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Haley Raydo

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February 23, 2015

A Month of Pictures

February 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I sat down to my computer just now, drawing up a blank.  Like all the creativity just left my mind.  I don’t know what it is about the pressure of a computer and a deadline that pulls all the creative flow out of my mind.  Regardless, computers and deadlines are a part of an education.  Actually they are a part of life.  So I just gotta get my head in this blog game… woo.

I thought I would just share some fun happenings this last month in pictures:

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Bridge w: Randi

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(KU game this weekend against TCU)

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(vote Randi Jenner Pioneer Spirit)

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(I get to nanny these boys again)

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(Bridal event at Restoration Emporium, Picture Kia Bondurant, Clothes Encore boutique)

Pretty good month so far :)

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

 

Aaron Merrell

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February 22, 2015

Time for Some Campaignin’

February 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hoping everyone had a great week!

I’ve been very busy lately, working on campaign materials and strategies for the on-campus ASG Executive Cabinet elections.  I am running for Director of Social Life, and there have been many hours and staples put into the process.

I’ve made posters, logos, and promo cards for the campaign, and also done lots of planning for the campaign forum tomorrow evening.  Elections are soon, and the entire process has been taxing but extremely fun.   Social-life-poster-2

The next (and almost last) thing left in the campaign is the election forum tomorrow evening.  The forum is a chance for student to get to know the candidates and put names with faces ahead of the elections on Tuesday, the 24th.

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Students will get to walk around the Tipping Point in Land Gym, and visit the booths of candidates running for various positions, and it should be an exciting time for both the students and the candidates.

Hoping everyone has a great week,

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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February 17, 2015

Snowpocalypse

February 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

Okay… so it wasn’t really a “snowpocalypse,” but we were excited for the snow.

Here’s a short little video showcasing how my friends celebrated.

-KT

Mariah McCommon

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February 15, 2015

“Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future”

February 15, 2015 | By | No Comments

I mentioned in my blog last week about this cool conference called M15 that I had the privilege to attend. This conference takes place every four years in different places. The fact that it was in Kansas City this year and I was able to go as a freshman was an incredible blessing!

My friend Jaque and I left Monday afternoon and headed to downtown Kansas City. MNU took care of most of the costs: hotel, the conference, and lunch on Tuesday. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel. There’s 28 floors to that thing and we were on the 17th. I despise elevators to no end because I made the mistake of watching Devil on Halloween one year, but there was no way I was climbing 17 flights of stairs. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. BI love any form of adventure I can get, and being from the country, tall buildings and busy traffic is something to get used to. I’m still not used to Olathe traffic so I hardly ever go anywhere that I have to drive to.

The conference started off with a service Monday evening after dinner and registration. There were five services total with six workshop sessions available. I went to 4 workshops and by the time I left, my brain hurt from all the information. The first one was “Capturing the Hispanic Heart.” Since I plan to be a missionary in a Hispanic country, the workshop touched on how to interact with Hispanics and fully accept their culture.

The next session was called “Hospitable Church.” Shawna, pastor and leader of the session, talked about why the younger generation is falling away from the church. I’ve been wondering about this topic for awhile now and the reasons vary, but the “Y” generation feels relationally detached from the church once they graduate high school. The funny thing is, I am writing a paper for Comp II about this very topic. The information I obtained I am definitely using in my paper. I’m excited about that.

Each service, a different speaker spoke. My favorite was Cheryl Sanders. She was hilarious and you could tell she was on fire for God. She also spoke on the subject of younger generations, but that was pretty much the theme for the conference, hence the motto “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.”

The last workshop I went to had to do with a controversial topic in today’s society: “What to do when a congregant member says, “I’m Gay!” I’ve been curious myself as to how to handle these situations throughout my everyday life. Without getting too much into what was said, it was a great discussion. The panel of people was helpful in the way that different viewpoints were shared.

