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Haley Raydo

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December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

December 2, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Classes are up and starting again at MNU after a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We had three different Thanksgivings this year with my family, and I got two of them on camera! This was also my first year going Black Friday shopping… which was an experience to say the least.  Didn’t get much accomplished but I did pick up quite a few movies for our movie nights in the dorm. (If you didn’t know, Walmart has 2 dollar movies! Check it out next year!)

So here is just a snippet into my family life over the holiday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me @haleyraydoo and @mnublogs

(P.S. I loove the music in this video! Check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Noel, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! Let me know what your favorite Christmas music is!)

Joey Alligier

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November 27, 2013

Thas’ why we Friends!

November 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

This is the Thanksgiving Break edition of the “Thas why we Friends” series here on my blog.

I set out to make a creative and funny, yet informative video with my friends. A parody, a funny high school story, or maybe try to gauge the impact that college has.

Instead, this is what I got…..

Thanks Katie and Amber, nothing changes. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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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November 23, 2013

It’s the Holiday Season… So Let’s Be Thankful!

November 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

It’s another great day to write a blog and share with you my thoughts!  The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about thankfulness.  It makes sense considering we are approaching Thanksgiving (which by the way is my favorite holiday!).

I was listening to a sermon at my church a few weeks ago about this idea of thankfulness.  It’s funny how often we use words on a regular basis, but never really dive down deep and figure out what they really mean.  My pastor talked about the difference between gratitude and thankfulness, thankfulness being something more than just a feeling.  “Gratitude is like wrapping a present, but never giving it.”

This has been a new revelation for me these past weeks.  Thankfulness is gratitude expressed. How often do I feel gratitude for what people do for me, but never show it?  I would say a lot, and the difference between the two is significant.

My pastor challenged us to write three things down we were thankful for each day of the week, and to share them with one another.  I thought it was such a great challenge that I thought some of you guys would consider trying it!  The importance of writing it down and sharing it is important because it takes it a step further than just thinking about it in your head.  It requires action.  If you find yourself writing a person’s name down, share it with them!  If you find yourself writing about food and shelter, volunteer and bless those who don’t have those accommodations!  The easy part is thinking of them and feeling gratitude, but let’s take it a step further and be thankful!

These are the three things I wrote for today!

1.  New Experiences! My MNU family!

I have been so thankful for this new stage of my life.  Meeting new friends, learning new things in new ways, and being apart of a new community!

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2.  My Brother and Sister!

They are such a support for me, and I love them very much! Plus they are just really cute ;)

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3.  The Month of November

November is my favorite month of the year! We have a 9-1 Chiefs team, we have a Jayhawk team that beat Duke last week, we have the Missions Conference at my church (my aunt and uncle are missionaries and I get to see them!), we have pretty fall trees at the beginning of the month, we have Christmas music at the end of the month, and we have Thanksgiving!! What else could be better?

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That’s my blog for the week!  Accept the challenge I give if you are so brave… Oh and if you are looking for a church in the area, check out Cross Points Church in Shawnee!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me on tweeter and insta @haleyraydoo and @mnublogs

Heather Engle

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November 18, 2013

Chuck-E-Cheese, horses, and Ice Skating

November 18, 2013 | By | One Comment

Hey friends!

This weekend my roommate Amanda and I had the chance to take two of the cutest little boys on a date…..

to Chuck-E-Cheese!

As you guys have heard for the 50th time now, this whole week was TWIRP week (The Woman Is Required To Pay)! Amanda and I were pretty surprised that no one had TWIRPed the cutest boys on campus yet, so we decided to jump right in and do it ourselves. These two boys are Shelly Cotton, our RE (Resident Educator)’s boys! And they are adorable!

Here below is a video of us TWIRPing the boys!

 Camden is the one who had his guitar with him in the video, and Caeric is the littler one! When we came to their door, Camden saw that I had my guitar and decided to run and get his too. Then they both ended up eating all the cheese cubes out of the tray. Which obviously meant that they were saying yes to our TWIRP.

Here are some pictures from our Date! :]

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This is Camden, my date, with pizza on his face.

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This is Caeric, Amanda’s date!

I had to share this video too because Camden’s face is just priceless. He was so focused on this horse, it was cracking me up.

MNU also had an Ice Skating event on Sunday night! We went to Crown Center, had the whole Ice Skating rink to ourselves, and skated around for a few hours! I definitely had a wonderful time with some lovely friends. Here are some photos for you guys:

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Sometimes when i ask people to take a picture of my friends and I, they end up taking 50 pictures of themself instead, and that is exactly what happened to me at this event. This actually happens to me with random people too.. for example:

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I have no clue who this guy is…

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Here’s another one… but i know this guy. His name is Hudson.

