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Haley Raydo


January 4, 2015

A Bright Yellow House

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Hello friends

Well if you are involved or know anyone in the MNU community, you possibly will know of the recent tragedy that has left many people with heavy and burdened hearts.  One of MNU’s dearest went to be with Jesus a couple days ago.  When heartbreak, tragedy, and trials come our way a mix of emotions rise.  There is confusion.  There is hurt.  There is anger.  There is shock.  All of which are logical and acceptable emotions.  In the past I haven’t always thought that my grieving mix of emotions were acceptable to God.  But that is simply not the case.  Scripture says that God is near the broken-hearted.  He is saddened with us.  Remember He once lived as us, and in the lowest of circumstances.

I was driving home from Oklahoma a couple days ago reflecting on the news of the recent passing.  My heart ached for my dear friends who are broken.  I looked out into the empty fields.  Gray sky stretched across the horizon.  The dead of winter made evident throughout the landscape.  Nothing seemingly “pretty” or “happy-looking” appeared in sight.  Until I saw this bright yellow house.  I thought it was kind of interesting, so I pulled over and took a picture.  I mean this bright yellow and cheerful, little house in the middle of no where, surrounded in a storm, in the dead of winter, just sat there.  It seemed resilient. And almost out of place.

That little yellow house would not escape my mind.  I reflected on it as I drove home and I felt the Lord made an impression.  That this house was joy, it was light, it was His people.  In the midst of a storm, in the midst of all things dead, His joy, His light, and His people were set apart.  They were bright yellow houses in the dead of winter.  That as trials come “the house” will not fall.  His people will find joy in his presence (Psalm 16:11), they will find his light, and they will be that light.  So as people drive and pass that little yellow house in the storm, they will be drawn to it.  Because it contains the joy of the Lord, it contains (even in the midst of tragedy and sorrow) perseverance, and it contains overwhelming comfort.

So maybe you are heavy burdened today.  Broken hearted.  I say to you: it is ok. It is more than ok to feel how you may feel.  The Lord draws near to that.  I can’t tell you anything new that you haven’t already heard, but I think the Lord says to you today to strive for comfort and safety in that little yellow house.  In the comfort and safety of our Savior’s arms there will you shine in the midst of the darkness, and there you will find joy.

I didn’t know Quincy as well as I wish I would have. Reading through endless amount of posts of the lives she had touched truly showed a legacy that is inspiring to all.  I urge us all to pray.  Pray for her dear and close family, for her roommates and friends, and for all those who grieve today.  A wise mentor of mine told me once that God moves when we pray because that way we know that it is Him that moves and works, so He receives glory.


Samantha Moore


January 3, 2015

God’s Timing

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I’ve always wondered what God is thinking when something tragic happens that cannot be explained. Does he know that it will affect numerous people and will affect them for the rest of their lives? Maybe there is another reason. When tragic things happen, maybe he is teaching a lesson or maybe there is a specific purpose beyond what Earthly eyes can see.

Death. How can someone explain death? Yes the definition of death is the action or fact of dying or being killed, but I think death is beyond its definition. I think death has the ability to rock someone’s perspective of how they are living their life, it allows people to change their lifestyle because that death has affected them more than they could have imagined. In my life I have lost a grandma who I was close with but it didn’t effect me as much as I think it should have, I do not think I really understood fully. I also have lost several dogs, and everybody who knows me that rocked my world and left me very sad. Even then, I did not really feel the full effect of death because dogs are animals and they cannot speak back to you.

I recently heard this song on the radio about a month ago. At this point in life I had not felt the repercussions of death in my life. I remember listening to it several times in a row.

“I hope you’re dancing in the sky
And I hope you’re singing in the angels’ choir
I hope the angels know what they have
I bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you’ve arrived”

Recently, a friend of mine and of the MNU community lost her life in a car accident that left everyone who knew her and even people who didn’t questionings God reasoning behind why he took this beautiful soul away from us. Two days straight I have been questioning why she is gone and why God took her from us so early in her life. Is it really fair? But, is it really fair that I am questioning God? God does spontaneous things all the time that we are not able to understand and cannot see his reasoning behind it.

Quincy has a beautiful and joyous soul towards life. She loved making people smile and it was known throughout the whole MNU community and anybody who came into contact with her. She was a vital part of our community. She was a talented musician and singer. I actually met Quincy in 2009 when I was in high school. Going through old Facebook messages show how encouraging she was to me and how much she showed me who I was in Christ. Her love for Christ was radiant and shown in every thing she did. There was no question her love for music was a talent God gave her to spread his love. She also had a love for helping people and that is why she was pursing nursing as a career. She wanted to help anybody and everybody she could.

