also giving me such amazing opportunities to see myself in the actual business world. It has been a wonderful experience so far to be working within the company and I have loved getting to know the woman that I work with.

Tonight is my first night back on campus and it feels great. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Learn something new today: A crocodile can’t stick out it’s tongue.

Phillip Prado

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January 21, 2013

SECOND SEMESTER OF FRESHMAN YEAR!!

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HEY GUYS!!  So yesterday I shared my feelings about the break, and, as promised, here is today’s blog on how I feel about the rest of the semester!!

So it’s been occurring to me lately that college is really stressful.  Getting finalized, paying bills, it’s all kind of overwhelming.  And that’s ok because I know it is all worth it.  But why is it worth it?  Is it worth it to, one day, be able to support your family and not have to struggle to pay the bills?  Is it worth it to one day have a career that SHOULD make you happy?  Or is it something else?  I personally think that these are good reasons but there is more to it than this.  There’s more to the stress and more the back breaking, time crunching, hair pulling, effort that goes into every little detail of our college kids’ lives.  Yeah learning to grow up and living life is a part of this but is that what is most important?  It’s not the money you make or the title you have.  And the college experience or the fact that you are “getting away” shouldn’t be valid reasons to take your life and throw it in an emotional blender know as college preparation.  Because this, honestly, sucks.  Preparing for college and getting everything organized can be a huge pain in the butt.  But the path you chose makes it worth it.  Not the destination but the journey.  Not the atmosphere but what you do with it.  Everyday God gives us opportunities to change the life of people in many ways we never even think of.  We just over look it all.  And those opportunities, those solitary moments in time that fall upon us and appear as riddles, drama, problems are actually blessings from God.  Beautiful things happen everyday out of the saddest, most hurtful things you could imagine.  And God asks us to join Him in his walk in making those beautiful things happen.

SO this semester I will try to look at everything as an opportunity to make something beautiful: homework, friends, fights, relationships, anything I can think of.  Things all the way from ordering your food at McDonald’s, to meeting a deadline (which I have been pretty bad at myself lately), and on down the list are all opportunities given to us to show how beautiful life can be.  And to me, college is a way to make those opportunities happen now, and in the future.

I am really looking forward to this semester.  I know I will not always succeed in all i set out to do but failing is a part of making life happen.  So as long as I keep my chin high and my hopes higher I know everything will be ok.  It’s time for me to stop focusing on what’s wrong, and  to focus on what’s beautiful.  Because in the end what’s wrong doesn’t really matter, and what’s beautiful will be what makes your life worth living.

Happy spring semester to all you Pioneers!!! :)

Phillip Prado

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January 20, 2013

BREAK!!

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HEY GUYS!!!  So, first off, this break has been crazy! And since my computer has been incapacitated for some time now I have not been able to keep anyone updated.  But now that this week everything was fixed and I am finally within the range of a successful Wi-Fi connection I can recap my break!  So here goes!!!!

Let’s start with a list of the things I did this break:

1. Work

2. Work

3. Work more

4. Work even more

K done!

Just Kidding! BUT it sure felt like that was the case!  Working 9 or 10 hour days at a daycare everyday takes its toll on a guy.  This was not a break for me!  I was more tired over break than I was ever during school.  That made me miss MNU even more.  This place is my home now, and going back to live with my family was weird.  I mean readjusting is kinda hard.  I missed the fellowship, the campus, the food, the professors, and even the homework!  Call me crazy but everything about MNU feels like home now.

I mean I had fun over break, don’t get me wrong.  It was good to see my family and the friends back home, going on endless coffee shop adventures and out eating out.  I enjoyed the holiday season and the snow in Nebraska was fun while it lasted, but it’s not the same as it use to be.  It was good to have a change of scenery coming to MNU the first time and I’m still not even close to being sick of it, but I have had enough of my hometown.  MNU is the next step in my life and I am more than ready to keep on with this step and to stop looking back.  I came and visited friends in Olathe over break! I couldn’t wait all 5 or 6 weeks, or however long it was (all I know is that it felt too long).

Overall it was a good break!  I loved it even though I was busy working all the time!  But it is good to be back at MNU.  This is now my home and I love every part of it!

So HELLO to all of you Pioneers! I have missed you all!

And to all of you upcoming freshman next year: I hope you love this place as much as I do!  You won’t want to leave once you call this place your home.

That’s a small recap of my break and tomorrow I will update on what I am looking forward to for the rest of the year so stay tuned!!

Life At The Daycare!

 

Out to eat with my friend Ty Hall

 

One of my many coffee shop endeavors to Scooters

 

Snow Storm in Nebraska

 

Allegra Vieux

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January 20, 2013

the prankster gets pranked…

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This is a video coming at you from a Cabin Fever experience. We were given a few hours to look around at the outlet malls in Branson. Those who know me know that I LOVE pranking people. Nothing destructive, just good fun. Well, I guess what goes around comes around. Thanks to Gabe Crumpley for this awesome footage.