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Oh yeah, and there was also a lot of photo-bombing going on that night. Here is just the first one…(sorry for the many pictures of Regan and I, just pay attention to what’s going on behind us)

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Here’s the second try…

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And the third..

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Then there’s this one…

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Overall, this night was a blast. I absolutely love these wonderful people and wouldn’t have wanted to spend the night any other way. Also, sorry for the picture overload, i just had to share all of the funny happenings that were caught in the taking of these photos. :]

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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November 16, 2013

Social Media: What Is It Really?

November 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

I was sitting in my Sociology class a couple days ago when MNU’s beloved professor, Bo Cassell, brought up an interesting point.  Why do we have social media? What is the point of it in today’s society? Why is it so valued? How has it affected our culture today? We discussed our theories. But what stuck out in my mind was Professor Cassell’s statement, “Now days, we do things in life so we can post about it.” MIND BLOWN.

This got me thinking, what would our lives be without social media?  Think about it.  We go to a party, and we tweet at least a couple times about how awesome the party is.  We get together for coffee with friends and we have to instagram a picture with our friends and our Starbucks beverage.  We are approaching Thanksgiving, so we must post a status on Facebook about all the things we are thankful for.  The status’ I tend to see look like:

I am soooooo thankful for the most amazing family in the world, the greatest bff’s a girl could ask for, and the hands-down best boyfriend ever xoxoxo love you baby. #soblessed #myboyfriendisbetterthanyours #ilovehashtags

(okay that was a bit extreme ;) but side note, have you ever seen those hashtags? My boyfriend is better than yours? Because let’s be real, is he really? Who are you even talking to? Who is he better than? Everyone? Ah, oh well, love is blind so they say :))

Anyways… none of these things are bad! It is great to express thankfulness and gratitude (stay tuned for my next blog).  But look at the theme here, if we get down to the sociological factors, we all do this to put on a persona that our life is perfect and that others should want to be us.

Professor Cassell mentioned in class that in recent years, marathons have never been more popular. Why? Because everyone wants to post about it! If someone goes skydiving, bungee jumping, or something else extreme I guarantee they will post about it on social media.  Now I’m not going to lie, if I went skydiving I would definitely be posting about it like there’s no tomorrow. But you get the point.  Take this week at MNU for example, if you didn’t know (which if you don’t know and you attend this school, you probably are not active on social media) this is TWIRP week.  You can read some other blog posts if you want more information, but basically it is a girl ask a guy event.  But think about how many posts were made just about TWIRP!  Oh and let me guarantee you that on Sunday/Monday there will be some ice-skating pictures up from our MNU ASG event.

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Now I am not saying that any of this is bad, because I am guilty of it as well! And I am not even suggesting that this should change.  But be aware of these persona’s people try to create; there are some serious dangers.  We assume our sister is happy because she just instagramed a picture of herself smiling, we assume that our cousin is all good with life because she just changed her relationship status to “in a relationship”, we assume that our friend is having the time of his life  because he tweets about all these parties he is getting invited to.  The problem is we assume, and miss out on the personal communication.  So I am challenging you, not to change what and why you post on social media, I am only challenging you to see your friends beyond it.  It is easy to appear to be doing great, we do that on purpose daily. But get behind the surface of a persona on social media and you find a real person that may need a friend.

So that’s my blog for the week! It got a bit deep at the end, but I hope you take the challenge! I plan to!  Oh and by the way—if you are looking for a good class at MNU I recommend Sociology with Professor Cassell! It is great! (P.S. Don’t stop posting your TWIRP pictures! I only used it as an illustration! I love seeing them!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me on insta and tweeter @haleyraydoo and @mnublogs

Mario Flores

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November 15, 2013

Here’s a Snippet of this Friday Night.

November 15, 2013 | By | No Comments

Here’s a video of some of the players from our stellar Men’s Soccer team.

Here’s Jor-El jumping off that four-winged creature back at Krypton!

Grateful for a roommate that has great movie taste!

Grateful for a roommate that has great movie taste!

In other non-related news, here are three things that are on my Amazon Wish list…. Which is also the same thing as my Christmas gift wish list…. Hint Hint to anyone willing…:)

Here's the coat that i'd like. I don't own a nice formal coat, so I think this would be a good wardrobe addition....

Here’s the coat that i’d like. I don’t own a nice formal coat, so I think this would be a good wardrobe addition….

here it is buttoned all the way up..

here it is buttoned all the way up..

Because I'm taking Greek, and intend to understand more of the original language of which the Good News was written, this would be great for personal use!

