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March 11, 2016

Spring Break

March 11, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

As you all know, this is the last day of classes before our Spring break starts.  Most of us are leaving campus.  Tuesday, I am leaving at 7 in the morning to drive to Tennessee with Kairos.  We are going to be backpacking through the Smokey Mountains.  I have gone on several trips with Kairos and this will be the second time for me in the Smoky Mountains.  Last time I went backpacking through them was two years ago.

We will be back late Friday night.  I am going to do my best in taking pictures to have enough good pics to blog with next week.  I will be posting the blog on Saturday because I wont have access to internet.

Here are some pictures from the trip two years ago.  I did not have as good of a device to take good pictures two years though.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip.  This was also as close as we got to it.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip. This was also as close as we got to it.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is the river we crossed.  I love the color of the water.

This is the river we crossed. I love the color of the water.

This is me slightly over packed.  But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This is me slightly over packed. But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This cave is the one we camped in.  The water at night was perfect to sleep to.

This is another waterfall we hiked to.  It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This is another waterfall we hiked to. It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

Hopefully I can get better pictures this time around.  If you all remember, say a few prayers for our group as we are trekking through the mountains.

Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault

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February 29, 2016

Trapping the Mouse

February 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

This last weekend I got the opportunity to play Mollie in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era England and is probably my favorite show I have been in.

The hair and makeup alone for this production was so incredibly fun. It took almost two hours for me to get fully ready with my makeup, hair, and costuming. Quinn and I had a lot of fun with it though.

I just thought I’d share some of our pictures from dress rehearsal week as well as some pictures of the actors and the set.

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Sam had some incredible aging makeup on him which I loved.

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Nathan was by far the creepiest of us all. I could never tell if it was him or the facial hair though.

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Taking my hair out every night was an interesting process. It always exploded far beyond anything I would have expected. If only I could harness that power for good.

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Our set was incredible. I felt very at home on it by the end of the show and was quite sad to take it down on closing night but that’s the beauty of theater, every end has a beginning. The one act shows will be performed in this space next month and a new set will go up.

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These next few pictures are from dress rehearsals before I got a different shirt and my face/hair done up like a 1950s barbie doll.

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This role was probably one of my favorites because of the wide range of emotions that the character goes through. Mollie seems all bubbly and happy but she has a secret which haunts her through the whole show as well as what my director called “quite a backbone.” She’s a little crazy. But maybe it’s fun to be crazy.

   

This show was an awesome experience. I got to finally learn how to do a British accent and pencil my eyebrows…you know…essential skills learned in college 😉

Isaac Walker

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February 27, 2016

10 Questions College Students Are Tired Of Hearing

February 27, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

So I have been thinking lately and I have no idea what I want to do with my life.  I am majoring in sociology and I have some ideas about what I want to do, but I have not fully committed to anything.  I am only 21!  Sometimes I tell myself that I am young and I have plenty of time.  But other times I feel so old and that if I do not figure this out soon, I am going to die sad and miserable!  I was asked a few days ago what I am majoring in by an older man I had literally never spoken before.  After I told him I am majoring in Sociology, he asked me what I plan to do with that when I graduate.  I already hate it when people ask me that question, but he asked the question with a slightly condescending tone.  This leads me to the topic of this blog!  10 Questions all college students are tired of hearing.

  •  What are you studying?
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    Even ifI told you, you wouldn’t understand.

  • What do you plan on doing with that major?
  • I don't know! I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

    I don’t know! I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

  • Ready for the Real World?
  • Like this is not the real world now?

    Like this is not the real world now?

  • Are you going to get your masters degree next?
  • I still have to get through all of this first. Leave me be.

    I still have to get through all of this first. Leave me be.

  • Have you thought about going into ________ instead?
  • I picked this major for a reason.

    I picked this major for a reason.

  • Oh MNU?  Do you know _______ who goes there too?
  • There are a lot of people here. Odd are no.

    There are a lot of people here. Odds are no.

  • Are you seeing anyone?
  • Yes grandma. I'm in a committed relationship with anxiety.

    Yes grandma. I’m in a committed relationship with anxiety.

  • How do you like living on your own?
  • It has it's ups and down.

    It has it’s ups and down.

  • Have you gained the freshman 15?
  • Mind your own g dang business!

    Mind your own g dang business!

  • How are your classes going?
  • Oh ya they are so much fun and I love every second.

    Oh ya they are so much fun and I love every second.

Isaac Walker

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February 20, 2016

I Have Car Troubles Regularly

February 20, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!  Let me just tell you a little bit of the awful time I had Thursday.  I have the worst time with cars and have car troubles regularly.  In October I wrecked my car and totaled it.  I have had multiple flat tires, ruined many break pads, and hit many, many mailboxes.

