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Heather Engle

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December 9, 2013

Santa, Snow, and Studying

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Hello friends :]

So, right now I am currently at Starbucks.. drinking coffee.. and studying for the 4 finals, added on with 3 unit tests that I have.

 In college, for me at least, coffee shops and MNU’s library are two of my favorite places to be. Lately, I have spent a lot of my time at both of these places. For me today, Starbucks has taken a little bit of the stress off of the insane amount of information I have to cram into my brain this week. So thank you Starbucks!

Also, this is maybe one of the only places that I get wifi…so that’s cool.

This past week/weekend was just full of everything Christmas! Let me show you guys some pictures:

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SANTA! He came to the Merc! If you don’t know what the Merc is, it’s our merchandise store located in our Campus Center.

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On this past Thursday night, my friend Jazmine and I had a movie night and we made coffee in our room! It might have been a slight mistake though because it was around 10:00 p.m. when we made it. Lets just say that I was up pretty late that night. But it was delicious, so it was definitely worth it! This isn’t really Christmassy, but I thought i’d share with you guys my coffee masterpiece.

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This is a picture from our Freshman Christmas sweater party! I came a little late so I missed out on the dance party, which was really upsetting, but other than that it was a wonderful time! There was hot cocoa, egg nog, snacks, and our MNU improv team (Action Pact) came and did an improv show for us!2013-12-07 00.52.50 Okay, I know what you’re thinking.. “Who is this super attractive lady with a Rudolf nose coming out of her mouth?” Well my friends, this is my RA Faith Koker. She is the bomb. I mean just look at her. :]

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To start the Christmas season off right, some of my friends and I decided to watch Elf this weekend! I think I have maybe seen this movie 15 times, but it never ever gets old. :]

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MNU also got some snow this weekend! It was a really light snow so we barely got any at all, but it was still snow! Which makes it feel even more like Christmas! I also took this picture in our piano rooms and I thought it really captured just how beautiful they are. Well, I think they’re beautiful at least. I do find myself spending a lot of my time in here as well as in the library and Starbucks. :] You can also kind of see the little bit of snow we got on top of the roof of my dorm outside the window.

Well guys, I don’t know about you, but I am ready to be done with this week, not just because it’s finals week, but because that means next week is the start of Christmas break! It’s going to be wonderful having a whole month off to see my family and friends again. I will definitely miss my MNU family though.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Mario Flores

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December 6, 2013

Just 2 weeks left!!

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So if you’re Jelly that I’m watching The Wolverine and you’re may not, I don’t blame you. It’s rather Leegit :Pthe_wolverine-HD

 

SO to make up for not having any pictures of Jamie and I from last blog that I shared the exciting news of us being a couple, here are 3 pictures of us:

So here's Jamie and I's first pic together :-)

Here’s Jamie and I’s first pic together :-) It was in the 20s Fahrenheit that day!!

 

Here was our 2nd xD

Here was our 2nd pic taken after church inside Campus Center xD

And here is her new profile pic:D

And here is her new profile pic:D

In other news, the high today was 20 degrees. This snow from Thursday is easily still seen around campus!

I also still await the day when I can have another dream come true…

I mean I have experienced a white Xmas before, but that was when my age was still in the single digits! (9 years young)

Joey Alligier

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December 5, 2013

Dear Santa,

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The taste of the chicken flavor is becoming mundane and you just watched the series finale of Prison Break.
This is the most wonderful time of the year for college students who consistently indulge in Ramen Noodles and their roommate’s Netflix.
It’s December. Which means:

School is out soon
Christmas is around the corner
Socks with Rudolph on them are socially acceptable

As the jolly man in the, simply put, soft-large-red-onesie is fast-approaching, instead of paying attention in class, I daydream of the things on my WANT list. This year that includes:

TOMS

Elephants inside...