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Panel of pastors from different churches

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I had to go to this conference. As much fun as it is to be at MNU, being able to skip a couple days of class, not wearing shower shoes, eating at Chipotle and going to Starbucks was definitely a great time. Surprisingly, I ended up getting to bed earlier too. Each night I try to reflect back on my day and figure out what I can do differently the next day. Monday night, there was this beautiful sunset. It was one of those sunsets that was so beautiful that a phone can’t quite capture all of its beauty. I see God in every sunset and I knew when I saw that one that He was ever so present throughout the conference. He hasn’t left me yet either. I hope to attend many more of these conferences in the future. If you would like to know more about the M15 conference: http://www.m15conference.org/

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I hope you guys have a fantastic week. Thanks for reading!! :)

Katie Linsey

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February 13, 2015

Balancing an Unbalanced Life

February 13, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

What does a balanced life look like?

I honestly couldn’t tell you, because I don’t have one.

I used to think that my life had to be balanced. That I had to have a set schedule. That I had to have everything together.

Being in college has forced me to realize that I don’t have to have a balanced life, and certainly that it’s nearly impossible to have one.

If I told you my priorities, showed you my calendar, and then you saw how my days actually played out, you would be very confused. But that’s okay, because it used to confuse me too.

I used to think because I couldn’t “get my life together” that I was a failure. I thought I was doing everything wrong and I didn’t know how to suddenly start doing everything right.

My top priorities in life include spending quality time with Jesus, doing my schoolwork, and living a healthy lifestyle. However, those priorities don’t always make it into every day of my life. It stinks to say that, but it’s true.

There are days when I don’t open my Bible. There are days when I don’t open my backpack. There are days when I don’t workout.

…and I think that’s okay.

Life isn’t about checking things off of a to-do list or having enough time to do everything or beating yourself up when your day didn’t go as planned.

Life is about recognizing what’s important to you and finding purpose in everything you do.

Life is about waking up every morning and handing your day to God.

Here’s the prayer I pray every morning before I even get out of bed or check my phone:

“Lord,

I give my day to You… do whatever You want with it.

Give me opportunities to glorify You. Create divine appointments.

Give me strength and energy to get through this day.

I can’t do this alone.”

I’m not saying it’s bad to make plans and have to-do lists. I have both of those, and they help me immensely. I’m simply saying that when we hand our days over to God and live to glorify Him, we don’t need to worry about having a “balanced” life. God works through the chaos, stress, anxiety, and fear. He’s glorified in all of it when we let Him take the wheel.

God’s plan for your day may not be the same as your plan for your day.

We gotta listen to God and be intentional.

Through that, we’ll make memories.

… and REALLY live.

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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February 12, 2015

A Job Opportunity

February 12, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

So just to let you guys know, I have been looking for a job for a while now and I finally go a got found a job that was interested in me enough to have me come in for an interview. The place I’m interviewing at is Heritage Christian Academy, it’s on 159th and Black Bob. I know this is going to sound kinda bad but it’s like MNU, if MNU was high school or middle school.

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This is me walking into Heritage Christian… I can’t describe to you how nervous I was, but I made sure that at least I wasn’t going to look bad for this interview and you already know my flat top game was on point.

 

Heritage Christian was looking for an assistant track coach and I saw the job posting on the job board on the MNU portal.

You guys should really use this thing. If you need a job just go to your portal and its under the undergraduate tab.

You guys should really use this thing. If you need a job just go to your portal and its under the undergraduate tab. There are plenty of jobs on their but you gotta be quick and call before the job are filled. They have everything from babysitting to being a receptionist.

I met with the Athletic Director, Tammi Wolt. She actually has 3 kids who also go to Heritage Christian. Two of them actually run track. I ran track in high school. I ran the 400 and the 800, most of the time I ran both events in the same track meet. I also long jumped, ran 4×1 relay, and 4×4 relay.

This is me running the 4x4 as you can see I'm moving at a near light speed pace, thats why the camera is having a tough time taking a good picture.

This is me running the 4×4 as you can see I’m moving at a near light speed pace, thats why the camera is having a tough time taking a good picture.

I loved running track in high school it’s too bad that MNU didn’t have a program when I came in. I sometimes wonder how good I could have been if I pursued a collegiate track career but that is another dream for another lifetime.

