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Renee DeVault

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February 15, 2016

Feeling the Love

February 15, 2016 | By | One Comment

This weekend was absolutely incredible and full of love. Usually I wouldn’t cheese up Valentine’s day but this weekend was actually really special to me.

Friday and Saturday I went to the Women of Faith Farewell Tour at the Sprint Center. Their theme was Loved and it was one of the most encouraging conferences I have ever been to.

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Most of the women who did this conference had been traveling and speaking together for twenty years. Several of the speakers were over sixty years old. It was incredibly encouraging to see women completely command that space, share their testimonies, and be still working and serving God to an incredible extent at their age.

I haven’t seen a lot of women preaching so it was awesome to get to hear their multiple styles and see much more strength and humor than I ever expected.

Plus I got to spend the weekend with my Mama.

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I was really happy that she brought me. She’s been to several of these conferences and knew of the speakers already. It was so sweet of her to take me and to buy me cotton candy which is also sweet.

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Most of the messages were about the revolutionary nature of God’s love. There was a large comparison made between adoption and God’s love for us. I also enjoyed the aspects in which they discussed the deep human need to be loved and to love. It was things I had heard before but they stated it in new ways which really made me think, including in some short dramas which was awesome to me since I travel to churches doing skits with Action Pact.

The conference as a whole impacted me the most through the experiencing of very powerful women who were also absolutely hilarious. I could see myself trying something like this in the future if God will allow me. It was something that I logically knew was a possibility but to see it in action in front of me will be a memory that I can really hold on to.

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Sunday, following the conference was Valentine’s Day. For most of the day Quinn was off singing with Voices of Praise so I had an awesome day Co-leading Youth Group at Faith Journey church, going to service, making a Chipotle run, then going to my college small group.

Around dinner time though I got Quinn back! Woo!

He was able to come over to my house (I grew up five minutes from campus) and got to experience a DeVault family Valentines Day.

For years my mom has made a yummy Italian dinner and decorates the table with pretty red table cloths and hearts. We get together, drink sparkling apple cider out of wine glasses, and eat by candle light. Dad gives my mom roses which also help to decorate the room and mom gives all of us boxes of chocolate.

I was thrilled that Quinn was able to join my family this year.

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After family dinner Quinn and I got to do our Valentine’s Day tradition.

Quinn and I started dating roughly three years ago on February 10th. Since this was only four days before Valentine’s day we decided to do something super low pressure. So on our third date ever, we went to Starbucks to talk and exchange homemade Valentine’s cards.

This was our fourth Valentine’s day and the tradition is still going strong.

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We have so much fun just talking and making each other smile with our “wonderful” artwork. Plus then we have something to keep to remember our date.

And we save money so that’s pretty awesome ūüėČ

Isaac Walker

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January 29, 2016

My Hymn For The Weekend

January 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing. ¬†I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.

Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping. ¬†For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people. ¬†I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold. ¬†It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big. ¬†Not as many people are there selling their goods. ¬†It was definitely still worth the trip though. ¬†We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.

Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness. ¬†From there we walked over to the market. ¬†Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought. ¬†I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea! ¬†We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries. ¬†They were ‘fracking’ delicious. ¬†I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS! ¬†I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens. ¬†Don’t ask why. ¬†That’s a long story for another time. ¬†Maybe next week’s blog?

After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it.  I am sorry.)  We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street.  I LOVE Chinese markets.  This one smelled like fish though.  Like it smelt really bad!  They had a big fish market in the back.  They would chop it all up for you on the spot!

When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner!  We had kale salad (did not like it.  Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers.  It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!

Amanda served as our photographer for the day!

This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This was the gang for the weekend.
Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.   V artsy and hipster.

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.
V artsy and hipster.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures.  This is me awkwardly trying to decide of I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.  It was an overwhelming task for me!  Look at all my options!!!

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus.  Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it.  So she did and she did not hate it.

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.  Look at our cute heads.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands.  Here are some spices.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.

Here are some v artsy apples.

Here are some v artsy apples.

I was not aware that the picture was taken.....

I was not aware that the picture was taken…..

If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”. ¬†V means very. ¬†As if it was not short enough already.

But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime!  Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.

Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault

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January 2, 2016

Fo Shizzle Winter Break Update, Yo!