Because I’m taking Greek, and intend to understand more of the original language of which the Good News was written, this would be great for personal use!

And as followers of Christ we are to care for the entire person, not just spiritual but physical, here's to a fit lifestyle!

And as followers of Christ we are to care for the entire person, not just spiritual but physical as well, here’s to a fit lifestyle!

 

 

 

 

Joey Alligier

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November 14, 2013

The Girls ask the Guys, it’s always a Surprise

November 14, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

Your heart is beating out of your chest, your hands are clammy, the answer seems to be inevitably NO, but you hope for a miracle, questions and concerns involving the “what ifs” are running rampant, breathing is not possible because you forgot how, AHHHHH… welcome to TWIRP week.

The main topic of blogs this week is TWIRP- The Woman Is Required to Pay. It’s obvious that this event can be for those with significant others or someone who is simply eyeballin’. 
The ladies define this as a risky scenario of putting themselves on the front line of the battlefield known as dating. 

A couple of our other bloggers have made it a point to address this. Now from a man’s point of view. 
Here are 4 reasons this time of the year is a bipolar occasion for the fellas as well. 

1) A taste of their own medicine. The ladies get to experience what guys do the other 51 weeks of the year. The fear of rejection, laughter, and possible urination station is experienced on the reg! Us guys go through the “asking out” antics consistently. This is a breathe of fresh air and relaxation for guys to sit back and let the ladies flock….or not. 

2) That awkward moment when… This time could also be a morally convicting one. There are girls that TWIRP you, as we call it, that came out of the woodwork. Basically, you didn’t see it coming! The moral standard is to be a good guy and say yes. However, some guys, like Terrin Garber #shoutout get asked by 3 different girls #hotcommodity and you have to decide if you’re going to be “that guy” and turn the poor girl down or you would feel too bad because you know the taste of rejection all too well.  I would say always say yes, it’s free. Plus, the ratio of good to bad TWIRPs is in the positive’s favor. 

3) In my khaki pants, OH OH OH. The ability to live out the beautiful structure of Relient K’s ever-famous Sadie Hawkins Dance. It’s as simple as that. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to be stopped by a girllll soooo stunning.

4) Chivalry is…? hmmm The ladies pay in this scenario. For some of us dudes, it’s not cool to let the lady pay! We want to be the care taker and open the door and pull out the chair and pay. It’s weird being the one who is receiving the chivalry. While it’s weird, it won’t always be around. My advice: EMBRACE IT MY BROS! 

TWIRP, overall, has got to be a fellas favorite time of year. Beautiful ladies, free stuff, and women experiencing what us men do regularly. 

FELLAS: Wear the clean underwear, fix your hair, for goodness sake shower at least twice this week, BE TWIRP-ABLE
LADIES: Rejection is known by the gentlemen, they feel the pain. Get out there and be stunning to stop the dude in his tracks. 

Keep on and keep God, 

Joey Alligier

Allegra Vieux

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November 13, 2013

Mission Impossible

November 13, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Hello Blog World.

This video is part of the worship service at my church on Sunday. Funny story about that.

So I guess you could say I’m the type of person that likes new things. I like trying/starting new things, and it doesn’t take much for me to get really EXCITED. I enjoy looking for new music, activities, playing new games, going new places, etc. And on the contrary, I get really bored with the same things over and over. I get bored easily and withdraw most often. I lose interest and move on to something… well.. new.

Last year in chapel, a guy came and spoke about Moses and his staff. He talked about how Moses, somewhere along the lines, acquired his staff, and no matter what situation Moses was in, God used the staff to help him lead the Israelites. He related the staff to our degrees. The main idea was that we could all be church planters regardless of our degrees, and we could all go into ministry and yada yada.

Then he said the words “We’ll have free pizza in the Tipping Point tonight and talk more about…” and I pretty much didn’t listen after that because I was so there. (in addition to new things, I really like free things.)

So I go to this meeting to hear about what the church planting process looks like from the ground up, because it has always interested me. Side note-I helped with a church plant on the plaza not too long ago, and it was really cool to see it come together. We met in the movie theater to attract people who were looking for a more casual worship experience and hopefully bring in some who weren’t comfortable walking into a church building. So I’m at this meeting enjoying new people and eating pizza that I didn’t pay for, and then like 5 guys who were all planting churches in the area talked about their vision for their individual plants, and proceeded to try and recruit us MNU students to help them out.

Okay so I’ll admit that I wasn’t super interested. I had just gotten settled into a church in Olathe and was making connections and really felt like I was in the right place. Our worship was awesome, our preaching was out of this world, and people were going down to the altar in masses of like 17 every week. I was cool with it. Also, it was a big congregation so I didn’t really have to be involved, although I was going to Bible study and giving and all that jazz. The point of this is, as soon as we were dismissed I tried to bolt out of that place because I didn’t want to lose my life to promoting a new church especially knowing how much school work I had to do.