I can remember all the meets, the hard work and the painful breaths after victories. As you can see I have some top flight emotional support helping me out here.

I can remember all the meets, the hard work and the painful breaths after victories. As you can see I have some top flight emotional support helping me out here.

Anyway I thought my interview with Tammi went well and she is a big supporter of MNU, I think that really helped me out (BONUS POINTS!!!) Heritage Christian looks like a great place for me to lay down roots as I start to venture into the world. The kids at the school are nice, and you can see really feel that spirit of God flows through that place. It would be a wonder to work there, to help the kids get better on track and for kids and Heritage Christian help me get better on spiritual walk with Christ.

So I got the job and it's time to celebrate, looks like I'll be starting Monday. I'm so excited for this new opportunity.

So I got the job and it’s time to celebrate, looks like I’ll be starting Monday. I’m so excited for this new opportunity.

SO I GOT THE JOB!!!! I’M TOO PUMPED RIGHT NOW!!! CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO WORK!!! I’m excited if I can’t tell. They didn’t even let me leave the building, I met the Dean of student life we talked for a little bit and now I can’t wait to meet the head coach and get right down to business. I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it.  I don’t know the rest of the song goes but you get the idea. WOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Luther Okeyo

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February 10, 2015

The Willmer Family

February 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

Willmer Family @ Arrowhead

The Willmer family after our 21-17 thriller win over #2 Missouri Valley at the defeat all cancer game at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Willmers are a pretty cool family. You have Coach Willmer  and his wife Lindsay, Emma (12) who is on the left, Addie Joy (10) on the right, Titus (6) who is wearing the Rangers shirt, and the twins Gwenyth & Nehemiah (4). I can honestly say I have never met another family like them.

First of all you have the twins Gwenyth & Nehemiah. Gwenyth is a little fireball of energy and don’t worry you’ll see what I mean in the video. She wouldn’t have let me leave her house until I played hide and seek with her and she is pretty good so I was at a disadvantage from the start. She loves to say amen a lot and she is so adorable.I can’t forget her twin Nehemiah, this guy looks like a future pioneer in the making. He reminds me a lot of myself back in the day. Except he has way more energy than I ever did when I was his age. Where do they store this energy? He isn’t a shy kid and I dare to sit down and talk to him for a few minutes and not fall in love with him. He is just too cool.

Next, you have Titus. I can’t really figure him out. In the video I don’t think Titus said three words, but after I done shooting the video, boy did he have things to say. I played UNO with him, Coach Willmer, and Lindsay. He is NOT a nice UNO play. I can’t tell you how many times he hit me with a draw 4, or skipped my turn. Once Titus has you down in UNO, he will never let you back up. Titus along with his family love MNU and football, but you can tell he just loves them both a little more.

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Here is Titus playing with my Wide Receiver coach Matt George after our win against Benedictine.

Finally you have the two older sisters of Emma, and Addie Joy. Emma is like a second mom, and she takes care of the younger kids like good older sister should. She loves to read and I could tell she is really into school. Also she loves that Kansas is lower-key than California. Addie Joy is also big into school. She is a very soft spoken, and person. Trust me I can attest to that, through the many hours I spent editing the video trying to get her voice to be louder. These girls were so nice and really went out of their way to make sure like I was apart of the family. They are great role models for their younger siblings as they all grow and mature together.

Emma and Addie Joy enjoying the game at Arrowhead.

Emma and Addie Joy enjoying the game at Arrowhead.

Last semester I had the opportunity to interview Coach Willmer and his family for the MNU newspaper… The Trailblazer. It was an amazing experience and I was able to see a side of coach that most people wouldn’t be able to see. For example: you never want to play UNO with Coach Willmer trust me you just don’t. Anyway before I even began the interview, coach stopped me and we proceeded to have dinner. After dinner I played hide and seek with his kids and UNO with whole family. It was an awesome time, I had so much fun that I almost forgot about the whole reason I went to go see coach and his family in the first place. I ended up making a video of the interview I had with Coach Willmer and his family. The video should be up by the end of the week, I’d love to just show the video but my hands are tied. Don’t worry though, I have some outtakes and things that didn’t make the final cut.