January 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

I kicked off winter break with STAR WARS!!!!! I was insanely excited. I went with Gabe, Josh, Quinn, and Kory to the B&B Theater in Overland Park (My current favorite movie theater) and we sat on the second row of their huge theater. Every few minutes before the movie started I would turn to one of them and excitedly whisper “STAR WARS!” probably driving them nuts, but they still talk to me so it’s cool.

 

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I asked Josh to take a picture of Quinn and I in front of the Star Wars poster sign thing and ended up with about a dozen of these beauties.

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They eventually took our picture and it makes me so happy. I grew up watching borrowed copies of the original three movies on VHS and I once had a Star Wars party where everyone came dressed up and we had a marathon (Thirteen year old me was pretty cool) and I went to Comicon two years ago dressed as a Jedi. I really enjoy Star Wars.

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I was really glad I got to see Star Wars with Quinn because just a few days later I had to drive him to the airport to drop him off for his three week adventure to Nairobi, Kenya. His mother is the Chaplin at Africa Nazarene University there. I was thrilled that he got to see his family but it was still sad dropping him off. I get to go pick him up in less than a week though!

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The time change makes communicating a little crazy. Lucky for me he has Wifi and we can face time but only early in the day or late at night. Midnight on New Years was 3:00PM my time so for a while he was communicating with me from a different year. We made many a time traveler and Doctor Who joke.

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I joked that with Quinn gone I would finally have some time to work on things like my blog, my lines for Mousetrap (February 25-27th in the Black Box theater in Bell Center), edit my book, and write Quinn a one act play for his directing class…but man, it’s hard to be productive when friends and family are so much fun.

I have spent many a day at coffee shops sitting with my laptop writing though. I put in my headphones, listen to the Twenty One Pilots Blurryface album on repeat, drink coffee, and generally feel very connected to my introverted and creative sides.

By the way, Black Dog coffee shop in Lenexa (20 minutes from MNU) will let you purchase a “bottomless coffee” for around $4 which allows for unlimited refills on their brew coffee while you’re in the shop. This is very important know if you decide to spend¬†eight hours editing your book and talking to cool people like Josh who show up to keep you from going insane.

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My Christmas was awesome. My Grandparents came up for about a week. It was wonderful to get to just sit around the house and enjoy being with family. My mom and I got to take fun Christmas pictures together and it was just generally very relaxing and fun.

I very much needed a holiday. It was also great to get to go to my home church for Christmas Eve service.

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It snowed a bit after Christmas here in Olathe. I then just got to sit around with my puppy, read mystery novels, and drink tea and dairy free hot chocolate. Life is good. I very much needed a break.

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Olathe is still snowy but we go about our regular business. I’m setting up a bunch of plans to hang out with old High School friends as well as MNU friends who live in town.

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Enjoy break cool cats.

 

Hailey Kendrick

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October 21, 2015

Advice for college

October 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

College-Advice

Hey guys! I hope everyone passed midterms! It’s another week down, and this week I’m skipping the video entry to write out my thoughts for y’all! Whaaaaaat :)

So college has been one heck of an adventure so far and we’re only three months in. I wanted to provide future, and current students, with some helpful advice -academic and otherwise- that will help you get through your first year and years to come. So without further ado, here are some lessons that might last a lifetime.

  1. Create new networks! Make connections with friends, reach out to new people…don’t be afraid! By doing this you can meet so many new people and also build excellent mentors for your professional life.
  2. Figure out if you like coffee; and if you do, get GOOD at making it!
  3. Understand that you can take action! Want to make a new club? Want to improve your school or community? You, as a young adult, have that power; take it and run with it.
  4. Take advantage of your professors extra credit assignments and make appointments with them when you have questions. This could make or break your GPA.
  5. Just because you can¬†skip class and get your notes online, doesn’t mean that you¬†should. (Personally, I broke down how much I’m paying -about $36 per class, per day- who wants to lose that money?)
  6. Get involved. Get an internship. Get a job. Require as much experience as you can in what you want to do to benefit your future.
  7. Highlighters and index cards are your new best friends.
  8. Straight A’s aren’t what is most important. Remember my last vlog? I mentioned that you’re in college to earn an education for you, not an A for your professor.
  9. Find a work-life balance. It is NOT easy, but it is important.
  10. Accept the fact that your student ID photo is going to be awful. Join the club, buddy.
  11. Who’s your academic advisor? Figure that out, quickly.
  12. Find the best place for you to study. Set yourself up for success, not failure. My place is upstairs in the library. It’s quiet and allows me to focus.
  13. Learn how to do your own laundry. Nobody wants the “Mom, what’s the difference between darks and whites?” phone call.
  14. Know the dining hall hours like the back of your hand. Let’s be honest, we all love food.
  15. Call your parents, often. This will help prevent homesickness and more importantly, that relationship is changing, you need to work hard at maintaining it and all it’s new glory.
  16. You can eat whatever you want now! But it doesn’t mean you should¬†have ice cream for breakfast.
  17. Be studious… and then be spontaneous.
  18. Purchase a decent hard drive. Save your files often, and ALWAYS double save your papers/projects.
  19. As important as going home is and maintaining ties with people you love, don’t let that stop you from building new relationships on campus every now and then.
  20. Expect to grow and change. I promise it’s okay. Scary, but okay.

