I hope you all had a great week! I had a week full of studying and other “fun.”
This week, I’m gonna talk about Kansas City, the metro area we at MNU call home.
I’ve lived in Kansas City for a while, but there’s still so much to see and do that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve lived in a few different parts of KC, so let’s build some background on that.
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in Prairie Village, Kansas. Soon after, my family moved to Olathe. When my family was called to missions in Ireland, we moved to Overland Park while we prepared everything, and raised money to fulfill our budget. We moved to Greystones, in Ireland in 2001, when I was entering first grade. We served and lived in Europe for 8 years. When we came back, it was time for me to start high school, and we moved to Roeland Park. My house is now in Shawnee, although I live on campus.
So, as you can tell, I’ve been around the block a little, and areas I haven’t lived near, I’ve definitely explored.
There’s a lot of great places to explore, shop and hang out with friends all over KC, so remember, when you come, to live a little and get out of Olathesometimes! There are things to do inside the I-435 loop, believe it or not. We have so much so close, so it’s a waste not to check it out.
Some of my favorite spots are:
1. The Plaza
2. The WWI memorial
3. 63rd Street Homes
4. Zona Rosa
5. The Legends
6. Crown Center
7. Union Station
And here’s an awesome photo of some friends and I hanging out in KC just last night:
Me, Morgan, Alexis, Grace and Rico!
Thank you so much for reading, and have an awesome week!
Last Thursday, my friends and I participated in the annual freshman photo scavenger hunt. It was a stressful, fun, long night of driving all over Olathe and crossing things off our list. Here’s a few pictures of the crazy things we had to do!
1. Take a picture with sunglasses on
2. Take a picture at a drive through window with an employee
3. Take a picture with the statues outside Chapala
4. Take a picture at a laundry mat
5. Take a picture in front of a fountain
6. Take a picture of someone hula hooping
7. Take a picture of everyone jumping in the air
8. Take a picture posing with mannequins in a store front window
9. Spell out a word with your body and take a picture of it
10. Take a picture with a person wearing K-State gear
11. Make a waist high tower with cans in a grocery store and take a picture with it
12. Take a picture on a bed at a furniture store
13. Take a picture in front of the Olathe City sign
14. Take a picture with someone wearing KU gear
15. Break up random couple holding hands and walk between them holding both their hands and take a picture with them
16. Take a picture of someone eating a sample at Silas and Maddy’s
17. Take a picture posing as statues in a store or at a park
I am back and at it again! I am now an official sophomore at MNU and I am quite enjoying myself (besides the endless amounts of homework). We are about a month into school now and so much has went down! Here are some top memories to keep you up to date!
Above the title picture are my lovely and beautiful suitemates on the first day of school! That day we were really excited, and its been all downhill since ;). My friend Rachel is in the nursing program so she is extra excited and extra stressed.
This is my childhood best friend Annie! We came to MNU together last year and I am so thankful for her! This us at ASG’s White Light Event. We downed melted chocolate and had some very classy conversations of course.
MNU at the K! This is my friend Dan Wright. He would hate me for putting this picture up, but he refuses to read my blogs so hopefully he’ll never see it :).
MNU tailgate at the first home football game! My sister came to visit (she’s in the middle) and it was soooo fun! We love having a winning football team!
And lastly a much needed picture of Thrift Store Prom is below. We got are tacky on (I wore a jumpsuit) and skated at Skate City. It was a blast!
There is sooo much more in store for this year! God has really laid a lot of things on my heart that I can’t wait to share with you all! Also some fun things too Right now I am trying to enjoy every minute of my college experience because one day I will wake up and it will be over These are some of the best years of your life! You get to live with your best friends, go to crazy events, yell at sporting events, and attend chapel multiple times a week. So if you’re in school don’t wish it away, if you’re in high school don’t wish it away (but do know college is pretty amazing! especially if you go to MNU hint hint), if you are in your early part of your career don’t wish it away! Take the time to learn and grow, to make memories, and to see the opportunities God has for you now. God doesn’t need you to be at a certain stage of your life to use you, He uses you just as you are!
Hi guys!! I hope you all have had a spectacular week! I know mine was pretty crazy. I never thought I could be so busy. Yikes. Thankfully, yesterday I was able to go back to my hometown for my high school’s homecoming football game. I went to watch my little sissy perform in the marching band during half time. She was phenomenal incase you were wondering. It was good to see her and my family. I haven’t really had much time lately to think about home and how fast time has gone. It’s kinda cool, though, to think of myself as an adult now. I remember the days when I was freaking out over what I wanted to do with my life and where God was leading me, but with a lot of prayer and the right timing, God gave me my answer at the right time like He always does! I couldn’t be happier here at MNU. It’s a splendid place to be.