Then, to my dismay, this dude Jonathan stopped me and started asking me about my life.

If you don’t know me, I’m a talker. and because I like meeting new people and new things, I became a little intrigued.  He said, “My hope is that we’ll be meeting in the movie theater in Overland Park at 135th and Antioch.” 2 things about this jumped out: 1. My Aunt and Uncle live 10 blocks north of that theater and 2. I helped plant a church once in a movie theater. So he gave me his business card, told me to email him because he wanted to talk about marketing ideas with me. So I gave him a fake smile and nod and told him I’d be in touch. he he he

Yeah okay so he somehow remembered my name and found me because I got an email from a professor asking if it was okay for him to give my email to this guy. Dang. I was like, “okay yeah I guess…”

So then after approximately 16 emails (I made it nearly impossible for him to get a hold of me,) I finally responded and he took me to Starbucks. We talked about social media and analytical junk that I won’t bore you with, then he asked me to meet every week. I was like, uhhh peace out. (Actually I probably went one or two more times for the free Starbucks and then told him I was busy.)

Since we’re being honest, I was getting a little interested, but not enough to exert much effort. Well this Jonathan dude exerted a lot of effort and sent me an email for kick-off Sunday with the order of service and a list of who was working where.

and….

there…

was…

my…

name.

I was like, dang. This poor guy doesn’t get it. I guess I’ll show up this week, help with Audio/Visual, and then let him down gently. Because at least this way, I can say I tried and it just wasn’t for me.

So 9 months later I still go to this church and it’s not because I don’t have the heart to tell this guy that I’m not interested. I guess you could say I fell in love? It ended up that this church was like, designed for me. I still help with A/V and want to be even more involved. Turns out, this Jonathan guy can bring the word like nobody’s business. Then there’s Hurley and Tim: They are real musicians who have real musician friends who they bring with them to lead worship every week. Translation: It’s always different! This week, Hurls brought her rapper friend Rye-On and he free-styled  during the set. It was incredible.

So in the spirit of new and free, I have to give a shameless plug for Tim Cone, who also leads us in worship at Mission Church.

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If you go to spacesuitmusic.com you get his new album for free. I don’t promote things that suck, so you should probably just go do it. It’s amazing and I’ve had it on repeat all day. I’ll make it even easier for you: Follow this link! NEW FREE MUSIC FROM TIM CONE

aaaaaanndd if you’re ever in the area, I would definitely recommend Mission Church KC. Never a dull moment!

Over and Outtt!

 

Britney Lewis

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November 12, 2013

Tis The Season To Be TWIRPED

November 12, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

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It’s that time of season when the leaves are falling, and the scent of college boys are lingering around in the air–it’s usually a smell of over-sprayed Axe and Old Spice with a little sweat mixed along with it.

It’s about this time when MidAmerica decides to advertise their annual event: TWIRP

For many of you who aren’t familiar with this term, I’m going to start off  by saying: “No, this has nothing to do with twirking.”

When I came to MNU my freshman year, for the longest time, I thought TWIRP was pronounced TWIRK, and I was really confused as to why there was a big hype to it, and why everyone wanted to participate in it. I mean, eww….???

Anyway, TWIRP is a short acronym that means: The Woman Is Required To Pay. Thus, girls grow magical marbles, and find the courage to ask a sweaty guy, of their choosing, out on a date.

It’s Supposed to be ROMANTIC–they say.

You’ll love it–they say.

It will be the best experience of your life–they say.

But I beg to differ. Whenever I think of TWIRP, I have one emotion: frustration.

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 So now, I get that you probably might feel my bitterness toward the situation. You might be grumbling things like: Why is it such a big deal? Don’t be sour about it. Really, what do you have to lose?

Oh, I’ll tell you what I have to lose: MY DIGNITY!

Ha, no, just kidding….but seriously. Asking a guy out takes major guts. If you ask out one of you’re good friends, you could risk losing a friendship, embarrassment, and rejection–which is a triple wammy!

From experience, I can personally say that the twirping thing didn’t work out for me. I was turned down–high and dry–before I even had the chance to process what had happened.

But hey, my experience doesn’t mean that this will happen to everyone. I’ve seen plenty of girls exceed in the TWIRP process.

So if you’re a girl wanting to do this–I say GO FOR IT.

And if you’re just another loner like me–Lay Low.

Ha, either way, I’ve got your back!

Till Next Time!
Love Britney!