And with that, I will see you on Tuesday.

Samantha Moore

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September 29, 2014

Be: ASG President

September 29, 2014 | By | No Comments

HEY YA’LL,

First off, can I get an AMEN to National Coffee Day today! I might have got free coffee from QuickTrip and from Dunkin Donuts… no shame!

So, as you have seen in my about me this year I am Associated Student Government Student Body President. So naturally I decided I should write my first blog post on the first week of events that ASG has during the first week of school. We have an event every night!

Tuesday- White Light Event

Wednesday- Late Night Breakfast

Thursday- Pioneer Prayer Walk

Friday- Root Beer Fest

Saturday- Paint Wars and Slip N’ Slide

Sunday- Movie on the Mall

Monday- Night at the K! (Royals)

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Welcome Week is such a fun time to meet new people and have everyone come to ASG’s events. White Light Event was amazing: we had servers passing out horderves, Pearl Mic Project a band playing music, a photo booth, TWO chocolate fountains and Scooter’s Coffee. This is one of our biggest events of the year because it is our first event and it is on the first day of school. Everyone dresses up in black and white and we just have fun catching up on each other’s summers and meeting new people. There might have also been a spontaneous dance party break out.

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Another one of my favorites is Root Beer Fest. At this event there is a sand volleyball tournament, root beer floats and everyone gets to keep their mug that their root beer float comes in. ROTC also had a rock wall there people could climb. Even the rain did not stop people from finishing the intense sand volleyball tournament.root beer

Paint Wars was something that we brought back this year and we tweaked a little different. This event is one of the most popular events because who does not like to throw massive amount of paint at people? This year we made it a class competition and of course the SENIORS won!! Shout out to my fellow seniors! We got to keep the golden paint brush and paint tray. The local Olathe Fire Department comes at the end and sprays their huge hose in the air, I’m talking gallons of water, and it is like one huge sprinkler. Kona Ice was also there, which who doesn’t love some shaved ice?! 

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We also got these cool shirts to wear to paint wars and that have the events and times the event starts for Welcome Week!welcome week shirts

Movie on the Mall was my event this year to put on!! We decided on renting Captain America: The Winter Solider. We have massive amounts of candy, kettle corn and pop and everyone brings their blankets, bean bag chairs and pillows. This is such a great event but it is relaxing and everyone just gets to hang out together and watch a movie. It is a nice relaxing night before we have a full week of school again.

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I am very sad that it was my last Welcome Week! It is one that allows students to connect with one another before the crazy school year begins. Having an event each night is exhausting but it is so much fun and there are so many great memories that are made during that week that people remember for the rest of the school year.

 

p.s.– If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment and I will get back with you!

Heather Engle

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April 21, 2014

Car Problems, Jesus, and Finals

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Hello friends!

So this past weekend was Easter! Most people on campus went home for the holiday, but that wasn’t the case for me. I actually have had some car troubles this past weekend. This was kind of a bummer for me because I would have liked to go home and see my family over the weekend, but I’ve definitely been learning a lot through it. Not having a car has opened my eyes a lot to how much I depend on it. I have had to ask people to drive me places more during this past week than I ever have had to during this past year. I definitely¬†have learned that I need to not take things for granted so easily. Compared to most people in the world, I am extremely fortunate.

I also want to share with you guys what Easter means to me.

