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Britney Lewis

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November 26, 2013

What Are You Thankful For?

November 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

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This thanksgiving break is going to be epic!

Haha, just kidding!

Well, hey, It might be epic…Possibly…Like maybe if I wish on a shooting star and find fairy dust in a secret forest somewhere.

Regardless of the stars in the sky, and Tinker Bell’s leftovers, my Thanksgiving break will consist of three things: Food, my laptop, and Netflix.

Of course, between my food breaks, the overheating of my laptop, and stretching time between episodes of Scandal, I’ll have plenty of time to praise God for every graceful thing in my life.

What are you thankful for this year?

When I think about all that this year has consisted of, it’s hard to choose just one thing.

Honestly, I am so thankful for school. I know that sounds witty and what not, but I’m serious. I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for MidAmerica–I can’t imagine my life any other way. And though I have four jobs that keep me on my toes, homework and papers up to my elbows, and professors who assign the same due dates, I am glad to be in college.

SO yeah, considering everything else going on in life, this Thanksgiving might actually be epic.

I get a break from work.

I get a break from homework (Ha, well sorta).

And I get a break from stressing out completely!………..well, that’s debatable…..but you get my jist, don’t you?

Tell me, what are  you thankful for this year? Is it for the same thing I’m thankful for? Or, I bet it’s something different. Feel free to share if you’d like. If not, I guess you can keep all your grace to yourself

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But Hey, I guess I don’t need the fairy dust and falling stars after all! ;)

Have a Lovely day!

And A Turkey-full Thanksgiving.

Peace and Love,

Britney

 

Haley Raydo

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October 26, 2013

Looking Back In Time… 50 Years From Now

October 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Earlier today I was at lunch with my grandma, mom, and sister.  We just shared and talked about things here and there, when my grandma mentioned her 50th college reunion she had attended last night… 50th? My grandma was in my stage of life over 50 years ago! She even said, “There were so many old people!”  My grandma, definitely young at heart, is someone I have looked up to my whole life.  She is bold and carries the joy of the Lord wherever she goes.

My grandma playing piano with me back in the day.  My baby sister is sitting on her lap.

My grandma playing piano with me back in the day. My baby sister is sitting on her lap.

After going home, I wondered what my life would be like after 50 years.  Would I accomplish my goals and dreams? How do I make sure I stay on the straight and narrow?

I decided to call her and ask her some of the questions I had been asking myself.  I heard her sweet “hello” on the other end of the line, and immediately smiled.  She is just that type of person that can brighten your day.  I explained to her my request and she began talking about her reunion.  “People said nice things. ‘I accomplished this, and I did this, and achieved these dreams.’  They were good, but it was all about me me me and I didn’t hear anything that glorified God.”  I found that interesting as she explained more about the different classmates she had talked to.   “There is two ways to do things, Haley, you can plan out your life and do the things you want by your own strength, or you can live a life that follows God plans and that glorifies Him.”

This is a hard thing for me.  I have a problem with trusting God.  Most of us have heard the Proverbs 3 verses that says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  It is one thing to hear these words, it’s another to follow them to the ultimate extremes.

I decided to pick a word of the year this last January.  I had had a hard couple of months leading up to this, emotional and physical ups and downs that just kept piling up. I felt as if I was in free-fall, unsure of where I would end up.  But in January when I decided to pick a word, I heard the Lord strongly say TRUST, trust, trust.  It has been a rough road since January, but I felt God keep saying trust.  When I needed emotional and physical healing and had not received it as immediate as I had hoped–I heard the word trust.  When I was stressing about picking a college to attend–I heard the word trust.  When I was tired from working long days all week long–I heard the word trust.  It has followed me everywhere, and listening to my grandma has brought it back up again.

It may be easier at this point to plan out your own life, follow your own dreams, and use your own strength to finish it out.  It is a lot harder to trust.  But my grandma says she has had the best life.  “Nothing is more exciting than living for the Lord.”  I think the difference in where you’ll end up at your 50th college reunion is whether you trusted the Lord with your life or not.