Quincy Foster


“‘Cause here on earth it feels like everything good is missing since you left
And here on earth everything’s different
There’s an emptiness”

“Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy helped me through this hard time that I have been going through in questioning why God took her so soon from us. She was made for a better purpose than this Earth could provide her. She has a purpose beyond this world. Is it fair that God took her when he did? Is it fair that we question His actions?

The marks humans leave are often scars. The mark Quincy leaves on my heart is a scar, a scar to remember her sweet smile and her kind words in my every day life. Her mark is a scar on everyone’s heart that she came in contact with. The thing about scars is that they are meant to be felt. If you glide your finger over a scar on your hand you feel it. The scars on our hearts are also meant to be felt, felt deeply. These scars allow us to live. People who will be remembered because of what they did in our lives make these scars. These scars never heal.

Quincy left a scar on all of us, a scar that cannot be forgotten and a scar that will never fade. Quincy thank you for all your kind words and advice you have given me over the several years I have known you. You always had a smile to greet me when I saw you and you seemed to always know what to say to make people smile. Quincy you left a scar.

“I hope you’re dancing in the sky
And I hope you’re singing in the angels’ choir
I hope the angels know what they have
I bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you’ve arrived, since you’ve arrived”

Mariah McCommon


January 1, 2015

Home Sweet Home

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Hey readers! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year and if you didn’t eat lots of food, you didn’t do the holidays quite right but that’s okay.

Break has already been flying by! I love being home and it’s nice to have an entire month to relax and be with family. Leaving my MNU friends was pretty difficult, though. I will admit I cried just a little bit. Actually a lotta bit but let’s not tell anyone. Me and my homies ate at Chick-fil-a right before we all headed home as a last hoo-rah before break which was nice.


We call ourselves ‘The Blonde Quad’

I can actually say I’ve been somewhat bored over break and I haven’t been able to say that for the last 5 months. It’s like I appreciate being bored more now, but I miss being busy all the time too. Not being around people 24/7 is weird! I miss my roomy and realizing that my friends are all over the United States right now is scary to think about so I try not to think about it. Thank The Lord for cellphones and technology!

I love being home and attacked by my dog, Thor and clawed by my cat, Bella. No really, I missed it. They are soooo cute. If you don’t believe me, here’s proof:


I love my animals to death and I don’t know what I’d do without them! This Christmas, my sister and I received a lot of Frozen things. I could write a list of how much, but it’d be a long list. We got matching shirts with Anna and Elsa on them. Now, that may sound strange, but believe it or not, my little sis is a redhead just like Anna! Frozen happens to be both of our favorite movies cause it’s only the best movie ever made. I’m a lot like Elsa, and she’s a lot like Anna so it works out perfectly and is probable why we’re so obsessed with it. Unfortunately, I don’t shoot ice from my hands, but wouldn’t that be AWESOME?! Sometimes I pretend I do.


We totally could pull off Anna and Elsa

My sister has been given the opportunity to perform in the Alamo Bowl down in Texas. She’s in the band as school and it’s quite the honor to be chosen to perform in the bowl. She is having a blast and I’m so proud of her. She will be playing her French Horn at half time of the K-State/UCLA game tomorrow night so if you’re not doing anything, be sure to check that out!

To wrap up, I just want to say that I hope y’all had the best Christmas and New Year ever. Enjoy the rest of break! Thanks for reading! :)

Katie Linsey


December 31, 2014

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

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“Lose weight.”

“Go to the gym.”


“Save more money.”

Those are some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions I’ve heard, and I can definitely say those have made my list in the past years. While those are not bad things to want to accomplish, I’ve always found myself abandoning those resolutions less than a month into the New Year (and I know I’m not alone in that).

2014 was an interesting year. I learned more about myself than I have in any other season of my life. I went part-time at my high school in the beginning of 2014, which allowed for more personal time and opportunities to become more connected in my church, but also created a disconnect with peers at my school. In the summer, I took on a summer staff position at Youthfront Camp West, which taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. I learned a lot about my leadership style and what it means to be involved in a community of believers that are striving for intentional growth in their relationship with the Lord. In the fall, I started my college experience at MNU and learned even more about myself. Throughout all of those experiences, I grew immensely in my relationship with Christ and also gained a greater sense of passion and desire to live adventurously and boldly.