So my most recent fiasco all started last Wednesday night.  At dinner Amanda asked if she could see my phone.  She does this thing where she will ask to see something, and once the person hands it to her she immediately throws it over her shoulder.  I told her she could see it if she promises she would not do that.  She promised and then immediately threw it over her shoulder….

Well I have an awful memory and within 30 seconds forgot that even happened.  So I left campus center with out my phone.  I called security to see if they could let me in, but they were dealing with an on campus emergency and could not help me.

I woke up the next day and had plans to go to Lawrence because I do not have classes on Thursdays.  Don’t ask how I managed to do that.  I really am not entirely sure myself.  And as I mentioned earlier, I have an awful memory and realized I still did not have my phone till I was half way to Lawrence.   I spent a few hours there with my friend.  We got lunch, went to a pet store, and then to a park with some older special needs people.  It was quite the day!  Around 1:30 I decided to head back to campus to pick up my phone then go to work.  I was slightly scared to drive with out my phone because of the small chance of something happening.

Ok. So when I say "car" this is what I mean. This is the vehicle I am driving since I wrecked mine. This is my mom's stylin mini van.

Ok. So when I say “car” this is what I mean. This is the vehicle I am driving since I wrecked mine. This is my mom’s stylin mini van.

I was driving and everything was going great!  I was singing along loudly to the radio and just having a good time all by myself in the car.  Occasionally someone would pass me and give me a weird look because I full on jam out hard in the car.  Then it happened.  Right after I passed Eudora, I my car started making a strange noise.  I turned off the radio and was listening.  It was driving weird too.  My heart was racing.  Then about 30 seconds of listening, my back passenger tire literally EXPLODED!  I screamed very loudly then proceeded to pull over.  I turned on my hazards and sat there for a little bit feeling lots of emotions.  I was scared because I did not have my phone with me.  I was also very angry that I did not have my phone with me.  I was also not too surprised that this happened, because I did not have my phone with me.

This is what my tire looked like.

This is what my tire looked like.

After I collected myself, I got out to asses the damage.  As I suspected the tire full on exploded.  But it was ok!  I know how to change a a tire!  I have had to do it multiple times!  This was just the first time I was alone.  But I am a capable 21 year old college student!  I can handle myself!  Or so I thought….. I popped open the back of the car and there was not a spare.  I moved all the stuff around to see if there was a hidey hole I could open and find the tire.  But to my NOT surprise there was nothing.  I was HACKED!  So I stood there like a fool in my Birkenstocks hoping someone would pull over so I could use their phone to call someone to come and help me.  I stood there for an HOUR AND A HALF!  No one stopped to help me!  Finally a police officer pulled over.  He asked if I had a spare tire and I told him there wasn’t one in the back.  He then informed me that a lot of times, they are stored under the car.  That was news to me!  And just like he said, there it was snug under the car.  Together we got it out, switched out the tires, and I was on my way.  By now it is about 3:30.

This obviously is not me or the police officer but this completely captures the feelings I had while changing that g dang tire.

This obviously is not me or the police officer but this completely captures the feelings I had while changing that g dang tire.

I did not have time to get my phone.  I had to go straight to work.  They were not too concerned that I was late.  I was just glad they noticed!  After work, I went with my mom to get a new tire.  That took the rest of my evening.  I finally got back to my dorm at 8.  I was so tired.  I just wanted to sit and watch Netflix alone.  For the rest of my life.

But things like this are regular events for me.  So I am use to it!

Until next time friends!

Isaac Walker

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February 13, 2016

Face Swapping

February 13, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!  I have a new obsession that I know is going to pass quickly.  It is the new app called Face Swap. It’s an app that does exactly what it says it does.  I love it so much!   Here are a few pics I took.

This is the first face swap I took.  Didn't turn out too well.

This is the first face swap I took. Didn’t turn out too well.

Here is another one of Phil and I.  This is a pretty good one.

Here is another one of Phil and I. This is a pretty good one.

Krystiana decided to get in on the swap. This one is great!   😂

Krystiana decided to get in on the swap. This one is great! 😂

Got my little brother hooked as well.

Got my little brother hooked as well.

Amanda, Lizzy, and I

I even took some old pics added my face in them 😏

I even took some old pics added my face in them 😏

No one is safe.  Not even Nana.

No one is safe. Not even Nana.

Chelsea and I. Chelsea and I.

Me and Chelsea made a whole night out of it.

Me and Chelsea made a whole night out of it.

Found out you can even do it with animals.

Found out you can even do it with animals.

Because who doesn't want to be Beyoncé?

Because who doesn’t want to be Beyoncé?