As a personal challenge for myself and to you if so choose, is to not be those people at your 50th reunion that only talk about your own accomplishments.  Be the person that glorifies God, and lives the exciting life of trusting in His plan.  You can live it out now, starting by asking God to reveal His plans for your life.

“Looking back now, I see God’s hand in my life in every direction I turned.”  I asked her how one would get to a place 50 years from now and see the imprints of God.  She told me that it all starts with praying and asking God to reveal talents and gifts, and to choose daily to give the glory of God.  This may take a lot of trust, but it is worth it in the end.

Anyways I hope that is encouraging! Sometimes I think it is good to look at life from the future looking back, to evaluate where we are in the present.  Here are some verses to look at if you want to be encouraged through the Word about this:  Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 37:4-6, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 6:25, Psalm 28:7, John 14:6, Psalm 91:1-16

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Mario Flores

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October 18, 2013

B.U. Beat by MNU and I got cookies and jerky from back home!

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And here are some Pics from this week:

Paintin' up!!

Paintin’ up!! And this was like 10 minutes before the game started, dozens more MNU fans also showed up in support!

Final Score!!

Final Score!!

 

Just two of the multiple bags of home baked cookies:D

Just two of the multiple bags of home baked cookies:D

Theeee Best Beef Jerky ever.

Theeee Best Beef Jerky ever.

Pleasant explosions of cookie flavor taking place inside my mouth!!

Pleasant explosions of cookie flavor taking place inside my mouth!!

 

 

 

 

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

 

Phillip Prado

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October 25, 2012

Homecoming Week!

October 25, 2012 | By | No Comments

HEY GUYS!!!! Have you been feeling the MNU Spirit this week?? Cause I have!  This week has been pretty crazy!  Homecoming is just around the corner and the road there was long and obnoxious.  This whole week has been full of events and themes all the way from “Blast from the Past,” where we dress up like a previous decade, on Monday, to “Country Swag,” where we show the whole school how good we look as cowboys and cowgirls, today; from “Twin Day,” where we match someone else, on Tuesday to “Reppin Yo TEAM,” where we wear clothes that rep our favorite team, on Thursday.  I have to admit, my two favorite days were definitely Twin Day and Country Swag. On Twin Day we had a Smoovie night.  This is where we got the opportunity to watch a movie together and drink smoothies (get it? smoothie + movie = Smoovie).  We watched Disney’s Brave, ate popcorn, and drank smoothies until our hearts were content.  And then Country Swag, which was tonight,  we had a bonfire, as seen above, a carbash, and a hoedown.  It was an awesome experience.  Everyone in the school put there differences aside, came together to achieve a common goal, despite our problems and distractions, and accomplished that goal: to beat the living snot out of a car with a sludge hammer and burn some crap!!  Then we all kicked it at the hoedown and line danced the night away.  Now I can’t wait for the homecoming banquet tomorrow, and a night at Emerald City Gym and the homecoming football game Saturday (Go Neers!). Overall, this week has been awesome.  This is definitely a community that really gets us all involved and having fun.  Never have I felt so loved, so connected, and so at home as I do here.  MNU is just that, my home, and I’m proud to be a part of it

Kelsey Cranford

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October 17, 2012

Hometown Glory.

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There’s something about moving away from home that makes you appreciate it all the more. It suddenly becomes a place that you begin to long for. I am so thankful to have had fall break this past weekend in which I was able to go home and simply be with my family. If you ever get the chance, be sure to make a little road trip out to the good ol’ town of Manhattan, KS, because visiting the little apple is quite the treat.