This past year, I felt more alive than ever before. There are certain practices I took part in that gave life to my soul, which in turn allowed me to encourage and motivate others. I want to continue doing those things and give meaning to every day of 2015. I believe that all of us long to feel alive, but maybe some of us don’t recognize that yet. I’ve put together a short list of my resolutions, which are things that I think everyone should strive to do more of. So, without further ado…

3 Resolutions Everyone Should Have

1. Read more

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Words are powerful and inspiring. They can encourage and discourage, build up and tear down. Books have captivated my heart and led me to deeper understandings of what it means to live. There are books I read in 2014 that I plan to read again (and again), and unread books that I have added to my list. If you want to read inspiring, life-changing books, here’s a short list to get you started:

  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Radical by David Platt

2. Write more

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In 2014, I had a lot of friends that I didn’t get to see very often because we didn’t go to the same school and were always busy. We didn’t want to lose touch, so we wrote letters to each other (some by snail mail and some by e-mail). Doing this made me fall in love with the idea of writing letters (and also receiving them). It’s fun and encouraging and special. I think everyone should write letters to people, even if it’s a simple random encouragement. Sometimes those are the best.

3. Go out more

Go out more

I’ve lived 30 minutes from Kansas City my whole life, but until 2014, I had never been downtown to explore it. After many Saturday mornings at the City Market and late nights at local restaurants downtown, I quickly fell in love with the city. People always say there’s so much that they want to see in the world and they wish they could travel all the time, which I don’t disagree with, but sometimes I think we forget that there’s a city full of wonder and excitement right down the highway from us. In 2015, I want to go see more places and experience more culture, whether that’s spending a day in Kansas City or a week in (insert state or country).

So, there you have it. I hope you’ll consider reading more, writing more, and going out more in 2015. I promise that you won’t regret taking the time to do these things. Also, make sure to pay attention to what makes you feel most alive, and make sure to do more of those things. Peace and blessings to your 2015.


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Luther Okeyo


December 29, 2014

Happy Holidays…

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Hey guys, I hope you guys had a great christmas and you guys are enjoying your holidays. I’m not going to lie, I DEFINITELY AM. It is amazing to be back home. There is only one problem… My mom isn’t here. She went back to Kenya to see the family, this is one of the few times where I’m not able to spend Christmas without my mom. Don’t you worry though I was still able to talk her as much I possibly can. Also as many of you would agree, the best part of the holidays is being able to be with family. Even though I wasn’t able to be with them physically, just being able to talk to them on the phone was enough. Sharing stories with them, knowing that they’re ok was the best gift I could’ve gotten. I miss them so much, but I’ll be able to see them soon. Another great part of Christmas is of course… the presents, DUH!!! My mom definitely stepped up her game this year.

Got a MacBook Pro for Christmas. Adding this bad boy to my growing Apple collection. Thank you so much Mom!!

Got a MacBook Pro for Christmas. Adding this bad boy to my growing Apple collection. Thank you so much Mom!!

Quite the collection huh? All this means that I need to make some last minute adjustments to my gift for her. I’d tell you guys what it is, but I know that mom reads the blog post religiously so I can’t spoil the surprise. Gotcha mom! Not today, you gotta be patient and wait until you come back.

Also I want to give a huge shoutout to the wolf-pack and their families for letting me share Christmas day with them. It was such a cool experience and a huge privilege as well. For them to take me into their homes and make sure that I didn’t spend Christmas alone was awesome of them and they didn’t have to do it. That’s one of the many reasons that these guys will be my friends for life.


The main core of the wolf-pack. To my left you have Kamaran “Pee Wee” Francis, Cory “Captain America” Ellis, and to my right you have Ryan “Birdman” Ellis. One day I’ll get the whole pack together and relieve the glory days.


Katie Linsey


December 27, 2014

The Dos and Don’ts of Thrift Shopping

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Hey guys! The past few years, thrift shopping has become a serious hobby of mine. Here’s a list of my personal DOS and DON’TS when it comes to thrift shopping. :)


Buy these…

  • Flannel
    • Flannel takes up a significant portion of my closet and none of it was bought new. Thrift stores ALWAYS have plenty of flannel (especially in the men’s section).

I wear flannel very often… maybe too much.

  • Mugs
    • I have found the strangest mugs at thrift stores (and yes, I bought them). Goodwill sells all their mugs for 49 cents, which is a steal if you ask me. My philosophy is “a girl can never have too many mugs.” They make great decorations and cheap gifts!

A few of my favorite thrifted mugs… can you tell I love cats?