Bunnies, and candy, and Easter eggs. :]

No, those are all great things, obviously. Who doesn’t love those things? But the real meaning of Easter rests on the Truth of Jesus Christ. He came to this earth, was¬†crucified, and rose again¬†to show us this indescribable love. I can testify to this in my own life that this is the truth. The cross of Christ has bore my sins and has given me new life in Him. He has not only transformed my life here on earth, but he has also given me¬†eternal life¬†with Him after this earthly life.

I went to a worship service the other night and they played the song “Nothing Holding Me Back” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. If you haven’t heard this song, please go listen to it! What I take from this song is thankfulness and gratefulness for what Jesus has done for us. The chorus says:

Nothing is holding me back from you,

Redeemer of my soul,

now nothing can hold me back from you,

your love will never let me go.

I absolutely love this song because it reminds me of the verse in Romans that says:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:37-39

We are more than conquerors because of what Christ has done for us. What an amazing message that is. This is why I have hope.

This is the reason for the joy in my life.

So I just thought¬†I’d be real with you guys about what I believe and I thought it was fitting to tell you all these things because of the Easter season. :] I hope this gave you some sort of hope or encouragement. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to say anything!

Also, a little about MNU. I went to a baseball game at Graceland in Iowa this weekend and we dominated. So that’s pretty great! I also went to¬†an¬†Easter¬†service¬†on Sunday at Living Hope Church¬†and there were multiple people that attend this church that¬†were baptized at the end of the service. It was a wonderful celebration. :] After¬†church Lisa Downs, who I mentioned in one of my¬†blogs before this, invited¬†some people over for a¬†Easter¬†Sunday lunch.¬†I¬†felt entirely blessed to be able to¬†have these people in my life and spend¬†Easter with them. It also¬†helped that the food was amazing. :]¬†finals week is coming up as well and I can just tell you now, there will be LOTS of coffee runs and late nights.

But I’m ready for it. Bring it on. :]

Have a wonderful Monday my friends,

-Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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February 7, 2014

Come Clean

February 7, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Okay blogging friends. If you tuned in last week, you probably have a very skeptical view of my buddy Stephen. Normally with friends like Steve, I would just allow you to keep on believing that he is the man that will never trust a fart again.

But now I’m feeling guilty because some of the information was fabricated. tainted. false.

So it’s time for me to come clean. (enjoy the sweet sounds of Eisley while reading.) I’m reposting the story here. Follow my commentary (of my own story) to find out what actually happened on that Tuesday afternoon.

 

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was ‚Äúsecretly‚ÄĚ in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn‚Äôt be happier for him!

Okay he’s never been in love with me. It’s an on-going joke that for some reason to me never gets old. Sometimes when he asks me a question, like “why can I not do __ the right way?!” My automatic response in the past has been “I don’t know Steve. Maybe it’s because you’re in love with me?” Gets him (ehhh …me) every time.

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

I wouldn’t call it accurate to say “usually” before “delighted.” More accurate would be to say, “Sometimes, the professors are delighted that he actually decided to show up to class.”

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!“

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

The above paragraphs contain about 95% truth if the subject matters are reversed. The reality of the situation is that as I shouted “STEPHEN!!” I looked at him like a deer in the headlights. I could not make eye contact. I began talking aimlessly. Nothing mattered in this moment because of a personal matter. Read on:

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of ‚ÄúAllegra, I think we need to clear the air. I‚Äôm sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn‚Äôt feeling well and it doesn‚Äôt happen often. I hope you don‚Äôt view me differently because this has never happened before.‚ÄĚ

-> A couple days later, I sent a few text messages to Stephen. In the series, I said something to the extent of “Stephen, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry that in the moment your head was in my car the other day, I crapped my pants. I hope you know that I don’t just do this on the reg. I wasn’t feeling well. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

JUDGE ME if it’s what the Lord is calling you to do, blog world! I did it! I crapped my pants in front of a dude. In the United States. Yards from my dorm room. Had I ever done this in Mexico while I was camping and the closest outhouse was a quarter mile from my tent? No. What about on a job site with no running water or usable facility? No. Okay well what about after a hot pepper challenge with my teammate Fernando? NO! It happened on Campus in the luxury of all these amenities!