Being a college town, Manhattan is just a tad livelier than your average town of 53,000. My all time favorite place to spend time (other than my home of course) is the greatest coffee shop, Bluestem, which is located in the heart of Aggieville near K-State campus. Its orange-tiled floors, funky art, and, of course, amazing coffee is where so many good, intentional conversations have taken place throughout my high school and college years. Whenever I’m reconnecting with friends when I’m in town, it never fails to be the go-to spot. If I’m ever in need of a funky gift and/or the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen, Acme Gift is the solution. Just a few doors down, this place does not disappoint. Just this last weekend my family and I were celebrating my younger sister’s last home volleyball game and got her some gorgeous flowers there—a tad expensive, but definitely worth it. As you can tell by the unicorn picture above, Acme has the most unique and random gifts all packed into one little shop. I also love getting to be around K-State and seeing what life is like for students there. This last weekend I was able to check out one of my good friends’ ceramics studio and help her sell pottery at the student union, which was a blast because I was able to have yet another peek into the campus life of a state university. (I love people watching).

In regards to my home, I love that I have had the experience of growing up just a little ways into the country. I’ve always been one to love to go on walks, runs, and bike rides through the countryside. Especially with this fall season, it was just beautiful walking around and exploring. The leaves were a multitude of colors ranging from bright green to deep red and the weather was perfect. Our neighbors have always raised horses and it was so refreshing to visit them again and just soak up the beauty around me. Spending time with my family was so extremely refreshing as well and it felt so good to be in their presence and spend some good time with them. My parents are the best, always welcoming me with open arms but always purposeful in giving me any freedom and space I may need. I could go on and on about how well they love me, for they are some of the most selfless people I know. All in all, Manhattan brings such sweet, sweet memories to mind. So thankful I had the opportunity to revisit this hometown glory.

Phillip Prado

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October 11, 2012

The Things I’m Missing

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   HEY GUYS!!! There’s something on my heart right now that I would really like to share with you all. There comes a time when our independence becomes almost…unappealing.  It’s a time when your love for your family and the love for your home really comes out and you can’t help but long for them.  Its a time when our pride gets pushed aside and all we want is to be at home again where there were no problems and no worries.  That time has hit me sooner than I had thought, and I miss my family.
       College is full of stress and full of business. Sometimes I fell like I’m ALWAYS on the go and have no time to myself to just relax.  This really gives me an appreciation for the life I had back home that I took for granted.  Some things I had then, that are now an entire state away, really pull on my heart strings and now I really miss them.   The biggest thing I miss right now is by far my three little sisters.
I don’t know what your relationship is like with your siblings, if you have any, but I love my sisters more than anything in the world.  My sisters names are Abigail, Izabel, and Porsche (10 years old, 8 years old, and 4 years old). Being without them has really shown me a lot of things I have taken for granted and really underestimated the amount of my life that they took up.  We’ve always been really close but now that I’m so far away from them, I can really see how much they really meant to me. And now that they’re getting older, getting more social and having more peers in their lives it scares me knowing that their friends are impacting them more than I am.  I want to show them Christ and His love but I’m afraid they won’t see that in their lives now that I’m not there. And it isn’t just my sisters that I miss but there’s a lot of things about my home that really suck to be without.
       I just want you guys to know that sometimes we lose God’s gifts and forget God’s in the process of following God’s plan.  And now that I’m in college, separated from my family, I can see the times God blessed me and I didn’t take notice, or I was given a gift from God I wasn’t aware of.  I just pray that we, as a school, really take in the value of our families, and of God’s love, and really try not to forget the things that are important instead of getting lost in the future that isn’t even here yet. We have priorities right here and now that we cannot look past that we need to give to God and ask Him to work on, and that He works on those things through us, as Christians.  That thing is my family and that’s what’s on my heart right now.
Abigail, Age 10                                        Izabel, Age 8                                          Porsche, Age 4
Kelsey Cranford

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October 9, 2012

An Arizona Weekend

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This last weekend my paradigm was shifted from cool, fall weather consisting of scarves, boots, and pumpkins to a distant land far, far away filled with sunshine, shades, and desert. I was ready for a mental break, for a shift of gears. I was ready to set aside the college chaos for a weekend and allow my mind to take in something fresh and new.