 

Katie Linsey

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February 9, 2016

Being Sick in College

February 9, 2016 | By | No Comments

This past week, I’ve been sick. The worst kind of sick I’ve been since being in college.

It’s lasted for 7 days and counting. It started out being a stomach bug and then turned into a terrible cough/cold. I have no clue what’s going on, but lemme tell ya, being sick away from home is not fun.

BUT, people at MNU are awesome and have helped in making it not as bad as it could be.

I had to miss class for a day, so when I e-mailed all my professors, they told me to rest up and get better. One of my professors even offered to get me anything I needed.

My RA is also great. She went out and grabbed ice cream for me because my throat was on fire. I love having friends that care about me enough to sacrifice their time and energy to take care of a sick friend.

MNU always advertises about how the professors here truly care about the students… and it’s so true. I’ve experienced that on multiple occasions. Even when you’re sick and can’t come to class, they understand and are still there to help you get better.

At MNU, it’s about more than academics. It’s about being a community that cares for each other. It’s been a blessing to have people in my life that randomly text me asking if I need anything.

Being sick is not fun, but I couldn’t imagine a better university to be sick at. :)

Pray that I get better, because I’m getting tired of my couch and Netflix can only entertain so much. 😉

-KT

Lynsie Petersen

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February 4, 2016

MouseTrap: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

February 4, 2016 | By | No Comments

I promised a look behind the scenes of a show in the making, so here it is! :)

“The MouseTrap” by Agatha Christie opens on Feb 25th and runs through the 28th. Get your tickets now, before it sells out!

Renee DeVault

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February 2, 2016

Theatrical Escapades at MidAmerica

February 2, 2016 | By | One Comment

This has been kind of an insane week for me.

This is mostly because I am now a part of four shows at MNU and all four were a part of my week this week.

  1. Mousetrap

I am super excited for Mousetrap! It is a show written by one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era London. I play Mollie who owns a guest house with her husband, Giles. The play begins with the opening of their guest house and as the play continues the audience sees how the young couple’s big plans are kind of interrupted by a murder investigation.

It’s an eight person cast which is incredibly fun because we get to know each other but it’s also incredibly difficult because we’re almost all on stage all the time. That means we have to be on our game and completely in control for the whole show.

Some other fun aspects are that Quinn is playing Giles so we get to be a couple on stage. It certainly makes stage kisses less awkward :)

I also get to talk in a British Accent which has been very difficult but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve never had to do an accent for so long so it’s a nice personal challenge.

The show is going to be February 25th through 28th and tickets can be bought online. It would be a great show to go to if you want to have date night, or friend date night, girls night out, or just if you want to pretend to be Sherlock Holmes for a while and try to figure out “who done it.”

Enjoy some pictures that our director, Heather, took without us really realizing what she was doing.

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2. Action Pact Improv Team/ The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes

I have combined these two because they’re pretty much the same thing but also completely not. I am on Action Pact, MNU’s improv team that does improvised shows on campus but I am also on the travel team which does scripted shows as well as improv at churches in the area.

Thursday, we had an improv show on campus, which was incredibly fun. We tried Smith 200 as our venue that evening and it was great to have a larger stage.

Improv can really take you anywhere. At one point I was a chicken, another time I was a drunk alien, and of course, miming that I was giving a bath to Justin Bieber’s Demon pet dog was fun.12605331_1127347973945180_1940716450105923383_o

This is Elisa and Quinn doing a scene together. I honestly do not remember what it was about but this picture says a thousand words about the silliness that happens whenever our improv team gets together.

We also like going out together after shows with any audience members willing to put up with us for any length of time.

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The improvised aspects of Action Pact are incredibly fun. The travel team is also fun, but it’s in a completely different ballgame.

This last Sunday night the travel team hoped in a giant white van and rolled down to Pleasanton, Missouri, a very pleasant town about an hour from MNU.

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They’re silly.

We enjoy singing to the radio loudly on the way to the churches as well as making decisions such as what games we’re going to play (if we need to play games), and where to stop for coffee so we don’t collapse from exhaustion before getting up to perform.

We performed in two services for the church we went to. The first service was in their main sanctuary where we performed “The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes” which is an incredibly fun show.

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There’s like a hundred characters so the six of us play multiple roles. I narrate a large portion of the show but also get to play fun characters such as Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah (yes, the team makes many jokes about that).

After we performed the show we played an improv game for the congregation and talked a little bit about what God is doing in each of our lives and on the MNU campus.

Their “Youth” service ended up being the youth plus the majority of their adults because so many members of their church wanted to see us do more improv. We played about four games with them and had a giant pizza and dessert party.

It’s great to fellowship with so many different people from different churches and share a little bit of joy with them. I never thought about theater as fitting so well into church until joining this team. It has certainly been an incredible experience.