Don’t get me wrong, I miss my beautiful family including my cat and puppy dog and my best friend every day. And I also kind of miss high school too. Maybe just a tad bit. I’m still indecisive about that. College has proved to be nothing like high school and the transition coming here was super duper easy. New Student Orientation (NSO) kept us so busy that we didn’t really even have time to think about the big change in our lives.
NSO events will remain some of my favorite memories for a very long time. It also helps that my seminar group has become so close. They’re awesome by the way. We started off by winning the NSO volleyball tourney which was a happy moment for us all considering the teams we were up against. They all played very well!
But anywho, another activity we participated in was this super cool service project. Our group walked over to a nearby elementary school and ate lunch with the children. I love kids so spending time with them was quite entertaining to say the least. That opportunity to serve is one of the many reasons I love being here.
Another thing I’ve come to love is the atmosphere of the place. I love to just sit outside near the flag pole on a perfect day and spend time with my homedog, Jesus. That involves positive music, a good ol’ Bible study, and prayer time. God is present throughout the entire campus and that’s just AWESOME.
I plan to make these next four or so years the best. High school is behind me now and I’m looking forward to what God has planned for me and my peers. I hope one day I’m able to travel the world and see everything, but for now, my home is here. And I love it!
God bless you all in this upcoming week of classes and fun!
“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes til’ I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
Hello friends! We are at the final week of school here at MidAmerica. It is exciting, sad, and weird all at the same time. It is so crazy to me how I have already been through my first year of college! It literally flew by. I had some great memories, and I learned a lot too.
So in honor of the end of school, here are some of my favorite memories =:
I wrote a whole blog about this night… I mean it was absolutely insane. We got to Uptown Theater had a bunch of fun, but we left in the pouring rain only to find that we had a flat tire. So we got stuck downtown, in the pouring rain, with a flat tire, at a creepy gas station, for quite awhile. It is something I will never forget.
NEW ROOM AND ROOMIE
It was so exciting to move in with one of my best friends Mckenna Bessmer this semester! We had such a blast! This was our room:
Yup my pal Dan Wright is one of my favorite memories this year basically because he is the most entertaining person you will ever talk to. If you are a student here and you don’t know him, or you are coming here next year, you need to meet this crazy kid. He probably won’t even see this because he refuses to read my blogs (-__-) Basically he is a kid full of one-liners and he will make you laugh for hours.
PLAZA WITH MY FAVORITE GIRLS
If you have ever been to Kansas City during Christmastime… you know that the Plaza is the place to go (also Crown Center). There is something so wonderful about Kansas City
OLAF ON CAMPUS
There really isn’t anything else to say.
SNOW DAYS 2014
Basically one of the best things in life is being stuck on campus with all of your best friends in the snow with NO SCHOOL.
WORLDS OF FUN LAST NIGHT
This weekend was MAX week! So we got to go to Worlds of Fun for Nazarene Night. This is the Mamba:
Basically this year has been absolutely crazy. I have met some amazing people that I am so thankful for! It is going to be hard to leave all of them for a few months, but it is exciting to know I still have a few more years with these awesome people. As a freshman you come to college, nervous but excited. You meet people the first week and for the most part you move on and meet other people. You have to get adjusted to the hard and long study life. You have to get used to challenging professors and being responsible for your own grades. It was a crazy experience for me, but I learned so much! And I grew up a ton! All in a good way.
So last week I made a video about the places to hang out on campus featuring a few MNU students. It’s a different approach than the “typical student” would take to introduce you to common spaces on campus, so I hope it’ll keep you entertained for at least a minute and 49 seconds.
At the end is my roommate’s reaction to a prank we pulled on her last week. Enjoy!
So if you don’t know this about me, I love to go to antique stores. I know a lot of them back home, but I haven’t had the chance to really roam around the Olathe/Kansas City area to find any within a good distance of MNU. This past weekend, I had the chance to roam. I went to an antique store called Lone Elm Antique Mall. From the outside it doesn’t look like a huge store, but on their flyer that I took after I roamed through this place, it says that have over 120 booths filled with antiques and various vintage things.
I know to some who are reading this, antiques might not be of any interest to you, but if you like to go to antique stores like me, are going to be living in Olathe, already live in Olathe, or attend MNU, this is a great one to go to! :] I also went to a baseball game this past weekend (picture below of my friends and I). It was a little chilly, but we managed with a blanket! I wish I would have taken a picture of the baseball field, or part of the game, but I didn’t even think about it! (Sorry guys). I also went to our final four game for our basketball team! Our student section was getting pretty intense during the whole thing. The game was super nerve-racking, but it was definitely a huge accomplishment, so that made it all worth it! :]
These girls are a complete joy to my life.