A phone case

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Adidas watch

Cool and classy

Camera tripod

I need straighter pictures

Slim style khakis

Nothin' better, oh oh oh

Body wash

So fresh and so clean

Laundry soap

Cheap and Lasting

As you can see these things are not on the typical person’s list, unless you’re about 35. I mean when I was younger, getting socks would have ticked me off, now it would be like manna from heaven. Seriously, I think the washer eats them,and usually just one out of the pair

A strange phenomenon happens as one transitions from the teenage years to young adulthood. We start to desire actually pretty useful and everyday materials…. Sure the PS4 would be cool, but I NEED BODY WASH.

I know that finals are around the corner and I should probably study instead of sending screenshots of hoped for gifts to my mother. Yet, even in the adolescent search for these gifts I am finding a sense of maturity.

This time of year is one to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, and the beauty of life. The little things like stocking-stuffers symbolize my mom’s corny sense of humor which I obviously inherited and emphasizes how important my family is. The simple happenings such as the pictures I get to take with the accessories I hope for or the whiff of Dove for men when I raise my arms in excitement of the season. And the beauty of life is found in the “Reason for the Season.” The greatest gift was the not-so-silent-yet-beautifully-kinda-gross night when Jesus was born in an animal trough amidst a barn type structure.

Overall, I could get nothing on my “Grown-up Christmas List” and still be satisfied and content. While I wouldn’t be upset if an Ipad Mini was underneath the cheesy-Santa-Claus/Rudolph wrapping-paper, I will feel the same if beneath the cheesiness is a 12 pack of calf-high socks.

Enjoy the season for what it brings, just don’t forget to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

P.S.- I don’t know who Ryan is…..

Allegra Vieux

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November 16, 2013

Tis the Season

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(Please enjoy the sweet sounds of Sleeping At Last while reading this post)

Attention Blog World:

You may have been misled by our blogfeed as of this week. You may think based on the title of this post that the current season is that of TWIRP, which as you have probably figured out by now stands for MNU’s annual tradition: The Woman Is Required To Pay. While I did not TWIRP anyone, (see my post about dating,) I’m here to introduce a new topic to our faithful 6 readers out there.

The holidays are upon us! It’s official. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, Christmas is 40 days away, and the new year is 47 days out! (ish-depending on how you count.)

I have spent approximately 40 hours this week on Pinterest looking at fun Christmas decor and Christmas crafts and Christmas vegan crockpot recipes, all the while listening to Christmas music. The Target Christmas commercial really gets me in the mood and I’ve been to Target about 3 times this week just meandering throughout the seasonal section. I love the Holidays!

Now, before you formulate your comment about how much you hate that I’m skipping over Thanksgiving and jumping right to Christmas or how Christmas is too materialistic, I’d like to address them right off the bat.

1. Happy Holidays is about the season, not the individual days.

I think it’s absolutely absurd that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years have to be separate. When I say “Christmas,” I’m not talking about one single day- It’s the season. The one thing I’m thankful for most is Christ, so the whole season is a time to be Thankful. To separate the holidays is to abide by the materialistic component. There is no research in what I’m about to say, but I think it’s poetic that the Christmas season is kicked off by Thanksgiving: a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for, which then leads into the birth of our Savior, which is the top of the Thankfulness chart, and then into New Years- a time to put our reflection to action start new.

2. Focus on the lasting, not the passing.

It’s possible to focus on the lasting memories made at Christmas time, and not just the passing material gifts. Let me give you an example: I was in 1st grade and woke up on a snowwy Lawrence morning to what seemed like a MILLION Christmas presents under the tree. It’s always been one of my mom’s things to make sure that we open presents for hours- One year when we were broke, she even wrapped up necessities like cleaning supplies and a new toilet seat to give us the “Christmas Miracle” feel. ANYway, while I remember waiting patiently to open what felt like my hundred presents, I don’t remember what I got, except one prized gift.