In my defense, there were a lot of things working against me. I am a vegetarian and there is a lot of fiber in my diet. I hadn’t slept and had a lot of coffee and caffeine: natural laxatives. I had my first ever surgery and it was on my abdomen, so food wasn’t processing correctly…

And as I shouted, “STEPHEN!!”¬†it was just too much pressure on my abdomen. ¬†

Why did I tell him? Because I thought for sure he knew! And I interpreted his silence as assumption. Assumption that this is a regular thing in my life. At least by telling him myself, I could control the message that was sent. (Public Relations class came in handy.) I could let him know this was a one-time thing. And you know why I’m feeling so guilty? Because as students have asked him about this situation, he has gone along with it to protect my pride. EVEN AFTER I THROUGH HIM UNDER THE BUS.

And now the entire world knows about my bowel issues. If you would like to join with me and prove that this happens to everyone at some point or another, post your story below! We can laugh about it together and rise against the judgers who claim this has never happened to them!  We can start judging them for lying!

Hopefully I didn’t lose any of my followers for this… Oh well. That’s me.

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Allegra Vieux

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January 29, 2014

The day I lost my dignity

January 29, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

Hello my blogging friends,

Last week, the blogging team was given a challenge. This challenge was to share a moment of vulnerability to enhance reading experience. You’ll have to let me know if this works in the comment section.

Without further adieu, I present

The Day I Lost My Dignity: A story of fear, heartache, and embarrassment.

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell. Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 6You may remember around this time last year, I posted a Vlog featuring an “interview” with Steve. If not, I’ll give you the gist on what kind of guy he is.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

I wasn’t embarrassed by this moment of Stephen’s weirdness until THIS MOMENT. If he wouldn’t have texted me, I would have gone on with my life as normal, but instead, I had my most embarrassing moment in Dewey’s Book and Bean, getting a text that my friend Stephen, soiled his linens, right in front of me, on a Tuesday afternoon.

Over and Out!

 

 

Joey Alligier

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January 16, 2014

Grounded

January 16, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

This break was full of adventures!

Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.
One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.
Mead’s Corner.
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This place is the epitome of serenity.
It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.
Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.
To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.
I want to open a coffee shop.
It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans‚ĄĘ
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It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down.
It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold.
It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on.
It’s a place we all need at times.

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I have had this idea for about two years.
In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process.
Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.

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I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion
I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.
Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Heather Engle

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January 13, 2014

Goodbye to christmas break, hello to a new semester!

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Hello Blog World. :]

This break has been pretty wonderful. Not having to worry about homework, writing papers, or waking up from a nap to get to class on time has been very nice! Spending time to just rest, especially in the Lord, has been amazing as well. It was nice to have so much time on my hands to be able to read the word and seek God without any distractions surrounding me. Other than spending Christmas day in Austin, Texas, I did some more things over this break that I want to share with you guys!

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I went to an antique store with some of my friends over the break and this is just an example of the cute things that were in this place. My friends and I agreed though that a lot of the things in there, we could make ourselves. But it was still a fun time looking around and gathering craft ideas!

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This is my super¬†pretty friend Lauren. :] She was looking for the book “The Hobbit” and we¬†ended up getting caught up in how great it was to be surrounded by so many books. So here she is. Being all cute and stuff.

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This is my friend Zack Manuel! He recorded a CD and had his CD release show at one of our local coffee shops on the last weekend I was in town. This was his CD table where he was selling them for $1, and I definitely bought one. I would go check his music out on ITunes, and buy his CD!
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This is kind of blurry, but here is a picture of him performing! There were so many people there that I kept getting pushed into the corner of the room! It was pretty awesome!

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To end an awesome break, I got to make some baby¬†sugar cookies with my little sisters and decorate them (kind of) for valentines day! Well, that’s¬†the theme¬†we were¬†trying to go for. It was super cute watching them decorate and I always enjoy spending time with my wonderful family. :]

Well guys, here’s to a new year full of all new activities and adventures. I cannot wait to start another semester here at MNU and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m ready to see how God is going to work and move on this campus, and how he is going to send us out into this world to spread his marvelous light. :]

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. I’ve been reading this awesome book called “Love does” if you haven’t heard of it, go to a bookstore and buy it! It does a wonderful job of showing really what love is supposed to look like. Real love, the love that comes from being sacrificial like Jesus when he died on the cross¬†for us. I’ve also been listening to some great bands such as “Gungor” and “Young Oceans” Check all of those out if you haven’ already!