For example: like when Coach Willmer and his wife were almost on a pilot for an HGTV show.

Also I caught I little touching moment between a father and his son.

Finally, I had coach and his family talk about the difference between MNU and Azusa Pacific. Azusa was the school where he was previously coaching at. He was the defensive coordinator.

The Willmers are a pretty cool family. You have Coach Willmer  and his wife Lindsay, Emma (12) who is on the left, Addie Joy (10) on the right, Titus (6) who is wearing the Rangers shirt, and the twins Gwenyth & Nehemiah (4). I can honestly say I have never met another family like them.

First of all you have Gwenyth, she is a little fireball of energy and don’t worry you’ll see what I mean in the video. She wouldn’t have let me leave her house until I played hide and seek with her and she is pretty good so I was at a disadvantage from the start. She loves to say amen a lot and she is so adorable.

I can’t forget her twin Nehemiah, this guy looks like a future pioneer in the making. He reminds me a lot of myself back in the day.

Katie Linsey

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January 29, 2015

#StopAshton2k15

January 29, 2015 | By | One Comment

The past few days, my friend Ashton has had bronchitis, so she’s been taking lots of Nyquil. In case you were wondering, Nyquil doesn’t set well with Ashton. Although it makes her feel better, she often says strange things and doesn’t remember what happened the next morning. Here’s a few tweets and text messages to illustrate the craziness that has been happening on the first floor of Stockton Courtside since this sickness invaded.

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So, as you can see, it’s been a fun and interesting few days with Ashton in a permanent Nyquil-induced mood. But, in all seriousness, Ashton is an amazing friend that I know will be around forever. Here’s some proof that she’s a supportive, encouraging friend beyond compare.

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You all should get to know her if you already don’t.

The friends I’ve met at college have blessed me in SO MANY WAYS. Wow. God is good.

Have a beautiful weekend, lovely people!

-KT

Luther Okeyo

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January 29, 2015

My Typical Weekday Now…

January 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Well now that I live off campus, I had to adjust to a new schedule. Only have like 3 classes now so I basically have 1 class a day except for Monday. (Still have a night class on Monday, but NO CLASS ON FRIDAY!!!!) Well now on my typical weekday, I get to sleep in (usually waking around 10 or 11 everyday), I go to school around 12 and go to class. But after that is when the real tough part (well not really tough as much as it is frustrating, and awesome) of my day starts. I go home and take care of my baby cousins.

The little lady in middle is Lauren aka "Lo Lo", the little guy sitting on the couch is Jordan aka "Jo Jo" and the guy on the top right is Ryan aka "Ba Ba".

The little lady in middle is Lauren aka “Lo Lo”, the little guy sitting on the couch is Jordan aka “Jo Jo” and the guy on the top right is Ryan aka “Ba Ba”.

Everyday this guys take over more and more of my world. I love them to death, but man these kids will be the death of me. I don’t even know where they get all their energy from, ESPECIALLY  after school. I don’t know about you guys but when I was their age (oh man I’m starting to sound like a certain guy I know), when I got back home from school I was exhausted, I at least needed a nap or something first… These guys from them minute they get off the school bus, it’s like they hit their second wind, and then they run me ragged for the next 2 or 3 hours till their moms come home from work. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love every moment of it but come on… Can I just got a break at least once..

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I know it doesn’t look it but Ryan (yellow shirt) is about to start dancing to this song that I playing on TV from the show on Cartoon Network “The Amazing World of Gumball.” While Jordan and I were waiting in baited breath to see what was about to happen.  

I’ll tell you this though my favorite part of the day is when we all watch Cartoon Network. The one time during they time they’re with me that they al calm down and we all just sit there and watch cartoons for about an hour.

This is Ryan's favorite show, and it's also quickly becoming my favorite. I'm going to try and explain and just find it on Netflix or something.