Arizona is quite different from the epic state of Kansas. It contains a beauty that is quite unique, consisting of cacti, palm trees, red rock, and mountains. My man and I took off for this spectacular place for his daddio’s wedding. We were stoked, not only just to hang out with the Anderson clan, but also to show our support and excitement of a union between a wonderful man and a wonderful woman, both whom honor and love the Lord. The entire weekend was a laugh fest as people simply enjoyed each other’s company, and I was welcomed with open arms to be a part of this family and their celebration as if I had always been. Let’s just say, it was most definitely worth the trip. #realtalk

If we look hard enough, there are examples of redemption all over the place. As fall begins, I am reminded that the leaves will begin to turn and fall, plants will begin to wither and fade, and the cold will soon begin. Snow and the long winter will eventually set in and before we know it all green will cease. Yet, spring will surely come as it has always come, and the new will spring up and flourish. This weekend, as well as this season, is yet another reminder to me of how beautiful it is that God allows us to shed off the old and take on the new. Time and time again the opportunity is provided to become something new, something fresh—a redeemed being. We are never to a point where this opportunity is taken away because it is something not based upon our performance or character, but is something based completely on the character of our Lord—SOLID. We are not bound by our former selves unless we so choose to be bound. This freedom we crave is ours so long as we simply accept it. How beautiful it was to witness a picture of this as I saw a man so filled with love and joy as he awaited his beautiful bride, and as I saw a couple stand before us and commit their lives to each other before the Lord.

Joey Alligier

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October 2, 2012

When You Got that Sista’ from Anotha’ Mista or that Brotha’ from Anotha’ Motha’……

October 2, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

What is family?

 

Classically, it is considered to be based of off lineage, blood, crazy Uncle Bert!

For me, family is something different. I am adopted by my Great Aunt, so while that is still blood and I do get a few of my quirks from her, it’s just always been different! And not a bad different whatsoever. I admire and love my mom more than anyone in this world. (I’m not just saying that because she’ll read this lol)

Growing up, my mom and sister were the biggest components of my life! Within our family, we were our own family. That’s where I found my worth the most, learned from mistakes, and found out who I was. I can still remember the Saturday mornings, the family vacations, and the random “Hookie Fridays” that would end the week off right!

Now, for some, family isn’t as pleasant. Does that mean they have no family? NO. In the past few years while I was “too cool” for family I found that family is found less in blood and more in sweat and tears. Family is when you are willing to put everything into a relationship with another human being. It’s about the fights, the great nights, the “We need to talk” talks, the accountability, the good and bad that molds who you become.

The main person I can think of while I am writing this is my youth pastor! To preface the impact this man had I my life, I feel compelled to share that I have never had a father figure. After a youth camp before my junior year of high school, Jim became my best friend. From here I began to show him every aspect of my life. The good, the bad, the issues, the fight. That’s when the relationship began to grow excessively. Long story short, this 28 year old man and his family have become just that to me; family. We have inside jokes, trust, mowing Saturdays, and a constant competition of getting each other things with no acceptance of anything in return.

While that is my main example, this past year has given NUMEROUS people who I would NOT be ashamed to be tied to. They have seen my ups, downs, faithful, and struggling times.

In the pictures above you’ll see two little kids that have my heart. Kambri (Jim’s daughter/ my sister) and Austin (My nephew). I don’t love these kids because they are the most well-behaved, but because they love me with a love I don’t always understand. I don’t always get to see them, yet they treat me the same and usually with even more love.

Here at MNU this is what you find. Community with people who will become like family. They live next door, across campus, and even off MNU property. I know I would pick no other place to find people who want the best for me and my relationship with God. Whether it may be sharing my life with a new friend after chapel or growing closer to my RA, I know that I can call these people family. It’s found on the halls, in the classroom, even on the random benches around the beautiful campus.

In conclusion, don’t let family be tied to a last name or your cray cray Uncle Bert’s kids. Instead, find people who will fight for you even when you seem to be losing control. This is found in school, church, family, random friends that you meet in coffee shops (true story, I’ve experienced it). I do however know that my most beneficial relationships are based around Jesus Christ. Never be afraid to reveal who you are to someone who loves you enough to walk alongside you.

Keep on and keep God my friends