Well friends, I’ll leave you with some encouragement. I’ve been learning lately to not take things in my life for granted. And also that through hard times, God is still good. He is still the creator of the universe, and the creator of you and I. He knows everything and we need to not worry about every little detail in our lives. He is NEVER far off. Even if we are going through times that are tough, giving it to God is the absolute best thing you could do. He knows the depths of your situation and wants you to know He is walking right beside you through it all. :]
Thanks for stopping by!
In Christ’s love,
-Heather Rose :]
P.S. Intermural volleyball is starting up this next week and I am PUMPED! :]
So these last couple of weeks have been action-packed to say the least. Last week was spring break and it was definitely much needed. Because all my professors felt like pushing all of their exams and papers to the week before break, the week off felt so sweet. The weather in Kansas was all over the place, at least so I heard. I was in Texas with my family which was amazing! (60-70 degree weather days, it can’t get more perfect)
And for all you mid-westerners who haven’t seen the beach in quite sometime, here is the beach at Galveston we went to:
Even this week back has been crazy! This Thursday was junior testing day so it was a day off for the rest of us! My friends and I celebrated a late birthday lunch for Sarah and Anna (who are like the sweetest things in the entire world) and the night before we dressed up with our entire dorm and went to the Cheesecake factory!
Also…. MNU made it to the Final Four in the NAIA tournament! Nearly all of the school went out to support them too! Fans were going crazy! Unfortunately we fell just a bit short, but it was a crazy intense game until the end. We are all so proud of our basketball team!
So basically you are up to date on my life. My classes have been a bit more challenging as of late, but I know that the Lord is taking care of me as I continue to be diligent!
Taking away from all of the craziness of the last couple weeks I will leave you with this advice: Live in the moment. Now there are times where it is key to look to your future to make plans, and key to look to your past to learn. But so often I think we get caught up in the future and past that we forget to look in the present. There are many opportunities around us, we just have to open our eyes and grab them.
I was walking along the beach this spring break and I remember how I kept thinking about things that I needed to do for the next few weeks. That is when God opened my eyes to see where I was. I was on the beach on a warm day, which is not something I had experienced in a long time. After this long, cold winter, I had been looking forward to a day like this for awhile, yet I was letting it slip away. This is just one example of many in my life where I need to stop, and just learn to be on the beach. Listening and smelling the waves, and letting my mind go to that peaceful place. No matter where you are, take time to live in the moment. Even if it is just sitting in class or having lunch with friends, you never know when you are going to wish that you were back in that moment.
Ok I’m done rambling! I hope everyone’s year is treating them well! And I think it is finally time we can say Happy Spring!
As you sit at the mind numbing computer screen you may be facing the dilemma of finishing your homework…or possibly finishing that episode of Prison Break. More seriously you may be deciding between colleges, jobs, living situations, etc.
How do we often find the answers to these pivotal points? Perhaps a pro/con list, ask friends, of course pray, overall we assess the situation and weigh the options. Which one is more beneficial to me?
While of course weighing options and evaluating consequences is necessary, sometimes you just need to do something. I tend to think we sit on the sidelines for so long awaiting our names to be called so we can rip off those sweet, throwback, button-up pants. Yet, some go their whole lives waiting for confirmation on a decision; in that time opportunity is being missed out on. Life is being missed out on.
During Spring Break last week I got to hang out with this friend. Now this friend has been through quite a bit; things of his own decision and others not so much. However, through these trials and valleys he is staring into the eyes of God. As he is staring he is impacting so many people with his passion and perseverance. He knows God will provide for him. He isn’t a Biblical Scholar, he hasn’t been to school for this at all, he is hardly around people who challenge him with this.
When I saw change in his life, I sought him out. So, over some FroYo he told me a story I yearn to somewhat duplicate and/or never forget. Like Hawk Nelson, he packed up and moved to California… yet, he had no friends out there. He had no idea. This was a leap of faith.
Throughout this story he exemplified what it meant to trust Jesus on a level more severe than the lackadaisical, hesitant, and questioning approach most American Christians take. Long story short; he left for change and then decided to return changed.
The moral of this story and what should be the moral of all of our stories is that we WILL NOThave it all figured out at any point. We will question, doubt, and think “What if…” Yet, somehow that is where life produces the most beautiful pictures. That can be seen in a sunset on your way through Arizona when God’s face isn’t any clearer or it can be revealed in the loving acts of a stranger you felt somewhat “pulled towards.” Just take the trip, just ask her out, just ask that person for help.
Limit your pride, expose your vulnerability.
I leave you with this.
It’s okay to play, pro/con, and think about things. It’s not okay to worry, overanalyze, and miss out on this big world. Take a risk. Challenge yourself. Jump.