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Yes, my Nsync “Home for Christmas” album. I’m listening to it as I type! While it may be that I remember this moment so clearly because I then and still on occasion believe Justin Timberlake is who the Lord has set aside for me, it meant so much to me that my mom went the extra mile. She took interest into what I was interested in, which is the biggest service you can do for a person IMO (in my opinion.) I didn’t even ask for this CD, but she knew how much I love(d) Nsync and got a special CD for me and even marked it, “From Santa.” I totes knew it wasn’t from Santa because I didn’t put it in my letter I sent him, and that made me love it even more. It’s not about the gift, it’s about the demonstration of love.

3. “The Man” is not out to get you.

As a marketing student, I can tell you that I’ve had a lot of conversations about campaign ideas, none of which started out with, “How are we going to drive America into materialistic death today,” OR “We gotta get those people to stop focusing on the God component of Christmas and more on the cheap crap they’re gonna need under the tree.” If you feel like you are having a hard time focusing on “the reason for the season,” it’s not because of advertisements, it’s because of overindulgence. I’m just as guilty of this as the next American Citizen. Turn off the TV, put down the ads, stop filling your Cartwheel coupon book. The things advertised are not meant to be the focus of your holiday- they are meant to enhance it. It’s kind of like makeup. Makeup is not your beauty, it just enhances it. (Realizing that this as well as any other analogy eventually breaks down, don’t think about it too hard.) It is your own choice to be consumed by consumerism, so take some responsibility.

While it seems like the whole world revolves around Christmas this time of year, it is definitely important to realized that it doesn’t. For many people, Christmas is just another day. It is a privilege to be able to take time off and spend even a day with loved ones reflecting on all that we are thankful for.  A heart wrenching statistic I recently read was that 100 million people in our world are homeless. A related stat estimates that 80% of humans trafficked are homeless when taken. This post is not to guilt you by any means, but it is important to keep in mind the bigger picture. Slaves don’t get time off with their families.

I found this Slavery Footprint tracker online through Amor’s Blog. I was shocked to know that I personally employ 43 slaves. It takes like 5 minutes to calculate, and I would encourage you to try it.

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While you may have many different feelings regarding your results, I want to encourage you that there are things you can do this Christmas to contribute to making our world a better place. Part of my internship this summer was creating an advent calendar called “24 Days of Disruption.” This is a cool 24 day challenge to Disrupt your ordinary Christmas and become more Christ focused this season.

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If you don’t click any other link I’ve provided, please read and watch more about this. Do Christmas differently this year. As your pinning your crafts and shopping for gifts and baking pumpkin bread, remember to take time and think about those who are not as fortunate. Commit to 24 Days of Disrupt and start new traditions to drive out the American tradition of worshiping “stuff” in the Christmas season. Take responsibility and action: you have been called to live a life higher than an imprisonment by your own things.

Happy Holidays!

Over and out!

 

 

Mario Flores

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November 15, 2013

Here’s a Snippet of this Friday Night.

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Here’s a video of some of the players from our stellar Men’s Soccer team.

Here’s Jor-El jumping off that four-winged creature back at Krypton!

Grateful for a roommate that has great movie taste!

Grateful for a roommate that has great movie taste!

In other non-related news, here are three things that are on my Amazon Wish list…. Which is also the same thing as my Christmas gift wish list…. Hint Hint to anyone willing…:)

Here's the coat that i'd like. I don't own a nice formal coat, so I think this would be a good wardrobe addition....

Here’s the coat that i’d like. I don’t own a nice formal coat, so I think this would be a good wardrobe addition….

here it is buttoned all the way up..

here it is buttoned all the way up..

Because I'm taking Greek, and intend to understand more of the original language of which the Good News was written, this would be great for personal use!

Because I’m taking Greek, and intend to understand more of the original language of which the Good News was written, this would be great for personal use!

And as followers of Christ we are to care for the entire person, not just spiritual but physical, here's to a fit lifestyle!

And as followers of Christ we are to care for the entire person, not just spiritual but physical as well, here’s to a fit lifestyle!

 

 

 

 

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

 

Kelsey Cranford

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January 17, 2013

The Kenyon Cabin.

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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!

Joey Alligier

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December 11, 2012

The Atypical Typical Finals Post

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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?

Keep on and Keep God,
Joey