  • Crewneck Sweatshirts
    • Thrifted crewneck sweatshirts are what I live in during the winter. Also, for all those sorority girls out there, thrift stores are a great place to find plain sweatshirts to sew letters onto. (I’ve had my fair share of thrift shopping with college friends who are in sororities. They go crazy. It’s great.)
  • Baseball Caps
    • There’s always a good selection. Just make sure you wash it before you wear it!
  • Rain Jackets
    • Thrift stores always seem to have a pretty good selection of rain jackets, and a lot of times they’re good quality too. Don’t buy one expecting it to last for years, but if you’re in need of a cheap rain jacket to last you a season or two, thrift stores are good places to look.

KU rain jacket that I thrifted at Goodwill for $5… pretty proud of this one! Love it so much.

  • Movies/CDs
    • Don’t expect to find anything current, but if you’re looking for a good movie or throwback CD to jam out to in the car, you’ll likely find it.
  • PJs
    • Whether you’re looking for an ugly set of PJs or some comfy PJ pants, thrift stores most likely have you covered.

Shop here…

  • Salvation Army 
    • What a beautiful place. Definitely my favorite place to thrift shop at. The one in Overland Park is my favorite (11421 Metcalf Avenue) because it’s HUGE. Also, Salvation Army gives a 10% discount to students who have their Student I.D.
  • Goodwill
    • Great and cheap, two of my favorite things. It will never let you down.
  • Blessings Abound 
    • My mom and I found this place one day while we were driving around. It’s cute and cool. They are SO nice in there. Definitely worth checking out! (9622 Nall Avenue, Overland Park)
Blessings Abound

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  • TurnStyles
    • It’s good and fun.

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  • Garage Sales
    • My Saturday mornings in the spring are mostly spent at garage sales. I don’t buy a lot, because there’s a lot of junk, but it’s fun and occasionally I’ll find a steal.


Buy these…

  • Scarves
    • I own a lot of scarves, and sadly none of them were thrifted. Every time I go to a thrift store, I check out the scarves and leave disappointed. Either they’re all ugly or I just have bad taste in scarves.
  • Stationary 
    • Okay, listen up. Thrift stores ALWAYS have so much stationary stuff. Cards, craft supplies, whatever you need… but don’t buy it. 99% of the time, it can be found at Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart for cheaper. I write letters all the time, and thrift stores are not the places to buy cards. It’s not any cheaper.
  • Exercise Clothes
    • Nope. Just nope. Don’t do it.
  • Sandals
    • Please don’t buy shoes that don’t require socks, unless you want to try and pull off the socks-with-sandals look, which often doesn’t end well. (And don’t buy the socks from thrift stores either).

Shop here…

  • Savers
    • Everyone loves Savers… and I do too, but only on their 50% off days which happen around holidays usually. Don’t go there to buy clothes if there’s not a sale. The shirts average around $5-10, which isn’t that cheap compared to other thrift stores. But, on the sale days, go crazy! (I do!)

So… there you have it. Feel free to comment with your own personal advice or opinions! I’d love to hear it!


Aaron Merrell


December 14, 2014

Pros and Cons of Winter Break

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Hey everyone! Hoping you had a great week.

School for the fall semester has come to a close at MNU, and there are several things this can bring about. One of my friends told me that to figure out if you like something or not, you can make a pros and cons list. So, I’m making a pros and cons list of winter break.

(Let’s start with the cons, I still want this to be positive)

-Don’t see some friends for a whole month
-It’s SO cold
-Get togethers
-Money is TIGHT
-Buying books
-Tough upcoming semester (for me anyway)

-Get togethers
-Time to be back with family
-See old friends
-New Year
-Presents (gotta be honest)

That’s all I’ve got this week, thank you so much for reading.


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Katie Linsey


December 12, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Albums

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As y’all know (or should know), I love music. A lot. If I could marry music, I would… but I cant, so I just listen to it all the time instead. I always love the day after Thanksgiving because it’s the day that I get to put all my Christmas music back onto my iPhone and start listening to my Christmas playlist on Spotify.

I love Christmas music, but sometimes I struggle finding the good stuff. In case that’s you this holiday season, I’ve put together a short list of my favorite albums this Christmas season. I hope you’ll take some time to listen to them, you won’t regret it!

1. That’s Christmas To Me – Pentatonix


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This is quite possibly the most obvious one, because who doesn’t love Pentatonix? Almost every time I get into a discussion about Christmas music (which actually happens quite often), Pentatonix is brought up. Chances are you’ve already heard at least a few songs from this album, but if you haven’t, you’ve GOT to give it a listen. I absolutely love the spin they put on traditional Christmas songs. Every song is amazing. That is all.