This is Ryan’s favorite show, and it’s also quickly becoming my favorite. I’m going to try and explain and just find it on Netflix or something.

This is Jordan's favorite show. This show is crazy and I don't understand what's going on but I know one thing nobody on the show is cooler than Pizza Steve.

This is Jordan’s favorite show. This show is crazy and I don’t understand what’s going on but I know one thing nobody on the show is cooler than Pizza Steve.

This is Lauren's favorite show and the show I know the best since I used to watch the old version of the show when I was a kid before the show was cancelled. This is hilarious and you gotta watch it.

This is Lauren’s favorite show and the show I know the best since I used to watch the old version of the show when I was a kid before the show was cancelled. This is hilarious and you gotta watch it.

It’s kinda cool how Cartoon Network does it, during the time we watch tv, all of these shows come in in the order I’ve shown you. So everybody wins! After we watch TV everybody kinda calms down a bit and they start getting tuckered out and then I put them too sleep, well basically Ryan and Jordan.

Look at these two guys, you would never imagine that these two guys were running me ragged all day, but I love them both to death.

Look at these two guys, you would never imagine that these two guys were running me ragged all day, but I love them both to death.

I wanna give a shout out to Lauren, I wouldn’t be able to survive without her. She keeps the peace, when I can’t. She always knows just what to say, and just what to do. She is my rock and a fun fact for you guys, she is a beast on the volleyball court.

Here is Lauren in all her glory and you already know she tears it up in that thing.

Here is Lauren in all her glory and you already know she tears it up in that thing.

Finally their on of their mom comes home and takes them off my hands but today it our aunt that came and took them to go hangout with my other cousins. Yea I have a huge family… but that is basically it. My regular weekday in a nutshell and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world no matter what happens.

Mariah McCommon

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January 25, 2015

Love Your Enemies

January 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

This past week has been quite the eye-opening week for me. My semester has started off great so far but has had a few bumps. I’ve been struggling with some personal things and it hasn’t been easy. For the past 18 years of my life, there’s been some crazy drama. College was a fresh start for me. News flash: there’s still drama in college.

Not going into any details, but the main theme throughout this week has been forgiveness and Luke 6:27-36. Being the person I am, I strongly desire for everyone to get along and be jolly. Unfortunately, that’s not reality. Not everyone is going to like you, and you may not like everyone either. We are human in that way I guess. Just because we aren’t necessarily going to be best friends with everyone, doesn’t mean we should treat them as if we hate them or even dislike them. That just makes the situation worse. That has been my greatest struggle.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to despise each other. He died because He forgives us of all our sins so that we may forgive others. I’m pretty sure that’s found in Colossians somewhere. Forgiving people who have wronged you is incredibly difficult sometimes, depending on what they have done to you. When you think about it, how many times do we sin against God in one single day and yet He loves us enough to forgive us? Goodness, now that’s love. I hear so many different times about petty he-said she-said stuff all over and to be honest, it’s plain stupid.

Throughout what I have been experiencing lately, the passage in Luke has seriously been thrown into my face many times. I’m close to having it memorized because I’ve heard it and read it so much. I heard it when I spoke to a friend, when I was sitting in New Testament class, in my daily devotion the other day, and in church this morning. Now, if you don’t know what that passage of scripture says…

27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (NASB).”

This is a great benediction to live by if you ask me. Showing love is the best way to handle any situation no matter how hard it may be. It’s my goal to fall asleep each night knowing I did at least one act of love to someone I may not know or particularly get along with. I hope some of you reading can make it that your goal as well. The temptation will always be there to judge quickly and harshly when things don’t go your way. Before you act upon any temptation to retaliate, ask yourself, “What Would Jesus Do?” I have super glued that into my mind and it helps me out tremendously through my day. I have mended the friendships and relationships that were broken and I’m truly thankful those wounds are healed.

Thanks for reading, have a blessed week and show love to someone you normally wouldn’t. The results may surprise you in the end!

(Feature Image: http://harvardhumanist.org/2012/01/16/love-your-enemies-on-mlk-jr-humanism-and-pluralism/)