3. Student Directed One Acts (It’s All About Lewis and Any Body for Tea)

Auditions for Student Directed One Acts were on Friday and the cast list came up on Monday.

Basically there are six students who are taking the “Directing and Play Productions” class that MNU offers so each of these six students are directing a one act play. All six plays will be performed in a huge festival that anybody can attend on March 31st and again on April 1st.

Since Quinn recently switched his major to be a Speech and Theater Education major, he is taking the class. I enjoy writing. Quinn needed a funny one act. It was a match made in heaven.

Over winter break I adapted a mini series that I had written into a one act play. I never really expected for the story to see the light of day so I was incredibly excited for the opportunity to get it up on its feet and in front of people.

It’s called “It’s All About Lewis” and it’s a comedy about a talk show host named Lewis Daily and the dysfunctional relationship he has with his show’s producer, Debora.

It was awesome to watch people audition for this show and see my script come to life. I can’t help but think what an incredible opportunity it is to get a little more exposure for my writing.

I auditioned for all of the one act plays and actually got cast surprisingly as Debora. It’s going to be an interesting challenge playing a character that I created. I also got cast in Elisa’s one act which is about a houseful of old women who begin killing each other off in order to get visited by the cute homicide detective who lives next door.

Both shows are going to be incredibly fun.

Auditions were awesome too. It was a whole bunch of cold readings and I got to play about a dozen different characters and watch others do the same. It was probably the most fun experience I have ever had at auditions.

Here are some guys who were giddy and running around being silly at Bell after auditions.

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It’s going to be an awesome semester for theatre at MidAmerica.

I just enjoy the opportunity to be able to serve God through my love of theatre as well as build some great relationships with people from all different walks of life and who are studying in all sorts of different areas. Theatre brings people together and when we get together in joy to celebrate God and the opportunities he’s given us, we bring people joy and show off his amazing creativity.

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 18, 2016

The Awkward Dinosaur Tries New Things

January 18, 2016 | By | No Comments

It’s a new semester, a new year, with new classes, a new job, and a time to try new things and start new habits.

This week I have begun all sorts of new things.

First of all I began my new job as Managing Editor and News Editor of the Trailblazer. I have a new office on campus and brand new coworkers.

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I got to decorate my office which was awesome and it’s really nice to have a place of my own to get some work done during the day.

I’ve been loving my new classes but probably my favorite so far is Hebrew. I have been missing learning languages. In High School I took French and American Sign Language but neither were nearly as challenging as I predict Hebrew is going to be.

First of all, it reads right to left and the written version has no vowels. I’ve been kind of obsessive about learning the alphabet and it’s one of the most fun things I’ve had to do for a class in a while. It sounds crazy but I love languages and writing. Learning how to write in completely new characters has been awesome.

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It’s good to take on new challenges. Isn’t that what college is for? Learning new things and challenging ourselves in order to grow? Hard classes are some of my favorite things. Next to raindrops on roses of course.

Speaking of a challenge, I have been looking for new things to do with friends on campus. Just because we live in Olathe, Kansas and attend a smaller private school doesn’t mean we can’t have wild and crazy times.

So naturally we have taken to starting fires, setting up hammocks, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

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Fire is fun.

Contained and mostly safe fire is probably the best for our uses. It’s a really good winter activity, especially if one has a craving for marshmallows and allergy friendly hot dogs.

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Gabe hung a hammock in his suit in Uphaus. It is incredibly fun and added some much needed extra seating to the suit for watching movies, and Youtube, and Netflix, and really anything. It’s like camping…but with air conditioning and a bathroom with running water.

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Dungeons and Dragons is awesome. I very much enjoy it much more than I thought that I would. It reminds me of pretend games that I would play when I was a little kid, except for with dice…and five other nerds on the same quest.

Basically Alex wrote a game for us and helped us create characters and we all learned how to play. I’ve played twice now and have absolutely loved it so far. it’s something I never would have tried before but I very much enjoyed it.

Try new things, especially when it’s harmless fun like using fictional characters to explore magical elf scholar caves and fight skeletons.

Another new thing I’m trying this semester is being more intentional about date nights.

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There are lots of great places to go on cheapish dates around MNU. Quinn and I went to Black Dog Coffee house in Lenexa on Thursday. They have some awesome specialty latte’s and the atmosphere is just so cute. Quinn and I sat in the bakery next door.

I really want to make sure that in this semester I take care of things that are really important to me. One of those things is definitely Quinn. Setting aside a date night out of our weeks keeps our schedules from getting too busy to make time for each other.

This semester is going to be full of new challenges and new things to enjoy, but I want to always have time in my life for my friends, Quinn, my family, and God.

Oh…and messing with Jordan.

I want to always have time to mess with Jordan.

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