2. Into the Silent Night: The EP – for King & Country

for King & Country

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I have always loved for King & Country, so when I found out they came out with a Christmas EP, I immediately bought it. The short album is a mixture of Christmas songs they wrote and their signature spin on traditional Christmas songs. My favorites include “Baby Boy” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” This EP is available on iTunes for $3.99… what a steal!

3. The Christmas EP – Chris August

Chris August

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Chris August is one of my favorite vocalists in the world, so obviously his Christmas album makes the list. It’s a short album with a few originals and a few of his own renditions of famous Christmas songs, similar to for King & Country. Make sure that you listen to the song “Tell Me What You Want For Christmas” because it’s fun, upbeat, and hilarious! “O Holy Night” is also a great one.

4. Glee: The Music – Christmas Album


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I’ve been listening to this Christmas album for years. I used to watch Glee all the time, and even though I don’t keep up with the show anymore, I still love the music. It’s my favorite album to listen to when I’m driving around at night, looking at Christmas lights. My favorite songs on the album include “Last Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” If you love it and want more, they’ve come out with multiple Christmas albums since, so look them up too!

5. Christmas From The Heart – David Archuleta

David Archuleta

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This album gives me chills every time I listen to it. David Archuleta is extremely talented, it’s ridiculous. Nearly all of the songs on this album are traditional Christmas songs… which is great if you’re looking to listen to well-known tunes with little change made to them. My favorites are “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” and “Melodies of Christmas.”

6. The Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant

Family Force 5

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This album absolutely rocks. If you like upbeat, untraditional, dance-able Christmas music, this is for you. However, I must warn you to NOT listen to it while you’re driving on the highway if you have a hard time controlling your dance moves. My personal favorites from this album are “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “T’was The Night Before Christmas,” and “The Baby.”

So, there you have it! A few Christmas albums to listen to while you’re enjoying your Christmas Break. :) Feel free to comment below with your favorite Christmas music… I’m always looking for new music to listen to! Have a great holiday! :)


Samantha Moore


December 10, 2014

2 am cram session!

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Caution: Late night cram session happening!

It is finals week people, which means lots and lots of studying, eating, and having no idea what you learned this whole semester.

Wednesday- Criminology final

Thursday- Business Communications and Organizational Leadership finals

Friday- Human Resource final

I can not believe I only have my spring semester and then I am done with college, CRAZZZY!

asgASG had their annual Christmas party, so we obviously had to have matching sweatshirts! Happy Holidays from our ASG family to your family!

Haley Raydo


December 8, 2014

Christmas Break To Read List (Finals Week Procrastination)

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Hello friends

Soooooo hehehesklgkng :) << I don’t know what that was about… I think I am exhausted.

Well after that terrible example of writing…. How are you?  How’s it going?  How’s your week?  If I am being completely honest with you, the only reason I am surviving this week is because I know it will all be over soon and it will be Christmas break!  Finals are here, as I am sure all of you are aware.  I mean you either are the student complaining on social media or you know at least one college or high school student who is complaining on social media.

So last year I wrote a blog post on study tips… And honestly I should really begin to take my own advice. This year I figured I would hold on tight to what is getting me through to the end… Everything I am going to do over Christmas break (because that’s rational).

And by everything I mean read and watch Netflix.


So I wrote a list of all the books I want to read that I definitely will not finish or even get close to finishing.  BECAUSE when you are in school, you spend all your time reading for class.  So breaks are for all the fun reads.

So here you go… My book list:

1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (I read this in high school, but I didn’t take it seriously.  I watched the movie this weekend and I haven’t stopped dreaming of Mr. Darcy since)

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (This is a reread… I just watched the movie and I need to let myself heal again by finishing the story)

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this, but I have never read the books or seen the movies… I honestly don’t even know what the first one is called so I just wrote Harry Potter *shoulder shrug*) (P.S. I realize I am a little late on the bandwagon)

4. To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler & Jared C. Wilson (This is another I started and didn’t finish but would really love to! It was so good and challenging from what I started to read from it)

5. Jesus is greater than Religion by Jefferson Bethke (I watch his youtube videos and he is super smart! I’ve been meaning to read his book! Also it is supposed to be the greater than sign but it changes the sign into something else when I publish this… ugh technology)

6. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath (This book guides you into finding your strengths! Interesting!)

And then if you must know my Netflix list:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (I am on season 8)

2. Downton Abbey (I am on season 3)

3. The Office (I have seen every episode..)

Isn’t deciding what you are going to do with all your extra time on Christmas break so much more enjoyable?! Also it is a bit of stress reliever.

Stay sane friends!

Thanks for stopping by


P.S. This picture I posted on instagram from the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting over Thanksgiving break.